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Cannes Film Review: ‘A Castle in Italy’

20 May 2013 2:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As it was in Olivier Assayas’ “Summer Hours,” a house is much more than a home in “A Castle in Italy”; it’s a repository of art, memories, lives lived in full and others cut short. The third semi-autobiographical feature for Italian-French multihyphenate Valeria Bruni Tedeschi once again follows the personal trials of beautiful bourgeois characters in and around the performing arts world, touching on themes of mortality and middle-aged panic in a mostly breezy, intelligent style. More than a mere affirmative-action entry in this year’s Cannes competition (where it is the lone pic directed by a woman), this low-key but pleasing arthouse item will earn more audience goodwill than much of the Croisette’s more fashionably outre product.

Inspired by two seismic events in her own life — the 2006 death of her brother, Virginio, from AIDS and her 2009 adoption of an African baby together with then-partner Louis Garrel — “A »

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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi’s A Castle in Italy

11 April 2013 3:35 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

#32. Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi’s A Castle in Italy

Gist: An actress of charm and intelligence, Bruni-Tedeschi (Un couple parfait, Rien a faire, 5×2, The Milk of Human Kindness) has directed 2 films previously, 2003′s It’s Easier For a Camel… and 2007′s Actresses. Her latest effort focuses on an upper-class Italian family that fall apart after they are forced to sell their family home: “This is the story of a woman who meets a man and allows herself to dream again. This is also the story of her sickly brother and their mother. It is the story of a destiny – that of a large family from the Italian industrial bourgeoisie.“

Prediction: Starring the type of folk you want to see on the Croisette in Louis Garrel and Xavier Beauvois, Bruni-Tedeschi (who stars in the film herself) has been at the festival at least seven previous times in the past accompanying a film as an actress, »

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #62. Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi’s Un chateau en Italie

12 January 2013 9:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Un chateau en Italie

Director: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi

Writer(s): Bruni-Tedeschi, Noémie Lvovsky, Agnès de Sacy

Producer(s): Sbs ProductionsSaïd Ben Saïd

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Louis Garrel, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Xavier Beauvois, Filippo Timi, Marisa Borini, André Wilms

With well over fifty films under her belt, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi is obviously at ease working with fellow thesps. Her third trip behind and in front of the camera follows her It’s Easier for a Camel…, her 2003 debut was critically well received and then she followed that up with the Cannes winning Actresses (2007). No problems with the location nor the dual languages, this Euro dramedy sees her once again team with creative folk such as her hubby Louis Garrel on screen and she penned the project alongside actress/director/writer Noémie Lvovsky. This should resonate if it carries much of the same elements we loved the most »

- Eric Lavallee

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