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Melanie Rodier

  • Film hub - Has the big apple started to bruise'

    18-Apr-2008

    "I came to New York because of the films of Martin Scorsese and the Velvet Underground," says New York producer Ted Hope, whose credits include the debut features of Ang Lee, Todd Field and Michel Gondry. "But New York City has now become the island of the super-rich. It's hard to get a creative career going. That has changed the population."
  • The Fairytale of New York: Big Apple wins back movie productions

    18-Apr-2008

    Frank Sinatra sung that he wanted to be a part of it, and it is certainly true for the footloose producers who stream into the city that never sleeps.
  • Tribeca 2007 - Where are they now'

    18-Apr-2008

    With more than 150 features screening last year, many criticised the sixth Tribeca Film Festival for offering a line-up that was too eclectic and of mixed quality, as well as for sky-rocketing ticket prices.
  • Tribeca film festival - 'There's so much business to be done'

    18-Apr-2008

    The Tribeca Film Festival (April 23-May 4) began life six years ago in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, with the aim of contributing to the revival of Lower Manhattan.
  • United States - Niche operator

    18-Jan-2008

    Perhaps the biggest challenge Lisa Nishimura-Seese has faced, since relocating from New York to Los Angeles last October on joining Netflix, is that there are not enough hours in the day.
  • United States - Syvan's secret

    7-Dec-2007

    New York-based producer Lemore Syvan is gearing up for The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee, the next feature from director Rebecca Miller, which starts shooting in Connecticut in April.
  • United States - Planting Marigold

    24-Aug-2007

    Since setting up its US distribution operation last year, Indian entertainment giant Adlabs has released a swathe of Bollywood pictures to US-based Indian audiences, including sci-fi box-office hit Krrish, which took $2.2m across North America.
  • Seasons of change

    29-Jun-2007

    Vin Bhat, the founder of fast-growing New York-based Indian pay-TV service Bodvod, has been celebrating a successful year for Bollywood movies at the North American box office.
  • Case study: The Meerkats

    8-Jun-2007

    Billed as a coming-of-age tale, BBC Films' The Meerkats is an attempt to mount a resolutely big-screen experience. Melanie Rodier reports.
  • Wildlife documentaries: nature calls

    8-Jun-2007

    Following the global success of March Of The Penguins, animal films are the hot new genre. But is there a market for theatrical wildlife documentaries' Melanie Rodier reports.
  • France - Critical mass

    27-Apr-2007

    Jean-Michel Frodon, director of France's venerable Cahiers Du Cinema since 2003 has spent the last couple of decades travelling the world to track the newest trends in world cinema. He is also the man behind the decision to launch an English edition of the Cahiers, the 50-year-old bastion of film criticism.
  • Tribeca Film Festival: growing gains

    20-Apr-2007

    Five years ago, Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff launched the first Tribeca Film Festival to contribute to the revival of Lower Manhattan after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The five-day festival attracted 150,000 visitors to the downtown neighbourhood.
  • United States - Mountain men

    9-Feb-2007

    Paul Hardart had been working in Los Angeles for nine years when he decided to move back to New York and set up Adirondack Pictures with his brother Tom.
  • Rock solid

    12-Jan-2007

    In The Bedroom producer Graham Leader has just locked production on Childless, his first feature since the 2001 Todd Field hit. It launches a slate of feature projects Leader is developing for his new company, New York-based Granite Films.
  • Tribeca and Rome festivals announce collaboration

    10-Aug-2006

  • The Departed and La Sconosciuta could be headed for Rome

    9-Aug-2006

    GiuseppeTornatore's La Sconosciuta and Martin Scorsese'sThe Departed could be among thetitles that will screen at the first edition of the Rome Film Festival (Oct13-21).
  • Mikado takes Italian rights for Hottest State and Retribution

    7-Aug-2006

  • Venice competition includes 21 world premieres

    27-Jul-2006

    The 63rd Venice Film Festival (August 30-Sep 9) has unveiled an eclectic line-up, with directors such as Stephen Frears, Darren Aronofsky, Emilio Estevez, Emanuele Crialese and Alfonso Cuaron vying for the Golden Lion.
  • Venice Days line-up includes new films from Boe and Lerman

    25-Jul-2006

    Christoffer Boe's Offscreen andDiego Lerman's Mientras Tanto are among the films that willscreen in Venice's Director's Fortnight,known as Venice Days.
  • Giffoni festival competition includes Opal Dream

    13-Jul-2006

  • Manual Of Love sequel starts shooting in Barcelona

    13-Jul-2006

  • Crowe and Luna among members of Venice jury

    3-Jul-2006

    The Venice Film Festival(August 30-Sep 9) has announced its full competition jury, with membersincluding Cameron Crowe and Bigas Luna.As previously announced, themain competition jury of the 63rd edition will be presided over by Catherine Deneuve.Bigas Luna, whose ...
  • Italian minister ousts Cinecitta's board

