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Oscars: How Australia’s 'The Space Between' Became Its First Co-Production With Italy

It took nearly 20 years from the signing of Italy’s co-production treaty with Australia to yield a feature. But after a lengthy and sometimes fraught process, writer-director Ruth Borgobello’s 2016 drama, The Space Between became the first official film produced between the two nations. Now Borgobello’s semi-autobiographical debut is representing Australia in the Oscar Academy best foreign language-film category.

Filmed in Udine in northern Italy, the gentle love story centers on 35-year-old former chef-turned-factory worker Marco (Flavio Parenti), and Australian traveler Olivia (Maeve Dermody), who meet on the day of a life-changing tragedy for Marco. Set against the...
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Ruth Borgobello on The Space Between, the first Italian-Australian co-pro

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The Space Between.

The co-production treaty between Australia and Italy entered into force 20 years ago. However, somewhat remarkably, writer-director Ruth Borgobello.s debut feature The Space Between - which had its world premiere at the Lavazza Italian Film Festival last week -. is the first official film to result from it.

The Space Between is a cross-cultural romance set in Friuli Venezia Giulia, a region in north-east Italy. It charts the story of Marco, played by Italian actor Flavio Parenti (To Rome with Love, I am Love), a former chef who has been drawn back to his hometown of Udine to look after his father and is stuck working a dispiriting factory job.

Marco.s life is shaken early in the film by the death of someone close to him. The tragedy coincides with his meeting the intriguing Australian visitor Olivia (Maeve Dermody, Beautiful Kate, Pawno), whose life is also at a crossroads.
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Win Cinderella (Cenerentola) On DVD

Odyssey

The timeless fairy tale Cinderella is given a stylish update set against the glamorous backdrop of ‘La Dolce Vita’ in an enchanting mini series, which comes to DVD courtesy of Odyssey and we have 5 copies to give away.

Basking in the glamorous world of Cinecittà, life couldn’t seem more perfect for the beautiful Aurora (Vanessa Hessler – Asterix at the Olympic Games, a gifted young pianist whose life seems full of promise as she grows up in post War Rome and falls madly in love with Sebastian, the handsome, wealthy boy next door (Flavio ParentiTo Rome With Love).

But Aurora’s life changes dramatically when her beloved father dies and her wicked stepmother Irene (Natalia WörnerThe Pillars of the Earth turns the family villa into a hotel and forces Aurora to work as a maid and lose contact with Sebastian, while swindling her out of her inheritance.
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Film Review: ‘Wondrous Boccaccio’

It’s curious how veteran filmmakers like the Taviani brothers could have taken “The Decameron,” one of the greatest books about storytelling, and turned out a narrative as blandly conveyed as “Wondrous Boccaccio.” The classic 14th-century compendium, so full of subversive humor and joyful licentiousness as its plague-escaping narrators entertain each other with bawdy tales, is robbed of its piquancy here, and even its vibrancy is reduced to something artificial. More was expected from this pairing, and despite a strong cast, the pic has struggled to find a home audience following its late February release. The Tavianis’ international standing means offshore bookings will materialize (including forthcoming festival berths at Tribeca and Beijing), but even die-hard fans will be disappointed.

Those same fans may question why Paolo and Vittorio Taviani chose to follow in Pasolini’s footsteps — and, one might add, those of Hugo Fregonese (“Decameron Nights”) as well as Monicelli,
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Female lead cast in Oz-Italian co-pro

Maeve Dermody will play Olivia, a free-spirited Aussie girl living in Italy, in romantic drama The Space Between.

The debut feature from writer-director Ruth Borgobello is in pre-production and the shoot will start in northern Italy on May 7

Flavio Parenti (To Rome with Love, I am Love ) is the lead, Marco, a 35-year-old who has a dispiriting job as a factory worker in Udine despite his skill as a chef amid the deepening economic crisis in Italy.

He passes his time in an empty relationship and after his best friend Claudio is killed in a car accident he tries to keep Claudio.s struggling bookshop business alive. Then he encounters Olivia, an aspiring furniture designer who is visiting Italy, the land of her father and grandparents.

