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Mia Madre review – lights, camera… trauma

A film-maker has to cope with her dying mother and a pompous American star in this tragicomic triumph by Nanni Moretti

Italian tragicomic auteur Nanni Moretti approached the subject of his own mortality in 1993’s international breakthrough feature Caro diario (Dear Diary), which documented, among other things, his all too real encounter with cancer. In his most celebrated feature, the 2001 Palme d’Or winner La stanza del figlio (The Son’s Room), he dealt superbly with parental bereavement and mourning. Now, in Mia Madre, he focuses on the impending loss of a mother, drawing heavily upon personal experience (Moretti’s own mother Agata died while he was completing 2011’s Habemus Papam/We Have a Pope), but also keeping enough distance from his subject to achieve a sense of universality. The beautifully observed and delicately balanced result is a sublimely modulated blend of laughter and tears, a film that cuts to
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Idris Elba and Jasmine Trinca Join The Gunman, Christina Hendricks to Star in Measure Of A Man, and Haley Bennett Boards Sony’s The Equalizer

Check out the latest casting news below: Idris Elba (Luther) and Jasmine Trinca (The Son's Room) are set to join director Pierre Morel's action thriller The Gunman, starring Sean Penn and Javier Bardem. Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) is in final talks for director Terry Loane's coming-of-age drama, Measure of a Man, also starring Riley Griffiths (Super 8). Haley Bennett (Marley & Me) has signed on for Sony's adaptation of The Equalizer, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington, Melissa Leo and Chloë Grace Moretz. Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. Heat Vision and The Wrap report that Elba and Trinca will join The Gunman. Based on the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette, "Penn stars as a professional killer who attempts to leave his job behind for the woman (Trinca) he loves, but finds it's harder than expected. Bardem will play Trinca's husband, who married her to spite the protagonist,
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Trailer Trash Cannes

All the Cannes gossip, including news of Michael Fassbender's fake head and Naomie Harris's long walk to stardom

M vs Moneypenny

Next year's race for the actress Oscars is already taking tasty shape after Cannes. It should be a battle of the Princesses as we see Cannes juror Nicole Kidman in Grace of Monaco go toe-to-toe with Naomi Watts in a film now, finally and officially, named Diana. But there could be another twist as two Bond girls enter the fray. Dame Judi Dench, who was M in the Bond movies, must be a cert for Philomena, the British road movie written by and co-starring Steve Coogan, for which Harvey Weinstein parted with $6m after seeing just a seven-minute showreel at Cannes, clearly scenting a movie that will swell his Oscar cabinet. But Weinstein has also swooped on Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and is, I hear, preparing
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Exclusive: We Have a Pope Featurette

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Exclusive: We Have a Pope Featurette
We have an exclusive featurette from the dramatic comedy We Have a Pope, which is currently available on SundanceNow, as well as IFC Films Video on Demand, Amazon Streaming, PS3 Playstation Unlimited, Xbox Zune, Google Play and YouTube.

Michel Piccoli stars as Melville, a cardinal who is unexpectedly elected as the new Pope. Go behind-the-scenes of this indie with commentary by director Nanni Moretti.

We Have A Pope - Exclusive Featurette

Nanni Moretti (The Son's Room, Caro diario) joins forces with the great French actor Michel Piccoli (Contempt, I'm Going Home) to tell the story of Melville, a cardinal who suddenly finds himself elected as the next Pope. Never the front runner and completely caught off guard, he panics as he's presented to the faithful in St. Peter's Square. To prevent a world wide crisis, the Vatican's spokesman calls in an unlikely psychiatrist who is neither religious or all that committed,
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Cannesthropology: the field guide

Our guide to the ultimate Cannes 2012 insiders

Lars von Trier: the outcast

Nine-time competition nominee and Palme d'Or winner for 2000's Dancer in the Dark, Von Trier was slung out last year for saying he had sympathy for Hitler at an ill-judged press conference for Melancholia. No film from Von Trier this year – but will he be back next year for Nymphomaniac?

Charlotte Gainsbourg: the golden girl

Combining catwalk poise and dynastic lineage, Gainsbourg gained significant artistic credibility via her Von Trier hookup: Antichrist got her the best actress prize in 2009. This year, she's in the Un Certain Regard section (along with Pete Doherty) with Confession of a Child of the Century.

