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St. Petersburg Intl. Media Forum Launches

14 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The St. Petersburg Intl. Media Forum launched Wednesday with a lineup of screenings spread across 10 programs, each curated by a leading Russian film critic.

Catherine Mtsitouridze, Spimf’s concept creator and general producer, said that the curators of programs had enjoyed complete freedom during the selection process.

“For the film selection for the Media Forum, it was essential to ensure 100% freedom of expression for the curators, our friends and like-minded fellows. Trust is the key success factor in our work,” she said.

The event opens with Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy” and closes with the world premiere of Susanne Bier’s “Serena,” which stars Jennifer Lawrence.

The Mamentum section features four films by French directors that appeared at Cannes: Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria,” Francois Ozon’s “The New Girlfriend,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” and Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts.”

The section’s curator, Alexander Mamontov, commented: “Our »

- Leo Barraclough

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Killing of Italian Director Pier Paolo Pasolini to Be Investigated in ‘La Macchinazione’

1 July 2014 6:43 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – The still-mysterious 1975 murder of Pier Paolo Pasolini, the Italian filmmaker, poet, and novelist known for “The Gospel According to Matthew” and “Salò – or the 120 Days of Sodom,” among other works, will get yet another cinematic treatment in Italian director David Grieco’s “La Macchinazione,” which started shooting today in Rome.

Grieco’s pic on the leadup to Pasolini’s killing comes shortly after Abel Ferrara shot his “Pasolini” pic in Rome, with Willem Dafoe in the title role. That pic is now reportedly in post.

Grieco, who worked with Pasolini as a thesp in his “Theorema,” before becoming a journalist and, more recently, a helmer, is claiming he will shed new light on the final months in Pasolini’s life. The visionary Italian cultural figure, considered a towering figure of contemporary European cinema, was murdered on on All Soul’s Day Nov. 2, 1975, when he was run over by his »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Indie Sales takes Senza Pieta

5 February 2014 11:17 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Contemporary love story set against Rome’s criminal underworld is an Italian-French co-production.  

Indie Sales has acquired international rights to Italian director Michele Alhaique’s Senza Pieta starring Pierfrancesco Favino as a loner and Mafia henchman who lands on the wrong side of his boss.

“The script stood out and I felt I could help in putting this movie together. Michele Alhaique has a new voice that deserves to be heard,” said Favino.

One of Italy’s most respected actors, Favino is best known for his award-winning performances in Michele Placido’s Romanzo Criminale, and more recently Stefano Sollima’s Acab ­ All Cops Are Bastards and Marco Tullio Giordana’s Piazza Fontana.

He has also made appearances in a dozen international pictures, including most recently World War Z and Rush.

Working-titled Senza Pieta is 34-year-old Alhaique directorial debut. The actor and filmmaker is best known at home for his performances in TV show and films such as »

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