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Open Letter Supporting #MeToo in Italy Sparks Criticism From Asia Argento

Open Letter Supporting #MeToo in Italy Sparks Criticism From Asia Argento
Rome – An open letter by 124 women in Italy’s film community denouncing sexual harassment is being criticized by Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento – who refused to sign – as being far too weak and coming much too late.

Titled “Dissenso Comune” (Common Dissent), the open letter published Thursday in La Repubblica newspaper was initiated by actress Jasmine Trinca and makes no mention of Argento, who has been at the forefront of the #MeToo movement in the U.S.

In an interview with newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano, Argento called the document “watered down” and tweeted that she is waiting for “concrete gestures” from the women involved before joining this Italian campaign.

“Denouncing, helping each other, sharing our traumas, demonstrating, screaming our dissent against the patriarchy. Then — yes — we can finally be united and really fight together,” she said.

“They are lashing out against the entire system but they are clearly avoiding naming any names,” Argento added in
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Monica Bellucci and Gina Lollobrigida to Be Honored at L.A. Italian Culture Festival

Monica Bellucci and Gina Lollobrigida to Be Honored at L.A. Italian Culture Festival
Iconic Italian actresses Monica Bellucci and Gina Lollobrigida will be honored at a three-day cultural event by Tiziana Rocc from Filming on Italy and Valeria Rumori from the Italian Institute of Culture Los Angeles.

Bellucci has starred in 67 films including “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Passion of the Christ.” She recently appeared alongside Gael García Bernal in Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle.” Her upcoming project “Nekromancer” is currently in post-production. Bellucci became an international star after her role in Giuseppe Tornatore’s film “Malèna,” which will be screened at Filming on Italy.

Lollobrigida achieved international and U.S. success with films such as 1956’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and John Huston’s “Beat the Devil” starring Humphrey Bogart. She was nominated for two Golden Globes for her work in “Falcon Crest” and “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell,” and she won the Henrietta Award for world film favorite female.

Iic Los Angeles Creativity and Filming on Italy
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Everybody’s Fine (2016) by Zhang Meng

Based on the homonymous film by Giuseppe Tornatore, “Everybody’s Fine” hides a number of social remarks regarding today’s China in a family drama that takes place all over the country.

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Guan Zhiguo is a retired geologist, a widower and a father of four, who lives by himself in a Chinese Quadrangle in Beijing. One day, as he is expecting all of his children and their families to visit, he receives subsequent phone calls from each one of them, canceling the meeting. Not having anything in particular to do, he embarks on a trip to the four cities they live in, without informing them of his visit.

His first stop is in Tianjin, where his youngest son, Guan Hao is living, but he cannot find him. The second is in Hang Zhou, where his daughter Guan Qing is living with her family of three, although there
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Sliff 2017 Review – The Cinema Travellers

The Cinema Travellers screens Friday, November 3rd at 7:30pm at Webster University’s Browning Auditorium (8274 Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, Mo 63119) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. This is a Free event.

This Cannes prize-winner takes viewers on a journey with the traveling cinemas of India, which bring the wonder of the movies to faraway villages annually. Seven decades on, as their lorries and cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, these mobile movie purveyors find that their audiences are being increasingly lured away by slick digital technology. “The Cinema Travellers” accompanies a shrewd exhibitor, a benevolent showman, and a maverick projector mechanic who bear a beautiful burden — to keep the last traveling cinemas of the world running. Variety raves: “If the cinema is magic, then the nomadic projectionists and technicians of ‘The Cinema Travelers’ are its Oz-like wizards, roaming the rural Indian
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Celebrate Reel Love: A Day of Movies About Movies at the Genesis Cinema in November

To celebrate the upcoming release of Owen Michael Johnson’s (Beast Wagon) graphic novel Reel Love, a collaboration between the Genesis Cinema and also the publisher Unbound will see a special one-day event, titled Reel Love: A Day of Movies About Movies take place on the 4th November. Not only will some classic films be shown, but they will be the opportunity to get hold of exclusive posters and attend comic book workshops too.

Reel Love: A Day of Movies About Movies is a one-day event screening films about the movie business: from projectors to production hell to popcorn, the day is an affectionate celebration of the art of making movies and includes Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose Of Cairo, Tim Burton’s Ed Wood and Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso.

A £15 ticket day-pass covers all the screenings and events of this special day, including to an
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Monica Bellucci to Get Virna Lisi Prize in Rome

Monica Bellucci to Get Virna Lisi Prize in Rome
Actress Monica Bellucci will be feted with the 2017 Virna Lisi award in Rome on Nov. 7 as part of the Fondazione per Roma's Cityfest series. 

