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Projects to receive a share of $7.5m also include new films from Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah), Alex van Warmerdam (Borgman), the Taviani Brothers (Caesar Must Die), Tudor Giurgiu (Of Snails and Men) and Susanne Bier collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen.Scroll down for full list of titles including funding amount and co-producers
Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming project, In the Future (Il Futuro), is to receive €460,000 ($640,000) from the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund. The film marks the Italian director’s follow-up to Oscar-winner The Great Beauty and is set set to start shooting in May, starring Michael Caine.
The intimate drama about “friendship between two old people” is from Sorrentino’s regular producers, Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima through Indigo Films with French co-producer Bis Films. Co-financing comes from Italian distributor Mediaset/Medusam, which looks set to release in Italy later this year.
It is one of 19 films, which includes a documentary and an animated feature, that will receive »
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Paris– MK2 Intl., the sales division of the French arthouse exhibitor, has acquired Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s “Meraviglioso Boccaccio” (“Wonderful Boccaccio”), the Italian film masters’ follow-up to “Cesare deve morire.”
“We are telling this story, these stories, freely based on the ‘Decameron’ by Boccacio, because we accepted the challenge to create a contrast between the dark color of the plague, which yesterday (like today, in a different way) was everywhere, and the transparent color of love, ingenuity and poetry,” said the Taviani brothers, whose latest film, ”Cesare deve morire” won the Golden Bear at Berlin fest in 2012.
MK2 has collaborated with Taviani brothers on many films. In the ’70s and ’80s, the French company distributed in France the Cannes Palme d’Or-winning “Padre Padrone” and “II Prato, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Rome – Venerable Italian helming duo Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, whose “Caesar Must Die” won the 2012 Berlin Golden Bear, will shoot “Maraviglioso Boccaccio,” an adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th century classic “The Decameron,” with cameras set to start rolling next week in a villa on the outskirts of Florence.
For their take on “Decameron” the Taviani Brothers have assembled an ensemble cast of Italo A-listers, including Riccardo Scamarcio (“Third Person”), Jasmine Trinca (“Miele”), Kasia Smutniak (“From Paris with Love”), and teen Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (“Balancing Act”).
Rome shingle Stemal is producing with financing from Rai Cinema and subsidy support from Italy’s cultural ministry.
“What is the plague today? It’s an epidemic of disillusionment” the Taviani’s said in an »
- Nick Vivarelli
The 64th Berlin International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, offering dozens (and dozens) of world premieres across multiple sections. By the time the festival's Golden and Silver Bears are handed out next weekend, we'll have a good idea as to some of the best world cinema coming to theaters near you (eventually, that is -- some of last year's program is just coming out Stateside now). In the past few years, the festival has proven itself -- perhaps more than it has in some time -- as an excellent platform for emerging and proven talent in world cinema to debut their work. The past couple years have collectively offered the likes of Călin Peter Netzer's "Child's Pose," Bruno Dumont's "Camille Claudel 1915," Sebastián Lelio's "Gloria," Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation," Wim Wenders' "Pina," Paolo & Vittorio Taviani's "Caesar Must Die," Michael R. Roskham's "Bullhead," Benoit Jacquot's "Farewell My Queen, »
- Peter Knegt and Eric Kohn
Presented as a documentary about a prison production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani utilize Caesar Must Die as a means to play with the perception of reality to blur the line between truth and fiction. The film begins with the final scene of the production staged inside Rome’s high-security Rebibbia prison, presented to an audience of inmates and visitors. The color footage immediately switches to black-and-white as we flashback six months to the initial casting of the production. We meet each of the thespian inmates, getting a feel for why they were cast in their respective roles. The Taviani's are endlessly intrigued by the way that real life and theater reflect upon and influence each other. The inmates bring their own personalities into Shakespeare's characters, just as those characters inform the inmates' "real" lives. Shakespearean dialog is seamlessly intertwined with "real life" prison drama, »
- Don Simpson
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