    30-Jun-2006

    Italy's new culture ministerFrancesco Rutelli has dismissed state-owned Cinecitta Holding's entire board of directors.
  • New Rome festival to honour Sean Connery

    28-Jun-2006

  • Moviemax gets rights to Mr Magorium and King Of California

    27-Jun-2006

    Italian distributor Moviemax has acquired rights totwo upcoming US films: Mr Magorium'sWonder Emporium and King OfCalifornia.
  • Venice Orizzonti to open with McGrath's Infamous

    27-Jun-2006

    The63rd Venice Film Festival has announced that new Truman Capote drama Infamous will open the Orizzonti competition section.
  • Cappon appointed new RAI chief

    23-Jun-2006

    Italianstate broadcaster RAI has named Claudio Cappon as itsnew director general. He replaces former chief Alfredo Meocci.
  • Catherine Deneuve to head Venice jury

    14-Jun-2006

  • Cucinotta plans Indian-Italian film Bollywood Cop

    12-Jun-2006

  • Bertolucci readies adaptation of Bel Canto

    9-Jun-2006

    BernardoBertolucci is lining up a new drama inspired by thereal events surrounding the hostage crisis at the Japanese embassy in Lima, Peru in 1996.
  • Italian distributors close Cannes deals

    31-May-2006

    Domenico Procacci'sFandango is ramping up its upcoming distribution slate with several newacquisitions, including two Cannes competition titles.
  • Wedding Night success tops Rai Trade Cannes sales

    29-May-2006

    RaiTrade, the Rome-based international sales outfit has sealed a host ofsales on its Cannes slate.PupiAvati's ...
  • Chiesa books Japan sale for Rosso Come Il Fuoco

    26-May-2006

    Adriana Chiesa Enterprises has sold Rosso Come IlFuoco to Japan's Sine Qua Non.Directed by Cristiano Bortone, the film is inspired bythe true story of Mirco Mencacci, a blind sound editor who was sent to aschool for blind children in the 1970s, where he discovered a passion ...
  • Italy pays tribute to Leo Pescarolo

    26-May-2006

    Leo Pescarolo, the Italian producer behind Federico Fellini's Prova D'Orchestra and co-producer of Lars von Trier's Dogville, has died. He was 70.Born in Genova to silent-era movie star Vera Vergani, Pescarolo was known as a courageous producer who championed quality arthouse pictures and international co-productions.He was credited with "discovering" a number of directors, such as Liliana Cavani and Francesca Archibugi, with whom he collaborated on several features, including ...
  • Lazio starts Italy's fourth regional film fund

    25-May-2006

  • Rai Trade lines up A Fortune-Teller Told Me

    24-May-2006

  • EU and US team up for new online film charter

    24-May-2006

    Online film downloading isto get more user-friendly with the signing of a new charter. In Cannes,EU and US Internet service providers and telecom operators such as TimeWarner, Vivendi and Telecom Italia endorsed the European Film OnlineCharter, which aims to encourage the wider circulation of European filmsboth within and outside the EU as well as increasing broadband Internetuse across Europe.
  • Lucky Red finds partners for Mereu's Sound Of Wood

    24-May-2006

  • Italy's Istituto Luce plans co-production with Pereira

    22-May-2006

    Italian state distributorand co-producer Istituto Luce has set its sights on Argentina as a newco-production partner, and is lining up a new picture by Argentine directorMiguel Pereira, who previously made La Deuda Interna.
  • Match Factory takes global rights to Weingartner satire

    21-May-2006

    The Match Factory has taken world wide sales rights toHans Weingartner (The Edukators)'s new picture with the working title FreeRainer.
  • Buskin basks in equity

    20-May-2006

    Rome-based sales and co-production outfit Buskin Filmhas sealed a '$20m financial partnership with Italian private funds groupMg Lab.''
  • Giordana plans Franco-Japanese co-production

    20-May-2006

    Best of Youthdirector Marco Tullio Giordana's next picture will be a $7m-$10mFrench-language adaptation of cult author Amelie Northomb's period novel, Mercure.'
  • Manchevski's love story Bones lands at Bavaria

    20-May-2006

    Bavaria Film International has taken worldwide rights toMilcho Manchevski's new picture, Bones. It is the Macedoniandirector's third feature after Dust, which opened theVenice Film Festival in 2001, and Before The Rain, which earnedan Oscar nomination and the Venice Golden Lion in 1994.
  • Iran's Farabi tries to foster international co-productions

    19-May-2006

    Iranian film organizationFarabi is championing international co-productions between Iran, Iraqand Afghanistan in order to promote filmmaking in the region.
  • Media Luna sells Ganz picture to China

    19-May-2006

    Cologne-based Media Luna has sold Bruno Ganz picture Vitus to Chinese' distributor Hansion Media.''
  • Verdone signs on for Manual of Love sequel

    19-May-2006

  • Happinet takes Japanese rights to Tornatore's latest

    19-May-2006

    Happinet Pictureshas acquired all Japanese rights to Giuseppe Tornatore's highly-anticipatedfilm, La Sconosciuta.The ...
  • Kinowelt finds buyer interest for The Unknown Soldier

