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No one knows anything about it. There's still no director attached and no cast has been announced. All we know is that Italian broadcaster Sky is producing a new Diabolik TV series through their production company, Sky Cinema. The famous comic celebrated its fifty year anniversary in 2012, and at the end of the year a teaser was presented to introduce the series along with a second highly anticipated new show: Gomorra, adapted from both Matteo Garrone's movie and Roberto Saviano's book.Diabolik is the 007 of the dark side, he's a violent and ruthless thief far from any possible comparison with Arsenio Lupin or Robin Hood. He's a greedy man who, together with his fiancé Eva Kant, loves to steal gold and jewels and to...
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Almost three years after the announcement that Matteo Garrone’s gritty Mafia film “Gomorrah” would become a TV series, cameras are rolling, marking the boldest programming effort yet from Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Italia paybox.
The skein is aimed at global audiences, as Italians step up their rare efforts to export TV shows. More important, “Gomorrah” marks Sky pushing the envelope, once again, on TV content.
Since Sky ventured into Italo TV production about five years ago with “Crime Novel,” about the Rome mob, it has consistently been upping the ante. Besides “Gomorrah,” it also has 1992 in production, a Milan-set skein about Italy’s so-called Clean Hands corruption scandals.
“Sky set out several years ago to make a new type of TV product that was missing on the Italian TV market. Now it’s seeing that these shows can also travel widely,” says Sky exec vice president Andrea Scrosati.
- Nick Vivarelli
Directed by Daniele Vicari.
A reenactment of the final days of the 2001 G8 Summit.
Watching Diaz as someone with no understanding - beyond having read a synopsis attached to this DVD - of the historical events on which it’s based fortified both its strengths and weaknesses. It’s an angry, political film with little political context included for the uninitiated. It’s a humanist film but built around a reductive, almost archetypal ‘good vs evil’ conflict.
Of course, speaking as someone ignorant about the real events, this may be an entirely accurate depiction. But the level of its bias towards the fresh-faced young protestors, all pretty and liberal (in the most broadly-drawn sense) and against the thick-set, furrowed-browed, uniformed police and politicians, only serves to make one suspicious about what’s not being shown. »
- Flickering Myth
Currently shooting in Naples and its crime-ridden environs, “Gomorrah” is a TV spin-off of the gritty eponymous Matteo Garrone movie. Twelve-episode first series of the skein is being produced by Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Italia paybox with Rome’s Cattleya and Domenico Procacci’s Fandango.
Beta, which boarded as co-production partner, is already in advanced talks for sales to several territories, including the U.K.
Footage will be unveiled at the Mipcom TV mart in October.
Reality-based narrative revolves around two warring family factions of the Camorra, the local mob. Stefano Sollima, who helmed Sky’s widely exported “Crime Novel” — also sold by Beta — is showrunning and directing six “Gomorrah” episodes with helmer Claudio Cupellini »
- Nick Vivarelli
To celebrate the release of political thriller Diaz: Don’t Clean Up this Blood on 10th June, we’ve got 3 Blu-ray copies to giveaway.
As 200,000 anti-globalization activists and anarchist protestors descended on Genoa to try prevent the 27th G8 Summit taking place, authorities gave anti-riot police a free hand to repress the masses. Diaz: Don’t Clean Up This Blood tells the story of the night raid on the Diaz school – used at the time as an activists’ sleeping quarter and international media centre – and the brutal attacks and shameless humiliation inflicted on those who were there that evening.
Diaz was produced by Domenico Procacci, who also produced which BAFTA award winning film:
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Michel Gondry’s “L’Ecume des jours” (Mood Indigo) will open the Czech Republic’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival, which is Central and Eastern Europe’s leading sprocket opera. The fest also unveiled its main competition lineup.
“Mood Indigo,” which toplines Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris, is an adaptation of Boris Vian’s novel — a poetic fantasy about making sacrifices for a loved one. The film was produced by Studiocanal in association with Brio Films.
