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Manetti Brothers ‘Ammore E Malavita’ to screen at Cinema Made in Italy 2018

The eighth edition of Cinema Made in Italy will launch at the Ciné Lumière in South Kensington on Wednesday 7th March – and the big highlight, at least for me personally, is the UK debut of the Manetti Brothers (pictured above) latest film Ammore E Malavita, aka Love and Bullets.

For those unfamiliar with the Manetti Brothers – Antonio and Marco – the duo were the directors behind the amazing sci-fi horror The Arrival of Wang and produced Daniele Misischia’s fantastic zombie film The End?, which screened at Frightfest last year and I named as one of my Top 10 films of 2017.

Set against the backdrop of (organised) crime in the beguiling Bay of Naples, Love and Bullets has all the elements of a dramatic love story, accompanied by car chases, shoot-outs and spontaneous dance numbers. Defined by some as a ‘Mafia musical’, the latest film by the Manetti Brothers shakes up cinematic genres,
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Rome Film Review: ‘Rainbow — A Private Affair’

Rome Film Review: ‘Rainbow — A Private Affair’
To state the obvious: the Taviani brothers have made some remarkable films in their long and fruitful career, so saying that their latest, “Rainbow — A Private Affair,” is an artificial and dully old-fashioned literary adaptation in no way denigrates the position they hold in cinema’s firmament. It is, however, sad that this and their 2015 misfire “Wondrous Boccaccio” are both generically pretty, narratively bland works whose filmic shallowness is their most notable attribute. “Rainbow,” directed solely by Paolo Taviani but presented as a work of both brothers, is “freely inspired by” (though it’s closer than that) Beppe Fenoglio’s 1963 novel set during Italy’s mid-1940s civil war, when partisans and fascists engaged in tit-for-tat battles of attrition. The directors’ reputation ensures their latest offering makes the festival rounds, but it’s doubtful the movie will do well on general release even at home.

In the northwestern province of Piedmont, toward the end
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Pyramide International Sets Tavianis’ ‘Rainbow,’ Tonie Marshall’s ‘Number One’ for Berlin (Exclusive)

Pyramide International Sets Tavianis’ ‘Rainbow,’ Tonie Marshall’s ‘Number One’ for Berlin (Exclusive)
Paris — Paris-based Pyramide International, one of Europe’s foremost arthouse sales agents, will introduce to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market both “Rainbow,” the latest film from 2012 Berlin Golden Bear winners Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, and “Number One,” from France’s Tonie Marshall (“Venus Beauty Institute”).

After world premiering in last month in Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition to a highly upbeat reaction, “The Wound,” a third title on Pyramide Intl.’s sales slate at Berlin, will open the Berlinale’s Panorama section.

Starring upcoming Italian actors Luca Marinelli, Valentina Bellè and Lorenzo Richelmy, and adapting “Una Questione Privata,” a novel by Beppe Fenoglio, “Rainbow” is set during World War II. It turns on Milton, a member of the Italian resistance who courts a woman who, he discovers, is secretly in love with Giorgio, a fellow partisan. He decides to seek Giorgio out, only to discover he has been arrested by the fascists.
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Bound For Glory | Blu-ray Review

Biopics are best when focused on segmented portions of emotional turmoil, professional escalation or some perfect combination of the two, rather than trying to collapse entire lives into just a couple hours time. Hal Ashby’s 1976 retelling of Woody Guthrie’s popular ascent from dust bowl deadbeat to socially conscious folk music figurehead in Bound For Glory coolly pursues the latter with genuinely endearing, authentic feeling results. With David Carradine aptly filling the role of the humbly charismatic, musically driven drifter and a fully stocked catalog of Guthrie songs adapted for the screen by Leonard Rosenman, Ashby’s oddly conventional mid-period picture was in competition for the Palme d’Or, but ultimately lost to Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s Padre Padrone.