    19-May-2006

    Buyers are circling KinoweltInternational's documentary, The Unknown Soldier.
  • Rai Cinema boards Salvatores's Naima

    18-May-2006

  • Warner Italy starts shooting Lucchetti's political comedy

    18-May-2006

  • Chiesa picks up rights to Fortnight's Libero Va Bene

    17-May-2006

  • Paula Wagner to head Venice's Lion of the Future jury

    9-May-2006

    TheVenice Film Festival has announced that Paula Wagner will this year head theLion of the Future jury which awards a prize to the best first film. Germandirector Philip Groening will preside over the Orizzonticompetition.The Lionof the Future jury will award $127,565 (Euros 100,000) to the best firstfeature in any section of the festival. ...
  • Italian distributor pioneers straight-to-newsstand distribution

    3-May-2006

    AnItalian distributor is launching today an alternative distribution model forAlex Infascelli's new thriller, H2Odio, which will be released straight-to-DVD and soldwith national daily La Repubblica.Releasedby 52, the distribution company set up by Infascelli,Claudio Mieli and the Espresso ...
  • Wild Bunch gets on board L'Amico di Famiglia

    2-May-2006

    WildBunch has taken international distribution rights to Paolo Sorrentino'sCannescompetition title L'Amico di Famiglia (Friend Of The Family).The $4.3m(Euros 3.4m) comedy-drama focuses on the odd attraction between a 60-year-oldphysically repellent loan shark (Giacomo Rizzo) and ...
  • Moretti tops golden week with Donatellos triumph

    23-Apr-2006

    Nanni Moretti's The Caiman was named best picture at the 50th David di Donatello film awards, and took home six prizes.
  • Sardinia sets up film fund and first regional tax law

    12-Apr-2006

    TheItalian island of Sardinia is to establish aregional film fund, along the lines of existing regional funds in Germany and Belgium.
  • Venice and Udine festivals form new alliance

    12-Apr-2006

    The Venice Film Festival andEurope's biggest Asian film festival, UdineFar East Film, are to collaborate.
  • Caiman, Crime Novel lead Donatello nominations

    4-Apr-2006

    Nanni Moretti's The Caiman and Michele Placido's Crime Novel scooped the lion's share of nominations for the David Di Donatellos, with 13 nods each.
  • Controversy counts for The Caiman at box office

    27-Mar-2006

    Political controversy kept Nanni Moretti's controversial The Caiman on the front page and helped it to a sound opening at the box office.
  • IIF lines up production and distribution slate

    22-Feb-2006

    Rome'sItalian International Film (IIF) is lining up an ambitious new production anddistribution slate, which includes historical epic The Inquiry starring Dolph Lundgren andMax Von Sydow.
  • Istituto Luce takes Italian rights to Golden Bear winner

    21-Feb-2006

    Rome state distributor Istituto Luce has acquired Italian rights to Berlin Golden Bear winner Grbavica.
  • Istituto Luce takes Italian rights to Golden Bear winner

    20-Feb-2006

    Rome state distributor Istituto Luce has acquired Italian rights to Berlin Golden Bear winner Grbavica.
  • Venice Film Festival bounces back with new sponsorship

    13-Feb-2006

    Withthe buzz surrounding this year's Rome Film Festival, industry watchers have beenincreasingly scrutinising the Venice Film Festival.
  • EU-funded film workshops to go on summer road show

    10-Feb-2006

    An Italian developmentcompany is to start holding a series of EU-funded workshops and seminars acrossEurope this year as part of adevelopment training programme aimed at European producers.The first of the week-longresidential MAIA workshops, which are funded by the Media Programme, will kickoff in Italy ...
  • Director Gabriele Muccino sets up production company

    8-Feb-2006

    Last Kiss director Gabriele Muccino has set up his own production company, which willfocus on adverts and feature films and will have offices in Milan, Rome and LosAngeles
  • Michele Placido's Crime Novel wins five Nastri d'Argento awards

    8-Feb-2006

    MichelePlacido's CrimeNovel (Romanzo Criminale)has walked away with five Nastri d'Argento, Italy's nationalcriticsprizes, from the 60th awards ceremony in Vatican City.
  • Italian film body Filmitalia loses chief executive

    6-Feb-2006

    AdrianaChiesa has stepped down from her position as CEO of Italian promotional body,Aip-Filmitalia.
  • Warner Bros, Italia head appointed president of Anica

    3-Feb-2006

    PaoloFerrari, the head of Warner Bros. Italia, has been appointed president of Anica, Italy's national film body.
  • Moviemax acquires all Italian rights to The Darwin Awards

    3-Feb-2006

    AmbitiousRome distributor Moviemaxhas acquired all Italian rights to Sundance title The Darwin Awards.
  • Rome festival promises to serve both industry and public

