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New Us Trailer for Alice Rohrwacher's Italian Fable 'Happy as Lazzaro'

"I'm calling about a missing boy." Netflix has released a new Us trailer for the film Happy as Lazzaro, originally titled Lazzaro felice, the latest film by acclaimed Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher. This trailer celebrates the release of the film on Netflix today, for those who would like to catch this acclaimed, shot-on-film fable. It first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this summer, highly regarded as one of the best of the festival, despite not winning any awards. The film is about a boy named Lazzaro who works as a farming peasant on a tobacco farm in Italy. About halfway through, the film jumps in time to the modern day where he ends up in a city searching for his friends and family. Adriano Tardiolo stars as Lazzaro, along with Luca Chikovani, Agnese Graziani, Alba Rohrwacher, Sergi López, Natalino Balasso, Tommaso Ragno, and Nicoletta Braschi. This Us trailer is
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‘Happy as Lazzaro’ Review: Holy Fools and Fairy Tales, Italian Style

The men and women, boys and girls crowd into the kitchen of a small house, laughing and teasing and drinking. One of the young workers who plow the fields of a tobacco farm, on the Lazio region estate where these rural laborers live, has just serenaded his true love; the young woman’s sisters tease the suitor from the window. Then they let the inebriated singers into the household, all chaos and clutter and loud celebrating. Even the dimmest of the bunch — well, not dim, but certainly the most naive — of the group,
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Bertolucci Remembered: Producer Jeremy Thomas Recalls “One Of The Greats”; Antonio Banderas, Franco Zeffirelli Reflect

  • Deadline
Refresh For Updates The Last Emperor and The Dreamers producer Jeremy Thomas, collaborator with Bernardo Bertolucci on five films, has called the late filmmaker “a monumental figure.”

Multi-Oscar winner Bertolucci passed away this morning in Rome aged 77 following a battle with cancer. Thomas traveled to say goodbye to his old friend and collaborator this past weekend.

The British producer, founder of iconic UK production firm Recorded Picture Company, told me, “He was like a brother to me. We spoke very regularly. It is a tough day. He was a wonderful man, one of the greats and the best of collaborators. He was a monumental and inspirational figure, the last of the great Italian filmmakers from that era.”

Thomas and Bertolucci worked together on five films: The Last Emperor, The Sheltering Sky, Little Buddha, Stealing Beauty and The Dreamers. Bertolucci first contacted the UK producer after seeing his film Merry Christmas
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Hollywood Pays Tribute to Bernardo Bertolucci: ‘Forever a Leading Light in World Cinema’

  • Variety
Hollywood Pays Tribute to Bernardo Bertolucci: ‘Forever a Leading Light in World Cinema’
Tributes have begun to pour in for Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci, who died Monday at the age of 77.

“A giant of Italian filmmaking, he will remain forever a leading light in world cinema,” the Cannes Film Festival tweeted. Bertolucci served as jury president at Cannes in 1990 and won an honorary Palme for lifetime achievement in 2011.

Adieu à Bernardo Bertolucci, Palme d’honneur à #Cannes2011 pour l’ensemble de sa carrière après y avoir présidé le Jury en 1990. Prima della Revoluzione, Le Conformiste, 1900, La Tragédie d’un Homme ridicule… Géant du cinéma italien, il restera un phare du cinéma mondial. pic.twitter.com/EscfWEZ9pp

— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) November 26, 2018

Famous for such major works as “Last Tango in Paris” and “The Conformist,” Bertolucci was the only Italian to win a best director Oscar, an accolade he picked up for “The Last Emperor,” which scored nine Academy Awards in all.
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How ‘Happy as Lazzaro’ and ‘In My Room’ Breathe New Life Into the Time Travel Trope

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How ‘Happy as Lazzaro’ and ‘In My Room’ Breathe New Life Into the Time Travel Trope
The following essay was produced as part of the 2018 Nyff Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the 56th edition of the New York Film Festival.

From the beginning of Ulrich Köhler’s “In My Room,” the timing is already off. A cameraman, later revealed to be our middling protagonist Armin (Hans Löw), has mixed up his on and off buttons, leaving footage of a conference with all the meat missing. Just as a politician is about to speak, the image and sound cut out. “Good thing we didn’t miss that,” someone mistakenly says in the background. Too bad they did.

The film’s title (presented in English) likely references the Beach Boys’ 1963 song of the same name: “There’s a world where I can go/And tell my secrets to/In my room.” The use of the song title hints at the desire
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10 Worst Reviewed Films on Rotten Tomatoes, From ‘Ridiculous 6’ to ‘Gotti’ (Photos)

  • The Wrap
10 Worst Reviewed Films on Rotten Tomatoes, From ‘Ridiculous 6’ to ‘Gotti’ (Photos)
Flatliners” is the worst reviewed movie of the Fall so far, and one of the worst-reviewed movies of the year. But it’s not the worst reviewed film of all time. Check which ones are, courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes, ranked by number of reviews.

“Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever” (2002)

Average Score: 2.59

# of Reviews: 116

Tomatometer: 0

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Lucy Liu

One Missed Call” (2008)

Average Score: 2.48

# of Reviews: 80

Tomatometer: 0

Cast: Shannyn Sossamon, Edwards Burns

Pinocchio” (2002)

Average Score: 2.36

# of Reviews: 55

Tomatometer: 0

Cast: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi

A Thousand Words” (2012)

Average Score: 3.18

# of Reviews: 54

Tomatometer: 0

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Kerry Washington, Allison Janney

Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2” (2004)

Average Score: 2.17

# of Reviews: 45

Tomatometer: 0

Cast: Jon Voight, Scott Baio

“National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers” (2004)

Average Score: 1.8

# of Reviews: 44

Tomatometer: 0

Cast: Will Friedle, Chris Owen

“Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star” (2011)

Average Score: 1.59

# of Reviews: 35

Tomatometer: 0

Cast: Nick Swardson, Christina Ricci

The Ridiculous 6” (2015)

Average Score: 2.36

# of Reviews: 33

Tomatometer: 0

Cast: Adam Sandler,
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Official Trailer for Alice Rohrwacher's 'Happy as Lazzaro' from Cannes

"I'm calling about a missing boy. Someone important, a Marquis." The Match Factory released a new trailer for the film Happy as Lazzaro, originally titled Lazzaro felice, the latest film made by acclaimed Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher. This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this summer in competition, and it was highly regarded as one of the best of the festival, despite not winning any awards. It's an odd, awkward film about a boy named Lazzaro who works as a farming peasant on a tobacco farm in Italy. About halfway through, the film jumps in time to the modern day where he ends up in a city searching for his friends and family. Adriano Tardiolo stars as Lazzaro, and the cast includes Luca Chikovani, Agnese Graziani, Alba Rohrwacher, Sergi López, Natalino Balasso, Tommaso Ragno, and Nicoletta Braschi. Expect to hear a lot more about this film by the end of the year,
See full article at FirstShowing.net »

Netflix Buys Cannes Winners ‘Happy as Lazzaro,’ ‘Girl’ for North America, Latin America

  • Variety
Netflix has bought North American and Latin American rights to a pair of awards winners at the Cannes Film Festival — “Happy as Lazzaro” and “Girl.”

The streaming service made the announcement Saturday, the closing day of the 71st edition of the world’s most glamorous film festival. The festival created a stir in April, by announcing that Netflix movies wouldn’t be eligible for in-competition slots — which prompted Netflix to pull all of its titles for consideration, including out-of-competition screenings.

Variety reported on May 7, the day before the festival opened, that Netflix executives had expressed interest in acquiring Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody Knows,” the opening night film. On May 11, Netflix closed a deal for the animated robot movie “Next Gen” at Cannes. The deals for “Happy as Lazzaro” and “Girl” were handled by The Match Factory.

Happy as Lazzaro” premiered in competition and was awarded best screenplay for Alice Rohrwacher
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Netflix Lands Cannes Award Winners ‘Happy as Lazzaro’ and ‘Girl’

Netflix has acquired Cannes Film Festival award winners “Happy as Lazzaro” and “Girl.”

Just ahead of Cannes, the streaming service had closed a $30 million worldwide deal for the animated film “Next Gen.”

Below are the official descriptions and all of the relevant details for Netflix’s newest acquisitions and the latest Cannes sales.

Also Read: 'Shoplifters' Wins Palme d'Or at 2018 Cannes Film Festival

“Happy as Lazzaro” (pictured above)

Alice Rohrwacher was awarded Best Screenplay for “Happy as Lazzaro” (in a tie with Nader Saeivar for ‘3 Faces”)

Synopsis: This is the tale of a meeting between Lazzaro, a young peasant so good that he is often mistaken for simple-minded, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination. Life in their isolated pastoral village Inviolata is dominated by the terrible ­Marchesa­ Alfonsina de Luna, the queen of cigarettes. A loyal bond is sealed when Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping.
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Netflix Gets North Am, Latin Am Rights To Cannes Award-Winners ‘Happy As Lazzaro’ And ‘Girl’

Netflix has acquired the rights to Cannes Film Festival award-winners Happy As Lazzaro and Girl for North America and Latin America.