Fest prexy Jiri Bartoska said: “Michel Gondry is one of the most original filmmakers on the current international scene. Like his contemporaries — Spike Jonze or David Fincher — he steers clear of the straightforward, mainstream route; he aims to present his audiences with a fresh view of the world.”
The fest’s main competition section will include six world premieres and seven international preems.
- Leo Barraclough
Rome — After winning top nods at the Cannes Critics’ Week, non-conventional Mafia thriller “Salvo,” by Italo helmers Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, is scoring strong sales via Gaul’s Films Distribution, which has sealed deals for seven territories, including Italy, where there were fears the gender-bending pic would lack a theatrical release.
The directorial duo’s well-received first feature about a cold-blooded Palermo hitman, played by Palestinian thesp Saleh Bakri, who becomes emotionally entangled with his target’s blind younger sister, has to date been picked up by Pecadillo Pictures (U.K. and Ireland); Palace Films (Australia and New Zealand); Demiurg (Former Yugoslavia); H20 (Brazil); and the recently launched Italo shingle Good Films (Italy).
“Salvo,” which was developed by the TorinoFilmLab and co-produced by Fabrizio Mosca’s Acaba Produzioni and Cristaldi Pictures with Gaul’s Mact Productions, Cite Film e Arte France Cinema, scooped both the recent Cannes Critics’ Week »
- Nick Vivarelli
Claudio Giovannesi studied film directing at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy’s national cinema school. After graduating, he sneaked onto the sets of Matteo Garrone, the director of "Gomorra," to see how he worked. Giovannesi believes in taking a documentary-type approach to his fiction projects. Through that he attempts to learn as much as possible about the real-life setting that he explores in his features. What it's about: Winter in the outskirts of Rome. One morning, best friends Nader, whose family is from Egypt, and Stefano steal a scooter and do a hold-up before going to school as if nothing happened. It is a film about the multicultural society that is Italy today. What else should audiences know?: "'Alì Blue Eyes' was shot with non-professional actors, people who bring themselves, their vision of the world, their life and their own feelings to the role. Almost nothing of »
Italian director Matteo Garrone made waves at American art houses with the unsettling mob drama "Gomorrah," which not only unearthed details about his country's powerful criminal organizations but rendered them in cold, brutal terms that imbued the movie with extreme claustrophobia. His follow-up, the Cannes-winning "Reality," takes aim at a different target with a similarly dour gaze. The movie, which opened in limited release last month but expands to several cities today, follows the experiences of Neapolitan fishmonger Luciano (Aniello Arena) as he grows increasingly obsessed with landing a role on "Big Brother" to the point where he may or may not be losing his mind. While Garrone views his character in sympathetic terms and renders his blue collar status with many of the grimy, decisively unromantic traits previously found in the filmmaker's work, "Reality" also takes marvelously satiric jabs at the impact of contemporary media on the everyman, particularly in Italy. »
- Eric Kohn
Chicago – Matteo Garrone is a notable talent. His highly acclaimed 2008 film “Gomorrah” earned praise around the world and the follow-up, “Reality,” won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival last year. It’s a step down from his previous work as it’s less ambitious and doesn’t quite come together but it features enough interesting ideas about our fame-obsessed culture to see why it connected with the French fest jury. And it does nothing to stop that feeling that Garrone is a major filmmaker.
It makes sense that a film called “Reality” opens with a very abnormal event — a wedding in a horse-drawn carriage with people dressed like clowns and lords & ladies while doves fill the air. This is not a common, everyday “Reality.” And Garrone’s film is about a man in a very dull, plain reality who gets a glimpse of the heightened one on »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
'Reality' is a charming, lightly witty, Italian film that looks at the curious world of reality TV. But the circumstances in which the film were made add a layer of intrigue.
Because director Matteo Garrone, celebrated for his much darker 'Gomorrah', found his leading man in prison. Where he is serving a life sentence for murder due to his former incarnation as a hit man. So how did this come about?