The film was shot by the late, great Haskell Wexler the very same year he took over principal photography from Néstor Almendros on Malick’s golden glazed Days of Heaven
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Daily | Interviews | Rappaport, Ott, Grandrieux

"I owe a good part of my sensibility, if not my career, to the films of Mark Rappaport, an American director who now lives in Paris," writes Matt Zoller Seitz at the top of his interview for RogerEbert.com. We've also gathered interviews with Mike Ott and Nathan Silver, Ben Rivers, Sean Baker, Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani, Philippe Grandrieux (Malgré la nuit), Peter Greenaway (with Elmer Bäck and Luis Alberti), cinematographer Edward Lachman, Frances Bodomo (Afronauts), Lee Grant, Gregory Crewdson, Jean-Claude Carrière, Michael Winterbottom, Owen Wilson—and in Interview, you'll find Peter Dinklage talking with Paul Dano. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Interviews | Rappaport, Ott, Grandrieux

"I owe a good part of my sensibility, if not my career, to the films of Mark Rappaport, an American director who now lives in Paris," writes Matt Zoller Seitz at the top of his interview for RogerEbert.com. We've also gathered interviews with Mike Ott and Nathan Silver, Ben Rivers, Sean Baker, Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani, Philippe Grandrieux (Malgré la nuit), Peter Greenaway (with Elmer Bäck and Luis Alberti), cinematographer Edward Lachman, Frances Bodomo (Afronauts), Lee Grant, Gregory Crewdson, Jean-Claude Carrière, Michael Winterbottom, Owen Wilson—and in Interview, you'll find Peter Dinklage talking with Paul Dano. » - David Hudson
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Italy’s Taviani Brothers On Selected Works And What A Gentleman Ettore Scola Was (Exclusive)

Italy’s Taviani Brothers On Selected Works And What A Gentleman Ettore Scola Was (Exclusive)
Italy’s revered filmmaking duo, the Taviani Brothers, Paolo and Vittorio, emerged way before the Coens, the Hugheses and the Wachowskis and are amazingly still active, well in their 80’s. They spoke, in unison, to Variety about their three classics “Padre Padrone,” “Night of The Shooting Stars,” and “Kaos,” which will screen in L.A. as part of a Taviani tribute, and also about their more recent works “Caesar Must Die,” the 2012 Berlin Golden Bear winner, and “Wondrous Boccaccio” which opened the Beijing fest last year. The Taviani tribute will be presented Jan.29-Feb.4 at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre by Cohen Media Group’s Classics of Cinema Film Collection.

It’s well-known that Rossellini loved “Padre Padrone.” He presided the Cannes Jury that awarded it the Palme d’Or in 1977. It’s also known he was a great inspiration to you when you were both very young. Can you
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‘The Danish Girl”s Tom Hooper To Receive Goteborg’s Honorary Dragon Award

‘The Danish Girl”s Tom Hooper To Receive Goteborg’s Honorary Dragon Award
Tom Hooper, whose latest film “The Danish Girl” has been nominated for four Oscars, will receive the Honorary Dragon Award at Göteborg Film Festival.

The Danish Girl” will have its Swedish premiere at the festival. The London-born helmer, who won an Oscar for “The King’s Speech” in 2010, will be present in Goteborg to receive the honorary prize.

As previously announced, Susanne Bier will receive the Nordic Honorary Dragon Award. As part of the tribute, Bier will host a masterclass and present two of her best-known movies: Oscar-winning “In a Better World” and “Freud Leaving Home.”

Goteborg will also showcase eight directorial debuts which will compete for the Ingmar Bergman award for best debut. The lineup of first films comprises Brady Corbet’s “The Childhood of a Leader,” Yaelle Kayam’s “Mountain” and Senem Tüzen’s “Motherland.”

