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Film Review: Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Loro 1’

Film Review: Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Loro 1’
After Paolo Sorrentino’s virtuoso evisceration of Italian politician Giulio Andreotti in “Il Divo,” expectations were sky high that the distinctive director would bring a similar caustic bravura to his treatment of Silvio Berlusconi. Yet “Loro 1,” the first of a two-part kaleidoscopic consideration of the four-time prime minister and the Italy he fostered, is not so much an invigorating acid bath as a subtly written, stylistically more classical look at one of the most divisive European leaders in recent memory. It aims to peer not just into Berlusconi’s monomaniacal soul, but to expose, as with “The Great Beauty,” the apotheosis of vulgarity and craving for attention that’s been the canny politician and media magnate’s lasting imprint on Italian society.

Whether it’s successful depends very much on “Loro 2,” to be released in Italy on May 10, roughly two weeks after this installment. Rumor has it the
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True Colours inks deals on Cannes slate, including 'Fortunata'

True Colours inks deals on Cannes slate, including 'Fortunata'
Exclusive: Italian sales company scores deals on multiple titles.

Italian sales outfit True Colours has scored a series of deals for titles on its Cannes slate.

Among those are Sergio Castellitto’s Un Certain Regard drama Fortunata [pictured], which stars Jasmie Trinca as a young mother fighting for her dream to open a hair salon.

True Colours inked deals for the film in eight territories: France (Paname Distribution), Latin America (Fenix Distribuidora), former-Yugoslavia (Stars Media), Greece (Seven Films), China (Times Vision), Hungary (Mozinet), Bulgaria (Bulgaria Film Vision) and Australia (Palace Films). Negotiations are ongoing for Spain.

The company also signed multiple deals for Simone Godano’s body-swapping comedy Wife & Husband (Moglie e Marito), which stars Pierfrancesco Favino and Kasia Smutniak.

The film has been sold to Swallow Wings (Taiwan), Estin Film (Estonia), Times Vision (China), Film Medya (Turkey) and New People Film Company (Russia) and Palace Films (Australia).

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At this year’s Cannes Marchè, True Colours also kicked
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Perfect Strangers’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Perfect Strangers’
It’s fair to say that most everyone with an active cell-phone life has used those indispensable gadgets in ways not meant for public consumption. Never before have secret lives been so easy to negotiate, yet the risk of discovery, even if you’re not Jennifer Lawrence, has never been greater: It’s all there in that little device. Paolo Genovese’s “Perfect Strangers” plays on this near-universal fear via a party game in which dinner guests share all incoming messages and calls in a recipe for awkward revelations.

Never mind that the film itself is an unsubtle chat fest stocked with immature characters; because it’s so tuned to the zeitgeist of the bourgeoisie, the film has become a major talking point in Italy, where it’s doing boffo business. Remakes in other languages seem virtually assured.

The helmer made his name at home with a number of good-natured
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Tribeca title 'Perfect Strangers' picked up by Italy's True Colours

Tribeca title 'Perfect Strangers' picked up by Italy's True Colours
Fledgling sales outfit has acquired worldwide sales rights to Paolo Genovese’s comedy, a box office hit in Italy.

Italian sales outfit True Colours has taken worldwide rights to Tribeca competitor Perfect Strangers, directed by Paolo Genovese and produced by Marco Belardi.

The film is the only Italian competitor at Tribeca, where it will make its Us premiere later this month. The comedy has already grossed more than $18.2m (€16m) in its native Italy since its release on February 11.

Starring Alba Rohrwacher (I Am Love) and Kasia Smutniak (From Paris With Love), the story follows seven friends who, during a dinner party, decide to share all of their text messages, emails and calls with each other, unveiling a myriad of secrets.

Launched last year by Lucky Red and Indigo Film, this latest acquistion continues True Colours’ trend of picking up Italian films for international release. Other titles on the company’s slate include Roberto Ando’s Le Confessioni
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Italian Pic at Tribeca ‘Perfect Strangers’ to Be Sold by True Colours

Rome — True Colours, the Italo sales company recently launched by Indigo Film and Lucky Red, has taken world sales on hit Italo ensemble pic “Perfect Strangers,” ahead of its international launch at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival.

Directed by Paolo Genovese, “Strangers” has scored a whopping 16 million Euros ($18 million), notching up 2.5 million admissions in Italy since its early February release via Medusa. It is the only Italian entry in Tribeca’s International Narrative Competition section. Pic is co-produced by Leone Film Group’s recently acquired Lotus Productions shingle with Medusa.

