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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.
- Jay Weissberg
The festival runs April 16 – 23, 2015, which means that Beijing will give the film its international premiere ahead of Tribeca, where it is set to unspool on April 20. “Boccaccio” had its world premiere in Italy in February.
The selection of the celebrated Italian auteurs’ work immediately carries the imprint of Marco Mueller, who was appointed as the Beijing festival’s general advisor in February.
The festival’s 15-strong competition selection includes a more contemporary and wider range of titles than the four previous editions of the festival have enjoyed.
- Patrick Frater
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