Other pics running for the Ingmar Bergman kudo include Pietro Marcello’s “Lost and Beautiful,
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Indigo blue by Anne-Katrin Titze

Hungry Hearts director Saverio Costanzo in the grip of Wondrous Boccaccio director Paolo Taviani Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Soho House in New York, Hungry Hearts director Saverio Costanzo spoke with me about casting Adam Driver to star opposite Alba Rohrwacher in between Driver's work with Noah Baumbach on While We're Young and as a villain in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams. David Lynch, Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, Coney Island, the C.G. Jung deer, and the lure of an Indigo Child enter into our consciousness.

The small apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where Mina (Rohrwacher), Jude (Driver) and their newborn child live is a stone's throw from the Dakota building, home to another special baby. There is emotional intelligence, depth of perception, and a profound terror of being alive that connects both of these films.
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Beijing: Beginning Of Time, Wolf Totem win top awards

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Mexican director Bernando Arellano’s Beginning Of Time won best film in the Tiantan Awards of this year’s revamped Beijing International Film Festival, while Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem won best director and best visual effects.

Yuliya Peresild won best actress for her role in Russian-Ukrainian war film The Battle For Sevastopol, while best actor went to Artem Tsypin for Russian detective story A White, White Night.

Slovakian filmmaker Jaro Vojtek’s Chilren (Deti) won awards for best supporting actress (Eva Bandor), best screenplay and best cinematography. Best supporting actor went to Tony Leung Ka-fai for his role as the villain in Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain, while best music went to German filmmaker Marie Kreutzer’s Gruber Geht.

With red carpet screenings held in Beijing’s renovated Oriental Theatre, a move initiated by Bjiff’s new chief advisor Marco Mueller, the festival felt much more like a cinematic event than it has
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Into the abyss with Alba Rohrwacher by Anne-Katrin Titze

Cannes Un Certain Regard jury president Isabella Rossellini with Hungry Hearts director Saverio Costanzo and Alba Rohrwacher Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the Italian Sunday Brunch organised elegantly by Sally Fischer for Istituto Luce Cinecittà to honor Paolo Taviani (Wondrous Boccaccio), Cosima Spender (Palio), Laura Bispuri (Sworn Virgin), Saverio Costanzo (Hungry Hearts), Alba Rohrwacher, Flonja Kodheli and producer Marta Donzelli at Soho House during the Tribeca Film Festival, Alba and I spoke about working with Adam Driver and getting to know New York.

Alba Rohrwacher as Mina in Hungry Hearts: "Saverio is a very strong director, so we can trust him."

Saverio Costanzo's Hungry Hearts stars Rohrwacher as Mina and Driver as Jude, with Roberta Maxwell as Jude's mother. Adapted from Marco Franzoso's novel, The Indigo Child, by Costanzo, is many things - a thriller, a deep hard stare into the nature of escape, a comedy of metaphors
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The puppeteers by Anne-Katrin Titze

Wondrous Boccaccio co-director Paolo Taviani with Hungry Hearts director Saverio Costanzo at Soho House Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the Instituto Luce Cinecittà Italian Cinema Sunday Brunch celebrating directors Laura Bispuri, Saverio Costanzo, Cosima Spender and Paolo Taviani, I spoke with producer Marta Donzelli on her work with Michelangelo Frammartino.

Alba Rohrwacher, Flonja Kodheli, Bispuri, Costanzo, Spender and Taviani were joined by Isabella Rossellini and other illustrious guests at New York's Soho House as their films were being screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.

In 2013, the World Premiere of Michelangelo Frammartino's breathtaking 28 minute continuous cinematic installation Alberi in the Vw Dome at MoMA PS1 was an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival.

Tribeca Film Festival's Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer on Michelangelo Frammartino's Alberi: "The most important thing is to create something distinctive/instinctive."

Anne-Katrin Titze: Tell me about your upcoming project with Michelangelo Frammartino. Is it a version of Pinocchio?
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From Tribeca: The Tavianis' Wondrous Boccaccio

Boccaccio's 14th century masterpiece has inspired artists for centuries, from Chaucer to Shakespeare and from Voltaire to Poe. His classic recounts how seven women and three men, who escaped from a plague-ravished Florence to the countryside, entertain themselves over two weeks, each telling ten stories a piece.