Dermody recently finished shooting Paul Currie.s romantic thriller 2.22, playing the ex-girlfriend of an air traffic controller in New York (Game of Thrones. Michiel Huisman
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Maraviglioso Boccaccio Movie Review

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Maraviglioso Boccaccio Movie Review
Title: Maraviglioso Boccaccio Director: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani Starring: Lello Arena, Paola Cortellesi, Carolina Crescentini, Flavio Parenti, Vittoria Puccini, Michele Riondino, Kim Rossi Stuart, Riccardo Scamarcio, Kasia Smutniak, Jasmine Trinca and Josafat Vagni. The Taviani Brothers, have decided to tribute one of Italy’s greatest Renaissance humanist, Giovanni Boccaccio. The “Decameron” which has had many screen adaptations – the most memorable was by Pier Paolo Pasolini - lives again through the subtle direction of the Tuscan sibling filmmakers, who chose Giotto and Masaccio to inspire their cinematography, scenography and costume design. The book by Boccaccio is structured as a frame story containing 100 tales, told by a group of seven young [ Read More ]

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First Australian-Italian co-pro funded

Writer-director Ruth Borgobello is casting her debut feature, a cross-cultural romantic drama set in northern Italy.

Remarkably, The Space Between will be the first official co-production between Italy and Australia since the two countries signed a treaty in 1996.

.We.ve worked really hard to develop this relationship and have created a very strong network here that we hope to carry into further projects,. the Melbourne-based Borgobello told If via email from Italy, where she is scouting locations.

Flavio Parenti (To Rome with Love, I am Love ) will play the lead, Marco, a 35-year-old who has a dispiriting job at a factory in Udine despite his skill as a chef, amid the deepening economic crisis in Italy.

Eschewing real love, he passes his time in an empty relationship. After his best friend Claudio is killed in a car accident, he tries to keep Claudio.s struggling bookshop business alive. Then he encounters Olivia,
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Blu-ray Review: Minor Woody Allen Comedy ‘To Rome with Love’ Still Delights

Chicago – After acknowledging that the rewards of reality are infinitely preferable to the shallow pleasures of a nostalgic dreamworld in his Oscar-winning crowd-pleaser, “Midnight in Paris,” Woody Allen’s tirelessly neurotic psyche appears to be more calm and serene than ever before. Perhaps his compulsion to make one picture a year has finally brought him some sort of therapeutic catharsis.

His eagerly anticipated follow-up, “To Rome with Love,” is an entertaining trifle that functions as little more than an absurdist travelogue, but it’s also his most relaxed, causally playful offering in many a moon. Considering the unfathomable potential of its powerhouse cast, the script’s hit-or-miss trajectory is a considerable letdown. The film wasn’t quite worth the full price of admission in theaters, but as a Friday night rental, cinephiles could do a whole lot worse. As for die-hard Allen fans (such as myself), there is plenty here to savor.
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Contest: To Rome With Love (2012) Blu-ray: Woody Allen, Penélope Cruz

To Rome with Love Contest Giveaway Sweepstakes. This To Rome with Love Blu-ray contest, giveaway, sweepstakes illustrates To Rome with Love‘ release on DVD and Blu-ray on January 15, 2013. Woody AllenTo Rome with Love stars Woody Allen, Ellen Page, Penélope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Judy Davis, Flavio Parenti, Roberto [...]

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Top Ten Most Disappointing Movies of 2012

Listing the best films of any year comes down to a matter of ordering -- Which film will I say was the absolute best? Listing the worst films of a particular year comes down to being honest with yourself -- Did I dislike it enough to call it one of the worst? However, when it comes to disappointments it's a different story. As a movie critic, maybe it's different for me. People tend to believe critics should walk into every movie without anticipation or excitement. Then, if that perception is held up, those that disagree with your opinion will either say "Yeah, but you didn't want to see it anyway!" or "You were always going to like that film." I do my best to let my opinion be known before seeing most films (running a blog of daily opinions helps). I do my best to avoid expectations (not watching trailers
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To Rome With Love Review

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When you see those traditional Woody Allen titles of a white Windsor font on a black surface, there’s a sense of affability, a comforting familiarity amongst the audience that, at the very least, the forthcoming picture is going to worth your while, as there are few cinematic events that provoke such genuine excitement and anticipation than the latest Allen flick.

