9 items from 2013
Decadence, violence, love and space – Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw shares his fantasy award nomination list for 2013
• The 2012 Braddies
Awards season is now upon us and here, as every year, is my personal fantasy award nomination list for 2013, whimsically called the Braddies, which covers the period running from the beginning of the calendar year to the present. There are 10 nominations in eight categories: film, director, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, screenplay and documentary.
The reader is invited to nominate the winner in the comments section below, and perhaps to note omissions and evidence that the list betrays suggestions of sociocultural bias.
I like to think that these awards will one day evolve into an actual ceremony with chrome-and-glass statuettes, sponsorship from Sky Atlantic and a televised evening presided over by Dara Ó Briain or Mariella Frostrup. But until then, it exists in a world of fantasy only. And so, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Rome - The 8th Rome Film Festival kicked off Friday with a home crowd pleaser, Rome-set social comedy “The Fifth Wheel,” by frequent Italo hitmaker Giovanni Veronesi, bowing positively, albeit in somewhat subdued mode, prior to plenty of upcoming high-profile Hollywood and international pics, and a panoply of stars expected in coming days.
Produced by Warner Bros. Italia and Fandango, “Wheel” toplines thesp Elio Germano in a potent perf as a Roman proletarian through whose eyes the past four decades of Italian life – including terrorism, corruption scandals, and Silvio Berlusconi’s rise to political power – unfold. Germano won a Cannes best actor nod in 2010 for Daniele Luchetti’s “Our Life.” Warner Bros. is releasing “Wheel” in Italy on November 14.
Germano, his co-star Alessandra Mastronardi and the film’s main cast (pictured), producer Domenico Procacci, Italo pop star Elisa, jury prexy James Gray, John Hurt, fest artistic topper Marco Mueller, and opening-night master of ceremonies, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Paolo Sorrentino to receive Starz Denver Film Festival 2013 honor Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino will receive the fifth Maria and Tommaso Maglione Italian Filmmaker Award at the 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival. Sorrentino will be handed his award prior to the screening of The Great Beauty / La grande bellezza on November 16, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at the Sie FilmCenter. Sponsored by the Anna & John J. Sie Foundation, the award, which "recognizes the best in contemporary Italian cinema," includes a $10,000 honorarium. Previous recipients of the Maria and Tommaso Maglione Italian Filmmaker Award are Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Massimo Natale, Gianni Di Gregorio, and Federico Bondi. ‘The Great Beauty’ The Starz Denver Film Festival press release describes Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty — clearly influenced by Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita — as follows: Populated by the debauched, disenchanted or simply disinterested elite of Roman society, Sorrentino’s latter-day Babylon revolves around Jep Gambardella »
- Anna Robinson
The Great Beauty (15)
Sorrentino proves himself a worthy successor to Fellini here, tracking modern Roman decadence with staggering exuberance and an eye for the stylishly surreal. Filling the Marcello Mastroianni role is Servillo's world-weary writer and socialite, who stalks the city's elite demi-monde of hedonistic parties, pretentious art, cynical grotesques and faded glories – but finds reveries and regrets around every corner.
About Time (12A)
A sci-fi element reinvigorates Curtis's trademarked romcom formula, but there's still a feeling of deja vu to this middle-class love story, in which Gleeson uses his inherited time-travelling powers to woo McAdams – albeit at a cost. »
- Steve Rose
Title: The Great Beauty Director: Paolo Sorrentino Starring: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso, Iaia Forte, Pamela Villoresi, Galatea Ranzi, Massimo de Francovich, Roberto Herlitzka, Isabella Ferrari, Franco Graziosi, Giorgio Pasotti, Massimo Popolizio, Sonia Gessner, Anna della Rosa, Luca Marinelli, Serena Grandi, Ivan Franek, Vernon Dobtcheff, Dario Cantarelli, Lillo Petrolo, Luciano Virgilio, Giusi Merli, Anita Kravos, Giulio Brogi, Fanny Ardant. From the 30s to the 60s Italian Cinema was known worldwide, acclaimed, praised and represented a model of beauty. Today very few Italian movie directors have managed to establish themselves beyond their mother country, genuinely moving audiences and critics. The Neapolitan Paolo Sorrentino in these past few years has [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
The Great Beauty (Italian: La grande bellezza), 2013.
Written and Directed by Paolo Sorrentino.
Jep Gambardella, doyen of the chattering classes, undergoes an existential crisis.
Paolo Sorrentino, riding high on previous successes, most notably Il Divo, comes to Cannes with a Roman tale of Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo). Jep is in publishing, famous for his interviews and the one book he wrote as a young man. The film's opening scene is that of a hedonistic party to celebrate Jep's 65th birthday: there are strippers, lecherous old men, a bevy of beautiful women, but also some grotesques, and a dwarf. That's right - we are in a Fellini movie. The partygoers are part of Italy's dolce vita, out for a good time and all the pleasures they can afford, and Jep is very much a part of this group. He parties until dawn, »
- Flickering Myth
Rome in all its splendor and superficiality, artifice and significance, becomes an enormous banquet too rich to digest in one sitting in Paolo Sorrentino’s densely packed, often astonishing “The Great Beauty.” A tribute to, and castigation of, the city whose magnificence has famously entrapped its residents in existential crises, the pic follows a stalled author gradually awakening from the slumber of intellectual paralysis. Very much Sorrentino’s modern take on the themes of Fellini’s “La dolce vita,” emphasizing the emptiness of society amusements, “Great Beauty” will surprise, perplex and bewitch highbrow audiences yearning for big cinematic feasts.
With a narrative that feels more like a line of dashes than a continuous stroke, the film is certain to give indigestion to some, who may dismiss it as a work of cinephile posing rather than genuine depth; never mind that the same censure was leveled at “La dolce vita” 53 years ago. »
- Jay Weissberg
La Grande Bellezza, or if you prefer The Great Beauty is an upcoming drama directed by Paolo Sorrentino. It is also one of the titles that will compete for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, so quite logically – we’re here to share the official trailers, one great classy poster and some awesome images from the film described as a portrait of today’s Rome. What a portrait that is when lovely Sabrina Ferilli stars in the whole thing… Sorrentino directed the movie from a script he co-wrote with Umberto Contarello, and the project will tell us the story of an aging journalist...
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Writer(s): Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
We give credit where credit is due – Paolo Sorrentino might have ceremoniously belly-flopped with his last feature, This Must Be the Place, but we’d be hard pressed to completely dismiss this revenge film oddity. On the flipside, his previous political epic Il divo is gold. La Grande Bellezza (English translation would be The Great Beauty) sees Sorrentino reteam with Toni Servillo in what is said to be Fellini-esque venture.
Gist: The story of an aging journalist Jap Gambardella (Toni Servillo) who bitterly recollects his passionate, lost youth. A portrait of today’s Rome.
Release Date: An April release date is set for Italy – so this logically will be included in the Cannes Main Competition. »
- Eric Lavallee
9 items from 2013
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