High concept dramedy is set during a dinner party where seven friends decide to play a dangerous game. Each places their cell phone on the table and agrees to make all texts and calls public, in an attempt to prove that they have nothing to hide. The Italo A-list cast comprises Alba Rohrwacher (“I Am Love”), Kasia Smutniak (“From Paris With Love
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Tribeca ‘16: First wave unveils split Narrative competition and record breaking female directors

The first wave of films screening at the 15th Tribeca Film Festival have been announced and this year, the Narrative program has been split into two separate sections: the Us Narrative competition which celebrates the works of American filmmakers and the International Narrative competition which will showcase cinematic works spanning five continents.

With one third of the Festival’s feature films being directed by women – the highest percentage in history – the Festival is becoming renown for its discovery of new and distinct voices.

“In our 15th year we wanted to deepen our support of American narrative filmmakers and have opened our competition to separately showcase the Us and International films,” said Genna Terranova, Festival Director. “We are very impressed by the films this year and inspired to see new voices transcending traditions and taking risks by telling their stories their own way. We are excited to share with audiences how
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Film Review: ‘Wondrous Boccaccio’

It’s curious how veteran filmmakers like the Taviani brothers could have taken “The Decameron,” one of the greatest books about storytelling, and turned out a narrative as blandly conveyed as “Wondrous Boccaccio.” The classic 14th-century compendium, so full of subversive humor and joyful licentiousness as its plague-escaping narrators entertain each other with bawdy tales, is robbed of its piquancy here, and even its vibrancy is reduced to something artificial. More was expected from this pairing, and despite a strong cast, the pic has struggled to find a home audience following its late February release. The Tavianis’ international standing means offshore bookings will materialize (including forthcoming festival berths at Tribeca and Beijing), but even die-hard fans will be disappointed.

Those same fans may question why Paolo and Vittorio Taviani chose to follow in Pasolini’s footsteps — and, one might add, those of Hugo Fregonese (“Decameron Nights”) as well as Monicelli,
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Maraviglioso Boccaccio Movie Review

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Maraviglioso Boccaccio Movie Review
Title: Maraviglioso Boccaccio Director: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani Starring: Lello Arena, Paola Cortellesi, Carolina Crescentini, Flavio Parenti, Vittoria Puccini, Michele Riondino, Kim Rossi Stuart, Riccardo Scamarcio, Kasia Smutniak, Jasmine Trinca and Josafat Vagni. The Taviani Brothers, have decided to tribute one of Italy’s greatest Renaissance humanist, Giovanni Boccaccio. The “Decameron” which has had many screen adaptations – the most memorable was by Pier Paolo Pasolini - lives again through the subtle direction of the Tuscan sibling filmmakers, who chose Giotto and Masaccio to inspire their cinematography, scenography and costume design. The book by Boccaccio is structured as a frame story containing 100 tales, told by a group of seven young [ Read More ]

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Italy’s Taviani Brothers Set To Shoot ‘Decameron’ Adaptation

Italy’s Taviani Brothers Set To Shoot ‘Decameron’ Adaptation
Rome – Venerable Italian helming duo Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, whose “Caesar Must Die” won the 2012 Berlin Golden Bear, will shoot “Maraviglioso Boccaccio,” an adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th century classic “The Decameron,” with cameras set to start rolling next week in a villa on the outskirts of Florence.

For their take on “Decameron” the Taviani Brothers have assembled an ensemble cast of Italo A-listers, including Riccardo Scamarcio (“Third Person”), Jasmine Trinca (“Miele”), Kasia Smutniak (“From Paris with Love”), and teen Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (“Balancing Act”).

Rome shingle Stemal is producing with financing from Rai Cinema and subsidy support from Italy’s cultural ministry.

In Boccaccio’s “Decameron” seven young women and three young men take refuge in a villa outside Florence to escape the city’s 1348 plague known as the Black Death.

“What is the plague today? It’s an epidemic of disillusionment” the Taviani’s said in an
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Berlin: Dennis Gansel in Talks to Direct The Mechanic 2 with Jason Statham

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Following on from the 2011 remake, word now surfaces that German director Dennis Gansel is in talks to direct The Mechanic 2, currently on the market out in Berlin.

THR report that the director is in negotiations with Nu Image, who are shopping the action sequel to international buyers at the European Film Market.