Some of the tales are bawdy, some tragic, numerous are of greed, and many flow forth with tears and laughter only true love can elicit. Here's an unvarnished view of a battered world that's soon to be rejuvenated by the Renaissance, but not yet.

In 1971, the often notorious Pier Paolo Pasolini captured the genius of the work in his Decameron. Licentious, slightly blasphemous, and always vital, his take throws you directly into the tales without the framing device of the narrators. Instantly, you find yourself in the midst of the mayhem of the Middle Ages with its steamy throngs of folks trying to
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Beijing film festival unveils 15 competition titles

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Beijing film festival unveils 15 competition titles
The Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff) has unveiled the 15 competition titles and four gala premiees that will screen at this year’s edition (April 16-23), including opening film Maraviglioso Boccaccio, directed by Italian auteurs Paolo and Vittorio Taviani.Scroll down for full list

The Tiantan competition section include two Chinese titles – Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain and Jean-Jacques Annaud’s China-France co-production Wolf Totem – along with films from 13 different countries that will screen as a world or international premiere at the festival.

The line-up includes Italian director Michele Placido’s La Scelta, German director Marie Kreutzer’s second feature Gruber Geht, Japanese director Sono Sion’s Love & Peace, Us filmmaker Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter and Indian director M S Prakash Babu’s Fig Fruit And The Wasps (see full list below).

The four gala screenings – also world, international or Asian premieres – also include Navdeep Singh’s NH10, starring [link=nm
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Taviani Brothers’ ‘Wondrous Boccaccio’ To Open Beijing Festival

Taviani Brothers’ ‘Wondrous Boccaccio’ To Open Beijing Festival
The Taviani brothers’ film “Wondrous Boccaccio,” a re-imaging of the Italian literary masterpiece “The Decameron” has been set as the opening night film of the Beijing International Film festival.

The festival runs April 16 – 23, 2015, which means that Beijing will give the film its international premiere ahead of Tribeca, where it is set to unspool on April 20. “Boccaccio” had its world premiere in Italy in February.

The selection of the celebrated Italian auteurs’ work immediately carries the imprint of Marco Mueller, who was appointed as the Beijing festival’s general advisor in February.

Three other gala presentations include Indian director Navdeep Singh’s “NH10,”Russian director Roman Prygunov’s “Downshifter,” and Dutch director Roel Reine’s “The Admiral.”

The festival’s 15-strong competition selection includes a more contemporary and wider range of titles than the four previous editions of the festival have enjoyed.

The competition line-up includes U.S. director Michael Almereyda’s “Experimenter,
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'The Lesson' wins four in Sofia

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'The Lesson' wins four in Sofia
The Lesson by co-directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov was the big winner at this year’s Sofia International Film Festival in Bulgaria.

The duo’s feature debut became the second Bulgarian feature in Siff’s 19-year history to receive the international jury’s Grand Prix after Dragomir Sholev’s Shelter in 2011.

The Lesson also picked up the Audience Award, the Fipresci International Critics’ Prize and the award for the Best Bulgarian Feature Film.

Accepting the award, Valchanov pointed to the importance of the Sofia Meetings where The Lesson had originally been pitched and said that this event should be ¨an example¨ to the Bulgarian state to develop a long-term and sustainable film policy for the future.

The sentiment was echoed by international jury president Stephan Komanderev (The Judgement) when he presented the ¨Sofia City Of Film¨ Grand Prix to the young directors.

The Lesson, which is handled internationally by Wide Management, premiered last year
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Tff 2015: Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2015 Line-up For Spotlight Program

The 14th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival taking place from April 15 to April 26 in New York City has announced the films selected for screening in the Spotlight screening section.

