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Novelist Elena Ferrante Spawns Documentary ‘Ferrante Fever’, Match Factory Takes Sales (Exclusive)

11 November 2016 5:36 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — The “Neapolitan Quartet” novels by pseudonymous Italian author Elena Ferrante, which have attracted legions of fervent fans around the globe, will be the subject of a high-profile documentary titled “Ferrante Fever.” Prominent arthouse sales company The Match Factory has boarded the pic to handle international sales.

The documentary is being directed by Italian multi-hyphenate Giacomo Durzi, who has been shooting in Naples, Turin, Florence and New York. Durzi interviewed American authors Jonathan Franzen and Elizabeth Strout, among others, about their enthusiasm for Ferrante and her books about an intense female friendship set against social changes in Italy from the 1950s to the present.

He also interviewed Ann Goldstein, the New Yorker editor who is Ferrante’s translator in English.

Ferrante Fever”  is being described as “an attempt to stimulate reflections on the particular reasons for Ferrante’s success, without being seduced by the provocation of making a ‘gossipy’ documentary about her unknown identity, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Lady Gaga, Ennio Morricone & More To Be Honored At 2016 Italia Film Festival

20 February 2016 3:50 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Several 2016 Oscar contenders including Lady Gaga & Diane Warren, and Ennio Morricone, will be honored next week at the 11th annual Italia Film Festival. The week-long pre-Oscars showcase of the best of Italian culture happens February 21-27 in Los Angeles at the TLC Chinese 6 Theatres. Among the events featured in this year’s festival is the first-ever Us retrospective of Italian Writer-Director Mario Martone. The tribute will showcase his Giacomo Leopardi biopic Il giova… »

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Pope Francis Biopic ‘Call Me Francesco’ Gets February U.S. Premiere

8 February 2016 10:53 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American premiere of “Call Me Francesco,” the biopic based on the life of Pope Francis, will launch the Los Angeles Italian Film Festival on Feb. 21 at the Chinese Six Theaters at Los Angeles.

Directed by Italian filmmaker Daniele Luchetti, “Call Me Francesco” chronicles the life of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as a young man in Buenos Aires before finding his calling to become a Jesuit priest, and follows him as he rose through the ranks of archbishop and cardinal struggling with difficult decisions in the face of military dictatorship before, in 2013, becoming the first pontiff ever from the Americas.

Argentinian actor Rodrigo De la Serna (“The Motorcycle Diaries”) stars in the title role. The film is produced by Pietro Valsecchi for Medusa in collaboration with Mediaset’s Taodue and is distributed by Medusa in Italy.

“There is no one in today’s world who is more beloved and admired than Pope Francis, »

- Dave McNary

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