Anniello Arena stars in 'Reality', but the circumstances of his casting were complicated
"He was in a prison theatre group, and I went to see one of the plays and was dazzled by his performance," explains Garrone. "I originally wanted him for 'Gomorrah', but he wasn't allowed because of his past connections.
"When the prospect of this film came up, I realised he'd be exactly right for the role, and fortunately »
- Caroline Frost
Matteo Garrone is best known for Gomorrah, his devastatingly honest portrait of the criminal underworld of Naples. This bittersweet comedy is also set largely in Naples and stars Aniello Arena, who began his theatrical career while in jail, working in a troupe of Italian convicts. He plays Luciano, a Neapolitan fishmonger and family entertainer. He becomes obsessed with getting on Grande Fratello, the Italian version of Big Brother, after meeting Enzo, a seedy celebrity who, with his English catchphrase "never give up", became famous after appearing on the show. The movie is Felliniesque in its fascination with grotesques and with the gaudy tastelessness of Italian TV as presented by Fellini in Ginger and Fred, and it depicts the destruction of Luciano as he descends into madness through his desire to become a star. It's a sad story, told at too great a length, but its final image is devastating.
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- Philip French
Matteo Garrone's comedy moralises that the call of reality-show fame isn't a worthy pursuit. No surprise there
Matteo Garrone (director of the Italian mob drama Gomorrah) has confected a sentimental-realist fable about celebrity culture and its discontents, and it certainly has a resonance in the age of Beppe Grillo and the Five Stars Movement. But nothing in Reality quite lives up to its thrilling and dynamic opening sequence. After a Fellini-style swoop from high above the streets of Naples, Garrone's camera descends to a wedding reception at a resort hotel, where one guest, a voluble fishmonger called Luciano (Aniello Arena), is planning on doing his unfunny party piece to amuse the others – a wacky drag act. But a bona fide celebrity steps in: a former Big Brother contestant called Enzo (Raffaele Ferrante) has been booked to make a personal appearance, and poor Luciano is stunned with awe and envy »
- Peter Bradshaw
General consensus on reality TV is less than favourable most of the time, even though it can be equally addictive as curiosity takes over. Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone and his co-writers have taken this concept and produced a fascinating, modern-day Italian tragedy that gradually creeps under the skin. It’s as eerily disturbing as it is predictable in outcome, making this Cannes’ Grand Prix winner a highly compelling watch. It mirrors reality TV as it takes grip and feeds our urge to be proven right or wrong by events that ensue. It also serves as an ugly reminder of the impact of talent(less) celebrity.
Luciano (Aniello Arena) sees the rewards of winning Italy’s Big Brother TV, after a visit from last year’s winner at a wedding he is attending. With times being hard, running his fish stall, local character Luciano sees getting on this year’s show »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
No one could accuse the Italian writer-director Matteo Garrone of ploughing the same furrow. His new film, Reality, a bubblegum fable with an acid aftertaste, could scarcely be more different from his previous one, Gomorrah, which announced his entrance into world cinema. He had already made three features before that (including The Embalmer, a taxidermists' love triangle) but Gomorrah was an art-house crossover phenomenon. This violent exposé-cum-thriller, based on the non-fiction book by Roberto Saviano, showed how slaughter and corruption had been absorbed into everyday life under the Camorra in Naples and Caserta. The film picked apart the infrastructure of crime: we saw how far and deep the Camorra's tentacles reach, and how asphyxiating their grasp can be. Gomorrah scooped the Grand Prix at the Cannes »
- Ryan Gilbey
Italian Matteo Garrone is a filmmaker to watch. He has chops, and range. Italy submitted his last film "Gomorra" for the Oscars, a gritty slice of the uber-violent underworld. His follow-up "Reality" (March 22) is a much lighter fairy tale fable about a man, well-played by sad-eyed prisoner actor Aniello Arena, obsessed with getting his family on Italian reality show "Big Brother." It's a delightfully colorful comedy in the classical Fellini tradition. Working class actor Arena, 43, has served 20 years time for a triple homicide; he began acting in prison 12 years ago. After its debut in Cannes competition, "Reality" screened at Toronto, where Garrone gave a Q & A. Question: Where did the story come from? Matteo Garrone: It's based on a true story that happened to a friend in Italy. TV in Italy is very powerful. We did not want to denounce 'Big Brother,' the movie operates on many levels. »
- Anne Thompson
Following on from the critically acclaimed crime drama Gomorrah, Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone returns with his latest picture Reality, entering into a somewhat different world to his previous project, as we focus on a man desperate to claim a spot on Italian Big Brother – and back at the London Film Festival when Garrone was over in Britain, we sat down to discuss his latest feature with him.