Co-sponsored by Brookfield Place and The Lincoln Motor Company, Spotlight is destination for today’s most talked about themes and filmmakers and will feature 40 films: 23 narratives and 17 documentaries with 24 of those films being world premieres. Debuting new work from master directors such as the Taviani Brothers (Caesar Must Die), Michael Winterbottom (The Trip To Italy), and Neil Labute (Death At A Funeral), audiences will also be introduced to new voices like first time director Henry Hobson’s Maggie and Pray The Devil Back To Hell producer Abigail Disney’s directorial debut The Armour Of Light.

Audiences will also see familiar performers taking on unique and challenging roles such as Jessica Biel’s turn as a yoga instructor in Bleeding Heart,
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Tribeca 2015 unveils second wave

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Tribeca 2015 unveils second wave
New work from William Monahan, Henry Hobson, Adrián García Bogliano and Neil Labute are among the Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screening selections announced on Thursday.

Tribeca Film Festival top brass announced the Spotlight section of 40 films comprising 23 narratives and 17 documentaries.

Twenty-four are world premieres, among them Monahan’s thriller Mojave, Labute’s Dirty Weekend and Henry Hobson’s zombie drama Maggie that Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions snapped up before Toronto before pulling the premiere.

Bogliano’s Here Comes The Devil follow-up Scherzo Diabolico plays in Midnight and is one of four world premieres in the five-strong genre strand.

Special Screenings include the world premiere of documentary Mary J. Blige – The London Sessions (pictured).

Work In Progress screenings include LoveTrue, the latest documentary from 2011 Best Documentary Feature Award winner Alma Har’el. Patrick Creadon, who directed 2011 entry Wordplay, will show a cut of All Work, All Play, which centres on the world of video game arena competitions.

“The Spotlight
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Tribeca 2015 unveils second wave

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Tribeca 2015 unveils second wave
New work from William Monahan, Henry Hobson, Adrián García Bogliano and Neil Labute are among the Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screening selections announced on Thursday.

Tribeca Film Festival top brass announced the Spotlight section of 40 films comprising 23 narratives and 17 documentaries.

Twenty-four are world premieres, among them Monahan’s thriller Mojave, Labute’s Dirty Weekend and Henry Hobson’s zombie drama Maggie that Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions snapped up before Toronto before pulling the premiere.

Bogliano’s Here Comes The Devil follow-up Scherzo Diabolico plays in Midnight and is one of four world premieres in the five-strong genre strand.

Special Screenings include the world premiere of documentary Mary J. Blige – The London Sessions (pictured).

Work In Progress screenings include LoveTrue, the latest documentary from 2011 Best Documentary Feature Award winner Alma Har’el. Patrick Creadon, who directed 2011 entry Wordplay, will show a cut of All Work, All Play, which centres on the world of video game arena competitions.

“The Spotlight
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Tribeca 2015 announces second wave

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Tribeca 2015 announces second wave
New work from William Monahan, Henry Hobson, Adrián García Bogliano and Neil Labute are among the Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screening selections announced on Thursday.

Tribeca Film Festival top brass announced the Spotlight section of 40 films comprising 23 narratives and 17 documentaries.

Twenty-four are world premieres, among them Monahan’s thriller Mojave, Labute’s Dirty Weekend and Henry Hobson’s zombie drama Maggie that Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions snapped up before Toronto before pulling the premiere.

Bogliano’s Here Comes The Devil follow-up Scherzo Diabolico plays in Midnight and is one of four world premieres in the five-strong genre strand.

Special Screenings include the world premiere of documentary Mary J. Blige – The London Sessions (pictured).

Work In Progress screenings include LoveTrue, the latest documentary from 2011 Best Documentary Feature Award winner Alma Har’el. Patrick Creadon, who directed 2011 entry Wordplay, will show a cut of All Work, All Play, which centres on the world of video game arena competitions.

“The Spotlight
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