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Canneseries Peeks ‘Behind the Curtain’ With Top European Showrunners

While an American showrunner is like the duke of a small fiefdom, with a hand in everything from casting to editing to decisions made in the writers room, the same role hasn’t exactly been exported to TV industries overseas.

But at “Behind the Curtain: Meet the Showrunners!”, a panel discussion held Wednesday afternoon as part of the In Development program organized by MipTV and Canneseries, three top European writers and showrunners described an evolution in the relationship between broadcasters, producers, and series creators.

When he first cut his teeth as a writer-producer, Jörg Winger, managing director of Ufa Fiction,
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Cannes 2018 Lineup Includes New Films from Jean-Luc Godard, Spike Lee, Jia Zhangke, Bi Gan, and More

With a jury headed by Cate Blanchett, the main lineup for the 71st Cannes Film Festival has been unveiled, including Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition, Midnight, and Special screenings. This year’s competition lineup features some of our most-anticipated films of the year, including Jean-Luc Godard’s Le livre d’images, Lee Chang-dong’s Burning, Jia Zhangke’s Ash is Purest White, Spike Lee’s BlackKkKlansman, Jafar Panahi’s recently unveiled Three Faces, David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, and more. The Un Certain Regard section also includes one title we hoped might make it into competition: Bi Gan’s Kaili Blues follow-up Long Day’s Journey into Night.

While it’s clear there was going to be no Netflix films, there were a handful of rumored films that didn’t make the cut, though there’s the possibility of being added later.
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Mip: Italy’s Rich Cinema History Influences Country’s New TV Lineup

Mip: Italy’s Rich Cinema History Influences Country’s New TV Lineup
The global rise of Italian TV series is now in full swing, riding the wake of hits such as “Gomorrah,” “The Young Pope” and “Medici: Masters of Florence.”

A wave of new high-end shows that mine iconic aspects of Italy’s past and present, but also venture into the supernatural and tap into the vibrant reinvention of classic genres — such as spaghetti Westerns and horror that Italian cinema is historically known for — is about to roll out around the world.

But besides shows sparked by the rekindled love affair between long-form narratives and the country’s cinematic past, there is also “Winx Club,
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New Seasons of Italian Mob Series ‘Gomorrah,’ ‘Suburra’ to Hit Global Screens in 2019

Rome — New seasons of Italy’s high-profile mob shows, Sky’s “Gomorrah” and Netflix and Rai’s “Suburra: Blood on Rome,” are now set to hit global TV and streaming screens in 2019.

Sky announced today that the 12-episode fourth season of “Gomorrah,” which is produced by Italy’s Cattleya and Fandango in partnership with Germany’s Beta Film, will start shooting in mid-April 2018. Concurrently Netflix also announced that shooting just kicked off April 4 in Rome on the 10-episode “Suburra” 2, which ITV-owned Cattleya is producing for Netflix and Rai.

Sky and Rai are both driving the rapid rise of Italy
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‘Indivisible’ Director Edoardo De Angelis Starts Shooting ‘The Vice of Hope’ (Exclusive)

‘Indivisible’ Director Edoardo De Angelis Starts Shooting ‘The Vice of Hope’ (Exclusive)
Italian director Edoardo De Angelis (“Indivisible”) has started shooting “The Vice of Hope,” a drama involving a difficult birth set against the backdrop of child trafficking in Castel Volturno, an area outside Naples known for being the most lawless area in Italy.

De Angelis’ film “Indivisible,” about Neapolitan teenage conjoined-twin sisters with beautiful voices, made an international splash after launching from the Venice Film Festival and was a standout at last year’s David di Donatello awards, Italy’s equivalent of the Oscars, where it won five awards. In an interview with Variety, De Angelis said his new film tells “the story of somebody who is born in a context of extreme difficulty,” adding that he intends it to be emblematic of “all the ancestral elements tied to birth.”

Neapolitan actress Pina Turco, who plays Deborah wife of mobster Ciro “The Immortal” in TV series “Gomorrah,” has been cast as
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First trailer for Paolo Sorrentino’s Silvio Berlusconi biopic Loro

After his acclaimed TV series The Young Pope, director Paolo Sorrentino returns to the big screen this year with Loro, a two-part biopic of media mogul and bunga bunga-loving former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Originally intended as a single feature, Variety is reporting that Sorrentino was so excited by the footage during the edit that he decided to split the project into two parts, with the first set to release in Italy ahead of the Cannes Film Festival.

