7 items from 2013
Drama is a fictionalised adaptation of Angel Face, the bestselling book about Amanda Knox, the Us student accused on the murder of her UK flatmate Meredith Kercher.
Shooting starts next week in Italy on The Face of an Angel, directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Kate Beckinsale (The Aviator), Daniel Bruhl (Rush) and Cara Delevingne (Kids in Love). The cast also includes Valerio Mastandrea.
The fictionalised story centres on the murder of a British student in Tuscany that leads to the trial and conviction of her American flat mate and Italian boyfriend in controversial circumstances.
The public interest around the case attracts once successful, but now struggling filmmaker Thomas (Brul), to be commissioned to write »
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The Italian government has approved a decree renewing the country’s film production incentives, including a 25% tax credit for foreign productions. The crucial vote follows the recent loss of millions of dollars in foreign spend in Italy for fear that these perks would instead be pulled amid the country’s weak economy and political volatility.
The incentives — which give local producers a 20% tax break, outside investors a 40% tax shelter, and foreign productions a 25% tax credit — have been in place since 2009, and had been previously approved through 2013. But in recent months foreign producers started seeing them as a risky proposition because the country’s cash-strapped government initially indicated the tax breaks would be frozen and also not renewed again. This fear has caused an estimated thirty million dollars in lost business over the past few months. Bowing to an Italo industry uproar, the decree called Valore Cultura (Culture Value) has now »
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Anica president Riccardo Tozzi has welcomed the Government’s decision to back track on its threat to scrap tax credits for the film industry.
Speaking in Venice this week, Riccardo Tozzi [pictured], President of Italian film body Anica, has welcomed the Italian Government’s decision to back track on its threat to scrap tax credits for the film industry.
Had the tax credits gone, many industry observers predicted disaster for Italian cinema. In the event, though, the Government has thrown its support back behind the industry.
It is now proposed that the tax credits will be put in place on a permanent basis rather than have to be renewed every three years.
“Now, I think the problem is resolved for ever,” Tozzi told ScreenDaily in advance of a special conference in Venice at which the Culture Minister Massimo Bray was attending. “Now, I think the problem is resolved forever because now the new law implies it (the tax »
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Italy is stepping up overtures toward the Chinese film and TV industries, with the Venice Film Market poised to play a potentially pivotal role. This summer, the Italian government quietly set up an entity dedicated to making China “a propulsive market for us,” said Venice Days topper Giorgio Gosetti, who is also the new venture’s coordinator.
In July, Gosetti and a delegation, headed by Riccardo Tozzi, president of Anica, the Italo motion picture association, traveled to Beijing where the org has set up a networking office.
The Italo delegation presented Chinese officials with details of the co-production treaty inked between Italy and China in December 2012 that needs final ratification by the Chinese to go into effect. Gosetti has high hopes this will happen by year’s end.
“The goal is very simple: We want to increase co-production opportunities between the Chinese and Italian film industries, streamline promotional efforts for product going both ways, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Rome — U.S. studios will be out in force at the upcoming 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, where a wide range of genre pics will unspool, sandwiched in-between Warner Bros.’ “Man of Steel” and Disney’s “The Lone Ranger.”
As previously announced, Zack Snyder’s “Superman” reboot will have its continental European bow in Taormina’s 8,000-seat ancient Greek theater on June 15 with Snyder and main cast in tow, including Russell Crowe, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon.
Fox’s gender-bender “Trance” and also family comedy “Parental Guidance”; indie actioner “Java Heat”; Italo helmer Marco Risi’s Rome-set murder mystery “Cha Cha Cha”; Argentinian wife swap comedy “Dos mas dos” by Diego Kaplan; body-modification horror pic “American Mary” by Canada’s twin directorial duo Jen and Sylvia Soska; and gory chiller “The Collection,” by U.S. horror-meister Marcus Dunstan, are among other titles testifying the diversity of mostly »
- Nick Vivarelli
WestEnd is handling international sales at Cannes. Wrekin Hill will release the film in late 2013.
Movie is produced by Catteya’s Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Stabilini and Marco Chimenz. Based on a screenplay by Stefano Rulli, Sandro Petraglia and Salvatores, the film is an adaptation of Nicolai Lilin’s autobiographical book about growing up as a member a gang of exiled Siberians in the republic of Transnistria between Moldova and Ukraine.
The film has already been released in several territories, including Salvatores’ homeland of Italy, where it has grossed more than $6 million.
The deal was negotiated by Rene Cogan and Alex Mandell for Wrekin Hill with WestEnd Films on behalf of the filmmakers. »
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Wrekin Hill Entertainment acquired U.S. rights to Gabriele Salvatores’ Siberian Education. Based on the novel by Nicolai Lilin, with a screenplay by Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli and Salvatores, the film stars John Malkovich, Arnas Feravicius, Vilius Tumalavicius, Eleanor Tomlinson, Peter Stormare, Jonas Trukanas and Vitalji Porsnev. Set in the ghetto of Soviet Russia, Siberian Education follows the path of two boys who are members of a gang of exiled Siberians. The best friends grow up together, mastering a unique education focused on illegal arts such as theft, banditry and weaponry. Their clan has its very own stringent code of honor, which, while criminal, sometimes actually coincides with what is generally considered ethical and moral. It is a code that must never be broken, no matter what. As the boys turn to men, everything they have come to know and learn is tested. The film’s produced by Catteya’s Riccardo Tozzi, »
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