    27-Jan-2006

    The new Rome Film Festival (13-21 Oct, 2006) is planning to become a major event for both the public and international industryprofessionals.
  • Salvatores lines up big-budget international feature

    26-Jan-2006

    Oscar-winning Italian director Gabriele Salvatoresis lining up a big-budget international feature about a ship's last voyage,entitled Cargo.
  • Fabio Ferzetti to replace Giorgio Gosetti at Venice Days

    25-Jan-2006

    Italian critic Fabio Ferzetti isto replace Giorgio Gosetti as head of Venice'sDirectors' Fortnight - known as Venice Days.
  • DVD sales in Italy jumped by 33% in 2005

    16-Jan-2006

    DVD sales in Italy jumped a massive 33% in2005, according to national home entertainment body Univideo.Univideo estimates that 40million DVDs were sold last year. The average price of DVDs dropped 21% to$17-18 (14-15 Euros). Meanwhile, video ...
  • Placido's gang drama tops Nastri d'Argento nominations

    16-Jan-2006

  • Placido's gang drama tops Nastri d'Argento nominations

    16-Jan-2006

  • Placido's gang drama tops Nastri d'Argento nominations

    15-Jan-2006

    MichelePlacido's Romanzo Criminalehas scooped 10 nominations at Italy's second highest film awards, the Nastrid'Argento.
  • Venice Film Festival to get new Palazzo

    13-Jan-2006

    After years of debate,Venice's engine finally started churning as the city's mayor Massimo Cacciarisigned a deal to build a new festivalstructure in the Lido's former hospital.Cacciari sealed a deal onThursday allowing Venice to sell off the Ospedaledel Mare hospital to real estate developers, ...
  • Moviemax acquires distribution rights to US films

    11-Jan-2006

    Italiandistributor Moviemax, fresh from a hefty cash boost by new majority shareholderMondo Home Entertainment, has acquired Italian distribution rights to five USfilms, including Sundance premieres LuckyNumber Slevin and Alpha Dog.
  • Italy's box-office takings tumble by 7.1%

    10-Jan-2006

    Italy'sbox office tumbled 7.1% in 2005 to $648.5m (536.9m Euros), with the industrysorely missing the previous year's juggernauts The Passion of The Christ and Lordof the Rings: The Return Of The King. Still, November's record-breakingrelease of Harry Potter And The Goblet OfFire and a Christmas season marked by Italian blockbuster comedies, meantthat overall 2005 results in Italy were less drastic than many internationalterritories.
  • Local Christmas comedies top Italian box office

    22-Dec-2005

    On its opening weekend in Italy, King Kong paled in comparison to two local Christmas comedies,which stormed into the Italian box office, beating the giant ape into thirdplace.
  • Eagle Pictures secures Italian rights to Apocalypto

    12-Dec-2005

    EaglePictures has acquired Italian rights to Mel Gibson's upcoming film, Apocalypto, marking one of Icon's firstmajor international deals on the picture.
  • Roberto Faenza to make historical drama The Viceroys

    7-Dec-2005

    Italian auteur Roberto Faenza, whose last picture I Giorni Dell'Abbandono screened incompetition at the Venice Film Festival, is currently lining up an ambitioushistorical adaptation which Luchino Visconti had originally planned to bring tothe big screen.
  • Italian industry looks overseas for production

    6-Dec-2005

    While Italianfilm-makers continue to struggle with trickling government funds for homegrownprojects, Italians producers and financiers are becoming more and more involvedin international productions.
  • De Laurentiis turns another page of the Manual Of Love

    25-Nov-2005

    Italianproducer Aurelio De Laurentiis is lining up a sequel to hit Manual of Love, which earned almost $17m (Euros 15m) at the local box office and was sold to15 countries worldwide.Thenew film, which is expected to be called Manual of Love, Other Stories, will once again be ...
  • Rome unveils ambitious programme for festival

    25-Nov-2005

    Organisers of the new Rome Film Festival have unveiled an ambitious international programme with a $10m budget.
  • Italian exhibitors lift boycott after phone film rethink

    10-Nov-2005

    Italian exhibitors today withdrewa boycott of The Interpreter, imposedin protest at plans to stream the film on mobile phones just a week after itslocal theatrical release.The 3 Italia mobile network had planned to offer customers the full-lengthfeature film on Monday for just $10.50 (nine euro) ...
  • Phone film first dropped after exhibitor backlash

    10-Nov-2005

    Italian exhibitors have stopped plans to release a full-length feature film on mobile phone just a week after its theatrical debut in the territory.
  • Italian home entertainment company buys into theatre distribution

    2-Nov-2005

    Italy's Mondo Home Entertainment has acquired a 51% stake in ambitious local theatrical distributor Moviemax.
  • Italian film industry pledges support for second Oscar choice

    1-Nov-2005

    Italian film organisation Anica says Italy fully supports theselection of Cristina Comencini's Don't Tell as the country's candidatefor the best foreign language film Oscar, despite reports of fiery argumentswithin the local ...
  • Italians unveil replacement Oscar contender