Having delved into a selection of European cities such as London, Barcelona and Paris, Allen turns his attentions to the Italian capital city of Rome, where we focus on a host of characters, engulfed in narratives surrounding the themes of romance, betrayal and the celebrity culture of the contemporary world. We follow the engagement of young couple Hayley (Alison Pill) and Michelangelo (Flavio Parenti), coping with the burden of playing host to Hayley’s parents Jerry (Allen) and Phyllis (Judy Davis).

We also delve into the life of Jack
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To Rome With Love – review

Woody Allen's latest European adventure is a portmanteau farce with some hits among its many misses

He's been to London, Barcelona and Paris and now Woody Allen has made another of his luxury-tourist stopovers in a European capital, shot in a honeyed sunset-light and recycling picturesque cliches around half a century old. This time it's Rome, and the original title was to be Bop Decameron, an allusion to Boccaccio's medieval multi-narrative tale that set up this ensemble movie. Allen was, however, persuaded that it was too abstruse, and I suspect the hopelessly dated reference to bebop was probably a bit baffling as well. The alternative, Nero Fiddles, was also rejected, so To Rome With Love it is.

Allen is no stranger to Italy and Italians: in Play It Again, Sam (1972), his film critic Allan comes out of the portmanteau film Le Coppie, or Couples, by De Sica and others
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Exclusive Clip: To Rome with Love

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Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love is set to his UK cinemas screens this Friday 14th September and we’ve got this new clip from the movie which gives a glimpse of what we can expect! Keep your eyes peeled for our review of this one and scroll down to view.

Well-known architect John (Alec Baldwin) is vacationing in Rome, where he once lived in his youth. Walking in his former neighbourhood he encounters Jack (Jesse Eisenberg), a young man not unlike himself. As he watches Jack fall head-over-heels for Monica (Ellen Page), his girlfriend Sally’s (Greta Gerwig) dazzling and flirtatious friend, John relives one of the most romantically painful episodes of his own life.

At the same moment, retired opera director Jerry (Woody Allen) flies to Rome with his wife Phyllis (Judy Davis), to meet their daughter Hayley’s (Alison Pill) Italian fiancée, Michelangelo (Flavio Parenti). Jerry
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[Review] To Rome with Love

Following something as successful as Midnight in Paris — which became both a Best Picture nominee as well as the highest-grossing picture of Woody Allen’s career — was never going to be easy. Allen struck gold in that one, finding an ideal surrogate for himself in Owen Wilson and allowing everyone, for the time being, to repress the fact that his recent output has been so erratically scattershot. Unfortunately, his latest Eurotrip, To Rome with Love, brings those memories back in a hurry, with the narrative-vignette approach ultimately revealing a desert-dry uncertainty rather than a purposeful overriding agenda.

Let’s start with the strangest and, even if it doesn’t make good on its promise, most potentially illuminating of these threads. Ellen Page — in a role that makes her slight misplacement in Inception look like a stroke of casting genius — plays Monica, who, as we’re so bullheadedly told time and time again,
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'To Rome with Love' Movie Review (2012)

Woody Allen's To Rome with Love is great at moments, good in others and, at times, tedious. In all it's a testament to the lesson that less is more as he's loaded this thing with so many storylines, had the lesser of the bunch been excised he just might have had something to talk about as a solid follow-up to last year's hit and Best Picture nominee, Midnight in Paris.

As the film opens we're introduced to a series of characters beginning with an American tourist (Alison Pill) who falls in love with a Rome native (Flavio Parenti). The two spend a whirlwind summer together and decide to get married. Her parents (Allen and Judy Davis) fly in to meet him and his family and her father, an ex-music producer, takes an interest in his father's (Fabio Armiliato) singing voice.

