11 items from 2013
A woman prison director cultivates a tough exterior while trying to keep her feminine side alive in “Like the Wind,” a plodding, overly episodic fictionalization of a real jail head who killed herself in 2003. Marco Simon Puccioni’s third feature is just the kind of story Susan Hayward would have tackled 50 years ago, and while Valeria Golino’s got the acting chops, the script could use a dose of melodrama rather than the tired lines offered here. “Wind” may bring a temporary gust of moderate good fortune to Italo screens once released, though offshore chances are slight.
Puccioni (“Shelter”) hasn’t found a way out of a formulaic biopic template, and while he tries to shake things up at the start by cutting between present and past, the device suggests a bolder edit than he delivers. It also doesn’t help that Shigeru Umebayashi’s music anticipates trouble before it happens, »
- Jay Weissberg
Title: Come il vento (Like The Wind) Director: Marco Simone Puccioni Starring: Valeria Golino, Filippo Timi, Francesco Scianna, Chiara Caselli, Marcello Mazzarella. A tragic biopic on Italian prison governor Armida Miserere, was presented Out of Competition at 2013’s Rome Film Festival: Come il vento (Like The Wind). The brave but fragile protagonist is embodied with sensitivity by Valeria Golino, under the guidance of the talented director Marco Simone Puccioni, who has a gift for directing actresses, as seen in his previous feature, ‘Shelter Me,’ which earned co-stars Maria de Medeiros and Antonia Liskova multiple kudos. Valeria Golino’s portrayal of the edgy, chain-smoking Armida, is utterly moving, but the film’s narration feels [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
The title “Foreign Bodies” encompasses several things: malignant organisms that cause illness, and foreigners whose presence can seem like an intrusion into one’s national space. Mirko Locatelli’s sophomore feature aims to combine the two concepts to make the idea of “foreign” less troubling (at least with the second meaning), yet despite Filippo Timi’s fine performance and helming that sticks to general arthouse standards, “Bodies” remains terra incognita, conjuring mood without giving much in return, while keeping the notion of “the other” relatively intact. Local play won’t make a dent, and offshore exposure will mostly be relegated to Italo showcases.
Antonio (Timi) is a working-class dad (how he makes a living is but one of many senseless lacunae in the script by Locatelli and wife Giuditta Tarantelli). His infant son, Pietro, is seriously ill, and Antonio drives some distance from another province to a hospital in Milan for scheduled surgery. »
- Jay Weissberg
Title: Un Castello in Italia (Un château en Italie/ A castle in Italy) Director: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi Starring: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Louis Garrel, Filippo Timi, Marisa Borini. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, is known to the general public for being the older sister of former French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, as well as being an established actress, screenwriter and director. In ‘Un Castello in Italia,’ Valeria delivers her third feature as director, and co-stars, next to her mother in real life and on stage, Marisa Borini, and her former long time partner, with whom she adopted an African baby girl, Louis Garrel, son of the famous director Philippe. ‘A Castle in Italy’ [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
As the debate continue to rage about the place – or rather, the lack thereof – of female directors in Hollywood, the trend seems to be little different at the Croisette; in Cannes’ coveted In Competition bracket, of the 21 films screening, only a single one, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi‘s A Castle in Italy, is directed by a female. This has already earned it plenty of pre-buzz as a dark horse for the Palme D’Or, and while Bruni Tedeschi, who also stars in the leading role, may well be a top contender for the Best Actress award, the film itself is likely too milquetoast to catch the allure of jury head Steven Spielberg. Louise (Bruni Tedeschi) is a middle-aged actress who is taking some time out from acting to take care of herself, at which point the news arrives that the luxurious mansion she and the other family members maintain may have to be liquidated or sold on to »
- Shaun Munro
Actor-turned-director Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi has given us probably the worst film of the Cannes competition so far: a smug, twee confection about a family losing their house
This is turning out to be a tricky Cannes competition for French film-makers. François Ozon's Jeune et Jolie was interestingly made, but Arnaud Desplechin's Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian was a baffling, cumbersome bore. And now performer-turned-director Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi has given us what may well turn out to be the most insidiously awful film in the entire festival: a strained jeu d'ésprit which is smug, precious, carelessly constructed, emotionally negligible, and above all fantastically annoying. It's a terrible waste of real acting talent, including that of Bruni-Tesdeschi. The director presumably intended gaiety and pathos. What she created was clunkingly misjudged strains of comedy and high drama — that is: individually misjudged and misjudged in their combination.
