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12 items from 2015


The Mysterious Chords Of Youth

4 December 2015 12:47 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Paolo Sorrentino makes movies the way musicians create music—lingering themes swirl together with short spurts of philosophical flirtation and bawdy jokes, placid imagery routinely collides with florid representation and the occasional heavily laden visual metaphor. But they also have an ephemeral quality which suggests a certain resistance to the rigidity of interpretation, that the experience of the way the images and sounds come together (or don’t) is the primary attraction. And it’s all seemingly colored by an underlying suspicion that whether it’s the devil or the divine in the details, to resist luxuriating in them would be to risk missing the overarching emotional pull Sorrentino’s movies are capable of, which for all their intellectual dabbling is what ends up being their most potent and meaningful quality.

A movie like The Great Beauty seems itself to sing, its techno-blasted party-at-the-edge-of-eternity vibe in contrapuntal balance with the »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Youth | Review

2 December 2015 9:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Oh, Youth and Beauty!: Sorrentino’s Shows Softer Side in Switzerland

Following the success of the snide yet undeniably eloquent 2013 title The Great Beauty, which ended up snatching the Best Foreign Language statue at the Academy Awards, Paolo Sorrentino takes a second dip in English following 2011’s This Must Be the Place with Youth. Tender, sweet, and more emotional than his last film, Sorrentino is once again pontificating on the last chapter of life, this time through the vessels of a retired composer and aged film director, as portrayed by Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel. Threaded with the auteur’s usual flashes of visual inspiration, this time around he seems less bombastic and potentially meditative with characters contemplating a last hurrah as they remember highs and lows.

At an isolated hotel in the foothills of the Alps, two old friends return to spend another vacation period. Retired composer Fred »

- Nicholas Bell

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Sorrentino's Youth Another Great Exploration of Aging [Review]

6 November 2015 12:07 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Writer/director Paolo Sorrentino is obsessed with the concept of aging; what it feels like to get old, what it means to get old and most importantly, how old men try to stay connected to the youthful world around them. Generally speaking, stories about old guys trying to stay young don't work unless you're an old guy trying to stay young but in the case of Sorrentino, his movies exude an energy and universality that speaks to a wider audience.

A few years ago, Sorrentino employed frequent collaborator Toni Servillo to explore one man's struggle to stay relevant in The Great Beauty (review) and for Youth, he explores similar themes [Continued ...] »

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Mia: Sales Emerge As New Rome Mart Wraps On Positive Note

22 October 2015 6:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Sales are emerging out of the Rome Film Festival’s new Mia mart in one of several indications of its effectiveness as an Italian industry driver and also of its potential role as a major Fall meet for international film, TV, and video games execs.

The first deals being announced come from Italian companies, the top one being from True Colours the new sales oufit just launched by Indigo Film and Lucky Red, which closed all Latin American territories on Toni Servillo-starrer “The Confessions,” a meditation on power as perceived by the mind of a monk, directed by Robert Andò. It’s a hot Italo title, now in post. True Colours exec Catia Rossi closed deals with Mares Filmes for Brazil and Argentina’s Cdi Films, which took the rest of the region.

True Colours also sold Maria Sole Tognazzi’s lesbian romcom “Me Myself and Her” to Pro-Fun Media for Germany, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Mia: Sales Emerge As New Rome Mart Wraps On Positive Note

22 October 2015 6:36 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome – Sales are emerging out of the Rome Film Festival’s new Mia mart in one of several indications of its effectiveness as an Italian industry driver and also of its potential role as a major Fall meet for international film, TV, and video games execs.

The first deals being announced come from Italian companies, the top one being from True Colours the new sales oufit just launched by Indigo Film and Lucky Red, which closed all Latin American territories on Toni Servillo-starrer “The Confessions,” a meditation on power as perceived by the mind of a monk, directed by Robert Andò. It’s a hot Italo title, now in post. True Colours exec Catia Rossi closed deals with Mares Filmes for Brazil and Argentina’s Cdi Films, which took the rest of the region.

True Colours also sold Maria Sole Tognazzi’s lesbian romcom “Me Myself and Her” to Pro-Fun Media for Germany, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Italy’s Lucky Red And Indigo Film Pact To Launch New Sales Company For Italian, International Movies (Exclusive)

14 October 2015 7:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Oscar-winning Italo production shingle Indigo Film (“The Great Beauty”) and prominent distributor Lucky Red have joined forces to launch a world sales company called True Colours dedicated to Italian and international product in what could turn out to be a game-changer for the Italian film industry.

True Colours is being headed by Catia Rossi, the respected former international film sales exec at pubcaster Rai’s Rai Com distribution unit.

Based in Rome, it will launch from the Rome fest’s ambitious new Mia market, which aims to boost the Italian film and TV industries and put the country back on the global content market map.

Having a larger Italian sales company with combined production and distribution firepower could, at least partially, revert a longstanding trend that has seen Italian movies being  sold globally predominantly by prominent French companies such as Wild Bunch, Pathe, Studio Canal, and Le Pacte, or »

- Nick Vivarelli

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 8: No Love Lost on Sorrentino’s “Youth”

21 May 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The last of the three competing Italian films for the Palme d’Or, unlike 2008 where Garrone’s Gomorrah edged out Sorrentino’s Il Divo, here, solely going by grade average, it is Youth that is edging Tale of Tales. His seventh feature film, a Toni Servillo-less second English language film and fifth to appear In Comp at Cannes, Youth stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda in what appears to be a nice companion piece to his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty. Our Nicholas Bell describes the filmmaker’s touch as “less bombastic and potentially meditative with characters contemplating a last hurrah as they remember highs and lows.” Previously the filmmaker first shored up in Cannes with 2004’s The Consequences of Love, 2006’s Friend of the Family and who can forget career belly-flop in 2011’s This Must Be the Place.