Happy as Lazzaro premiered in competition and was awarded Best Screenplay for Alice Rohrwacher. The Camera d’Or for best first film was awarded to Lukas Dhont for Girl, which premiered in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival and was awarded Best Actor for Victor Polster,

Happy as Lazzaro is the tale of a meeting between Lazzaro, a young peasant so good that he is often mistaken for simple-minded, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination. Life in their isolated pastoral village Inviolata is dominated by the terrible ­Marchesa­ Alfonsina de Luna, the queen of cigarettes. A loyal bond is sealed when Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping. This strange and improbable alliance is a revelation for Lazzaro. A friendship so
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Cannes 2018: ‘Happy As Lazzaro’ Review: Dir. Alice Rohrwacher (2018)

Happy As Lazzaro review: Alice Rohrwacher’s latest competes in-competition in Cannes. The film could be the strongest work from the previous Grand Prix winner.

Happy As Lazzaro review by Paul Heath.

Happy As Lazzaro review

Happy As Lazzaro, Alice Rohrwacher‘s third feature begins in a small, rural Italian village named Inviolata. It’s the 1980s and we are amongst a group of workers who are witnessing a unification of two of their younger members – but this isn’t the main focus of this weird, though entirely engaging feature. That honour belongs to the Lazzaro (Adriano Tardioloof)of the title, a wide-eyed, put-upon young man who is used and mistreated by all and sundry – be it his family members, peers and fellow workers, or his boss – the so-called poison viper and extremely rich ‘Queen of Cigarettes’, Marquise Alfonsino de Kuna, and her son Tancredi (Luca Chikovani). The villagers serve the Marquise,
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Cannes Lineup Is Mixed Bag; Additions To Raise Pulse In Coming Weeks?

  • Deadline
Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux said this morning that the finishing touches on the lineup announced today were honed until about 3 Am local time. It’s not unusual for him to go down to the wire, and there will be more titles announced in the coming weeks as the 71st edition of the venerable seaside shindig approaches. But what we got today was a mixed bag of new and familiar faces with a number of tipped movies not in the preliminary cut.

The selection looks “light on paper” was a refrain I heard coming out of the press conference and throughout the day. But critics and longtime attendees cautioned there might be gems therein. For now, only the selection committee knows — though Frémaux said that none of the films they saw was completed.

Frémaux called the selection a “generational renewal.” There is a sense that some titles to be added could raise the pulse.
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10 Worst Reviewed Films on Rotten Tomatoes, From ‘Ridiculous 6’ to ‘Pinocchio’ (Photos)

  • The Wrap
10 Worst Reviewed Films on Rotten Tomatoes, From ‘Ridiculous 6’ to ‘Pinocchio’ (Photos)
“Flatliners” is the worst reviewed movie of the Fall so far, and one of the worst-reviewed movies of the year. But it’s not the worst reviewed film of all time. Check which ones are, courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes, ranked by number of reviews. “Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever” (2002) Average Score: 2.59 # of Reviews: 116 Tomatometer: 0 Cast: Antonio Banderas, Lucy LiuOne Missed Call” (2008) Average Score: 2.48 # of Reviews: 80 Tomatometer: 0 Cast: Shannyn Sossamon, Edwards Burns “Pinocchio” (2002) Average Score: 2.36 # of Reviews: 55 Tomatometer: 0 Cast: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta BraschiA Thousand Words” (2012) Average Score: 3.18 # of Reviews: 54 Tomatometer: 0 Cast: Eddie Murphy, Kerry Washington, Allison JanneySuperbabies: Baby Geniuses 2” (2004) Average.
See full article at The Wrap »

The Match Factory boards Israeli drama

  • ScreenDaily
The Match Factory boards Israeli drama
Exclusive: German sales outfit boards Hagar Ben-Asher film set in the days following WWII.

The Match Factory is reuniting with Israeli filmmaker Hagar Ben-Asher for her third feature film The War Has Ended.

The Cologne-based company will handle world sales on the film while managing director Michael Weber will co-produce the film through his Pola Pandora Filmproduktion outfit in Berlin alongside Poland’s Madants and Israel’s Transfax Film Productions.

Pitching the €3.5m project at this week’s Polish Days in Wroclaw, Madants’ Beata Rzezniczek said the planned Polish majority production - which received development funding from the Polish-German Fund at the beginning of 2017 - is set to begin shooting at locations in Poland from late 2018.

Set in the days following the Second World War, The War Has Ended sees a marionette puppeteer rescuing a 13-year-old girl from verge of death and subsequently teaching her the art of puppeteering. Their lives become intertwined through circumstances and the
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The Match Factory to co-produce, sell Israeli drama

  • ScreenDaily
The Match Factory to co-produce, sell Israeli drama
Exclusive: German sales outfit boards Hagar Ben-Asher film set in the days following WWII.

The Match Factory is reuniting with Israeli filmmaker Hagar Ben-Asher for her third feature film The War Has Ended.

The Cologne-based sales company will also serve as a co-producer on the film through its Pola Pandora Filmproduktion outfit in Berlin alongside Poland’s Madants and Israel’s Transfax Film Productions.