Check out the first teaser trailer for Loro, which stars Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty) as Berlusconi…

The first part of Loro is expected to be released in Italy on April 24th, with the second part following on May 24th.

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Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Loro’ Teaser Gives First Glimpse At Two-Part Film About Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi

Following his short film “Killer in Red” and HBO series “The Young Pope,” director Paolo Sorrentino‘s next project returns to Italy. “Loro” is a two-part film chronicling the life of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. In the first teaser, viewers get a brief 30-second peek at the two films. The first film is set for release in Italy by Universal in late April, before the Cannes Film Festival.
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First Teaser Drops For Paolo Sorrentino’s Silvio Berlusconi Movie (Which Will Be A Two-Parter In Italy); Cannes Is Calling

First Teaser Drops For Paolo Sorrentino’s Silvio Berlusconi Movie (Which Will Be A Two-Parter In Italy); Cannes Is Calling
Nobody does electro-fueled political biopics quite like Paolo Sorrentino. The Italian filmmaker’s regular producers Indigo Film have released some slick first footage of the auteur’s new movie Loro (Them), about controversial Italian politician Silvio Berlusconi. I have confirmed with those close to the film that there will be a two-part version of the movie (Sorrentino’s decision), but that version will only be released in Italy. The rest of the world will see one…
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Paolo Sorrentino's Berlusconi Film 'Loro' Debuts First Trailer

Paolo Sorrentino's Berlusconi Film 'Loro' Debuts First Trailer
The first teaser trailer is out for Academy Award-winning director Paolo Sorrentino's new film Loro (Them) about Italy's billionaire media mogul and four-time prime minister.

In typical Sorrentino fashion, the movie features loud music, richly saturated cinematography from Luca Bigazzi and his favorite co-conspirator, Toni Servillo, playing Silvio Berlusconi.

Berlusconi's infamous "Bunga Bunga" parties play throughout the trailer. Elena Sofia Ricci portrays Berlusconi's estranged wife Veronica Lario. Ricky Memphis and Riccardo Scamarcio also star in the film. 

In the trailer, a voiceover asks the former politician, "What did you expect: that you could be the richest man in the country, be prime minister...
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First trailer for Paolo Sorrentino's Berlusconi film 'Loro'

Italian-French co-pro is a biopic of the controversial politican and media tycoon.

Indigo Film has released the first trailer for Loro, the new two-part film from Paolo Sorrentino about the life of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

The controversial politician will be played by Toni Servillo, who also appeared in Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty.

The thirty-second trailer (below) sees an unseen voice asking if a person thought they could be ‘the richest man in the country, be Prime Minister, and everybody would be crazy for you?’, before a shadowy figure, presumably Berlusconi, replies ‘Yes. That’s exactly what
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First Teaser for Paolo Sorrentino’s Silvio Berlusconi Biopic ‘Loro’

Following his Jude Law-led show The Young Pope, Italy’s Paolo Sorrentino is diving back into the world of features with a biopic on Silvio Berlusconi. Led by Toni Servillo, the star of his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty, as well as Ill Divo, it’s in fact two biopics. Titled Loro (aka Them), which is also a play on L’oro, meaning gold, it follows the media mogul who become Italy’s 50th Prime Minister.

As reported by Variety, the director has decided to split the film into two parts after realizing the breadth of the project in the editing room. The first part, which is eying an April 24 release in Italy, would then be followed by the second part, aiming for a May 24 release, both well-timed to debut at Cannes. As we await that potential announcement, check out the teaser below.

Loro will likely premiere at Cannes and
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‘Loro’ First Footage: Paolo Sorrentino Returns to the Movies and Eyes Cannes Film Festival Premiere — Watch

‘Loro’ First Footage: Paolo Sorrentino Returns to the Movies and Eyes Cannes Film Festival Premiere — Watch
After taking an acclaimed trip to television with “The Young Pope,” Paolo Sorrentino is readying his return to the big screen this year with “Loro.” The Italian-language drama stars Toni Servillo as Silvio Berlusconi, the media tycoon who served as the Prime Minister of Italy from June 2001 to May 2006.

