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Italy Launches Diversity Nods Modelled on GLAAD Media Awards (Exclusive)

23 May 2016 5:32 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome — An Italian version of the GLAAD Media Awards dedicated to thoughtful and diverse representations of Lgbt characters and storylines in Italian and international media will make its debut tonight with GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in tow.

Called the Diversity Media Awards, they are modelled after the GLAAD Media Awards in the U.S., but not an official GLAAD event. The show is being launched by Diversity, an Italian organisation that aims to reduce prejudice and discrimination against the Lgbt community, which in Italy is still rather rampant though things are slowly changing.

Earlier this month Italy became the last of the EU’s 28 nations to give some legal rights to gay couples after a battle that went on for years amid opposition from the Catholic Church.

GLAAD consulted with organizers of Italy’s Diversity Media Awards who utilised their best practices. However Diversity will add an academic twist »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Nanni Moretti’s ‘Mia Madre’ Sells to Music Box

19 April 2016 4:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Music Box Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Italian director Nanni Moretti’s comedy-drama “Mia Madre,” starring Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Beatrice Mancini and Moretti.

The film won the prize of the ecumenical jury at the Cannes Film Festival in May and was acquired by Alchemy from Paris-based sales company Films Distribution. But Alchemy’s financial problems resulted in the rights reverting to Films Distribution, which re-sold “Mia Madre” to Music Box.

Moretti wrote the semi-autobiographical screenplay along with Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella and produced the film through his Sacher Film banner along with Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema.

Mia Madre” centers on a director, played by Buy, who is shooting an Italian film with a famous American actor (Turturro), who’s also a disruptive blowhard and buffoon. Away from the shoot, the director tries to hold her life together, despite her »

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Music Box Rescues Nanni Moretti’s ‘Mia Madre’ From Alchemy

19 April 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Another feature title is saved in the wake of Alchemy’s financial woes. Music Box Films has acquired U.S. rights to Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre, the Italian comedy from last year’s Cannes Film Festival that Alchemy snapped up. Mia Madre will now be released during the third quarter. The pic stars John Turturro as divo thespian Barry Higgins, the headache for his female director (Margherita Buy), who’s trying to balance the movie she’s making with the chaos in her life. Mia M… »

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Music Box acquires Us rights to 'Mia Madre'

19 April 2016 7:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The distributor has taken Nanni Moretti’s winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at last year’s Cannes Film Festival off the hands of embattled Alchemy.

Music Box plans a Q3 release after president William Schopf brokered the Us deal with Films Distribution co-head Nicolas Brigaud-Robert.

Mia Madre stars Margherita Buy as a beleaguered director juggling a chaotic personal life and a bombastic star, played by John Turturro.

The deal marks the latest film to be extracted from Alchemy, which has become beset by financial troubles. A24 recently took over Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire and another Cannes 2015 selection, Yorgos LanthimosThe Lobster.

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to work with a filmmaker of Moretti’s stature, and to bring his latest to American audiences,” said Music Box managing director Ed Arentz.

Mia Madre is quintessential Moretti: his wry humour, moral questioning and emotional honesty – with the added bonus of two wonderful actors »

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5th Panama International Film Festival Builds in Industry Events, Regional Lineup

7 April 2016 1:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Panama City — Paddy Breathnach’s Cuban-set “Viva,” set in Havana’s drag nightclubs and selected as Ireland’s entry in this year’s foreign language film Oscar race, will open the fifth Panama International Film Festival (Iff Panama), which bows this Thursday, April 7.

Director Pituka Ortega Heilbron and artistic director Diana Sanchez consider this year’s edition the strongest to date, given the breadth of films slated, the range of guests, the record number of industry events and – key — the unprecedented number of films screening from Central America and the Caribbean.

“There are incredible films now coming out of this region,” says Heilbron. “We’re fortunate to have the perfect prerequisites for a coordinated and well-functioning festival, given the location of Panama City, its connectivity, infrastructure, hotels, access and support from the government, private sector and the local business sector.”

