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Exclusive: U.S. Trailer For 'Viva La Liberta' Featuring 'The Great Beauty' Star Toni Servillo

16 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With memorable roles in "Gomorrah," "Il Divo," and the Oscar-winning "The Great Beauty" (winning a European Best Actor award for all three roles), Toni Servillo has launched himself on the international cinema stage in a big way. The actor's latest movie to land stateside, "Viva La Liberta," finds Servillo taking on the challenge of playing dual roles. Co-written and directed by Roberto Andò, and co-starring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Valerio Mastandrea, the film kicks off when Enrico Oliveri, a veteran politician, seeing the inevitable fall of his political party, flees to Paris. But his top aide and his wife has a plan: they enlist Enrico's troubled, genius twin, Giovanni, and put him in control. It's a crazy plan that just might work. Mixing drama, comedy, and even thriller elements, as you see in the exclusive U.S. trailer below, this is an opportunity to witness Servillo's wide array of skills at work. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Toronto: Rai Com Sells ‘Mafia’ And ‘Viva’ To Distrib Films For U.S.

8 September 2014 2:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Rai Com has sold U.S. rights to bittersweet Mafia-themed comedy “The Mafia Kills Only in Summer” by Sicilian TV satirist-turned-helmer Piefrancesco Diliberto, known as Pif, to New York-based Distrib Films, which will also release Italo political drama “Viva la libertà,” toplining Toni Servillo (“The Great Beauty”), also acquired from Rai Com.

Produced by Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Mieli’s Wildside in association with Rai Cinema, “The Mafia Kills Only in Summer” (pictured) provides a unique perspective on the pernicious impact of the mob on contempo life in Sicily through the eyes first of a child and then of a young man. It has been a sleeper hit in Italy, winner of this years’s David di Donatello, the country’s top film nod, for best debut director.

Viva la libertà,” which is directed by Roberto Andò, is a political dramedy in which the

leader of Italy’s opposition »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Rai secures Us double

7 September 2014 3:21 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Viva La Liberta [pictured] and The Mafia Only Kills in the Summer secure Us deals.

Rai has closed Us deals with DistriB Films for Roberto Andò’s Viva La Liberta, starring Toni Servillo, and Pif’s mafia dark-comedy The Mafia Only Kills in the Summer.

Mattia Odone, Rai’s head of international sales, cinema and TV, commented: “We are very happy to see the increasing commercial interest in Italian films internationally. In DistriB Films and Francois Scippa-Kohn, we have found a partner with a great track record of positioning quality European films in the challenging Us market.”​ »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘The Trip To Italy’, ‘Frank’, ‘Jealousy’, ‘Life After Beth’, ‘Fort McCoy’

14 August 2014 6:29 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

In this weekend’s specialty box-office debuts, IFC Films hopes to replicate the critical and commercial success of Michael Winterbottom’s first amusing little travelogue/talker of a feature, The Trip, with a semi-sequel, The Trip To Italy. The second Trip again stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon; the entertainingly garrulous pair on yet another jaunt across restaurants, countryside and philosophy. The latest Trip will bow in NYC and La this weekend after a successful Australian run earlier this summer (or their winter).

Frank, a British-Irish-American drama from Magnolia Pictures featuring Michael Fassbender that had runs at Sundance and SXSW, bows in only one U.S. theater this weekend. Frank centers on an eccentric band, giving Fassy fans a chance to hear the Oscar-nominated actor sing, albeit from behind a mask (he’s not bad, actually).

Other notable new films include Philippe Garrel‘s Jealousy, which Distrib Films will expand »

- Brian Brooks

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Locarno to honour Giancarlo Giannini

23 July 2014 4:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Italian actor-director to receive Excellence Award.

Italian actor and director Giancarlo Giannini is to attend the 67th Locarno Film Festival (Aug 6-16) as one of the guests of honour of the Titanus retrospective and will receive an Excellence Award Moët & Chandon.

Giannini will receive the honour on the Piazza Grande on Aug 12. As per Locarno tradition, the next day the Festival audience will have the opportunity to attend an “In Conversation” session with the actor at the Spazio Cinema (Forum).

A series of screenings will accompany this tribute. In addition to Non stuzzicate la zanzara and Indian Summer, screened as part of the Titanus retrospective, there will also be a screening of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Lili Marleen (1981) in his honour.