Ken Loach: the shop steward

The veteran firebrand represents the British cinema the French would like to see: The Angels' Share is his 11th film in competition. He won the Palme for 2006's The Wind That Shakes the Barley,
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Laura Morante leads the fightback by Italian women to reclaim cinema after Berlusconi

Tuscany's best-loved film star Laura Morante draws on Freud, romcom and the Peanuts cartoon in her movie debut as a director and writer

Amid the seedy showbiz excesses of the Silvio Berlusconi era in Italy over the past two decades, Laura Morante was often seen as a symbol of another, more dignified version of Italian culture.

One of the country's most famous actresses, Morante, who could be described as a kind of Italian Catherine Deneuve, is as well known for her intense roles, and the calibre of films she has starred in, as for her remarkable beauty.

Now she is hoping to exploit the changing times in her country by playing her own part in promoting a different, more powerful role for women in cinema.

For the first time, the actress is stepping into the director's role for a film in which she also stars and takes a co-writing credit.
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Popcorn Preview: We Have a Pope

Film: We Have a Pope (Habemus Papam) (2011) Cast includes: Michel Piccoli (A Leap in the Dark), Nanni Moretti (The Son's Room), Margherita Buy (Days and Clouds) Director: Nanni Moretti (The Caiman) Genre: Light Drama | Comedy | Satire (102 minutes) Crowds gather in St. Peter's Square to pray and to wait. It's a sea of scarlet as 108 cardinals make their way to the Sistine Chapel for the conclave. Journalists struggle for scraps of information... a hopeless pursuit. Once they finally get the lights turned on in the Sistine Chapel, the cardinals get down to the task of voting. When each has written a name on his ballot, he signals that he's finished by tapping his pen. As the votes are counted, most cardinals have a similar silent prayer... "Not me. Oh Lord, please not me." Although Cardinal Gregory gets the most votes in the first round, the vote isn't decisive. The smoke is black.
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Nanni Moretti, “We Have A Pope”

Deeply shrouded in mystery, the election of the Pope is a strange amalgam of modern democracy and ancient ritual. It is also a circumstance that seems ripe for farce. At least Nanni Moretti, perhaps Italy’s most revered contemporary filmmaker, seems to think so. His newest film, We Have a Pope, which premiered last year in Cannes as Habemus Papam, is an often funny, sneakily moving investigation of the Vatican’s less-than-infallible process of choosing the divine, and one man’s rejection of his supposedly divine calling. Starring Michel Piccoli as a would-be Pope who disappears after his election and Moretti himself as the psychoanalyst charged with helping the new Pope through his post-election panic, We Have a Pope finds the director, as he did in 2006′s veiled Berlusconi biopic Il Caimano, pondering the inner life of one of Italy’s most powerful, iconic men.

Since his 1976 feature debut, I
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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

Hugo; The Deep Blue Sea; We Have a Pope

Despite the inherent redundancy of the format, each new wave of 3D cinema throws up at least one oddity which goes some way toward justifying this technical gimmick. Die-hard 3D apologists cite Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder as a rare triumph from the 1950s fad (although House of Wax is more fun) while Flesh For Frankenstein outshines all other stereoscopic offerings from the 70s and 80s in terms of sheer bloodcurdling camp. But while the blockbusting Avatar remains the commercial flagship for early 21st-century 3D, my money is on Martin Scorsese's Hugo (2011, Entertainment, U) being the movie which will be retrospectively regarded as the recent wave's most honourable outing.

Rather than toeing the baloney-on-toast "immersive experience" line trotted out by James Cameron et al, Scorsese's nostalgic homage to early cinema uses 3D as an archaic alienation device, reminding us that
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Hey, NYC! Win Tickets to IFC's Nanni Moretti Retrospective

Hey, NYC! Win Tickets to IFC's Nanni Moretti Retrospective
It's been quite a year for Italian master Nanni Moretti. His most recent film, "We Have A Pope," weathered considerable Vatican controversy last year and ended up atop Cahiers du Cinema's 2011 list, and this spring he will head the Cannes jury. The director behind "The Son's Room," which won the Palme D'Or in 2001, will cap the year off this weekend with appearances at with La Vita e Cinema, Moretti's first New York career retrospective. Never a crossover success in the United States, Nanni Moretti has nonetheless long been one of Europe's most consistent and successful filmmakers. He began in 1976 with his Super-8 feature "I Am Self-Sufficient," in which he played the lead role, and had his biggest early success with "Ecce Bombo," which started off his long relationship with the Cannes Film Festival. Since then, his prominence has allowed him to make many of cinema's great comedies, all of which eloquently mesh.
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Win Tickets to the Nanni Moretti Retrospective @ IFC Center!

