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New York’s MoMA To Fete Italy’s Rai Cinema, Matteo Garrone’s ‘Tale of Tales’ U.S. Bow

19 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – New York’s Museum of Modern Art will celebrate Italy’s Rai Cinema with a screening series set to kick off on December 4 with the U.S. bow of Matteo Garrone’s English-language fantasy/horror film “Tale of Tales” segued by nine other high-profile Italo titles co-produced by the powerhouse film production and distribution unit of Italian pubcaster Rai.

Garrone will be making the trek to New York for the U.S. launch of his freaky “Tales,” (pictured) which is based on folk myths collected and published by the 16th-century Neapolitan poet and scholar Giambattista Basile.

Pic, which made a splash in Cannes, stars Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones and John C Reilly. Its U.S. distributor, IFC, has yet to announce the stateside release date. Garrone will introduce the ambitious new work, which is emblematic of Rai Cinema’s support of visionary Italo auteurs, along with MoMA »

- Nick Vivarelli

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‘The Wonders’ is transcendent

21 November 2015 7:42 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Wonders

Directed by Alice Rohrwacher

Italy, 2014

Gelsomina (Maria Alexandra Lungu) is a 12 year-old head of household in a family of beekeepers. Her father Wolfgang (Sam Louwyck) keeps a tight watch on the business in their isolated plot of land in the Tuscan region. Two new events – the arrival of a reality TV show, and of a young boy, Martin (Luis Huilca) – change her world dramatically.

The opening of Alice Rohrwacher’s transcendent film is at once beautifully disjointed and metaphorical. A group of hunters move through the pitch-blackness only to suddenly and surprisingly come across the beekeeper’s house, secluded almost to the point of comedy.

The setup feels allegorical: the hunters are the real world, Gelsomina and company are a fiction, and the reality TV show will somehow bridge that gap. It’s not the only moment where Rohrwacher’s film feels nearly magical – a camel in the backyard, »

- Neal Dhand

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Les Arcs’ Co-Production Village Unveils 25 European Projects

12 November 2015 3:14 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Barnaby Southcombe’s “Butterfingers,” Hiam Abbass’s “Girl Made of Dust,” Teddy Lussi-Modeste’s “A Real Bastard” and Jonas Alexander Arnby’s “We Watched The Sun Disappeared” are among the 25 projects selected for the 7th edition of Les Arcs European Film Festival’ Coproduction Village.

Produced by U.K. shingle Embargo Films, “Butterfingers” is Southcombe’s follow up to “I, Anna” which premiered at Berlin and went to play at Locarno.

“Girl Made Out of Dust” is produced by Alliance de production Cinématographique. Born in Israel, Abbass is critically-acclaimed actress who made her directorial debut with “Inheritance,” which competed at Venice and Karlovy Vary.

“A Real Bastard,” the sophomore outing of Teddy Lussi-Modeste, is co-written by up-and-comer Rebecca Zlotowski whose last film “Grand Central” played in Un Certain Regard. Lucia-Modeste’s debut, “Jimmy Riviere” earned its star Guillaume Gouix a Cesar nomination. “A Real Bastard” is produced by Kazak Productions.

Jonas Alexander Arnby »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Les Arcs Coproduction Village unveils 2015 line-up

10 November 2015 5:38 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New projects revealed from I, Anna director Barnaby Southcombe, When Animals Dream filmmaker Jonas Alexander Arnby and actor/director Hiam Abbass.Scroll down for full line-up

The Les Arcs Coproduction Village (Dec 12-15), held as part of the Les Arcs European Film Festival (Dec 12-19), has unveiled the projects for its 7th edition.

A total of 25 projects have been selected for the three-day development and financing platform, which has previously showcased festival hits including Lazlo Nemes’ Son Of Saul, Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders, Grimur Hakonarson’s Rams and Runar Runarsson’s Sparrows.

This year’s line-up includes projects from 13 countries and five from Norway, selected as part of this year’s Norwegian Focus. Eight debut features are included in the selection.

Representatives of the projects will have one-to-one pre-scheduled meetings with producers, sales agents and distributors.

Two conferences will also be held during the Coproduction Village: one about the production of Joachim Trier’s Cannes competition »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Joshua Reviews Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders [Theatrical Review]

30 October 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Being the winner of a top prize at one of the film world’s most prestigious festivals, particularly one that makes its home in France in the first half of the calendar year, should mean a quick and rave review-filled run right into at least major arthouse theaters across these United States. However, if you’re director Alice Rohrwacher, an award from the Cannes Film Festival apparently means sitting on a shelf waiting for a release for almost 18 months.