Locarno 2014 line-up

An Excellence Award is also being presented to Juliette Binoche this year.

Previous recipients of the Excellence Award include Susan Sarandon, John Malkovich, Michel Piccoli, Toni Servillo, Isabelle Huppert, [link »

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

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Locarno Film Festival To Honor Italian Thesp Giancarlo Giannini

23 July 2014 4:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – The Locarno Film Festival will honor versatile Italian thesp Giancarlo Giannini with a career award and several screenings of his films, including his big-screen debut “Don’t Bother the Mosquito,” the start of a long collaboration with Lina Wertmuller.

Wertmuller directed Giannini in nine films, the most memorable of which is perhaps “Seven Beauties,” for which Giannini was Oscar-nominated in 1977.

“Don’t Bother the Mosquito,” a 1967 musical in which Giannini co-stars with singer Rita Pavone, is screening at Locarno as part of the Swiss fest’s retro dedicated to Italy’s storied Titanus studios, which churned out many works of Italian cinema’s golden era.

Other directors Giannini has worked with include Luchino Visconti, Mario Monicelli, Dino Risi, Alberto Lattuada, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Martin Scorsese, and Ridley Scott.

As part of the tribute the fest, which is located in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, will also screen Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Lili Marleen, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Why I'd like to be Jeff Anderson from Clerks

7 July 2014 11:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Continuing our series in which writers reveal the movie characters they want to emulate, Lanre Bakare explains why Randal, in Kevin Smith's offbeat tale of convenience-store drones, chimes perfectly with his own experiences of working in shops

Why I'd like to be Tim Curry in Legend

Why I'd like to be Toni Servillo in The Great Beauty

Why I'd like to be ... Goldie Hawn as Private Benjamin Continue reading »

- Lanre Bakare

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Why I'd like to be  Christian Slater in True Romance

1 July 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Our series in which writers reveal the movie characters they emulate, Ben Child admires Christian Slater's genius for creating mesmerisingly cool oddballs especially ones who get the girl (with a Tarantino twist)

Michael Hann: why I'd like to be Steve Carell

Peter Walker: why I'd like to be Toni Servillo

Celine Bijleveld: why I'd like to be Goldie Hawn Continue reading »

- Ben Child

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Halfway Mark: The Best Movies of 2014 (so far) Part 1

1 July 2014 2:58 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Picking the best movies that come out in any given year is no easy feat. For film fans, a quality feature can come out at any time, from any one, and discovering an enjoyable and well-crafted feature is truly a pleasure. As we reach the halfway point of the year, many excellent films have already made their way to theatres, films that are well worth a watch. Below, you shall find the list of the top 30 films of 2014 to date, a list that ranges from science fiction thrillers to period dramas.

A few notes to keep in mind when reading our entry: Certain films from our 2013 list make a second appearance on this list. This is because the movies, while technically released this year, were seen by a select few in time for last year’s list, due to the benefit of film festivals and press screenings. The list itself is in no particular order, »

- Ricky

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Oscar winner 'The Great Beauty' loses out at Italy's Academy Awards

11 June 2014 11:17 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"The Great Beauty," Paolo Sorrentino's splashy valentine to Roman high society, was the most lauded foreign-language film of the last awards season -- it ruled the European Film Awards, and scooped Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Oscars. (At all but the last of these, it beat out its Cannes conqueror, "Blue is the Warmest Color.") So you'd think it'd be a shoo-in at Italy's own Academy Awards, right? Wrong. At yesterday's David di Donatello Awards, handed out annually by the Academy of Italian Cinema, Sorrentino's film was the night's biggest winner in terms of numbers -- taking nine awards, including Best Director and Best Actor for Toni Servillo. But its other wins were limited to below-the-line categories -- trust the Italians to have separate awards for Best Makeup and Best Hairstyling -- as Paolo Virzi's "Human Capital" took Best Picture. Virzi's film, a blend »

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Italy’s David Awards Are Split by Sorrentino’s ‘The Great Beauty’ and Virzi’s ‘Human Capital’

10 June 2014 1:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” (pictured) and Paolo Virzì’s “Human Capital” split top honors at Italy’s David di Donatello Awards, where Sorrentino’s foreign-Oscar winner took nine statuettes, including best director, producer and actor.