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Nanni Moretti, "perhaps the leading cinematic satirist of our time," as Andrew Sarris once wrote, will preside over the Jury of the 65th Festival de Cannes just a few short weeks after We Have a Pope, which premiered in Competition at Cannes last year, opens in the Us on April 6. This Friday at 7 pm, the IFC Center in New York presents a sneak preview of Pope — and Moretti will be there.

This special event is part of La Vita e Cinema: The Films of Nanni Moretti, a complete retrospective running from today through Thursday, April 5. Moretti will also be present at the following screenings:

Friday, March 30

Ecce bombo (1978), 9:30 pm.

Saturday, March 31

Aprile (1998), 5:30 pm.

The Son's Room (2001), 7:30 pm.

Sunday, April 1

The Caiman (2006), 3:25 pm.

Caro Diario (1993), 5:45 pm.

The IFC Center is generously offering two pairs of tickets to each of these showings (they'd have loved to offer
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Watch: Trailer For Nanni Moretti's 'We Have A Pope'

Having previously won the Palme d'Or for "The Son's Room" in 2001, expectations were likely riding a little too high when festival regular Nanni Moretti returned to the Croisette last year to premiere "We Have a Pope" (aka "Habemus Papam"). Perhaps put off by the lighter, crowd-pleasing tone, the film was met with a lukewarm reception, but now as it heads into theaters, we urge you to give a shot.

French actor Michel Piccoli plays the newly elected pope, who begins to question whether or not his own faith is strong enough to be worthy of the job, and whether the sacfrice of everyday life is worth graduating to the most powerful and revered post in Catholicism. Veering between comedy and drama, Moretti (who also co-stars as the pope's psychoanalyst) creates a piece that is continually unexpected, and while it's certainly a film that will have no problem finding a more mainstream audience,
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Official Trailer for Nanni Moretti's Papal Comedy 'We Have a Pope'

"A billion people are waiting for you." IFC Films and Sundance Selects have unveiled an official trailer (via Deadline) for Nanni Moretti's We Have a Pope, an Italian indie dramatic comedy that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year, as Moretti is a Palme d'Or winning director. The film, starring French actor Michel Piccoli and Nanni Moretti, is about an elderly cardinal elected to be the new Pope, but can't handle taking on the job, so they bring in a psychiatrist. It plays like a very lighthearted and amusing comedy about the extraordinary task of becoming the Pope. Looks like a good watch if this intrigues you, take a look below. Watch the official Us trailer for Nanni Moretti's We Have a Pope, embedded from YouTube: In his latest comedy, We Have a Pope (aka Habemus Papam), Palme d'Or-winner Nanni Moretti (Aprile, The Son's Room, The Caiman
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Nanni Moretti appointed Cannes jury president

Veteran Italian film-maker, previous winner of the Palm d'Or, calls role 'a real joy, an honour and a tremendous responsibility'

The Italian actor and director Nanni Moretti has been named president of the jury for this year's Cannes film festival, which is due to be held in May.

Moretti will oversee the committee that decides the 2012 Palme d'Or winner for the first time, though he was a member of the jury in 1997 for the event's 50th anniversary. This year's Cannes is the 65th edition.

"This is a real joy, an honour and a tremendous responsibility to preside over the jury of the most prestigious festival of cinematography in the world, a festival that is held in a country where film has always been treated with interest and respect," said Moretti. "As a director, I was always very moved when my films were presented at the Festival de Cannes. I also
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Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti to head Cannes Jury

Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti to head Cannes Jury
Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti will preside over the Jury of the 65th Festival de Cannes to be held from May 16 to 27, 2012.

Moretti’s Ecce Bombo was selected in Competition in Cannes in 1978. In 1981, his film Sogni d’Oro (Golden Dreams) won the Special Jury Prize in Venice. Moretti’s La Messa è finita (The Mass is Ended) won the Silver Bear in Berlin in 1986.