Then there's John (Alec Baldwin), an architect who was
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An Ode To Rome Via Woody Allen

An Ode To Rome Via Woody Allen
Rome -- Woody Allen's newest movie "To Rome with Love" casts big names like Penelope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, Judy Davis and Allen himself. But there is one exceptional star: the Eternal City.

"This city is really special," says Hayley (Alison Pill) to her fiance Michelangelo (Flavio Parenti), as they stand on a terrace overlooking the Spanish Steps, one of Rome's famous attractions. "I could stand here all night, it's too beautiful."

Woody Allen's Rome is beautiful, clean and sunny, a city shining in pristine beauty with no hint of real-world problems like Italy's financial crisis. But while the movie offers an anachronistic and nostalgic postcard portrayal of Rome, Allen also goes beyond the city's best-known locations to capture the unconventional atmosphere of neighborhoods less familiar to tourists like Sant'Angelo, Garbatella and Rione Monti.

The movie, released in Italy on April 20 and in the U.S. on June 22, opens
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To Rome with Love Hi-Res Photo Gallery

To Rome with Love Hi-Res Photo Gallery
Sony Pictures Classics has released a high-resolution photo gallery for To Rome with Love, the latest comedy from director Woody Allen set in a European locale. Click on these photos, featuring cast members Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Judy Davis, and Italian director/actor Roberto Benigni, to access the full gallery.

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To Rome with Love was released June 22nd, 2012 and stars Pierluigi Marchionne, Flavio Parenti, Roberto Benigni, Alison Pill, Alessandro Tiberi, Judy Davis, Alessandra Mastronardi, Alec Baldwin. The film is directed by Woody Allen.
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Gerwig, Pill and Mastronardi Dish on Starring in Woody Allen's 'To Rome With Love'

Last Friday I had the good fortune to attend a press day for Woody Allen's newest film, To Rome With Love. In addition to that, I attended a press conference with the great man himself in which he admitted he never watches his films after they're finished and that he considers Annie Hall and Hannah and Her Sisters great disappointments. In fact, here's what Annie Hall, according to Allen, was supposed to be about: "Annie Hall. Let me tell you. When Annie Hall started out, it was not supposed to be what I wound up with. It was supposed to be what happens in a guy's mind and you were supposed to see a stream of consciousness in his mind. And I did the film and it was completely incoherent. Nobody understood a thing that went on. And the relationship between myself and Diane Keaton was all anyone cared about.
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Exclusive: Alison Pill Talks To Rome With Love, HBO’s The Newsroom

Exclusive: Alison Pill Talks To Rome With Love, HBO’s The Newsroom
She’s only 26 years old, but Alison Pill has already twice done something most actors or actresses her age would punch their mothers to get a chance to do: work with Woody Allen. In the writer-director’s “To Rome With Love,” she plays Haley, an American student who takes an Italian fiance, Michelangelo (Flavio Parenti), and hosts her parents (Allen and Judy Davis) for a visit to meet him. For ShockYa, Brent Simon had a chance to talk to Pill one-on-one recently, about the movie, her continued love of theater, and her new Aaron Sorkin-scripted HBO series, “The Newsroom.” The conversation is excerpted below: ShockYa: Since “To Rome With Love” consists of four discrete [ Read More ]
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L.A. Film Fest Review: 'To Rome With Love' Is Another Minor Foreign Postcard From Woody Allen

In the recent PBS "American Masters" portrait of Woody Allen by director Robert Weide, Allen describes how he has a file folder filled with hundreds of loglines for movies he has come up with over the years; after completing each film, he sorts through them, finds one that speaks to him at the time and writes it up. To that end, "To Rome With Love" feels like four minor stories that Allen found in a pile and loosely stitched together in a narrative tied to Rome. That said, Rome is beautiful, and a mouthwatering set for any director. Unfortunately, you can't build a movie on a set alone.   The plot concerns four different storylines intercut throughout the film's running time, which, at 2 hours, is probably 30 minutes too long. With so many storylines going at once, it's hard to focus on all of them for an extended period of time. Without a clear narrative thrust,
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