Virzi’s stylish economic crisis drama, which has been a hit at the local box office, instead scooped seven Davids, including key categories such as best picture, screenplay, male and female supporting actors, editing and an actress nod for Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

“Beauty’s” Toni Servillo took the best actor nod, perhaps the most predictable of the evening’s prizes.

“Beauty” producers Francesca Cima and Nicola Giuliano, of Rome’s Indigo Film, thanked the pic’s co-financer and distributor Medusa, and Gallic co-producer Babe Films.

The David for best first-time Italo helmer went to Sicilian TV satirist-turned-helmer Piefrancesco Diliberto, known as Pif, for his heartwarming Mafia-themed comedy “The Mafia Kills Only in Summer, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Interview with Roberto Andò about Long Live Freedom

7 June 2014 10:51 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Toni Servillo as Senator Enrico Oliveri in Long Live Freedom

The morning before Roberto Andò's Long Live Freedom (Viva La Libertà), starring Toni Servillo, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Valerio Mastandrea, screened at Open Roads: New Italian Cinema in New York, I spoke with the director at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. We discussed Federico Fellini mixing religion with cinema, the genius of Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator, Wong Kar-wai's style, what moves Marco Bellocchio and the masquerade of politics.

Long Live Freedom, where leaving a message is "perfectly useless" and new lives begin in the middle of old ones, unfolds smartly as part farce, part political commentary, part soul-searching device. Cinema and politics happen to be twin worlds here. The film is based on Andò's novel Il Trono Vuoto.

Giovanni as Senator Enrico Oliveri in the map room: "The prototype I'm thinking of is also from »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Dormant Beauty | Review

6 June 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Sleepytime Drama: Bellocchio Messy Message Movie

After yet another career peak with his 2009 film Vincere, Italian auteur Marco Bellocchio continues his examination of Italian society with Dormant Beauty, a treatise on Italy’s hot button issue of euthanasia. Bellocchio managed to score one of the cinema’s most talented actresses ever to appear on screen when he signed French actress Isabelle Huppert (no stranger to Italian cinema (see a 1996 Goethe adaptation, Elective Affinities from Vittorio and Paolo Taviani), so it’s so unfortunate that this latest endeavor is so unconvincing in all regards.

At the core, based on a true story, the film revolves around three separate storylines, all going on in the last 8 days of Eluana Englaro’s life in February, 2009. Her father, Beppe Englaro, had decided to take his daughter off of life support after she’d been in a coma for 17 years, which divided the country concerning »

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Rai Trade sells Darker Than Midnight

27 May 2014 6:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Drag queen drama, screened in Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival, sold to Germany, Australia and Poland.

Darker Than Midnight (Piu Buio Di Mezzanotte), the debut of Sicilian director Sebastiano Riso, has been sold by Rai Trade to Germany (Salzgeber), Australia (Palace) and Poland.

The rights for France, the UK, Us and Latin America will be finalized shortly, according to Rai Trade.

The film, which received its world premiere in Critics’ Week at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is inspired by the real-life tale of one of Italy’s best-known drag queens, Fuxia (aka Davide Capone).

The feature marks Capone’s big screen debut and the ensemble cast includes Boardwalk Empire actor Vincenzo Amato, Lucia Sardo, Pippo Del Bono and Micaela Ramazzotti.

Deals were also closed for a number of Rai Trade’s catalogue titles. Roberto Andò’s political satire Viva la Liberta with Toni Servillo was sold to Japan (Respect) and Latin America ([link »

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

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Article about the Marco Bellocchio book launch luncheon and retrospective at MoMA

17 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Marco Bellocchio at the 2013 Open Roads: New Italian Cinema for Dormant Beauty (Bella Addormentata): "So the issue, the theme of awakening back to life is very present." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Museum of Modern Art and Luce Cinecittà organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator in the Department of Film at MoMA, and Camilla Cormanni and Paola Ruggiero of Luce Cinecittà are presenting Marco Bellocchio: A Retrospective running from April 16 - May 7, 2014. This is the third collaboration, following exhibitions for Pier Paolo Pasolini and Bernardo Bertolucci.

Il Gattopardo luncheon for Marco Bellocchio in New York Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The opening night screening of The Wedding Director (Il Regista di matrimoni) starring Sergio Castellitto, Donatella Finocchiaro, and Sami Frey was introduced by Marco Bellocchio. Tonight, Bellocchio and Maya Sansa will introduce Dormant Beauty (Bella Addormentata) which stars Isabelle Huppert, Toni Servillo, Alba Rohrwacher, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio and Sansa at MoMA.