His film Caro Diario (Dear Diary) won him the Best Director at Cannes Film Festival in 19994 while La Stanza del figlio (The Son’s Room) won the Palme d’Or in 2001.

In all, he has presented six films at the Cannes Film Festival, including Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope) which was presented in 2011 edition.
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Dad's dozen: best films for Father's Day

Daddy dearest needs some attention on 19 June, so why not watch one (or all) of these 12 fatherhood-themed films together

In honour of Father's Day – on 19 June – Amazon is beginning a special promotion on certain films, including Invictus and Kelly's Heroes. These seem to me only vaguely connected with the theme of fatherhood. Here, on the other hand, is a list of 12 Father's Day films, a dad's dozen that you can experience on DVD or at the cinema with your dad, or perhaps your son, on Sunday week.

Finding Nemo (2003, dirs Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich)

Marlin, voiced by Albert Brooks in this classic Pixar animation, is a widower clownfish who becomes a neurotically over-protective dad. His smothering attitude so infuriates his little son, Nemo, that the little fish swims defiantly away and is captured by divers. The father must then go on an epic journey to rescue the son.

Hamlet (1948, dir
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Cannes 2011. Nanni Moretti's "We Have a Pope"

Updated through 5/18.

"Nanni Moretti's Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope), the Italian filmmaker's sombre and lightly amusing reconstruction of life behind the closed doors of the Vatican after the election of a reluctant Pope, can't decide whether it's a drama or a comedy, a satire or an affectionate critique," finds Time Out London's Dave Calhoun. "It's gently funny at times and occasionally thoughtful, but overall it's too limp and non-committal to satisfy or be persuasive as any of the above. Luckily, veteran French actor Michel Piccoli as the Pontiff in meltdown is a pleasure to watch even when Moretti's script is unsure what to do with him."

"Piccoli plays the Cardinal who starts out composed and contemplative, but soon becomes a screaming Pope afflicted with performance anxiety," explains the Telegraph's Sukhdev Sandhu. "A psychoanalyst (Moretti) is brought in to help, but it’s difficult for the two to communicate
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Cannes Check: A long weekend

Robert (author of Distant Relatives) here. It feels like the dog days of Cannes. Film reactions keep coming in and while they seem endlessly mixed or average it's always helpful to remember that when most of these films make their way to the states (in what could be a week or a year... or two years... or never) many of them will be greeted by accolades and Rotten Tomato scores upwards of 80%.

Let's start with the gems. Alex has already clued you in on the success of The Artist. There was one other big hit this weekend. The Dardenne Brothers at this point could direct a Sham-Wow infomercial and it would be accepted to Cannes. But there's a reason why. The Kid With a Bike is being received as one more of many high points in their career. Are the Dardennes in the running for their third Palme? [Rotten Tomatoes page]

Footnote by Israeli director Joseph Cedar,
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Nanni Moretti: See no evil

Critics hoped Nanni Moretti's new film would be a fierce attack on the Catholic church – instead, it's an amiable farce. Has the scourge of the Italian establishment gone soft? Xan Brooks meets him in Cannes

Nanni Moretti's new film takes us behind the scenes at the Vatican, down darkened corridors and beyond closed doors. Look: there's an aged cardinal on his exercise bike, another dosing his water with Rescue Remedy, a third puffing ecstatically on a sly cigarette. At its Cannes screening, where Moretti is in contention for this year's Palme d'Or, I mentally urged the director to take us further, show us more. What I'm really after, I think, is the arrival of an altar boy.

But Moretti moves in mysterious ways. When it was announced that the puckish Italian film-maker was shooting a comedy about the Catholic church, the critics readied themselves for a major scandal,
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Trash Cannes 2011

Jason Solomons with all the gossip from the Cannes film festival

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Nanni state

Nanni Moretti, who won the big one with The Son's Room in 2001, returned to competition with Habemus Papam, the satirical story of a psychoanalyst (played by Moretti himself, right) who is summoned to the Vatican when the newly elected Pope (French legend Michel Piccoli in a charming performance) feels too depressed and inadequate to assume his duties. The film has initial doses of sharp humour - can a shrink ask the Pope about his sex life? - but then the Pontiff escapes to wander incognito around Rome with a troupe of actors and Moretti is sequestered in the Vatican, where he organises the most ridiculous volleyball tournament between all the cardinals. These scenes are so duff you almost have to look away.

Moretti is
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