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Giuseppe Tornatore - Scotland in his sights
The director who made one of Italian cinema's best loved films, Cinema Paradiso, is to shoot part of his next film Scotland later this year. Described as a "romantic drama" The Correspondence follows the love affair between a professor and a younger woman. Tornatore and his team have been scouting locations in Edinburgh for the film at the same time as is his first English language feature The Best Offer with Geoffrey Rush as an auctioneer obsessed with a reclusive heiress receives its UK premiere screenings as part of the 21st edition of the Italian Film Festival.
Rosie Ellison, film manager at Marketing Edinburgh said: "Tornatore is an exciting director and we are delighted to welcome him to Edinburgh."
The project will reunite many of the collaborators from The Best Offer, including composer Ennio Morricone and the production company Paco Cinematografica. The Best »
- Richard Mowe
Rome – Italy’s Taormina Film Festival is forging closer ties with Argentina’s Pantalla Pinamar fest, in an effort to strengthen the existing axis between the Italian and Argentinian film industries.
Taormina’s general manager Tiziana Rocca (pictured) and artistic director Mario Sesti have formalized a “twin” status between the two events. They will be bringing the director’s cut of Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Cinema Paradiso” and two other Italo pics to the Buenos Aires-based fest which kicks off on March 8.
The two countries first signed a film co-production deal in 2007, ratified by their parliaments in 2011, allowing funding for the development of Argentine pics with Italian co-producers attached.
The most recent announced prospective co-prod between the two countries is upcoming Pope Francis biopic “Historia de un cura” (A Priest’s Tale) helmed by Alejandro Agresti, being mounted by Argentina’s Pampa Films.
The 60th edition of the Taormina fest will »
- Nick Vivarelli
Exclusive: Cinema Paradiso director reunites with The Best Offer team on upcoming film.
Romantic drama The Correspondence, the director’s first film to shoot in the UK, will follow the love affair between a professor and a younger woman working in the same field.
The film will reunite many of the collaborators on Tornatore’s latest effort The Best Offer, including regular collaborator Ennio Morricone, producer Paco Cinematografica, distributor-producer Warner Bros’ Italy and sales outfit uMedia International.
The director has been in Scotland this week scouting locations for the film, which is due to shoot in Edinburgh, York and parts of Yorkshire before finishing shoot in Italy.
Casting is being kept under wraps with a “well-known” male lead close to signing on.
Warner Bros Italy is due to release the film on January 1, 2015, the same date it released Tornatore’s 2013 drama »
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The academy introduced the Foreign Language Film category in 1956 and Italy claimed a record 10 trophies in this race. However, the last of these was "Life is Beautiful" back in 1998. That 15-year drought ended this year with a win for "The Great Beauty." The 10 films that won the competitive Oscar, out of 29 nominations: 1956: "La Strada" 1957: "Nights of Cabiria" 1963: "8 1/2" 1964: "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" 1970: "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion" 1971: "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" 1974: "Amarcord" 1989: "Cinema Paradiso" 1991: "Mediterraneo" 1998: "Life Is Beautiful" From 1947 to 1955, the academy gave out non-competitive honorary awards to foreign language films and Italian fare claimed three of these: -Break- 1947: "Shoeshine" 1949: "The Bicycle Thief" 1950: "T »
Most home video releases are mass produced and marketed by faceless conglomerates interested only in separating you from your hard-earned cash. If you look closely though you’ll find smaller labels who love movies as much as you do and show it by delivering quality Blu-rays and DVDs of beloved films and cult classics, often loaded with special features, new transfers, and more. But yes, they still want your cash, too. Arrow Films is not only the UK’s best specialty Blu-ray/DVD label, but they’re also one of the most exciting regardless of geographical boundaries. Part of their appeal can be found in their unabashed affection for genre entertainment, but they’re equally adept and interested in more highbrow fare. They love movies as much as we do, and the proof is in a catalog diverse enough to include both Cinema Paradiso and Hell Comes to Frogtown. They have two new releases hitting UK shelves »
- Rob Hunter
After the stampede at Toronto to land domestic rights to John Carney‘s Can A Song Save Your Life?, here’s a Berlin title worth paying attention to. FilmNation Entertainment has been selected to sell international rights to Carney’s next film, which will begin production this summer in Dublin. Called Sing Street, the pic is autobiographical in tone, and Carney’s fellow Irishman pals U2′s Bono and The Edge will take part in the film’s music and in the film itself. The latter might mean some screen time, and it is a safe bet to say that after Can A Song Save Your Life?, that Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine will have a movie career if he wants one. Pic is a co-production with Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman and Carney’s Distressed Films, in partnership with PalmStar’s Kevin Frakes and Merced Media Partners’ Raj Brinder Singh in the U. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Exclusive: FilmNation has bulked up its red-hot Efm slate with international rights to Sing Street, the latest project from John Carney.