According to new report from Variety, Sorrentino is splitting “Loro” into two films after he fell in love with the footage in the editing room and decided he didn’t want to cut anything out in order for the film to be a single theatrical release. The first installment of “Loro” is eyeing an Italian release on April 24, right before the Cannes Film Festival, with the second part readying a debut in Italy at the end of May. Sources confirm to Variety that Sorrentino has submitted the film to the Cannes Film Festival.

Sorrentino was last in theaters in 2015 with “Youth,
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Paolo Sorrentino’s Berlusconi-Themed Film ‘Loro’ to Be Split Into Two Parts (Watch)

Paolo Sorrentino’s Berlusconi-Themed Film ‘Loro’ to Be Split Into Two Parts (Watch)
Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino has decided to split his film “Loro,” about media magnate-turned-politician Silvio Berlusconi, into two parts, the first of which looks set for release in Italy by Universal in late April, ahead of the Cannes Film Festival.

Sorrentino, who started shooting the film last summer, started considering the possibility of turning “Loro” into a two-parter after he began editing, because he had plenty of footage that he was excited about, sources said.

Italian trade website Box Office reported Monday that the first installment of “Loro” would go out in Italy on April 24 – two weeks before the Cannes Film Festival begins – while Part 2 would go out in Italy on May 24. Contacted by Variety, a Universal Italy executive said he could not yet confirm the news, but did not deny the report.

Although Cannes generally does not take titles that aren’t world premieres, they have made exceptions to
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Duprat, Mediapro, Latido Team for Mariano Cohn’s Thriller ‘4 x 4’ (Exclusive)

Duprat, Mediapro, Latido Team for Mariano Cohn’s Thriller ‘4 x 4’ (Exclusive)
Madrid — Gastón Duprat, the Mediapro Group and Latido Films are teaming on Mariano Cohn’s ‘4 x 4,’ starring Peter Lanzani (“The Clan”) and marking Cohn’s follow-up to “The Distinguished Citizen” which won Oscar Martínez a Volpi Cup best actor award at 2016’s Venice Festival before sweeping the 2017 Platino Awards.

Also Argentina’s Academy Award entry and the 2017 Spanish Academy best foreign Spanish-language winner, “The Distinguished Citizen” consolidated Duprat and Cohn’s status as one of Argentina’s foremost filmmaking forces. It shows in “4 x 4,” which is set up at Duprat and Cohn’s Buenos Aires-based Television Abierta and Spain’s Mediapro Group, itself rapidly emerging as one of the biggest independent film-tv forces in Europe.

Headed by Jaume Roures, Mediapro’s credits include Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “Midnight in Paris,” Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Young Pope” Fernando Leon’s Directors’ Fortnight-selected “A Perfect Day” and Gastón Duprat
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Italian Producer Fabio Conversi Preps New TV Projects, Including ‘The Boy Who Granted Dreams’ (Exclusive)

Italian producer Fabio Conversi is ramping up TV production with a raft of projects following his first series, “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair,” which will open the inaugural edition of the CanneSeries festival. Among the works in development are adaptations of the soon-to-be-published new book by “Harry Quebert” author Joel Dicker and the bestselling novel “The Boy Who Granted Dreams.”

The Paris-based Conversi, who for years co-produced films by top Italian directors such as Paolo Sorrentino and distributed them in France, says he has now put film distribution on “stand-by” in order to ride the wave of high-end shows mostly based on books such as “Harry Quebert,” which is by bestselling Swiss author Joel Dicker.

Conversi’s latest literary rights acquisition is Italian author Luca di Fulvio’s “The Boy Who Granted Dreams,” which blends romance, crime and historical saga. It begins with a young Sicilian girl named Cetta who, after being raped,
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Record-Breaking Italian Comedy ‘Quo Vado’ Set for French Remake (Exclusive)

Rome – “Quo Vado,” the Italian comedy about job security that became the country’s all-time highest grosser, is getting a French remake.

French comedy specialist Fabien Onteniente, known for the hit “Camping” franchise, is set to direct the redo of the movie about an Italian slacker – played in the original by comic sensation Checco Zalone – who is hell-bent on holding on to his parasitic government job. The screenplay is being written by Guy Laurent (“Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu ?”). French distributor Snd is on board. The plan is for cameras to roll in April 2019.