Pitching the €3.5m project at this week’s Polish Days in Wroclaw, Madants’ Beata Rzezniczek said the planned Polish majority production - which received development funding from the Polish-German Fund at the beginning of 2017 - is set to begin shooting at locations in Poland from late 2018.

Set in the days following the Second World War, The War Has Ended sees a marionette puppeteer rescuing a 13-year-old girl from verge of death and subsequently teaching her the art of puppeteering. Their lives become intertwined through circumstances and the belief that the war may never
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Alice Rohrwacher Begins Shooting “Lazzaro Felice”

Alice Rohrwacher: vpro cinema/YouTube

Alice Rohrwacher has begun shooting her follow-up to “The Wonders,” Variety reports. Set in the present, “Lazzaro Felice” centers on a man who travels through time. Rohrwacher penned the script. The pic stars Sergi Lopez (“Pan’s Labyrinth”), Alba Rohrwacher (“I Am Love”), and Nicoletta Braschi (“Life Is Beautiful”).

“Cameras started rolling Monday in the central Italian countryside near Civita di Bagnoregio, a scenic ancient village perched on an eroding tufa rock plateau,” the source writes. Capturing all this beauty is the Italian writer-director’s frequent collaborator, director of photography Helene Louvart.

Lazzaro Felice’s” international rights outside of Italy will be sold by The Match Factory.

Rohrwacher’s last feature, “The Wonders,” won the 2014 Grand Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival. It was one of just two films directed by women that screened in Competition that year. Her breakout came with 2011’s “Corpo celeste,” which also premiered at Cannes.

“To everyone, male and female, I can only pass on what I have received from my parents: work, work, work. Something will come out of it,” Rohrwacher told us when we asked what advice she’d give other women directors.

Alice Rohrwacher Begins Shooting “Lazzaro Felice” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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"Italian Contemporary Film Festival"

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival recently wrapped up their fourth year, concluding with a black tie gala @ The Ritz-Carlton in Toronto, following the screening of "Sei Mai Stata Sulla Luna?", directed by Paolo Genovese:

Running simultaneously in six cities in Canada, the festival hosted prolific names in Italian cinema including Marco Turco, whose film "L’Oriana" premiered as opening night film.

Icff presented 28 features and 22 shorts screening over nine days, hosted in Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Vaughan, Mississauga and Hamilton...

"...bringing together over 25,000 guests bridging the gap between Italy and Canada through film. Guests were invited to visit Italy without leaving Canada from the comfort of their seats..."

"We are extremely pleased that our films were so well received," said Cristiano de Florentiis, artistic director Icff. "With an average 4/5 rating from guests, Italian contemporary film has resonated with Canadians."

In collaboration with the Toronto International Film Festival, Icff also
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Nandita Das in Cannes Short Film and Cinefondation jury

The well know Indian actress and film director Nandita Das will be joining the Short Film and Cinefondation jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival that takes place between 15th to 16th May, 2016. The jury is headed by the New Zealand filmmaker and Palme d'or winner Jane Campion for her film The Piano.The other members of the Jury are Maji-daAbdi, the Ethiopian director and producer, Nicoletta Braschi, the Italian actress, and Semih Kaplanoglu, the Turkish director.
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Nandita Das on Cinefondation Jury at Cannes 2013

Nandita Das on Cinefondation Jury at Cannes 2013
Indian film actress and director Nandita Das is on the Cinefondation Jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival.

She will be accompanied by New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion (President), Ethiopian filmmaker Maji-da Abdl, Italian actress and producer Nicoletta Braschi and Turkish filmmaker Semih Kaplanoglu.

The Cinéfondation Selection selected 18 films (14 fiction films and 4 animated films) among the 1,550 submitted this year from 277 schools from all around the world. Cinefondation screens student films.

Das is known for her performance in films like Deepa Mehta’s Fire and Earth, Bawandar and Amaar Bhuvan. In 2008, she made her directorial debut with Firaaq.
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Official 2013 Cannes Film Festival Lineup Announced

This morning the official 2013 Cannes Film Festival line-up was announced from Paris, France. The committee saw 1,858 films submitted this year and while additional titles will continue to be announced, this morning we got the full Competition and Un Certain Regard lineup and it looks amazing so far. Among the films announced In Competition so far, many were expected including Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra, Roman Polanski's Venus in Fur, Asghar Farhadi's The Past and Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis. Additionally James Gray's once titled Lowlife starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner will play, but under the name The Immigrant and Takashi Miike's cop thriller Wara No Tate (Straw Shield) has also made the competition list. However, the biggest "surprise" is the inclusion of Alexander Payne's black-and-white film Nebraska, which is sure to be a big attention getter,
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