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After shuttering its London-based Fandango Portobello joint venture, Italian producer Domenico Procacci’s Fandango is kicking off sales solo at the Rome Film Festival’s Business Street mart on Rome opener “The Fifth Wheel,” produced by Fandango and Warner Bros. Italia.
Fandango Portobello had been set up in 2007 in partnership with Eric Abraham’s Portobello Pictures in London and was run by exec Janine Gold who exited when they closed up shop in March. Rome-based Fandango sales is headed Raffaella Di Giulio, who had been working in tandem with Gold.
“Wheel” toplines A-list Italo thesp Elio Germano “Our Life” 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. “Wheel,” which is helmed by frequent Italo hit maker Giovanni Veronesi, is being released by WarnerBros, locally on 350 prints November 14. Rome’s informal Business »
- Nick Vivarelli
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
David Gulpilil in Charlie's Country..
Not co-incidentally, Gulpilil plays a similarly conflicted character in de Heer.s new film, Charlie.s Country, which has its world premiere next month at the Adelaide Film Festival.
That.s one of 10 projects- features, documentaries and shorts- that deal with indigenous themes, most directed by indigenous filmmakers, screening at the festival.
They include Warwick Thornton.s The Darkside, a collection of poignant ghost stories from across Australia performed by Deborah Mailman, Bryan Brown, Aaron Pedersen, Leah Purcell, Brendan Cowell and Shari Sebbens; and Ben Pederick.s Ringbalin, a multi-platform project which tells the story of an Aboriginal elder who.s tired of watching his ancestral home at the end of the Coorong die and embarks on a »
- Don Groves
By welcoming Internet series, Taormina is putting itself at the forefront of international fests showcasing Web-based or cross-platform content alongside titles made for theatrical.
Last year, Taormina ran Web shorts individually before a movie of the same genre. This time the fest is taking a different tack, unspooling a 2½-hour segment dedicated just to world preems of Web skein pilots or unseen episodes, each no more than 10 minutes long, screening one after another.
“I’m trying out different ways to see how Web series can become festival fare,” says artistic director Mario Sesti.
Italy, where the webisode phenom got started only about two years ago, will feature prominently in the Taormina lineup; the only international Web skein on display will be Yank Pride and Prejudice online spoof The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, developed by Hank Green and Bernie Su. The Web series scooped up the Interactive/Social Media Experience nod at this year’s Intl. »
- Nick Vivarelli
‘The Best Offer’ Leads Field With Six David di Donatello Awards Giuseppe Tornatore’s La migliore offerta (The Best Offer) won a leading six trophies Friday at Italy’s David di Donatello Awards, including Best Film and Best Director. The English-language film, starring Geoffrey Rush as an auctioneer obsessed with a wealthy art collector (Sylvia Hoeks), beat out Bernardo Bertolucci’s Io e te (Me and You) and Gabriele Salvatores’ Educazione siberiana (Siberian Education) in both top categories. The latter two films went home empty-handed. Daniele Vicari’s Diaz took four Donatello prizes, including Best Producer for Domenico Procacci, and Matteo Garone’s Reality, which won a Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, collected three. PictureBox Films Begins Streaming to UK And Ireland NBCUniversal‘s PictureBox Films originally launched in 2006 as a digital TV Svod service. It’s just undergone a redesign and rebranding to offer streaming to UK and Ireland customers via desktop computer, »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Almost three years after the announcement that Matteo Garrone’s gritty Mafia film “Gomorrah” would become a TV series, cameras are rolling, marking the boldest programming effort yet from Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Italia paybox.
The skein is aimed at global audiences, as Italians step up their rare efforts to export TV shows. More important, “Gomorrah” marks Sky pushing the envelope, once again, on TV content.
Since Sky ventured into Italo TV production about five years ago with “Crime Novel,” about the Rome mob, it has consistently been upping the ante. Besides “Gomorrah,” it also has 1992 in production, a Milan-set skein about Italy’s so-called Clean Hands corruption scandals.
“Sky set out several years ago to make a new type of TV product that was missing on the Italian TV market. Now it’s seeing that these shows can also travel widely,” says Sky exec vice president Andrea Scrosati.
- Nick Vivarelli
Directed by Daniele Vicari.
A reenactment of the final days of the 2001 G8 Summit.
Watching Diaz as someone with no understanding - beyond having read a synopsis attached to this DVD - of the historical events on which it’s based fortified both its strengths and weaknesses. It’s an angry, political film with little political context included for the uninitiated. It’s a humanist film but built around a reductive, almost archetypal ‘good vs evil’ conflict.
Of course, speaking as someone ignorant about the real events, this may be an entirely accurate depiction. But the level of its bias towards the fresh-faced young protestors, all pretty and liberal (in the most broadly-drawn sense) and against the thick-set, furrowed-browed, uniformed police and politicians, only serves to make one suspicious about what’s not being shown. »
- Flickering Myth
Currently shooting in Naples and its crime-ridden environs, “Gomorrah” is a TV spin-off of the gritty eponymous Matteo Garrone movie. Twelve-episode first series of the skein is being produced by Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Italia paybox with Rome’s Cattleya and Domenico Procacci’s Fandango.
Beta, which boarded as co-production partner, is already in advanced talks for sales to several territories, including the U.K.
Footage will be unveiled at the Mipcom TV mart in October.
Reality-based narrative revolves around two warring family factions of the Camorra, the local mob. Stefano Sollima, who helmed Sky’s widely exported “Crime Novel” — also sold by Beta — is showrunning and directing six “Gomorrah” episodes with helmer Claudio Cupellini »
- Nick Vivarelli
To celebrate the release of political thriller Diaz: Don’t Clean Up this Blood on 10th June, we’ve got 3 Blu-ray copies to giveaway.
As 200,000 anti-globalization activists and anarchist protestors descended on Genoa to try prevent the 27th G8 Summit taking place, authorities gave anti-riot police a free hand to repress the masses. Diaz: Don’t Clean Up This Blood tells the story of the night raid on the Diaz school – used at the time as an activists’ sleeping quarter and international media centre – and the brutal attacks and shameless humiliation inflicted on those who were there that evening.
Diaz was produced by Domenico Procacci, who also produced which BAFTA award winning film:
Gomorrah Amour No [contact-form-7]
The small print:
Open to UK residents only Only one »
Screen Australia has committed almost $360,000 in funding to assist 15 filmmaking teams and three new internships.
The announcement, made earlier today, confirmed eight new projects will receive Screen Australia support while another seven teams will benefit from continued funding..
Three internships, developed through Screen Australia.s Talent Escalator Project, will send Australian filmmakers overseas to further develop their chosen crafts..
Natalie Lindwall will gain six months experience in the UK working with Ecosse Flims as a development producer, and producer Raquelle David will spend six months in Toronto working with Niv Fichman at Rhombus Media..
- Staff Writer
With all the papal craziness right now, it's no surprise that Sundance Selects is rebooking Nanni Moretti's 2011 competition Cannes entry "We Have a Pope" ("Habemus Papam") in a theater near you. "Recent world events made it irresistible for us to bring back 'We Have a Pope,'" said President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films Jonathan Sehring, "which mirrors what much of the discussion on the world stage has been over the last few weeks." In "We Have a Pope" the newly elected Pope (Michel Piccoli) suffers a panic attack just as he is due to appear on St Peter's balcony to greet the faithful. His advisors seek help from an atheist shrink played by Moretti. My interview with Moretti is here. The run begins next Wednesday at New York's Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, and nationally on multiple digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, GooglePlay, Sony Play Station and SundanceNOW. Moretti »
- Anne Thompson
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