That’s the case with her sophomore effort, The Wonders. A superb follow up to her great debut film, Corpo Celeste, Wonders earned a Grand Prix award from the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, and is now finally arriving in theaters thanks to the geniuses at Oscilloscope Laboratories.

Very much a distant cousin of the great Poetic Realism movement seen in ‘30s French cinema, Rohrwacher’s film is a dreamlike ode to »

- Joshua Brunsting

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[Review] The Wonders

29 October 2015 10:03 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Alice Rohrwacher’s national background makes it understandable, albeit a bit too easy, for one to draw connections between her latest writing-directing effort, The Wonders, and tenets of neorealist and post-neorealist Italian filmmaking. This sense is immediate in the moment —  the costuming, the farm life (speaking for both work and environment), the dramatic conflict at its center — and a bit ineffable in retrospect. Take it with a grain of salt, then, when I say this is a film that not only understands the myriad feelings tied to poverty, but how they can so often collide with one’s hope for their future like two cannonballs fired at full speed.

What sparked the thought was, appropriately enough, The Wonders’ dramatic center: a patriarch, Wolfang, who, as portrayed by Sam Louwyck, comes as close to Anthony Quinn’s Zampanó as any performance in recent memory. A brutish, occasionally cruel father rules over three girls (the oldest, »

- Nick Newman

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Review: The Wonders, A Poetic Realist Portrait Of Painful Adolescence

29 October 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The Wonders (Le meraviglie) is a poetic realist portrait of painful adolescence. Director Alice Rohrwacher tells a slight coming of age tale infused with melancholy, hardship but not without a sense of beauty. Gone is the Italy of opulence and grandeur celebrated in last year's Cannes breakout, The Great Beauty. The rural countryside -- a point where Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria meet -- depicted in The Wonders is both gritty and austere, a land that gives and takes in return. For that matter, so do the people who populate it. Fourteen-year-old Gelsomina is the only one who gets through to her father, a severe German transplant named Wolfgang. Though harsh and quick to anger, he's not a bad man. Rather, he's something like a bee himself:...

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Review: Alice Rohrwacher's Unique And Admirably Personal 'The Wonders' Featuring Monica Bellucci

28 October 2015 2:09 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Recent years have seen the Cannes Film Festival take an increasing amount of heat for its paucity of female directors, and rightly so—the last couple of years saw either zero or one woman with a film in the Official Competition, with directors like Sofia Coppola and Claire Denis reduced to the sidebar sections. Festival head Thierry Fremaux has remained bullish, claiming that anything else would be tokenism, but he does seem to have paid some degree of attention: this year, female helmers in Competition have doubled, to a whopping two. The first (with Naomi Kawase's "Still The Water" to come in a few days) is "La Meraviglie," or "The Wonders," the latest from "Corpo Celeste" helmer Alice Rohrwacher. A gentle and textured coming-of-age story, it's undoubtedly one of the stronger competition films to date, and could »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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St. Louis International Film Festival Selects Nominees For Awfj Eda Awards

27 October 2015 1:56 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The St. Louis International Film Festival has announced the films nominated for the Awfj Eda Awards.

Awfj will partner once again with Sliff to recognize the Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature and Best Female-Directed Documentary. The 24th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival will be held Nov. 5-15, 2015. Check out the full lineup here.

Here’s a glimpse of the films that have been selected:


Fidelio: Alice’S Odyssey – Lucie Borleteau (France)

A rare woman in the man’s world of seafaring, 30-year-old Alice signs on as a replacement engineer on the freighter Fidélio. Although she loves her job and does it well, Alice remains a woman even when wearing greasy blue overalls, and there’s some doubt that the all-male crew will remain totally insensitive to her charms. The situation has further complications: Alice has a fiancé back on shore, but when she discovers that the Fidélio is captained by Gaël, »

- Michelle McCue

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The Wonders Movie Review

26 October 2015 4:03 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The Wonders (Le meraviglie) Oscilloscope Laboratories Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya. Grade: B Director: Alice Rohrwacher Screenwriters: Alice Rohrwacher Cast: Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louwyck, Alba Rohrwacher, Sabine Timoteo, Agnese Graziani, Eva Morrow, Maris Stella Morrow, Monica Bellucci, Luis Huilca Release date: October 30, 2015 It is obvious right from the get-go that the beekeepers living in the broken house in the Tuscan countryside are not an ordinary family. No abbondanza is present anywhere, and the family does not keep up with the sterile conditions required for honey production and could easily be thrown in jail. Wolfgang (Sam Louwick) the father looks like an urban dweller pretending to be a farmer;  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Watch: Experience ‘The Wonders’ In Exclusive Clip From Alice Rohrwacher’s Cannes Drama

22 October 2015 8:20 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After premiering at Cannes, Corpo celeste director Alice Rohrwacher‘s Le Meraviglie (The Wonders) will finally touch down in the United States the end of the month Also starring Monica Bellucci and Alba Rohrwacher, we noted the film has been “praised for its alternation of intimacy and universality, tightness and openness, and the mixing of verisimilitude with wonder.”

