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Cannes: Marco Bellocchio’s ‘Sweet Dreams’ Starring Berenice Bejo Sells to 15 Territories (Exclusive)

18 May 2016 6:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Match Factory has sold Marco Bellocchio’s “Sweet Dreams,” which opened Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, to more than 15 territories across the globe. The film stars Valerio Mastandrea and Berenice Bejo, who was Oscar nominated for “The Artist.”

“As a great admirer of Marco Bellocchio’s work, I am happy to work with him again since our first cooperation last year on the presentation of his remastered cult classic ‘Fists in the Pocket’ and ‘Blood Of My Blood’ in Venice Competition,” said Michael Weber, managing director of The Match Factory.

Based on the best-selling novel “Sweet Dreams, Little One” (Fai bei sogni) by Massimo Gramellini, “Sweet Dreams” is the story of a long search for the truth and the fear of discovering it.

Massimo’s (Mastandrea) idyllic childhood was shattered by the mysterious death of his mother. As he prepares to sell his parents’ apartment, he is haunted by his traumatic past. »

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Italian Film Industry Taking Cannes Snub in Stride

15 April 2016 3:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — Italy’s film industry is reacting rather nonchalantly to the surprising absence of Italian movies in the Cannes competition for the first time in a decade and taking consolation in the expected presence of a robust contingent of young Italo directors set to screen across the fest’s other sections.

“One year you have three films in competition, the other you don’t have any. It’s normal,” says producer Riccardo Tozzi head of Italian motion picture association Anica.

“It doesn’t mean there aren’t good movies; it just means there aren’t any that fit the Cannes [competition] mold,” he adds.

Of course last year Italy had new works by Cannes regulars Nanni Moretti, Paolo Sorrentino, and Matteo Garrone vying for the Palme d’Or.

This year veteran Italo auteur Marco Bellocchio’s “Sweet Dreams” didn’t make the cut.

“Bellocchio is not a Cannes protege like Nanni Moretti, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Prada, More Involved In Film, Hosts Milan Screenings, Launches Film School In Venice

18 January 2016 9:09 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following initiatives in tandem with the Tribeca and Venice film festivals, Prada is stepping up its commitment to the movie world by launching a non-conventional film school in Venice.

The Italian fashion house announced its new film-related project during a high-profile screening series currently underway at the Prada Foundation in Milan titled “Flesh, Mind and Spirit,” co-curated by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and U.S. critic and film scholar Elvis Mitchell (pictured at the opening).

Called “Belligerent Eyes,” the Prada film school will experiment with new ways of teaching and delving into film and related fields, according to a statement. It will run between May and September 2016 in the Prada Foundation’s Venetian venue at Ca’ Corner della Regina.

The program is recruiting international academics, professionals and a select group of students in various fields that besides film include architecture, journalism, and digital communication.

The purpose of the school is “to »

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