The still-untitled adaptation is among projects in advanced stages announced by prominent Italian producers Pietro Valsecchi and Camilla Nesbitt, who have launched a Paris-based company, Medset, that will handle the bulk of their film productions. Medset is an outpost of their TaoDue film and TV shingle, which is fully owned by Mediaset.

Tapping into Italy’s national psyche,
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Italy's Cinecittà Studios set for expansion after €37m government investment

Famed studios to be refurbished and have an expanded remit.

Italy’s famed production house Cinecittà Studios is set for a major relaunch.

Source: Cinecittà Studios

In 2016, the famous Rome studios - where Us productions such as Ben-Hur and Gangs Of New York filmed as well as many Italian masterpieces from Federico Fellini to Nanni Moretti - returned to state ownership after 20 years’ of private management.

Now, a €37m investment from Italy’s Ministry of Culture will see the studios expand in terms of its facilities and its wider cultural remit, becoming a creative hub for all audiovisual production, including videogames.

The refurbishment will span the next three years. The aim is for the business to break even by the end of that period. Currently, 60% of the studio’s budget is covered by earnings.

“We are going to build two new soundstages, one of which will be the biggest in Cinecittà,” announced Roberto Cicutto, president
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Watch: Berlin Film Festival’s ‘Genesis’ Trailer Launches (Exclusive)

Watch: Berlin Film Festival’s ‘Genesis’ Trailer Launches (Exclusive)
Variety has been given exclusive access to the trailer for “Genesis,” which world premieres in Panorama Special at the Berlin Film Festival. Arpad Bogdan’s film is backed by the Hungarian National Film Fund, which also supported 2017 Berlin Golden Bear winner and Oscar nominee “On Body and Soul.”

Genesis,” starring Anna Marie Cseh and Milan Csordas, “provides a dramatic depiction of sin, catharsis and rebirth,” according to a statement. It centers on “a young Roma boy, whose childhood reaches a sudden and drastic end when he loses his family in a tragic and brutal attack.”

A young lawyer, under pressure from her superiors, takes on the defense of one of the men facing trial for the part he allegedly played in this series of racist murders. It is while researching the case that she comes into contact with the young boy, called as a witness, and “this chance meeting changes both their lives forever.” A teenage
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Netflix, Rai Fiction Order Second Season of Italian Series ‘Suburra’

Rome – Netflix has ordered up a second series of mob show “Suburra: Blood on Rome,” its first Italian original co-financed with Italy’s state broadcaster Rai and produced by ITV-owned shingle Cattleya.

The second series announcement comes shortly after the first 10 episodes of the show launched on the streaming giant last October in more than 190 countries, following a world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September.

Set in contemporary Rome, where corruption runs rampant, “Suburra” is considered Italy’s answer to “Narcos” and revolves around the Vatican, the mob, and local politicos vying for control of Ostia, the seaside town just outside the Italian capital that is being developed into a gambling paradise. The first season featured plenty of color-saturated violence, intrigue, and a scene in which a high-ranking priest has a heart attack during a cocaine-fueled orgy.

Netflix said in a statement that the show would be back with “more action, drama and power
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Michael Haneke, ‘Deutschland 83’ Producer Prep Dystopian Series ‘Kelvin’s Book’

Michael Haneke, ‘Deutschland 83’ Producer Prep Dystopian Series ‘Kelvin’s Book’
Acclaimed Austrian director Michael Haneke’s first TV series project will be “Kelvin’s Book,” a 10-part series produced by Germany’s Ufa Fiction, the makers of “Deutschland 83.”

“After 10 TV movies and 12 films, I wanted to tell a longer story for once,” the double Palme d’Or- and Oscar-winning screenwriter and director said.

Ufa, which is part of production and distribution giant FremantleMedia, is behind German-language hit “Deutschland 83” and its upcoming second season, “Deutschland 86,” but Haneke’s project will be in English. The high-concept series will tell the story of a group of young people in a dystopian near future who, during a flight, are “forced to make an emergency landing outside of their home and are confronted with the actual face of their home country for the first time,” a press statement said.

Nico Hofmann and Benjamin Benedict will serve as executive producers for Ufa Fiction on the series.

“No contemporary
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