    21-Oct-2005

    Followingdays of polemics, Italy has selected Cristina Comencini's drama Don't Tell(La Bestia Nel Cuore)as its candidate for the best foreign language film Oscar.
  • UGC signs on for Boorman's Memoirs Of Hadrian

    20-Oct-2005

    Rome-basedproduction outfit Movieweb has signed a co-production deal with France's UGC onJohn Boorman's new film, Memoirs ofHadrian.
  • Benigni's Tiger takes pole position in Italy

    20-Oct-2005

    As expected, The Tiger and The Snow, the new filmfrom Italy's top grossing comic Roberto Benigni, landed at number one at thelocal box office on its opening weekend, earning $3,740,934 for Rai Cinemalabel 01 Distribution.
  • Cecchi Gori announces comeback - again

    17-Oct-2005

    Almost fiveyears after his spectacular fall from grace, Italian former moviemogul Vittorio Cecchi Gori has announced - again - that he is back At a pressconference held in his luxurious Rome residence, Palazzo Borghese, theflamboyant producer said he expects several imminent legal victoriesthat will finally turn the tide and put him firmly back intobusiness.
  • Italian industry rallies behind cinema strike

    16-Oct-2005

    Leading lightsin the Italian film industry joined a nationwide strike on FridayOctober 14, which closed down all cinemas, theatres and opera houses fora day and sent thousands to the streets to picket
  • Private disqualified as Italian Oscar candidate

    13-Oct-2005

    Italy's Oscar candidate, SaverioCostanzo's Private,has been ruled ineligible by the Academy Of MotionPicture Arts & Sciences for the foreign-language film Oscar category thisyear, since the picture was not shot in Italian.
  • Italian film industry to strike in protest at funding cuts

    7-Oct-2005

    All cinemas in Italy will be closed on Friday October 14as part of a strike by the national film industry to protest against massivenew cuts to government funding.
  • Focus unveils raft of Tiger And The Snow sales

    6-Oct-2005

    Focus Features has pre-soldRoberto Benigni's latest comedy The Tiger and The Snow to a raft ofterritories ahead of its widely-anticipated Italian release on October 14.
  • Nexo takes Italian rights to Sorry, Haters

    6-Oct-2005

    Italiandistributor Nexo has picked up local distribution rights to Jeff Stanzler's Sorry,Haters, marking the first international deal for the film.
  • Focus does roaring trade on The Tiger And The Snow

    5-Oct-2005

    Focus Features has pre-soldRoberto Benigni's latest comedy The Tiger And The Snow to a raft of territories ahead of its widelyanticipated Italian release next week on Oct 14.The film has been sold to France (Pathe), Germany (Telemunchen), Benelux (A-Film), Greece (Odeon), Iceland (Sena), Portugal (Lusomundo), Scandinavia (Nordisk), Switzerland (Ascot Elite),and Turkey (Ozen).AQS has acquired rights for Bulgaria,the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania.Benigni's ...
  • Benigni unveils Tiger And The Snow in Rome

    4-Oct-2005

    Roberto Benigni has unveiledin Rome his widely anticipated Baghdad-set comedy, The Tiger and The Snow,which opens in Italy on October 14 on a huge 800 screens.
  • Wild Bunch strikes slew of sales on Viva Zapatero!

    28-Sep-2005

    French salesoutfit Wild Bunch has made a swathe of sales on hot Italian documentary VivaZapatero!
  • Italian veterans line-up ambitious new projects

    23-Sep-2005

    While the Italian filmindustry continues to grapple with a two-year financial crisis, the country'susual suspects are lining up ambitious new pictures.
  • Ferrara lines up prequel to King Of New York

    12-Sep-2005

    Cult American indie filmmaker Abel Ferrara, whose picture Maryis screening in competition at the Venice Film Festival, has announced that hisnext project will either be a prequel to the King Of New York orlong-gestating screwball comedy Go Go Tales.
  • Bim kneels to Frears' Queen

    11-Sep-2005

    In one of asmattering of deals signed at the Venice Film Festival, veteran arthousedistributor Bim has acquired Italian rights to Stephen Frears' next film, TheQueen, about thedeath of Princess Diana.
  • Venice Festival goes for Brokeback

    11-Sep-2005

    AngLee's Brokeback Mountain has won the Golden Lion at the 62nd Venice Film Festival.The Grand Jury prize went to Abel Ferrara for Mary, while George Clooney'sheavily-tipped Good Night. And Good Luck won two consolation prizes - Best Actorfor David Strathairn's portrayal of journalist Edward R Murrow, and a Lion forClooney's own screenplay written with producer Grant Heslov.
  • Viva Zapatero earns Venice buzz

    11-Sep-2005

    One of thefilms that has earned the biggest round of applause on the Lido is Italiandocumentary Viva Zapatero! which focuses onthe thorny subject of censorship in Italy.
  • Venice goes for Brokeback