The prize will be delivered by Lisi's son, Corrado Pesci, and presented by director Giuseppe Tornatore

Lisi was one of the rare Italian actresses who worked frequently across Italy and Hollywood. She gained fame in postwar Italian film, including starring in Casanova 70 opposite Marcello Mastroianni and later appearing with Jack Lemmon in How to Murder Your Wife and as Catherine de Medici in Queen Margot.

The Virna Lisi prize was started in 2015, first going to...
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Asia Argento, More Models Detail Harvey Weinstein’s Italian Connection (Exclusive)

Asia Argento, More Models Detail Harvey Weinstein’s Italian Connection (Exclusive)
Actress-director Asia Argento, and models Samantha Panagrosso and Zoe Brock have come forward with new details heightening the scrutiny on Fabrizio Lombardo, the former head of a short-lived Miramax Italy unit, and who allegedly acted as a procurer of women for Harvey Weinstein.

Two of the three women Variety spoke to also claim they were sexually assaulted by Weinstein. Panagrosso, in the latest set of allegations against Weinstein, says she was groped by the Hollywood mogul in a hotel swimming pool in Cannes, and then assaulted in the cabin of a yacht during the 2003 film festival. Brock alleges she was tricked into going back to Weinstein’s hotel, and Argento alleges she was raped by Weinstein after being taken by Lombardo to Weinstein’s room, a claim he has refuted.

Lombardo has denied Argento’s claims in a statement. Variety has reached out to his Italian lawyer for further comment.

In an interview with Variety,
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Sylvia Hoeks “Overwhelmed” By Epic ‘Blade Runner 2049′ Sets

Though she's not internationally for her work in The Storm and director Giuseppe Tornatore's The Best Offer, Sylvia Hoeks is not a well known actress stateside. That will soon change thanks to her work in Blade Runner 2049, as she plays Luv, the right hand "man" of tech genius Niander Wallace (Jared Leto). [...]
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San Sebastián: Monica Bellucci Charms Before Receiving Donostia Award

San Sebastián: Monica Bellucci Charms Before Receiving Donostia Award
San Sebastian — Monica Bellucci will be the latest actor to receive a Donostia Award in San Sebastián, the highest honor given by the festival. In anticipation of the evening’s ceremony, Bellucci hosted a brief press conference.

Dressed elegantly in a black suit with a white button-down shirt, she answered questions from the assembled press for nearly forty minutes before heading off to prepare for the evening’s festivities.

Bellucci started acting for TV in her home country of Italy in 1990. It wasn’t long before Bellucci’s talent started to gain international recognition in the film industry, and by 1992 she made her first American feature appearance in “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” But, it was 1996’s “The Apartment” that really launched her to international stardom, earning her a César Award nomination.

Her career has crossed decades, borders and genres, but one common theme among her films, and the questions asked of her at the press conference, was
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Monica Bellucci, Agnès Varda to Receive Donostia Awards at San Sebastián

Monica Bellucci, Agnès Varda to Receive Donostia Awards at San Sebastián
Barcelona — Italian actress Monica Bellucci and French Nouvelle Vague icon Agnès Varda will be honored at the 2017 San Sebastián Film Festival with Donostia Awards for career achievement. John Malkovich will serve as the president of the main competition jury.

The awards and jury president announcements come as the Spanish Festival has announced that festival guests include Arnold Schwarzenegger, voicing “Wonders of the Sea 3D,” Javier Bardem, Bérénice Bejo, Steve Coogan, Penélope Cruz, and Jean-Pierre Léaud. Also attending: Benoît Magimel, Paz Vega, winner of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Prize to Latin Cinema, and Alicia Vikander-

Of directors, Darren Aronofsky, Raymond Depardon, Ildikó Enyedi, Robert Guédiguian, Todd Haynes, Aki Kaurismäki, Hirokazu Koreeda, Ruben Östlund, Lynne Ramsay, Carlos Saura, Wim Wenders, Michael Winterbottom and Frederick Wiseman will present their latest films. Boasting a dazzling beauty which evokes Italian divas such as Sofía Loren and Claudia Cardinale, Bellucci has demonstrated her range and language abilities in such noteworthy works as Giuseppe Tornatore’s
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Godard biopic 'Redoubtable' to open Jerusalem Film Festival

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Godard biopic 'Redoubtable' to open Jerusalem Film Festival
Michel Hazanavicius to attend festival’s opening ceremony.

Michel Hazanavicius’s Redoubtable, which played in competition at Cannes last month, will open the 34th Jerusalem Film Festival (July 12-23).