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- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis Continues This Weekend With Two Free Films

14 April 2014 7:20 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis concludes this weekend with the local premieres of two more Italian films. They are shown in their original language with English subtitles.

For more details such as directions, times, sponsors, and a complete schedule go to the Italian Film Festival USA site Here

http://www.italianfilmfestivalstlouis.com/index.html

Admission is Free!

Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis continues this weekend with White As Milk – Red As Blood and The Jewel

White As Milk, Red As Blood screens Saturday, April 19 in the Jerzewiak Family Auditorium in the Lab Sciences Building on the campus of Washington University at 5:30pm

Leo is a typical sixteen-year-old: he likes to chat with friends, play soccer, joyride on his scooter and listen to his iPod. School is agonizing to him. Then, a new and “different” history and philosophy teacher arrives: he encourages the students to live deeply and follow their dreams. »

- Tom Stockman

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Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis Kicks Off This Weekend

2 April 2014 8:01 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Which should be exciting news for those unaware we even had an annual Italian Film Festival here in St. Louis. We do, and it’s been going on for ten years now. It’s not well-promoted in general but it must be in the local Italian community because I’ve attended on the past and they always draw huge crowds (the free admission probably doesn’t hurt).

St. Louisans can enjoy the local premiere of eleven recent Italian films at this year’s Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis. The films are shown in their original language with English subtitles at 3 venues on the campus of Washington University: Lab Sciences 300, Brown Hall and Steinberg Auditorium.

For more details such as directions, times, sponsors, and a complete schedule go to the Italian Film Festival USA site Here

http://www.italianfilmfestivalstlouis.com/index.html

Highlights of this year’s fest include The Best Offer, »

- Tom Stockman

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‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ ‘The Great Beauty’ and ‘Ms. 45′ Are the Best DVD Releases This Week

25 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. The Great Beauty (Criterion) Paolo Sorrentino’s almost plotless portrait of the glamorous nightlife of contemporary Rome may seem on the surface to be an obvious choice for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. After all, it quite deliberately follows the footsteps of La Dolce Vita as an ode not only to Rome’s vast history, but its history of cinematic glitz. Yet there’s a great deal going on below The Great Beauty’s exquisitely realized surface. Rather than a simple 21st century upgrade of Fellini’s Rome, The Great Beauty is an existential travelogue, a decadent and detailed portrayal of a place uncertain about how to realize its future as a definitive global city in the culture so content to rest its champagne-soaked laurels on its extensive reputation. We »

- Rob Hunter

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Criterion Collection: The Great Beauty | Blu-ray Review

25 March 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

In Paolo Sorrentino’s lavishly received Italian crime potboiler Il Divo, the stage is set with a world building montage that places us in a blood-bathed Rome ruled by politically backed hit men, and finally settles in, dollies up, and asks it’s leading man, Toni Servillo giving his best dead-eyed Giulio Andreotti impression, to stare straight into the camera and speak directly on how others seem to perceive him. Bizarrely, The Great Beauty begins almost the exact same way, but this version of Rome is not one of physical violence and political intimidation, but one solely focused on aristocratic appearances and the reciprocation of surface relationships.

Servillo, this time living in the skin of a facetiously jaded, secretly sulking part-time journalist and eternal socialite named Jep Gambardella, is found standing in the midst of his own lavish 65th birthday party, once again staring into the camera, memories of what »

- Jordan M. Smith

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New DVD Blu-ray: 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' 'The Great Beauty,' 'The King of Comedy'

25 March 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"The Great Beauty" (Criterion)

What's It About? A blast from the past sends man-about-town Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) reeling and reminiscing about his life and loves in Rome. The 65-year-old writer (of a sort) has had quite a life so far, but has he grown to take the richness of life and Rome for granted?

Why We're In: Even if you're not hip to Italian cinema and Sorrentino's influences, you'll still enjoy this Oscar-winning film.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"The King of Comedy" (30th Anniversary Edition)

What's It About? Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) is desperate to become famous. Once he meets talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis), he's sure his dreams of fame and fortune are coming true. All he has to do is convince Langford to have him on his show, and then Rupert will be the real king of comedy. »

- Jenni Miller

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