It's a truly baffling little »
- Peter Bradshaw
As it was in Olivier Assayas’ “Summer Hours,” a house is much more than a home in “A Castle in Italy”; it’s a repository of art, memories, lives lived in full and others cut short. The third semi-autobiographical feature for Italian-French multihyphenate Valeria Bruni Tedeschi once again follows the personal trials of beautiful bourgeois characters in and around the performing arts world, touching on themes of mortality and middle-aged panic in a mostly breezy, intelligent style. More than a mere affirmative-action entry in this year’s Cannes competition (where it is the lone pic directed by a woman), this low-key but pleasing arthouse item will earn more audience goodwill than much of the Croisette’s more fashionably outre product.
Inspired by two seismic events in her own life — the 2006 death of her brother, Virginio, from AIDS and her 2009 adoption of an African baby together with then-partner Louis Garrel — “A »
- Scott Foundas
Since he broke through in 2010 with the Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom, Aussie Joel Edgerton has been steadily forging a reputation as a captivating actor. From Academy Award-nominated follow-ups like Warrior and Zero Dark Thirty to more mainstream fare like Baz Luhrmann's flashy adaptation The Great Gatsby, Edgerton is gaining momentum. (I'd argue he's the best part of Gatsby, bringing a surprising depth and sex appeal to the mostly loathsome character Tom Buchanan.) Deadline reports he'll soon be stepping up to play a romantic lead opposite Michelle Williams in The Double Hour. A remake of an Italian psychological thriller starring Kseniya Rappoport and Filippo Timi, The Double Hour centers on a pair of lovers (Williams and Edgerton) who meet during a speed dating event. She's a maid; he's a former cop, and soon they are on their way to a romantic weekend in a country cottage. However, once they »
The story follows a couple (Joel Edgerton and Michelle Williams) whose secret rendezvous is interrupted by a well-planned robbery. Filippo Timi and Kseniya Rappoport starred in the original film The Double Hour, which received a domestic release in 2011.
Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace) is directing the remake from his own script, with Indigo Films' Nicola Giuliano, Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee, and Journeyman Pictures' Paul Mezey producing. No production schedule was given.
Joel Edgerton and Michelle Williams are set to headline a remake of the 2009 Italian thriller The Double Hour , Deadline reports. The original film, which received a domestic release in 2011, was directed by Giuseppe Capotondi and is officially described as follows: Guido (Filippo Timi), a former cop, is a luckless veteran of the speed-dating scene in Turin. But, much to his surprise, he meets Slovenian immigrant Sonia (Ludovica Rappoport), a chambermaid at a high-end hotel. The two hit it off, and a passionate romance develops. After they leave the city for a romantic getaway in the country, things suddenly take a dark turn. As Sonia's murky past resurfaces, her reality starts to crumble. Everything in her life begins to change.questions arise and answers only arrive through a »
Un chateau en Italie
Director: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
With well over fifty films under her belt, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi is obviously at ease working with fellow thesps. Her third trip behind and in front of the camera follows her It’s Easier for a Camel…, her 2003 debut was critically well received and then she followed that up with the Cannes winning Actresses (2007). No problems with the location nor the dual languages, this Euro dramedy sees her once again team with creative folk such as her hubby Louis Garrel on screen and she penned the project alongside actress/director/writer Noémie Lvovsky. This should resonate if it carries much of the same elements we loved the most »
- Eric Lavallee
11 items from 2013
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