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Paris– France’s Indie Sales has boarded “Suburra,” the anticipated sophomore pic of Italy’s rising helmer Stefano Sollima, who wowed critics with his feature debut “”A.C.A.B.: All Cops Are Bastards” and the TV skein “Gomorrah, The Series” (pictured above).
Based on a novel by Giancarlo de Cataldo (“Romanzo Criminale”) and Carlo Bonini (“Acab All Cops are bastards”), “Suburra” was penned by Stefano Rulli and Sandro Petraglia, the scribe duo behind “The Best of Youth,” “Romanzo Criminale” and “My brother is an only child.”
An organized-crime thriller, “Suburra” focuses on the various incarnations of Italian Power – Politics, Vatican, Mafia – and how they meet and collide, leading to corruption, money laundering, drugs and prostitution.
Pic follows a gangster known as the “Samurai” who wants to turn the waterfront of a small town close to Rome into a new Atlantic City and receives protection from a corrupt politician and a powerful cardinal. »
- Elsa Keslassy
When you look at the fictional world of the crime families, especially those of the Mafia it’s about tradition and respect. Gomorrah is a drama that looks at what happens when respect is not given and tradition is attacked. The falling of a family empire is rarely a peaceful death, it calls for blood and it calls for sacrifice and it leaves the victims of the fallout scarred forever.
Gomorrah focuses on the Savastano family and Ciro di Marzio (Marco D’Amore) one of their most respected workers. When the head of the family Petro (Fortunato Cerlino) is imprisoned for murdering somebody he believed was a police informant, Ciro sees this as his chance to move in on the family power. Catching the ear of Genny (Salvatore Esposito) the incompetent son and now heir of the family he works his way into a position to take over. When Genny »
- Paul Metcalf
Old-school Camorra soldiers come up against a brash new generation of hoods in this violently realistic Italian drama
Vedi Napoli e poi muori! The famous travel advice See Naples and die! has taken on new meaning since Gomorrah, the 2008 Italian mafia film, became Gomorrah, the 2014 Italian mafia TV series, easily this years most compelling foreign-language drama. In this unyieldingly deadly depiction of the city once described by Alexandre Dumas as the flower of paradise, organised crime syndicate the Camorra are the de facto local borough council in the suburb of Secondigliano.
The Camorra are a real-life outfit, Secondigliano an actual suburb. Thats what marks Gomorrah out from the cops-and-robbers herd: its roots in reality. And theres nary a peep from la polizia. Roberto Saviano, who co-developed the show, is a decorated Neapolitan investigative journalist whose fearless 2006 bestseller about the Camorra put him on the mobs hit list; the government assigned him a bodyguard. »
- Andrew Collins
With memorable roles in "Gomorrah," "Il Divo," and the Oscar-winning "The Great Beauty" (winning a European Best Actor award for all three roles), Toni Servillo has launched himself on the international cinema stage in a big way. The actor's latest movie to land stateside, "Viva La Liberta," finds Servillo taking on the challenge of playing dual roles. Co-written and directed by Roberto Andò, and co-starring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Valerio Mastandrea, the film kicks off when Enrico Oliveri, a veteran politician, seeing the inevitable fall of his political party, flees to Paris. But his top aide and his wife has a plan: they enlist Enrico's troubled, genius twin, Giovanni, and put him in control. It's a crazy plan that just might work. Mixing drama, comedy, and even thriller elements, as you see in the exclusive U.S. trailer below, this is an opportunity to witness Servillo's wide array of skills at work. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Francesco Munzi's third feature, Black Souls, has premiered in competition in Venice, will screen in Toronto, and has so far been met with respectable reviews. "That strange, conflicted tone of 'operatic realism' that the critic and essayist Phillip Lopate found in the films of Luchino Visconti also runs through the core of Munzi’s film," finds the Telegraph's Robbie Collin. "Fans of Matteo Garrone’s Gomorrah, which told an even more intricate story of the Camorran crime syndicate from Naples, 200 miles up the coast, might find this equally thrilling, if far less frantic." We gather more reviews and the first trailer. » - David Hudson »
Boosted by the international sales success of mob series “Gomorrah,” Italy’s expanding TV production community, led by Sky Italia and shingle Cattleya, is hoping to spark a trend among buyers, much as Denmark’s “The Killing” prompted the Nordic Noir phenom. Call this one, perhaps, Italian Immorality.
The rise of high-quality TV dramas is not new. For the past decade, U.S. skeins energized global sales for Hollywood product, and pushed the international creative community to raise its game. According to the MPAA, U.S. global film and TV exports stand at $14.3 billion. Now an invigorated
Italian TV biz wants in on an international business that is surging in Europe, where 42% of viewers list drama series as their favorite type of programming, according to a recent Eurodata TV report.