    10-Sep-2005

    Ang Lee's BrokebackMountain won the Golden Lion at the62nd Venice Film Festival yesterday. The Grand Jury prize went to Abel Ferrerafor Mary, while George Clooney'sheavily-tipped Good Night. And, Good Luck won two consolation prizes - Best Actor for David Strathairn'sportrayal of journalist Edward R Murrow, and a Lion for Clooney's ownscreenplay written with producer Grant Heslov.
  • Mueller reiterates resignation threat despite Venice success

    9-Sep-2005

    Asthe Venice Film Festival draws to an end, artistic director Marco Mueller canbreathe a sigh of relief: he has managed to largely satisfy the critics withhis selection, while also ironing out the organisational problems that marredlast year's event.
  • Mikado snaps up Venice competition pair

    8-Sep-2005

    Rome outfitMikado Film has acquired Italian distribution rights to two films that areplaying in competition at the Venice Film Festival, bringing its total tally tofour.
  • Rai Cinema to remake Euros 20m Iron Crown

    8-Sep-2005

    Rai Cinemais lining up a big-budget English-language remake of classic Italian 1941picture, The Iron Crown.
  • La Fenice set for Istituto Luce slate

    7-Sep-2005

    Italian distributor Istituto Luce has unveiled a newco-production slate that includes both films by hot local directors andambitious international projects.
  • Films Distribution strikes C.R.A.Z.Y deals

    6-Sep-2005

    Frenchsales outfit Films Distribution has made a host of sales on its Venice title C.R.A.Z.Y.
  • Lucky Red launches genre label through Key Films

    6-Sep-2005

    Italian indie distributor Lucky Red has acquired the nameand catalogue of Key Films and is launching a new genre label.
  • Venice films make waves over busy festival weekend

    5-Sep-2005

    Four days in and bothbuyers and critics appear satisfied with the quality of films on offer acrossthe Venice Film Festival's different sections. But while industry memberscontinue to enjoy the festival's traditionally relaxed atmosphere, some arefinding the lack of a market and expensive prices an increasing hindrance.
  • 01 Distribution acquires Fine Art Of Love

    5-Sep-2005

    01 Distribution has acquired Italian distribution rights toJohn Irvin's Venice out-of-competition title The Fine Art of Love.
  • Bim goes on pre-Venice buying spree

    1-Sep-2005

    Rome arthouse distributor Bim has acquired Italiandistribution rights to a host of Venice films, including competition titles BrokebackMountain and The Constant Gardener.
  • Clooney rides on Good Luck at Venice

    1-Sep-2005

    Actor-director George Clooney's Venice competition film Goodnight,And Good Luck has emerged as one of the first buzz films at the festival.
  • Kitano film tipped to be surprise Venice competitor

    1-Sep-2005

    TakeshiKitano's Takeshis is tipped to be the "surprise" last-minute entry inthe Venice Film Festival's competition.Takeshis, whichsees the Japanese director playing himself contronting a look-alike, is alsoset to screen at the Toronto Film Festival.Kitanolast ...
  • Venice kicks off with Swords, metal detectors

    1-Sep-2005

    The 62nd VeniceInternational Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday night in hot and stickyweather with the world premiere of Tsui Hark's Seven Swords, amid heightened security measuresinvolving more than a dozen metal detectors and around 1,000 police officerspatroling the Lido.
  • Israeli director completes Venice competition jury

    25-Aug-2005

    Amos Gitai will complete the main competition jury at theupcoming 62nd Venice Film Festival, the Biennale has announced.The Israeli director will join jury president DanteFerretti, Chinese writer Acheng, directors Claire Denis and Edgar Reitz,Icelandic musician and actress Emiliana Torrini and ...
  • Latecomers boost Venice festival line-up

    23-Aug-2005

    The Venice Film Festival hasannounced two late additions to its official line-up: Paul Morrissey and BerndBohm's documentary Veruschka and Neil Marshall's horror film TheDescent.
  • Mimmo Rotella to head Venice's Orizzonti jury

    10-Aug-2005

  • Italian directors win legal battle over lack of funding

    9-Aug-2005

    A group of first time directors, known as Gruppo 16/12,who took legal action against the Italian government after being denied publicfunds that had been awarded to their projects, have won their case.
  • Relief as Italian box office soars in July

    8-Aug-2005

    After the gloomand doom of reports that Italian admissions tumbled sharply in the first halfof 2005, Italy has announced a formidable 44% rise in box office takings forthe month of July.
  • Sandrelli set for Golden Lion at Venice

    7-Aug-2005

    The Biennale has announcedthat Italian actress Stefania Sandrelli will receive a Golden Lion for LifetimeAchievement at the upcoming Venice Film Festival (Aug 31-Sept 10).Festivaldirector Marco Mueller said: "A 45-year-old career in film, and she doesn'tshow it. Stefania Sandrelli has lived through all the various periods ofItalian cinema."TheTuscan actress started out working with post-World ...
  • Mueller says he'll resign if no market at Venice

