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Venice Film Festival: Fellini Restoration to Make World Premiere

15 June 2015 10:17 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Federico Fellini's fourth film to win the foreign Oscar, 1973's "Amarcord" will receive a special tribute at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, which runs September 2-12. A new restoration from eminent preservation entity Cineteca di Bologna will world-premiere — in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Italy's Cristaldi Film — at the festival this Fall. Cowritten by poet Tonino Guerra and shot at Rome's famed Cinecitta Studios, Fellini's semi-autobiographical ode to 1930s fascist Italy boasts a menagerie of eccentric, colorful characters played by the likes of Bruno Zanin, Magali Noël, Pupella Maggio and Armando Brancia. Nina Rota, of course, delivers yet another magical score. "Amarcord" will mark the second Fellini reprint of the year, as the British Film Institute unveiled a new transfer of the director's 1963 meta-classic "8 1/2" in May. Meanwhile, Cineteca di Bologna is also at work on a multiyear project to resurrect and restore the oeuvre of »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Venice Fest To Bow Freshly Restored Copy Of Federico Fellini’s ‘Amarcord’

15 June 2015 5:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — The Venice Film Festival will pay homage to Federico Fellini with a special world premiere screening of a freshly restored copy of “Amarcord” in September, 40 years after the Italian master’s reminiscence of his native “Rimini” won the foreign-language film Oscar.

The announcement was made by Italy’s Cineteca di Bologna, the prominent film archives known globally as a prime film preservation entity. It handled the restoration, sponsored by Italian fashion e-tailer Yoox Group in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Italy’s Cristaldi Film, which produced the 1973 pic, the title of which means “I remember” in the local dialect.

Fellini’s ode to his youth and satirical depiction of small-town Italy during 1930s fascism is considered his most personal film. Co-written with poet and scribe Tonino Guerra, and shot at Rome’s Cinecittà Studios, it is set to Nina Rota’s nostalgic score.

Cineteca di Bologna topper Gianluca Farinelli »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Writers Guild Honors Pedro Almodovar With Jean Renoir Award

21 January 2015 11:23 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Writers Guild of America West has selected Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar as the recipient of its Jean Renoir Award for screenwriting achievement.

The award will be presented at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Feb. 14.

“Almodovar – the first name is almost unnecessary – is a genius, is a flower, is a guiding light: the last, best son of Buñuel and so much more than that,” said WGA West VP Howard Rodman. “His screenplays, which he directs with passion and fine care, have taught us about the exteriors of his native land and the interiors of our own hearts. From the early, manic experimental Super-8 work to the breakthrough ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,’ his titles are as evocative as most people’s screenplays.”

“Yet for all their antic energy, Almodovar’s films are deeply spiritual: watching his disturbing, mysterious, heart-rending ‘Talk to Her’ is to understand, »

- Dave McNary

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