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6 items from 2015

Film Review: ‘They Call Me Jeeg’

5 November 2015 5:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Italy finally has its very own superhero, and his capacity for mixing social critique with heroic feats is boundless. Gabriele Mainetti’s thoroughly enjoyable, surprisingly plangent and gritty “They Call Me Jeeg” features a two-bit criminal loser who stumbles upon his powers, Toxic Avenger-style (without the deformity), and learns to care about humanity thanks to a traumatized woman who’s convinced he’s the Japanese manga character Steel Jeeg. Mainetti may be a novice helmer but there’s no trace of the beginner here, with style and execution earning top marks along with modest yet well-handled f/x. The real standout, though, is how he combines superhero tropes with Italian social and political ills, making “Jeeg” a likely cross-generational sleeper hit following a projected February opening. Offshore chances look promising.

The 1970s cartoon series “Steel Jeeg,” created by Go Nagai, has long been popular in Italy, so it’s not »

- Jay Weissberg

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In the swim by Anne-Katrin Titze

6 June 2015 11:12 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Sara Serraiocco's star shines in Lamberto Sanfelice's Chlorine and Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza's Salvo Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Attending the Open Roads: New Italian Cinema lunch at Barbetta were filmmakers Francesca Archibugi - An Italian Name (Il Nome Del figlio); Duccio Chiarini - Short Skin; Eleonora Danco - N-Capace / N-Able; Cristina Comencini - Latin Lover; Ivano de Matteo - The Dinner (I Nostri Ragazzi); Masbedo (Nicolò Massazza and Iacopo Bedogni) - The Lack and actors Claudio Santamaria in Ermanno Olmi's Greenery Will Bloom Again (Torneranno I Prati); Adriano Giannini in Claudio Noce's The Ice Forest (La Foresta Di Ghiaccio) and Lamberto Sanfelice's Chlorine (Cloro) star, Sara Serraiocco.

Jenny with Flavia (Chiara Romano): "I spent a lot of time with the girls who do synchronized swimming."

The Italian cinema delegation in town was joined by Antonio Monda, the newly appointed Artistic Director of »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Film Review: ‘Greenery Will Bloom Again’

25 February 2015 9:51 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As the son of a Wwi vet, Ermanno Olmi has a personal connection to the “war to end all wars.” Perhaps that’s why his “Greenery Will Bloom Again” is so reverential — reverential to the point of being frozen. Beautifully lensed scenes in the snow-covered trenches of northern Italy testify to the master’s 55 years in the director’s chair, yet this unexpected return to feature filmmaking, set among a company of soldiers battered by Austrian shelling, lacks the fullness of vision that graced “The Profession of Arms.” Local play and reviews in November were respectable, but “Greenery” is unlikely to bloom outside scattered fests and retrospectives.

The film world has been distressingly sluggish in acknowledging Wwi’s centenary, so while it’s encouraging to have someone of Olmi’s stature address the horrors of the conflict, the result adds little to the list of superb pics — “The Big Parade, »

- Jay Weissberg

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Berlin: Rai Com Takes Sales On Ermanno Olmi’s ‘Meadows’ And ‘Chlorine’ Exclusive

4 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Italian pubcaster Rai’s sales arm Rai Com has taken world sales on veteran Italo auteur Ermanno Olmi’s World War I drama “The Meadows Will Bloom Again,” screening in Berlinale Special, and first-timer Lamberto Sanfelice’s “Chlorine,” in Berlin’s Generation section, following its Sundance bow.

“Meadows,” which stars Claudio Santamaria (pictured), is Olmi’s personal reflection on the futility of war, on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, filtered through memories passed on to him by his father and others of that generation. Produced by Luigi Musini’s Cinemaundici and Ipotesi Cinema in association with Rai Cinema, pic has been well-received in Italy where it’s grossed a respectable $1.6 million since its November release via Rai’s 01 Distribution arm. Olmi is best known internationally for 1978 Palme d’Or winner “The Tree of Wooden Clogs” and 1998 Venice Golden Lion winner “The Legend of the Holy Drinker. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Berlin 2015: Woman in Gold, Life to world premiere

15 January 2015 2:16 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren, and Anton Corbijn’s Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, to world premiere at Berlinale.

The 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) is to host the world premieres of Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren; Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan; and Dagur Kári’s Virgin Mountain.

The films form part of the Berlinale Special Galas line-up, which will also include the international premiere of awards contender Selma and the European premiere of Bill Pohland’s Love & Mercy, starring John Cusack

Based on a true story, Woman In Gold is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) and stars Mirren as Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, who takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.

The UK-us co-production, which also stars Ryan Reynolds (Captives) and Daniel Brühl (Rush), is produced by Origin Pictures, BBC Films and The »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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‘Selma,’ ‘Woman in Gold,’ ‘Life’ to Play at Berlin Film Festival

15 January 2015 2:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” Simon Curtis’ “Woman in Gold” and Anton Corbijn’s “Life” will screen at the Berlin Film Festival as part of the Berlinale Special program.

Selma,” which stars David Oyelowo and Tom Wilkinson, makes its international premiere in Berlin. It was described by Variety‘s reviewer as a “razor-sharp portrait of the civil rights movement.” Pic has made faltering progress in the awards season, mainly due to the lack of screeners.

Life,” which world premieres in Berlin, stars Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan. Pic is inspired by the true story of a friendship that developed between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock and actor James Dean when Stock was commissioned to photograph the actor for Life magazine in 1955. Corbijn’s previous pics are “Control” and “A Most Wanted Man.”

Woman in Gold,” which is another world premiere, stars Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Brühl. It centers on a Jewish woman, »

- Leo Barraclough

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