In a mere four years, Iff Panama has carved out »

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Moretti on Moretti by Anne-Katrin Titze

1 April 2016 1:03 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Nanni Moretti on John Turturro: "… there is always a component of craziness that I appreciate." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Nanni Moretti's stingingly beautiful examination of the hazards of movie making during a point in time of private pain, Mia Madre (My Mother) stars Margherita Buy, Giulia Lazzarini, John Turturro, Beatrice Mancini, Enrico Ianniello and Moretti himself.

Things turn from complicated to ridiculous with the arrival of American actor Barry Huggins (Turturro) to be cast in Margherita's (Buy) new workers strike film. Creepy as hell and needy, he mimics phone calls from Stanley Kubrick and jokes about having a Kevin Spacey dream. "I'll kill you," is one of the first sentences we hear him mutter, three-quarters asleep on the backseat of her car after she picks him up at the airport herself. Putting up with Huggins' diva behavior is an extra burden, because she is worried about Ada (Lazzarini), her mother, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Seniors film festival Young at Heart unveils line-up, expands to Brisbane

24 February 2016 5:45 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Young at Heart,.Australia.s only film festival programmed for film lovers aged 60 and up,.will roll out in April to Palace Cinemas across Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and, for the first time in 2016, Brisbane..

For its eleventh incarnation, the Young at Heart program will include ten new feature films, new Australian short films starring seniors, filmmaker Q&As and a digital print of 1951's A Streetcar Named Desire.

.This year.s program takes a particular look at the modern family, celebrating the unconventional, complex and ever-changing relationships that bind us together., Festival Director Mathieu Ravier said..

The program features Louder than Bombs, starring Isabelle Huppert, Jesse Eisenberg and Gabriel Byrne; Fathers and Daughters with Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Jane Fonda; Mia Madre, from Italian director Nanni Moretti and starring Margherita Buy and John Turturro; Grandma, starring Lily Tomlin; and Madman's A Month of Sundays, starring Anthony Lapaglia, Justine Clarke, »

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Watch: John Turturro is a Meddling American Actor in 'Mia Madre' Trailer

20 January 2016 1:42 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Nanni Moretti's seriocomic Italian film "Mia Madre" made the festival rounds last year, earning the Ecunemical Prize at Cannes and positive notices at Tiff, AFI Fest and the New York Film Festival. With a trailer and a release date set, this Italian production stars Italian actress Margherita Buy and John Turturro, exercising his Italian-language chops. "Mia Madre" is about film director Margherita (Buy), who must deal with onset woes and American actor Barry Huggins (Turturro), in addition to balancing a tumultuous home life. As the mother of a teenage daughter and the daughter of a dying mother, Margherita must face life's punches while focusing on her career and completing her film. Huggins only adds fuel to her production fire, as he can't seem to remember his lines and comes off as a bit of a diva on set.  Check out the trailer for "Mia Madre," which looks to be »

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #98. Ivano De Matteo’s La vita possibile

5 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

La vita possibile

Director: Ivano De Matteo

Writer: Valentina Ferlan

Italian actor turned director Ivano De Matteo continues to solidify his prolific reputation following the critical acclaim of his last film, 2014’s The Dinner (which bears a striking resemblance to Paolo Virzi’s Human Capital). While that title was headlined by Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Alessandro Gassman, the young director nabs two more of Italy’s most renowned performers, Marherita Buy and Valeria Golina for his next project, La vita possibile (The Possible Life), a Franco/Italian co-production. The plot concerns a mother and son fleeing the clutches of an abusive man as they try to make a better life for themselves.

Cast: Margherita Buy, Valeria Golino, Bruno Todeschini, Andrea Pittorino

Production Co./Producers: Marco Poccioni, Marco Valsania

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Tbd (domestic/international).

Release Date: With his last title premiering out of Venice, we’re wondering if this »

- Nicholas Bell

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DVD Review: Mia Madre

3 January 2016 2:55 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★ Italian auteur Nanni Moretti is well-known for his bittersweet explorations of love, loss and mortality. Mia Madre (2015), his beautiful, humane portrait of bereavement is his best yet. Film director Margherita (Margherita Buy) finds it hard to accept that her mother Ada (Giulia Lazzarini) is dying. Ada has been hospitalised with an enlarged heart and yearns to go home. Margherita and her brother Giovanni (Moretti) can't bear to tell her that there's nothing more that can be done.


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