Following the story of fourteen-year-old Gelsomina who lives in the Umbrian countryside with her sweetly dysfunctional family, we’re pleased to exclusively debut a clip, courtesy of Oscilloscope. The preview features one of the most memorable sequences from the film in which Gelsomina first shows off her bit of performance art with the bee.

Check it out below, along with the poster, for the film starring Monica BellucciAlba Rohrwacher, André Hennicke, Margarete Tiesel, Sabine Timoteo, and Sam Louwyck. One can also see the U.S. trailer here.


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- Jordan Raup

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Exclusive: Clip From Alice Rohrwacher's Cannes Winner 'The Wonders'

21 October 2015 8:10 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While reality shows are now a staple of the television landscape, it's easy to forget that when they first arrived, it wasn't just about providing a voyeuristic look into the lives of others. These shows offered hope. "American Idol" is perhaps the best example of this, and at its prime, it made a nation believe that the next big superstar could be found anywhere. It's that feeling of aspiration that's part of Alice Rohrwacher's "The Wonders." Featuring the director's sister Alba Rohrwacher and Monica Bellucci, the film revolves around a family of beekeepers in central Italy who find their lives disrupted by a teenage boy they take on as a farmhand, and the promise of a reality TV show eager to showcase them. It's a coming-of-age story told through the eyes of Gelsomina, and as you'll see in this exclusive clip, there is a yearning for a life beyond the rural environs she knows. »

- Edward Davis

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Martin Scorsese Honored With Sprawling Lumiere Tribute

16 October 2015 5:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lyon, France — An echo of his prolific career, colorful personality and enduring passion for movies, Martin Scorsese was celebrated by an impressive delegation of French and international film figures on Friday night in Lyon, where he received the Lumiere tribute.

The ceremony was emceed by Thierry Fremaux, the artistic director and general delegate of both Cannes and Lyon Lumiere film festivals. Fremaux, who created the festival seven years ago with vet French helmer Bertrand Tavernier to showcase heritage films, said the pair had dreamt of honoring Scorsese even since the festival was launched.

“This festival was created to celebrate the history of cinema, as well as passion and knowledge and Martin Scorsese embodies all these things in an absolute way,” Fremaux told Variety before the fest kicked off. Previous Lumiere tributes were awarded to Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar and Clint Eastwood.

Like a rock star, Scorsese walked into the jam-packed »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Daily | Goings On | Visconti, Varda, Suzuki

9 October 2015 9:44 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

A new 4K restoration of Luchino Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers opens today. More goings on include a Robert Zemeckis retrospective in New York, Agnès Varda in Chicago, Seijun Suzuki in Austin, Pier Paolo Pasolini in Bologna, and the guest list for the 2015 edition of Festival Lumière includes Martin Scorsese, Nicolas Winding Refn, John Lasseter, Géraldine Chaplin, Sophia Loren, Alexandre Desplat, Mads Mikkelsen, Jacques Audiard, Costa-Gavras, Salma Hayek, Alice Rohrwacher, Michel Hazanavicius, Vincent Lindon, Dario Argento, Pablo Trapero, Rolf de Heer, Michel Franco and on and on. » - David Hudson »

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20 Films to See in October

30 September 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

October is stacked with some of the year’s best films, both in wide release and limited, many slowly expanding through November, and we have a record-setting 20 recommendations for the month. The conclusion of Tiff and Venice also brought a batch of worthwhile premieres, some of which one will be able to see this month.

To note, after limited September debuts, the recommended Sicario and The Walk will both be opening wide on October 2nd and 9th, respectively. There’s also a few notable releases we weren’t fans of, including Love (10/30)  and Truth (10/16). Then there’s some on our radar that would make for worthwhile matinees: Sherpa (10/2), (T)error (10/7), The Final Girls (10/9), Meadowland (10/16) and Rock the Kasbah (10/23). We should also make a note that Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new short film Junun will start streaming at midnight on October 9th at Mubi.

