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Madrid – Eva Husson’s “Bang Gang,” David Verbeek’s “Dead & Beautiful” and Laura Bispuri’s “Sworn Virgin” (pictured) will be presented at the first Venice European Gap-Financing Co-production Market, which runs August 29-30.
In its first edition, the Market looks set to bring to Venice a brace of Europe’s newest generation of producers, some with already buzzed-up or anticipated projects with sales agents attached.
10 of the 15 production companies behind the Market’s film have been up-and-running for just a decade or less.
The Market also looks set to pinpoint trends in European cinema: A diaspora in shoot locales which range, in a search for originality as much as lower costs, beyond Europe to Beijing and India; the still energetic social-issue focus of much European arthouse production as directors examine youth sexuality in an Internet age, politics as theater, the impact of immigration, social conformity and the abuse of authority. »
- John Hopewell
"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 »
- Guy Lodge
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.
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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