In what promises to be a heady brew, Carney’s long-time friends Bono and The Edge of U2 will compose original music. The pair are in talks to be involved in the film in another, as yet unspecified capacity.
Carney is currently working on the screenplay to the semi-autobiographical Sing Street, which will be a co-production with Anthony Bregman of Likely Story in partnership with Kevin Frakes of PalmStar and Raj Brinder Singh for Merced Media Partners in the Us and Paul Trijbits and Christian Grass for FilmWave out of the UK. Carney will also produce through his Distressed Films.
The 1980s-set story is scheduled to shoot this summer in Dublin and centres on Cosmo, a 14-year-old Dubliner dealing with the stress of his parent’s marriage, a drop-out brother and bullies at a new school »
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This is the @puremovies review of Cinema Paradiso, starring Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili and Isa Danieli, and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. If your spirits need lifting through the cold and dark winter months, the beautifully saturated tones of Guisepe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso are just the ticket to warm the cockles. This classic film, made in 1988 and fully restored to celebrate its 25th anniversary, is Tornatore’s love letter to cinema, and is imbued with the nostalgia for the Italy of bygone days. Based in a small Sicilian town, Cinema Paradiso explores how film can bind a community, as witnessed by the film’s protagonist, Salvatore, who works in the local cinema during his formative years. Played by three different actors throughout the different stages of his life, Salvatore experiences firsthand the impact his local cinema has on the small community, creating a microcosm of society where the villagers laugh, »
- Rowan Cooper Dale
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- Michael Cragg
Rome - The Italian film industry is predictably elated about Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” scooping the Golden Globe for best foreign film, which comes twenty-five years after Italy won its last Golden Globe, for Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Cinema Paradiso,” in 1989, which that year went on to score the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
“I got the news very early this morning in a message from Paolo, and I rejoiced with him and, I think, with the entire Italian film community,” enthused “Beauty” protag Toni Servillo to Italo news agency Adnkronos.
“Now, whatever happens, we should not forget that the Golden Globes are an important prize. Let’s not have the usual Italian attitude and think that if we don’t win the Oscar, this doesn’t mean anything. Let’s simply savor the great joy for this very important prize. We are all very happy,” Servillo added. »
- Nick Vivarelli
The Oscar race is never a dull one and that couldn’t be any more apparent than in the race for Best Foreign Language film. This year is certainly shaping up to be a battle of David vs. Goliath if you looked at the histories of the countries competing. In one corner, you have Italy, with a whopping 12 wins in this category, facing off with a country like Cambodia, with no Oscar nominations. But such is the beauty of the awards season and the Oscars. So before the nominations come out, here’s an Oscar primer to get you caught up on the Foreign Language films.
Belgium – 2013 Nominee: The Broken Circle Breakdown
Logline/Synopsis: Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He’s a romantic atheist, she’s a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, »
- Terence Johnson
If director Giuseppe Tornatore has had an up-and-down time of it since his breakthrough, 1988's almost universally adored, Oscar-winning "Cinema Paradiso," it has to be said that his most recent film, "The Best Offer," marks a definite low point, even as one of the downs. But that's probably what's going to happen when you take a cast, including Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland, that mostly seems as though they don't belong on the same planet, let alone in the same film, stick them in a pointlessly convoluted plot that's ludicrously unbelievable from start to finish, and drench the whole lot in a hysterically screechy score from Ennio Morricone. The resulting film is such a campy mess that for a while it's possible to see it having some sort of life as a kitsch cultish artifact, like an overplotted TV movie from the '80s. But then it goes on for an interminable 124 minutes, »
- Jessica Kiang
A winner at the Cannes and Venice film festivals, and led by the arthouse director behind hits like "Cinema Paradiso," "The Star Maker" and "Malena," any work from Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore is usually worth paying attention to. So when he assembles the kind of talent he's got in his latest "The Best Offer," it's certainly hard to resist. Starring Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland, and featuring new a score by Ennio Morricone, the art world drama tells the story of an auction house director, Virgil Oldman, who receives a special assignment to sell the family antiques belonging to a mysterious young woman, who refuses to appear in person. And so begins a unique mystery, but as you'll see in this clip, it isn't long until Virgil tries to learn the identity of who he's working for. "The Best Offer" is now playing in limited release and is available on VOD. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Audaciously overcooked in its fussy grandeur and telegraphed plot twists, Cinema Paradiso writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore’s obsessive-quest drama strains toward being a thriller under Ennio Morricone’s strident score. Geoffrey Rush is on the money as hoity-toity art auctioneer Virgil Oldman, whose auction-block witticisms and Sherlock-worthy ability to deduce centuries-old forgeries impress by day, while his nights are spent alone with a valuable collection of female portraits in oil from within his digitally locked panic room. A germaphobic, Ocd-addled loner uncomfortable around women, Virgil numbers as his closest acquaintances a secret plant in his own auctions (Donald Sutherland) and a local mechanical-engineering guru (Jim Sturgess) who&rsquo »
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