Jason Statham is reprising his role as Arthur Bishop, the eponymous elite assassin with a talent for clean kills, often made to look like accidental deaths, and a strict code of conduct.

No word yet if Ben Foster will be reprising his role for the upcoming sequel, but Statham’s involvement alone will no doubt be enough to continue the success of the franchise.

Remaking the 1972 film of the same name, Simon West’s The Mechanic netted just over $50m. around the world, with its home entertainment release sure to have tipped the scales very nicely in the black,
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Venice 2012: Terrorist Drama 'Reluctant Fundamentalist,' Jonathan Demme Doc Kick Off 69th Fest

Venice 2012: Terrorist Drama 'Reluctant Fundamentalist,' Jonathan Demme Doc Kick Off 69th Fest
Venice – Polish-born actress and model Kasia Smutniak officially declared the 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival open Wednesday, ahead of the Sala Grande screening of Mira Nair’s terrorism drama The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Enzo Avitabile Music Life, a documentary from Jonathan Demme. Meanwhile, Alberto Barbera, in his first edition as Venice artistic director after a ten-year hiatus, attracted headlines by declaring his support for striking workers from Cinecitta, the legedary movie studios down the road in Rome. Photos: International Week in Review 8/24: Ridley Scott Suspends Shoot After Brother's Death, Pussy Riot Sentencing and Prince Harry

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Celebrity Lookalikes: Stars Who Look Eerily Similar (Gallery)

Celebuzz had to do a complete double take when we spotted this new image of Polish actress Kasia Smutniak from the 69th Venice International Film Festival on Sunday. Is it just us, or is Smutniak Black Swan actress Natalie Portman‘s doppelgänger? Both stars are strikingly beautiful yet they look freakishly similar. And, they are not the only...Read more»
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First Footage From Dennis Gansel's Year Of The Snake

After tackling teenage fascism in The Wave and sexy vampire in We Are The Night, Germany's Dennis Gansel has turned his attention to real life terrorist attacks in Year Of The Snake.Based on events surrounding the Moscow terrorist attacks of 1999, The Year Of The Snake tells the gripping story of gossip reporter Paul Jensen, who goes to Moscow to find himself but falls victim to Russian domestic policy intrigues. The story paints a fascinating and highly controversial political image of contemporary Moscow, where archaic power structures, extravagant lifestyles and political activism collide.Moritz Bleibtreu, Max Riemelt and Kasia Smutniak star in the upcoming thriller and you can get a taste with the first footage below....
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Sword of War (2009)

Starring: Rutger Hauer, Raz Degan, F. Murray Abraham, Kasia Smutniak

Written by: Renzo Martinelli, Giorgio Schottler, and Anna Samueli (Screenplay)

Directed by: Renzo Martinelli

Sword of War is the fictionalized tale of Emperor Frederick I, known as Barbarossa, and his quest for the throne of Charlemagne. The majority of the movie takes place in Northern Italy during the 12th century struggles for freedom. Sadly, they didn’t concentrate on the fierce battles and conquests, but made the story a confusing and boring mish-mash of romance, mysticism, and local politics.

The movie opens with an almost unreadable wall of text in that annoying illuminated calligraphic font which gives you the plot: Barbarossa wants to control all of Italy, but one man puts together a 900 man fighting force called The Company of Death to stop his rule over Milan and the other northern cities. Had they concentrated on the battles and the strategy,
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DVD Review - Barbarossa: Siege Lord (2009)

Barbarossa: Siege Lord a.k.a. Sword of War, 2009.

Directed by Renzo Martinelli.

Starring Rutger Hauer, Raz Degan and F. Murray Abraham.


In Northern Italy, the Germanic Emperor Frederick Barbarossa (Rutger Hauer) plans to capture the regions of the South and Centre to recreate the empire, leading to deadly clashes between the people of the land as they fight for independence and social status.