Italy’s hourlong dramas are all English-language, and two feature narratives with shady protagonists: “ZeroZeroZero,” from author Roberto Saviano (on »
- Nick Vivarelli
Rome – Italy’s Rai Cinema is having a banner year, commanding a 15% box office share for the first half of 2014, which makes pubcaster Rai’s film unit the number two Italian distributor after Warner Bros. However Hollywood titles continue to be a low priority, said topper Paolo Del Brocco, unveiling its lineup Wednesday in Rome.
Del Brocco said the Italo film distribution and production powerhouse will be investing some Euros 60 million ($81 million) in Italian productions in 2014, whereas only 4 or 5 million Euros are earmarked for international acquisitions.
That said, Rai Cinema remains an active buyer. In Cannes they picked up Italo rights for Tom Hardy gangster pic “Legend,” to be helmed by Brian Helgeland, produced by Working Title and financed by Studio Canal, which is selling. Rai also has another Studio Canal pic, Sean Penn starrer “The Gunman,” an action thriller helmed by Pierre Morel. And in Cannes they also inked »
- Nick Vivarelli
Anti-mafia journalist and author Roberto Saviano will be heading to Munich, under heavy police protection, to present the small-screen version of his best-selling expose Gomorrah at the Munich International Film Festival. Photos 'Game of Thrones': Season 4's Most Buzzed-About Moments The drama, adapted from Saviano's non-fiction account of the Camorra mafia in Naples, has been a massive hit on 21st Century Fox's Sky Italia, with more than 1.2 million viewers per episode. Saviano's book was previously made into a Golden Globe-nominated film by Matteo Garrone in 2008. Photos 'Orange Is the New Black':
- Scott Roxborough
Already sold in some 50 territories including the U.S., courtesy of the Weinstein Co., the Italian series “Gomorrah” represents a promising attempt to break into the crowded quality-tv market that, if backed by an intelligent distribution strategy, could receive wide international exposure — a first for Italian television. Two years in the making, this serial adaptation of Roberto Saviano’s bestselling investigation into the Neapolitan mob covers different chapters from those seen in Matteo Garrone’s acclaimed 2008 bigscreen version. The enduring (if stereotyped) romance between international audiences and the fictional Italian mob will boost the skein’s reception abroad, although “Gomorrah” will also serve to dispel a myth or two still surrounding the onscreen depiction of organized crime.
The series’ first season follows Ciro (Marco D’Amore), the up-and-coming right hand of the Savastano family boss, Pietro (Fortunato Cerlino), and his bovine son, Genny (Salvatore Esposito). Rival clans fight for control of the marketplace, »
- Giovanni Vimercati
The Italian film business, coming off an Oscar win this year for Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty,” should be on a roll. But the Italo industry’s story is more complex, as shrinking budgets and a stagnant box office hamper a filmmaking community that’s stubbornly slow to shed its insular ways. Yet fresh faces are emerging, thanks to co-productions across Europe, helping the sector to stumble ahead.
Recently, the Italian Culture Ministry revealed alarming figures that show a 27% drop in Italian film investments in 2013 to €358 million ($495 million), compared with 2012, while the country’s cinematic output remained substantially stable, at 167 pics. The average budget of an Italian movie these days is a measly $2.3 million.
“The numbers show that the budgets of quality midrange movies are getting slimmer, and this is terrible,” comments producer Riccardo Tozzi, who heads Italy’s national motion picture association, Anica.
Tozzi predicts shrinking budgets would »
- Nick Vivarelli
Italo auteur Matteo Garrone, a two-time winner of the Cannes Grand Prix for “Gomorra” in 2008 and “Reality” in 2011, has just started shooting in Sicily on English-language fantasy/horror film “The Tale of Tales.” In an exclusive interview Garrone spoke to Variety‘s Nick Vivarelli about his most ambitious film yet. Excerpts: Q: The movie you are about to shoot is based on “The Tale of Tales,” a collection of fairy tales by 17th century Italian author Giambattista Basile which, among other stories, contains the earliest versions of famous fables like “Rapunzel,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella.” What made you want to work with this book? A: I chose to enter Basile’s world and make it my own because when I read them I immediately felt these stories were something familiar. I really connected with their spirit, their irony and also with their dark aspects. In his fables »
- Nick Vivarelli
Toby Jones and John C.Reilly have joined Vincent Cassel, Salma Hayek and Alba Rohrwacher on Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone’s English-language debut The Tale of Tales, which gets underway in Italy today.
Peter Suchitzsky is DoP, composer is Alexandre Desplat.
HanWay is shopping in Cannes with financiers including New Sparta Films. Rai Cinema will release the film in Italy through 01 Distribution, and Le Pacte will distribute in France. »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Italo auteur Matteo Garrone (“Gomorra”) has added Toby Jones, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Stacey Martin (“Nymphomaniac”) and Bebe Cave (“Great Expectations”) to previously announced key cast Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel of his English-language fantasy/horror “The Tale of Tales,” which starts shooting in Sicily today.