Garrone explains the similarities between Reality and Gomorrah, the religious connotations that exist, as well as telling us that this is his most difficult movie yet. Garrone also discusses his lead star Aniello Arena – who was discovered in a prison production, as the former criminal turned actor had to shoot the movie while serving a life sentence for a triple homicide…
Do you think that because the main theme in Reality is surrounding one man’s desire to be on reality TV – something »
- Stefan Pape
Editor’s note: This review originally ran during Cannes 2012, but we’re re-running it as the film’s limited theatrical release begins this weekend. Those expecting Matteo Garrone to follow up 2008′s excellent Gomorrah with another authentic new world crime drama might be surprised to hear that his latest project replaces the seedy criminal underworld for a thoroughly modern exploration of the current fascination with reality TV and its particular brand of disposable fame. In Reality, we follow the tragi-comic story of Luciano (Aniello Arena), a Neapolitan fishmonger with aspirations to find his fortune on the Italian version of Big Brother at the behest of his family who see him as a star and inspired by the success of former housemate Enzo (Raffaele Ferrante). We also follow his subsequent delusional breakdown. Reality is effectively Garrone’s take on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, replacing the golden ticket with the chance to make it into the Big »
- Simon Gallagher
This weekend sees a number of well-reviewed films in limited release. Sally Potter's lovely coming-of-age drama "Ginger & Rosa" stars a remarkable Elle Fanning nimbly handling the role of a budding teen poet struggling to come to terms with her family's latest break-up and the Cuban Missile Crisis. The new Studio Ghibli entry and Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro's second feature film, "From Up on Poppy Hill," is receiving glowing praise from the critics, while Matteo Garrone's "Reality," his follow-up to "Gomorrah" that follows the rise of a regular guy to reality TV-star status, is also getting top marks. Harmony Korine's Disney-darlings-gone-wild "Spring Breakers" is nabbing more upbeat, less outraged reviews than usual for the bad-boy filmmaker, particularly the New York Times' Manohla Dargis (review link below). Wide release an SXSW opener "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," starring bleached, tanned and coiffed Jim Carey, Steve Carrell and Steve Buscemi, »
- Beth Hanna
"Reality" filmmaker Matteo Garrone's follow-up to the 2008 critically acclaimed crime drama "Gomorrah," hits the Angelika theater in New York City tomorrow, March 15th. Centering on a man who becomes obsessed with starring on "Big Brother," to the point of driving himself into isolation and detaching himself from, well, reality, the film stars Claudia Gerini, Aniello Arena and Loredana Simioli. "Reality" premiered at last year's Cannes International Film Festival before finding distribution with Oscilloscope Laboratories. We're giving away two pairs of tickets to any Monday through Thursday show at the Angelika in New York City (excluding holidays) plus two posters for the film signed by Matteo Garrone. How do you win? 1. Follow us on Twitter and "like" us on Facebook. 2. Share one of the stories we posted on our Facebook page today, and Rt one of our stories on Twitter. 3. Tweet the following: "@theplaylist I want to win the #REALITYprizepack! »
- The Playlist Staff
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