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Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Beauty’ To Open Los Angeles-Italia Showcase

10 February 2014 10:47 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” will open the 9th Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival, the annual pre-Oscars showcase celebrating Italian cinema and its Hollywood ties, which will also be feting Valeria Golino and David O. Russell.

“Beauty,” which is up for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, will screen on Februray 23 at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

The longstanding collaboration between Sorrentino and the pic’s protag, Toni Servillo (pictured), is also being celebrated with screenings of several other works the two Neapolitan talents paired-up on.

Other Italo titles unspooling in the showcase, which will run through March 1, include Marco Simon Puccioni’s drama “Like the Wind,” about a woman prison director, played by Golino, Carlo Carlei’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Roberto Faenza’s holocaust drama ”Anita B,” and Enzo D’Alò’s animated “Pinocchio.”

Fest will also honor Italo singer/songwriter Francesco De Gregori »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Adriana Chiesa takes Shoah film Anita B.

28 January 2014 7:15 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Rome-based sales company Adriana Chiesa Enterprises (Ace) will launch sales on Roberto Faenza’s English-language Anita B., about a young Auschwitz survivor trying to re-build her life after the war, at the Efm.

Eline Powell, who got her big screen break in Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet, plays Anita opposite Robert Sheehan, as a young man with whom she embarks on a passionate affair.

Rising star Sheehan, best known for his roles in TV series Misfits and fantasy feature The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, is also set to star in Tiago Mesquita’s Caesar and Gren Wells’ The World Within this year.

Life is Beautiful producer Elda Ferri of Jean Vigo Italia and Luigi Musini of Cinema Undici co-produced the film.

Ace is handling all international rights except for the Us.  The picture’s Us co-producer Ron Stein of Four of a Kind Productions is handling North America rights.  Stein also co-produced Faenza’s last film Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You »

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