Check out the full list of 20 below »

- Jordan Raup

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DVD Review: 'The Wonders'

13 September 2015 11:03 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ Casting a peculiar spell over its audience, The Wonders (2014) is a rural ghost story masquerading as a coming-of-age tale. Unfolding like a morbid reverie for a bygone era, Alice Rohrwacher's follow up to 2011's Corpo Celeste reverberates with the strange frisson of a world pining for a reality that never existed in the first place. Rohrwacher's haunting evocation of childhood memory fluidly shifts between realism and make-believe as if they were part of the same continuum. We observe the world via Gelsomina (a remarkably stoic performance by Maria Alexandra Lungo) as she works alongside her father Wolfgang (Sam Louwyck) producing honey on their family farm in central Italy.

Gelsomina is the oldest of Wolfgang's daughters and helps him tend to the bees while his wife (Alba Rohrwacher) manages the household. One day, after toiling amongst the hives, the family discover a reality TV crew working in the forest. Draped in an elaborate white shroud, »

- CineVue UK

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Venice Film Review: ‘Arianna’

5 September 2015 10:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alternative gender identity is a hot topic in contemporary cinema, surrounding interest in which could secure a larger audience than might otherwise be expected for Italian filmmaker Carlo Lavagna’s dreamy, heat-hazed character study “Arianna.” By framing its eponymous heroine’s condition as a puzzle to be unpicked rather than a subject for candid discussion, however, the pic resists presentation as an “issue movie” — perhaps to its credit as well as its disadvantage. In telling the story of a 19-year-old girl’s belated coming of age over the course of one idyllic summer, Lavagna dramatizes her plight with a mixture of oblique sensual saturation and, later on, more on-the-nose emoting. An uneven but strikingly presented debut for its helmer, it will find a particularly welcoming niche in gender-themed and Lgbtq fest programs.

“I was born three times,” admits the title character (Ondina Quadri, an arrestingly pale-eyed, tousle-haired newcomer) in voiceover »

- Guy Lodge

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Daily | Venice Days 2015

3 September 2015 8:28 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

We're gathering reviews and trailers for films screening in this year's edition of Venice Days. While we have trailers or clips for nearly every film lined up, so far these first few days have seen reviews come in for Julie Delpy's Lolo, Matias Bize’s The Memory of Water, Piotr Chrzan’s Klezmer, Dani de la Torre’s Retribution, Celia Rowlson Hall’s Ma. You can also watch Alice Rohrwacher's De Djess in its entirety, while the teaser for Agnès Varda's Les 3 Boutons looks delightfully promising. » - David Hudson »

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Get a Sneak Peek at Sofia Coppola's Interview With Filmmaking Sisters Alice and Alba Rohrwacher

17 August 2015 8:40 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Countdown to Cannes: Is Alice Rohrwacher's 'The Wonders' Already a Frontrunner for the Palme D'Or? Filmmaking sisters Alice and Alma Rochwarcher recently sat down with director Sofia Coppola for an intimate chat about their bond -- professional and personal -- and how it informs their work together, especially in Alice's Cannes hit, "The Wonders."  The Grand Prix-winning and Palme D'or-nominated drama features Alba in a starring role that is loosely based on the sisters' own childhood in the country. Coppola sat down with the sisters for T, The New York Times Styles Magazine's Women's Fashion issue, and the three women spoke freely about a variety of subjects, though the sisters' incredible relationship took center stage.  In our exclusive excerpt, Alice and Alba share some insight into how their sisterhood translates to the screen, and how Coppola herself may be able to identify with such a fraught situation: »

- Kate Erbland

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Watch: Venice Trailer for 'Blood of My Blood,' From 'Vincere' Director Marco Bellocchio

31 July 2015 10:40 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Alba Rohrwacher, whose filmmaker sister Alice Rohrwacher has a short film debuting at the fest this year, won Venice's Best Actress prize last year for her deranged and mesmerizing performance in "Hungry Hearts." She returns to the Lido this year with another creepy-looking film, "Blood of My Blood," from director Marco Bellocchio. He made 2009's splashy, flashy and gorgeous Mussolini romance "Vincere," and competed for the Golden Lion in 2012 with "Dormant Beauty." Venice awarded this prolific Italian auteur a lifetime achievement award in 2011. Check out the trailer for his 2015 Venice premiere, a period drama set in Northern Italy, 17th century when, in a monastery, "a nun accused of witchcraft seduces a young confessor who refuses to yield to his searing temptation. A fight of desires, illusions and lies that will unexpectedly vibrate until nowadays..." No subtitles, alas. Read More: 'The Danish Girl' and 'A Bigger Splash' Join »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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