8 items from 2010
Italian film director and screenwriter who established a new school of social-realist comedy
The Italian film director Mario Monicelli has died aged 95, after jumping out of a hospital window in Rome. Monicelli directed more than 60 films, most of which he co-wrote. He was best known for I Soliti Ignoti (Big Deal On Madonna Street, 1958), which was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign-language film. It was remade by Louis Malle as Crackers (1984) and turned into a Broadway musical, Big Deal, by Bob Fosse in 1986. Monicelli's original is one of the most internationally admired Italian comedies of the past 60 years.
Born in Viareggio, Tuscany, Monicelli was the son of a journalist, Tomaso Monicelli, who founded one of the earliest Italian film magazines. Tomaso killed himself in 1946. Mario studied at the universities of Milan and Pisa and took an early interest in films. With the future publisher Alberto Mondadori, he collaborated »
- John Francis Lane
8 June 2010 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Rome -- Thousands of protesters gathered in the Italian capital's Piazza Navona on Tuesday to demonstrate against proposed cuts in the Italian government's spending on culture, which includes funds for specific cinema and television programs.
Overall, cultural spending from the government in 2011 will total about half what it did in 2009. In 2008, the latest figures available, Italy spent around €400 million ($495 million) on cultural projects, with around a fifth of that earmarked for audiovisual programs for cinema and television. The rest is split between music, prose, dance, theater and art.
Protesters on Tuesday noted that Italy spends only 0.3% of the government budget on cultural initiatives, well behind the European average of 1.5%. »
- By Eric J. Lyman
This will be Luchetti’s fourth time at Cannes, and looks like he’s got himself some good story since we already had a chance to hear from him that “above and beyond his difficulties, it’s the story of a whole country.” Check the rest of report…
So, this is story about working-class man in Rome, who must come to terms with a death caused by a traumatic event.
Luchetti said that “The film mixes various horizons, such as life and profound pain. It is simultaneously furious and lively. I worked less on lightening up the tone this time, in order to let the truth emerge”.
He also added that he had “a great desire look to at my country through a character that »
The lineup for the 2010 edition of Directors’ Fortnight has been announced. There are eleven first films in the lineup which will compete for the Camera d’Or prize which goes to a first film from across all the sections.
In 2010 Directors’ Fortnight, the Carrosse d’Or award will be awarded to Agnes Varda, the celebrated woman auteur-director of the french independant cinema. The Carrosse d’or (Golden Coach) Prize is a tribute to a director chosen from the international filmmaking community for the innovative qualities, courage and independent-mindedness of his or her work. Since its creation in 2002, this prize has been given to Jacques Rozier, Clint Eastwood, Nanni Moretti, Sembene Ousmane, David Cronenberg, Alain Cavalier, Jim Jarmusch and Naomie Kawasé in 2009.
Directors’ Fortnight will run from May 13 to 23 on the sidelines of the official selection at Cannes International Film festival.
(* denotes films competing for Caméra d'Or Prize)
Pontiff unlikely to welcome Italian director Nanni Moretti's movie about a pope crushed by the responsibility of his role
It is probably the very last thing that Pope Benedict needs at a time of scandal.
Assailed on all sides by accusations of assisting in the cover-up of clerical paedophilia, and with some of his critics baying for his resignation, the head of the Roman Catholic church, who turned 83 today, has learned that Italy's most internationally renowned director is making a film about a depressed and beleaguered pope.
Nanni Moretti, the director of Dear Diary, an engaging 1993 comedy, was quoted as saying his new movie "contains a painful core, but wrapped in a light tone". According to the newspaper La Repubblica, one scene has a roomful of cardinals swaying to the rhythm of an Argentinian song, while killing time during a papal election. The film's title, Habemus Papam ("We have a Pope! »
- John Hooper
The Society of Film Directors (Srf) will award the Carrosse d’Or (“Golden Coach”) to French director Agnès Varda at the opening evening of the 42nd Directors’ Fortnight, which will run from May 13-23 at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival.
Created in 2002, the award is intended for directors chosen for their innovative films, their bold and uncompromising direction and production. Previous Carrosse d’Or winners include Jacques Rozier, Clint Eastwood, Nanni Moretti, Ousmane Sembene, David Cronenberg, Alain Cavalier, Jim Jarmusch and Naomi Kawase.
Varda (81) began her career as a director in 1955. She won the Louis Delluc Prize in 1964, and has been selected in competition at Cannes (in 1962), Berlin (in 1965 when she took home the Special Jury Prize, 1988 and 1995) and Venice (in 1985). Her latest work, The Beaches of Agnes, nabbed the Best Documentary Cesar 2009, after it was unveiled out of competition at the 2008 Venice Film Festival.
The 2010 Directors’ Fortnight selection will »
29 March 2010 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Rome -- Michelangelo took four years to paint the 12,000-square-foot ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, but set designers at Cinecitta Studios in Rome will be recreating the chapel in 4/5 scale in just a few weeks in what will be among the most ambitious set construction projects in Cinecitta in years.
The construction will be for Nanni Moretti's newest film project, "Habemus Papam," the Latin phrase used to announce the election of a new pope. The Sistine Chapel houses the College of Cardinals during the conclave held to elect a new pontiff after the previous one dies.
The film, which will be called "We Have a Pope" in English, is centered on the relationship between a newly elected pope and his therapist. Moretti, a five-time nominee for the Palme d'Or in Cannes, has attracted criticism from religious groups for the subject matter of the soon-to-be completed film. »
- By Eric J. Lyman
Our very first feature of 2010, is an item which we begin at the top of every month. January's Tracking Shot makes up for a lack of production in December - and at the top of the productions that are beginning this month we find George Clooney toplining Alexander Payne's The Descendants for Fox Searchlight. Casting is still underway with this project - and I guess we'll be hearing more from it in the next couple of weeks. - Our very first feature of 2010, is an item which we begin at the top of every month. January's Tracking Shot makes up for a lack of production in December - and at the top of the productions that are beginning this month we find George Clooney toplining Alexander Payne's The Descendants for Fox Searchlight. Casting is still underway with this project - and I guess we'll be hearing more from »
8 items from 2010
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