Based on fairy tale collection “The Tale of Tales” by 17th century Italian author Giambattista Basile, Garrone’s ambitious English-language debut is also kicking off world sales in Cannes where the pic is being sold by HanWay.
- Nick Vivarelli
Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, one of the clear (or not-so-clear) wild cards of the lineup: Alice Rohrwacher's "The Wonders." The director: Alice Rohrwacher (Italian, 33 years old). Amid the laundry list of usual-usual auteurs returning to the Competition, a few names raised eyebrows when Thierry Fremaux announced the lineup last month, and Rohrwacher's was one of them. After making a strong impression in Directors' Fortnight three years ago with her debut feature, the Catholic Church-themed coming-of-age drama "Corpo Celeste," an Un Certain Regard berth seemed the logical next step for her follow-up, but this was an unexpected promotion for the young Italian, »
- Guy Lodge
Ambitious Italian mafia series Gomorrah killed on its premiere, drawing 700,000 viewers on pay-tv channel Sky Atlantic/Sky Cinema, which is controlled by 21st Century Fox, for its pilot episode. The series is based on of Roberto Saviano’s best-selling investigative book into the Naples mafia, called the Camorra, as well as the feature film of the same name by Matteo Garrone, which won Cannes Grand Jury Prize in 2008. Story: Miptv: The Weinstein Co. Takes Italian 'Gomorrah' Series for U.S. The first 12-part season of Gomorrah stars Marco d’Amore as Ciro, the right hand of
- Scott Roxborough
The Weinstein Company hierarchy announced (8) that production is underway on the Netflix original series based on the epic adventures of the legendary explorer.
Shoot locations include Italy, Kazakhstan and the new Pinewood Studios in Malaysia.
The Weinstein Company has acquired rights from Beta Film to the crime drama series Gomorra after starting negotiations at Mipcom 2013. Stefano Sollima, Claudio Cupellini and Francesca Comencini direct and Marco D’Amore, Fortunato Cerlino, [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Weinstein Company has taken rights to Italian crime drama series "Gomorra," based on Roberto Saviano's bestseller of the same title that goes inside the brutal Neapolitan mafia Camorra. (It was also notably adapted into the 2008 film by Matteo Garrone, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes and was picked up for stateside distribution by IFC Films.) The 12-episode show is directed by Stefano Sollima, Claude Cupellini and Francesca Comencini. It centers on 30-year-old Ciro (Marco d'Amore), the right-hand man of the Savastano clan's godfather Pietro (Fortunato Cerlino), and the ruthless war to take over “The System”. Harvey Weinstein stated of the buy: “This is a project that caught our eye a while back for its world class acting talent, as well as Stefano Sollima’s phenomenal abilities to craft a thriller like none other." No word yet on when the series would bow stateside.
- Beth Hanna
The Weinstein Company has taken rights to Italian crime drama series "Gomorra," based on Roberto Saviano's bestseller of the same title that goes inside the brutal Neapolitan mafia Camorra. (It was also notably adapted into the 2008 film by Matteo Garrone, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes and was picked up for stateside distribution by IFC Films.) The 12-episode show is directed by Stefano Sollima, Claude Cupellini and Francesca Comencini. It centers on 30-year-old Ciro (Marco d'Amore), the right-hand man of the Savastano clan's godfather Pietro (Fortunato Cerlino), and the ruthless war to take over “The System”. Harvey Weinstein stated of the buy: “This is a project that caught our eye a while back for its world class acting talent, as well as Stefano Sollima’s phenomenal abilities to craft a thriller like none other." No word yet on when the series would bow stateside. »
- Beth Hanna
The Weinstein Company has acquired rights to the Sky Italia crime drama series Gomorra, directed by Stefano Sollima (Romanzo Criminale). Marco D’Amore, Fortunato Cerlino, Maria Pia Calzone, Salvatore Esposito, Marco Palvetti star in the series based on Roberto Saviano’s bestselling novel, the inside story of the fierce Neapolitan crime organization Camorra. It tells the story of 30-year-old Ciro (d’Amore), the right hand of the Savastano clan’s godfather Pietro (Cerlino), and the ruthless war to take over “The System”. The series consist of 12 one-hour installments and in addition to Sky Italia is produced by Cattley, Fandango La 7 and Beta Film. Negotiations began at the 2013 Mipcom market. The deal is for the original series and no remake is planned as of now. “This is a project that caught our eye a while back for its world-class acting talent, as well as Stefano Sollima’s phenomenal abilities to craft a thriller like none other. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The Weinstein Co. has picked up U.S. rights to the Italian organized crime drama Gomorra, based on the best-selling book by Italian investigative journalist Roberto Saviano. The first 12-episode season of Gomorrah will debut in Italy on Sky Italia, the pay TV platform controlled by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox. Story: Journalist Roberto Saviano on the Real 'Sopranos' of Mafia Series 'Gomorrah' TWC is also looking into making a U.S. version of the Italian series. Said TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein: "This is a project that caught our eye a while back for its world-
- Scott Roxborough
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