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- Eric Lavallee

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Youth’

20 May 2015 5:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In “The Great Beauty,” there’s a flashback in which a young Jep Gambardella recalls the promise of love — its loss, with the betrayal of youthful ideals, leads to Jep’s crushing self-contempt. It’s a tender moment in a film of deep cynicism, and now Paolo Sorrentino, with “Youth,” delivers his most tender film to date, an emotionally rich contemplation of life’s wisdom gained, lost and remembered — with cynicism harping from the sidelines, but as a wearied chord rather than a major motif. Set in a Swiss spa with two old friends — one a retired composer-conductor, the other an active helmer—  “Youth” is less flashy than Sorrentino’s recent pics but no less beautiful. Shot in English, with leads Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel bringing lifetimes of depth to their roles, the film, which Fox Searchlight is releasing Stateside, could become Sorrentino’s biggest box office hit yet. »

- Jay Weissberg

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Cannes: Italian Pic Lines Up Big International Cast For His ‘Confessions’

13 May 2015 10:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Italian director Roberto Ando has lined up an impressive Italian and international cast for his “Le Confessioni” (The Confessions), a meditation on power as perceived by the mind of a monk.

Thesps attached to the pic now include Toni Servillo, Daniel Auteuil, Connie Nielsen, Pierfrancesco Favino, Lambert Wilson (pictured), and Moritz Bleibtreu.

Producer Angelo Barbagallo will be pitching the pic to international sales agents on the Croisette.

Ando in 2013 scored a local hit with political dramedy “Viva La Liberta,” toplining Servillo.

Shooting on “Confessions” is set to start in Germany on May 26, and will then segue to Italy.

Pic is an Italian-French co-production being co-produced by Barbagallo’s Bibi Film,

Gaul’s Barbary Film and Rai Cinema. It got a hefty 550,000 euro ($623,000) subsidy from Italy’s Mibact government funding entity.

Though “Confessions” is believed to be inspired by “The Confessions of St. Augustine,” the production is staying mum on this »

- Nick Vivarelli

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’70s horror classic ‘Don’t Look Now’ getting remade

29 April 2015 7:40 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Remakes of horror movies are nothing new in Hollywood. We recently got one for Evil Dead, The Thing, and we’re a few weeks away from a modernized version of Steven Spielberg’s Poltergeist. Even in terms of ’70s horror, there have been countless sequels and spinoffs all varying on the initial premise of The Exorcist.

But this latest planned remake boggles the mind. Don’t Look Now is Nicolas Roeg’s classic art house horror staple of the ’70s. Starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, it’s the story of a family who tragically loses their daughter in a drowning accident, then travels to Venice to try and piece their life back together, only to be warned by a clairvoyant nun that their daughter brings a message of danger from the afterlife. It’s not your typical jump-scare fest for teenagers to say the least.

The movie is also »

- Brian Welk

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Watch: Trailer For 'The Great Beauty' Director Paolo Sorrentino's 'Youth' Starring Michael Caine & Rachel Weisz

11 April 2015 4:59 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Given his long history with the festival, it seemed like a dead cert that Paolo Sorrentino’s latest, “Youth,” a second English-language film from the Oscar-winning Italian master behind “Il Divo” and “The Great Beauty,” would be heading to Cannes. We’re still a few days away from finding out the exact line-up (which hits April 16th), but a teaser trailer for Sorrentino’s new movie just landed, which seems to be a pretty good indication that it’ll be heading to the Croisette next month.  Starring Michael Caine (who seems to have been done up decidedly like Sorrentino’s muse Toni Servillo), Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, and Paul Dano, it certainly seems to bear some similarities with “The Great Beauty,” but seems a rather less lavish affair, with even a greater edge of darkness. Anyway, this is one of our most anticipated of the year, and it looks absolutely terrific. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #65. Marco Bellocchio’s L’ultimo Vampiro

6 January 2015 9:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

L’ultimo Vampiro

Director: Marco Bellocchio // Writer: Marco Bellocchio

Marco Bellocchio is a key figure from mid-60s radical Italian cinema with his 1965 film Fists in the Pocket. He’s gone on to enjoy a steady filmography with intermittent renewals of interest in his work, such as critical hits with titles like Good Morning, Night (2003), and, most recently with his scalding Vincere (2009). While we found his Isabelle Huppert/Toni Servillo headlined euthanasia film Dormant Beauty (2012) to be a bit overwrought (we interviewed the filmmaker then) , we’re excited to see his latest, which has received a provocative new title, L’ultimo Vampiro (The Last Vampire)—formerly known as La Monaca. Bellocchio reunites with Rohrwacher and his regular cast mate Roberto Herlitzka for this tale based on the true tale of a 17th century noblewoman forced to become a nun, but whose free-spirited love affairs inside the convent lead to incarceration. »

- Nicholas Bell

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