Hazanavicius will attend the festival’s opening ceremony at the open-air Sultan’s Pool venue.

Set in 1967, the film recounts the relationship between revered French film director Jean-Lus Godard and young actress Anne Wiazemsky.

Screen’s review called it “a dazzlingly executed, hugely enjoyable act of stylistic homage”. Wild Bunch is handling sales, Lev Films will distribute in Israel.

This year’s Jerusalem Film Festival will see the event spread its wings further afield, including events planned at various locations across the city such as the projection of a print of Giuseppe Tornatore’s 1988 classic Cinema Paradiso in Muristan Square.

The festival is also launching a new mobile cinema fitted with a high-quality projection setup that will travel to different Jerusalem neighbourhoods for free public screenings of a selection
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Vatileaks Scandals Being Developed Into TV Series by Leone Film Group (Exclusive)

Rome – Italy’s Leone Film Group has acquired rights to a series of books by Italian investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi to develop an English-language TV series based on the so-called Vatileaks scandals that recently exposed rampant corruption and mismanagement at the Vatican.

The books by Nuzzi include “His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI,” based on documents leaked by Pope Benedict’s butler that some say helped precipitate Benedict’s historic resignation, and “Merchants in the Temple,” also based on confidential documents, which describes more recent episodes of cronyism, greed, and moral malaise and the internal attempts to sabotage Pope Francis’ crackdown.

Nuzzi’s reporting has led to the arrests of several of his sources by Vatican authorities. He was put on trial by a Vatican court in the highly publicized “Vatileaks 2” trial, but was acquitted.

“The TV series will take its cue from the events that led to the Vatileaks scandals,” said
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Annette Bening Is the Warm and Witty Heart of ‘20th Century Women’

This Week in Home VideoPlus 12 more new releases to watch at home this week on Blu-ray/DVD.

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Pick of the Week20th Century Women

What is it? A single mother in 1979 California tries to raise her teenage son with assistance from their friends.

Why buy it? Mike Mills’ (Beginners) latest is a beautiful ode to not just motherhood but family and friendships in general. Annette Bening delivers what should have been recognized as the best of last year too as she finds wit and warmth in a character trying to do right by her son. Billy Crudup is equally fantastic, and they’re joined by Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning who also deliver compelling characters. Mills’ film focuses on Bening and her son, but it finds time to explore each of the characters
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Cinema Paradiso

Giuseppe Tornatore’s ode to the Italian love of movies was a major hit here in 1990, despite being severely cut by Miramax. In 2002 the director reworked his long version into an almost three-hour sentimental epic that enlarges the film’s scope and deepens its sentiments.

Cinema Paradiso

Region B Blu-ray

Arrow Academy

1988 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / Special Edition / 174, 155, 124 min. /

Nuovo cinema Paradiso / Street Date March 21, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Philippe Noiret, Antonella Attili, Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi, Jacques Perrin, Agnese Nano, Brigitte Fossey, Pupella Maggio, Leopoldo Trieste

Cinematography: Blasco Giurato

Production Designer: Andrea Crisanti

Film Editor: Mario Morra

Original Music: Ennio and Andrea Morricone

Produced by Mino Barbera, Franco Cristaldi, Giovanna Romagnoli

Written and Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore

Your average foreign import movie, it seems, makes a brief splash around Oscar time and then disappears as if down a rabbit hole. A few years back I saw a fantastic Argentine movie called The Secret in Their Eyes.
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Patrick Dempsey to make directing debut on 'Berlin, I Love You'

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Patrick Dempsey to make directing debut on 'Berlin, I Love You'
Exclusive: Bridget Jones’s Baby star to direct anthology film alongside Til Schweiger and previously announced Ai Weiwei.

Fresh from helping Bridget Jones to have a baby, American actor and racing driver Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy) is attached to make his directorial debut on one of the segments for anthology film, Berlin I Love You, which is part of The Cities Of Love franchise.

Dempsey’s involvement was confirmed by the project’s producer, Claus Clausen (The Messenger), who has revealed several changes in names attached to the project, now due to shoot in the summer.

Of the original crop of directors announced in 2015, Giuseppe Tornatore, Marjane Satrapi and Jan-Ole Gerster have withdrawn due to scheduling conflicts.

However, Til Schweiger, Massy Tadjedin (director of Last Night with Keira Knightly and Eva Mendes), Dempsey, artist Ai Weiwei, Shekhar Kapur and Tom van Averamaet are on board.