    2-Aug-2005

    Venice festival chief MarcoMueller has said that he will not carry on unless there is a firm plan toestablish a film market on the Lido.Mueller, who will see arecord nine US premieres at Venice this year, told Screendaily:"I have no hesitation in saying I can't continue in Venice unless we cantransform it into a festival with a market."
  • RAI set to confirm new president today

    2-Aug-2005

    Italian public broadcasterRAI is set to confirm the appointment of Claudio Petruccioli as its newpresident today. The appointment will end a 15-month management crisis at theheavily politicised broadcaster.
  • Venice unveils full competition line-up

    28-Jul-2005

    The Venice FilmFestival (August 31-Sep 10) has unveiled its streamlined line-up, whichfeatures a record nine US world premieres, as well as an eclectic mix of HighDefinition titles, documentaries and pictures from celebrated internationalfilm-makers.
  • Venice Directors' Fortnight unveils 12 strong line-up

    26-Jul-2005

    Twelve films from around theworld will screen in the Directors' Fortnight sidebar of the Venice FilmFestival, including Christopher Boe's Allegro, Ticket to Jerusalemdirector Rashid Masharawi's Waiting (Attente), and Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee's C.R.A.Z.Y.
  • Venice unveils Secret History of Asian Cinema sidebar

    26-Jul-2005

  • Venice festival shapes up as star magnet

    25-Jul-2005

    The Venice Film Festival (Aug 31-Sept 10) is once againshaping up as a glamorous magnet for A-list stars. However, visitors to theLido this year can expect a rather more streamlined and manageable event sinceartistic director Marco Mueller has reduced the number of pictures on the Lidoby a hefty 30% in a bid to avoid last year's overcrowding headache.
  • Innocent Voices scoops top Giffoni prize

    25-Jul-2005

    Mexican director LuisMandoki's Innocent Voices has scooped the top GoldenGryphon prize at the 35th Giffoni Film Festival, one of theworld's leading events dedicated to childrens' films.
  • Venice unveils Critics Week line-up

    22-Jul-2005

    US director RianJohnson's film noir Brick is among seven debut features screening in Critics Week at thisyear's Venice Film Festival (Aug 31-Sept 10).
  • Auteuil joins Bellucci for Napoleon comedy

    18-Jul-2005

    Daniel Auteuil has joined Monica Bellucci in the cast ofPaolo Virzi's new comedy, which is entitled "N."
  • Seven Cecchi Gori cinemas up for auction

    15-Jul-2005

    Seven Cecchi Gori-owned cinemas are to be put up for auctionin October, including the one-time movie mogul's jewel-in-the-crown, theAdriano multiplex in central Rome.
  • Casanova to woo the crowds at Venice

    24-Jun-2005

    The Venice Film Festival (Aug 31-Sept 10) will host the worldpremiere of Lasse Hallstrom's Casanova, which stars Heath Ledger andSienna Miller.
  • De Laurentiis' call to abandon windows sparks reaction

    16-Jun-2005

    Italian distributors andexhibitors have reacted strongly against a suggestion by Aurelio De Laurentiisthat Italy should counter the crisis that is currently hitting its box officeby simultaneously releasing films in cinemas, on Pay-TV and on DVD at differentprices.
  • Sorrentino readies Consequences follow-up

    15-Jun-2005

    The Consequences Of Love director Paolo Sorrentinois lining up a new film about a loan shark, entitled L'amico Di Famiglia(literally, A Friend of the Family).
  • Italy's Eagle swoops for commercial horror pics

    14-Jun-2005

    Italian distributor Eagle Pictures has added a host of commercialtitles to its upcoming slate, including several new horror movies.
  • Industry veterans crank up Italian productions

    13-Jun-2005

    After anear 18-month freeze in public funds, a new round of financing from the state'sFondo di Garanzia has allowed several films to finally get off the ground.
  • Italian box office posts huge slump in May

    10-Jun-2005

    Italy's box office has slumped a massive 35% in May, compared tothe same month last year.
  • Taormina festival to showcase Batman, Costa-Gavras

    8-Jun-2005

    Batman Begins and Costa-Gavras' Le Couperet are amongthe titles that will receive their European premiere at the 51stTaormina Film Festival (11-18 June).
  • Europe's MEDIA Programme gets $970m extension

    24-May-2005

    The European Union's Media Programme has just secured over $970m (Euros 755m) to bankroll the European film industry.
  • New charter launched for downloading

    24-May-2005

    Online film downloading is to get moreuser-friendly with the signing of a new charter.
  • World's Fastest Indian runs to Italy

    24-May-2005

    Italian International Film (IIF) has acquired Italiandistribution rights to upcoming Anthony Hopkins vehicle The World's FastestIndian.
  • Italy's DNC snaps up Un Certain Regard title The King

    19-May-2005

    Italy's DNC Entertainment haspicked up Italian distribution rights to three titles, including Un CertainRegard title The King.
  • Japan Wise to Argento's Hitchcock homage