Italian cinema, with great regularity, seem to produce a lot of historically themed TV movies. Normally fairly cheap, but with enough polish not to look too cheap, these always feel fairly consistent in their delivery. Historical accuracy, not that I’m a history buff, is perhaps not as stringent as it could be. Barbarossa is yet another of these TV history specials. Perhaps part education, part entertainment, and in no small measure, part Gladiator wannabe. Gladiator is a recent benchmark of the historical epic,
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DVD Review: Barbarossa – Siege Lord

Barbarossa: Siege Lord

Stars: Rutger Hauer, Raz Degan, F. Murray Abraham, Christo Jivkov, Antonio Cupo, Cécile Cassel, Kasia Smutniak | Written by Renzo Martinelli, Giorgio Schottler | Directed by Renzo Martinelli

Rutger Hauer stars as Germanic Emperor Frederick Barbarossa in this bloodthirsty tale of a deadly medieval siege. Set in Northern Italy, Barbarossa plans to capture the regions of South and Centre and recreate the empire, which many years ago belonged to Charlemagne. As deadly clashes break out between the people of the land, fighting for independence and social status, Barbarossa struggles to keep control. Barbarossa’s problems are further exacerbated when a young man from Milan, along with his army of 900 men known as the “Company of Death”, challenge the Emperors reign.

An ambitious Italian/Romanian co-production, Barbarossa is an epic of historic proportions that despite its flaws is actually a solidly made affair. Originally aired in a 200 minute cut in its native Italy,
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La Passione by Carlo Mazzacurati, Venice Film Festival 2010

Another title In Competition for Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival 2010.

Next project that we’re going to talk about is movie titled La Passione or if you prefer The Passion from Italian director Carlo Mazzacurati who was in charge for the script as well, together with Umberto Contarello, Doriana Leondeff and Marco Pettenello.

Check out the La Passione synopsis: “When you’re over fifty, it becomes increasingly difficult to be an up-and-coming director. Gianni Dubois knows this only too well. He hasn’t made a film for years, and now that he has the chance to direct a young TV star he can’t even think up an idea for a story.

As if this wasn’t enough, a leak in his apartment in Tuscany has ruined the 16th-century fresco in the chapel next door. To avoid being sued and publicly shamed, Gianni must accept the bizarre proposal of
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Venice Film Festival 2010 In Competition List

Are you guys ready for the oldest film festival in the world? Yeah, sure you are! Who’s crazy enough to miss all that glamour, great movies, and well-known faces? Guess nobody!

This year’s Venice Film Festival runs from September 1- 11th and some great titles will compete for Leone d’Oro, or if you prefer Golden Lion, indeed!

Just in case you don’t trust us, check out a list of all the films playing in competition:

In Competition

Black Swan, Opening Night Film (dir. Darren Aronofsky – U.S.) Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder

La Pecora Nera, (dir. Ascanio Celestini – Italy) Ascanio Celestini, Giorgio Tirabassi, Maya Sansa

Somewhere, (dir. Sofia Coppola – U.S.) Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Benicio Del Toro, Michelle Monaghan, Laura Chiatti, Simona Ventura

Happy Few, (dir. Antony Cordier – France) Marina Fois, Elodie Bouchez, Roschdy Zem, Nicolas Duvauchelle

The Solitude of Prime Numbers,
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67th Venice Film Festival In-Competition List Includes Black Swan, Somewhere, and Drei

Earlier this week, the fifty films showing at the Toronto International Film Festival were announced. Today, we have a list of the films showing in-competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Highlights of the Festival include Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, Richard J. Lewis’ Barney’s Version, Julian Schnabel’s Miral, and Tom Tykwer’s Drei. What’s also cool about this list is that we see the runtimes of each of the films. However, it’s not unusual for a film to undergo changes between a festival and its general release.

Hit the jump for a list of all the films playing in-competition and click here for the films playing out-of-competition. This year’s Venice Film Festival runs from September 1 – 11th.

Darren AronofskyBlack Swan

USA, 103′

Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder

Ascanio CelestiniLa Pecora Nera

Italia, 93′

Ascanio Celestini,
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Competition: From Paris With Love – Blu-ray Giveaway

This is a Blu-ray competition for From Paris With Love, directed by Pierre Morel and starring John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Hairspray, Get Shorty) Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Bend it like Beckham, Match Point), Kasia Smutniak, Richard Durden, Yin Bing, Amber Rose Revah and Eric Godon. Cult favourite and acting legend John Travolta (The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Face/Off) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Mission: Impossible III, The Tudors) star as CIA agents in this adrenalin-fuelled thriller, From Paris with Love. Brought together by the team behind The Transporter 3, directed by the acclaimed Pierre Morel (Taken, The Transporter) and written by Luc Besson (Taken, The Fifth Element), this breakneck roller-coaster ride sees two special agents embark on a race across Paris to stop a dangerous terrorist attack. Keeping you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, From Paris with Love is released on Blu-ray and DVD on 2 August.
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