Clausen said that shooting will begin in June or July and
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Berlin: Variety Unveils 10 Europeans to Watch

Berlin: Variety Unveils 10 Europeans to Watch
Variety has unveiled its third edition of 10 Europeans to Watch, highlighting 10 talents from across the Continent who are all poised for breakthroughs in 2017. The group will be feted at a reception hosted by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg at the upcoming Berlin Intl. Film Festival.

The 2017 Europeans to Watch:

Edward Berger

Filmmaker, Germany

Berger’s 2014 film “Jack,” which he wrote and directed, played in competition at Berlin — starring Ivo Pietzcker, one of Variety’s 2016 Europeans to Watch. He directed five episodes of the international hit thriller “Deutschland 83” — winning an Intl. Emmy — and is shooting series “The Terror” for AMC and Scott Free. Starring Jared Harris and Tobias Menzies, it is set to bow this year. Next up: “The Englishman,” a thriller starring Paul Dano and produced by Working Title.

Liv Lisa Fries

Actress, Germany

Fries has been garnering critical attention for such pics as “Zurich,” “The Dam,” and “Heil,” and while she is acclaimed in Germany,
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Berlin: Variety Unveils 10 Europeans to Watch

Berlin: Variety Unveils 10 Europeans to Watch
Variety has unveiled its third edition of 10 Europeans to Watch, highlighting 10 talents from across the Continent who are all poised for breakthroughs in 2017. The group will be feted at a reception hosted by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg at the upcoming Berlin Intl. Film Festival.

The 2017 Europeans to Watch:

Edward Berger

Filmmaker, Germany

Berger’s 2014 film “Jack,” which he wrote and directed, played in competition at Berlin — starring Ivo Pietzcker, one of Variety’s 2016 Europeans to Watch. He directed five episodes of the international hit thriller “Deutschland 83” — winning an Intl. Emmy — and is shooting series “The Terror” for AMC and Scott Free. Starring Jared Harris and Tobias Menzies, it is set to bow this year. Next up: “The Englishman,” a thriller starring Paul Dano and produced by Working Title.

Liv Lisa Fries

Actress, Germany

Fries has been garnering critical attention for such pics as “Zurich,” “The Dam,” and “Heil,” and while she is acclaimed in Germany, her
See full article at Variety - TV News »

Oscars 2017: How Asghar Farhadi Could Make History With a Second Win For Best Foreign Language

The Salesman’ (Courtesy: Habib Majidi)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we’re well on our way to seeing how the best foreign language film race will shape up at the Oscars in 2017. Leading the pack of the shortlist is The Salesman from Iran, which could land filmmaker Asghar Farhadi a rare second win in the category. How often do we see someone with more than one win in this worldwide competition?

The shortlist of nine films — more about those here — will, on January 24, be trimmed down to the official five nominees that will eventually face off at the Oscars on February 26. This site’s namesake, The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, lists the current frontrunners as: Germany’s Toni Erdmann (written and directed by Maren Ade), Denmark’s Land of Mine (written and directed by Martin Zandvliet), Sweden’s A
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Arrow Academy Debuts March 2017 in North America With Borowczyk, Petri, Visconti, Tornatore, Sharp

Canadian and American arthouse film fans rejoice! The UK's Arrow Films is expanding their Academy high-brow imprint to North America next March with an impressive slate of films that are sure to please. Among the first releases are Walerian Borowczyk's Story of Sin, Elio Petri's Property Is No Longer A Theft, Jasper Sharp's festival hit The Creeping Garden, Luchino Visconti's Ludwig, and Giuseppe Tornatore's Academy Award-winning paean to the glory of the moving image, Cinema Paradiso. Each of these films is a must-own, and of the lot, four are new releases for Arrow, with only Cinema Paradiso having seen a release in the UK. Arrow's unending assault on pocketbooks worldwide continues, but what sweet oblivion it will be.  Check out the details for each release...

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Afm interview: Italian heavyweight Leone Film Group

Co-chief Raffaella Leone talks future plans for the high-end distribution and production outfit.

Italy’s historic film company the Leone Film Group – founded by late “spaghetti western” maestro Sergio Leone and now run by his heirs Andrea and Raffaella - has gone from strength to strength since floating on the Milan stock market at the end of 2013. Under the new management of Leone’s children, it has expanded into a major high-end distribution and production player in Italy, updating its line-up to appeal to younger generations in the process.

The company currently has output deals with Lionsgate, DreamWorks and Summit Entertainment and has several high-profile titles on its slate this year including La La Land, The Girl On The Train and Hacksaw Ridge. It also has growing clout as a domestic producer through the success of Marco Belardi’s Lotus Production, acquired by the company in July 2104, with films like Paolo Genovese’s hit comedy Perfect Strangers
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