    19-May-2005

    Rai Trade has sold cult horrormeister Dario Argento's thriller, DoYou Like Hitchcock' to Japan's Wise Policy.
  • Metacinema takes Italian rights to Gallenberger's Time

    19-May-2005

    Metacinema has acquiredItalian distribution rights to Florian Gallenberger's Shadows of Time.Sold ...
  • Filmauro shoots wide with US-set Morte

    14-May-2005

    Aurelio De Laurentiis's Romeand LA-based production and distribution company Filmauro is lining up a slateof international and Italian titles, including films by hot Italian directorsDavide Ferrario and Carlo Verdone.
  • Filmexport touched by the hand of Maradona

    14-May-2005

    RobertoDi Girolamo's Filmexport has taken worldwide rights to Marco Risi's upcoming$18m biopic, Maradona, which starts shooting next month.
  • Chiesa sells Invisible Children to Japan, Germany

    11-May-2005

    Rome-based sales agentAdriana Chiesa Enterprises (ACE) has sold rights for international project AllThe Invisible Children to Gaga forJapan, Telemunchen (Germany) and PCV (Greece).
  • Olmi embarks on One Hundred Nails shoot

    9-May-2005

    Israeli-bornactor Raz Degan (Alexander) is to head the cast of Ermanno Olmi's new drama, CentoChiodi(literally, One Hundred Nails) which has started shooting in Bologna.
  • Bim snaps up Cannes competitor for Italy

    9-May-2005

    BimDistribuzione has acquired Italian distribution rights to Luc and Jean-PierreDardenne's Cannes competition film The Child (L'Enfant)
  • Bassi steps down as Mifed, Filmitalia chief

    6-May-2005

    Carlo Bassi has stepped downas CEO of AIP, the Italian film organisation which oversees promotional bodyFilmitalia as well as the MIFED film market.
  • Moretti rounds out cast for Il Caimano

    6-May-2005

    SilvioOrlando, Margherita Buy and Jasmine Trinca have joined the cast of NanniMoretti's new film, Il Caimano.
  • Love rules at Italy's Donatellos

    1-May-2005

    Second-time director PaoloSorrentino's mafia tale The Consequences of Love has won five David di Donatellos, Italy's Oscars,including best film, best director, best screenplay and best actor, beating outmulti-nominated contenders Sacred Heart and Manuale D'Amore.
  • Berlusconi drafts in controversial culture minister

    27-Apr-2005

    Italian culturalMinister Giuliani Urbani has been replaced by Rocco Buttiglione, theprospective EU commissioner who was rejected last year by MEPs because of hishomophobic remarks.
  • Italy pins hopes on Festa for box office revival

    25-Apr-2005

    Italy is to launch its firstever promotional Festa del Cinema today, in the hope of boosting admissionswhich have been sliding rapidly since January.
  • Bim takes Italian rights to Cannes contenders

    19-Apr-2005

    Italy's BimDistribuzione has acquired Italian distribution rights to Gus Van Sant's Last Days, which is tipped to play incompetition at next month's Cannes Film Festival.
  • De Laurentiis's Decameron begins Italian shoot

    13-Apr-2005

    Shooting starts today (April 13) on the Dino De Laurentiisproduced $38m period comedy, Decameron.
  • Italian arthouse distributor Teodora picks up Contronatura

    13-Apr-2005

  • Heart, Amore share 12 Donatello nods

    12-Apr-2005

    Ferzan Ozpetek'sdrama Sacred Heart and Giovanni Veronesi's romantic comedy Manualed'Amore have earned the lion's share of nominations for the Donatellos,Italy's top film awards.
  • Int'l buyers stock up on Pope documentaries

    11-Apr-2005

    In the wake of Pope JohnPaul II's death, Rai Trade, the sales arm of Italianpublic broadcaster RAI, has witnessed a flurry of demand for its latestdocumentaries on the pontiff and extensive stock footage.
  • Olmi cranks up One Hundred Nails

    5-Apr-2005

    Italian writer-directorErmanno Olmi is currently lining up a new film, entitled Cento Chiodi(literally, One Hundred Nails).
  • Italy pledges to introduce film tax shelter

    4-Apr-2005

    Italian culture minister Giuliano Urbani has announced thatSilvio Berlusconi's government will introduce a tax shelter to help fund theentertainment industry before the end of its term in 2006.
  • Italian box office slumps in wake of Pope's death

    4-Apr-2005

    The Italian box officeslumped 37% over the weekend as Italians and the world mourned the passing ofPope John Paul II.
  • Official figures confirm Italian film investment slump

    17-Mar-2005

    In a further sign of thecrisis that has gripped the Italian film industry, new figures released bynational film body Anica show that Italian investment in local productiondropped 5.7% in 2004 while average budgets slumped 17.7%.
  • ITALY 17 March

    17-Mar-2005

  • Kiarostami set to shoot next film in Italy this summer

    14-Mar-2005

  • ITALY 10 March

    10-Mar-2005

    None of the six films which were released in Italylast weekend managed to dethrone the top three films at the local box office.UIP's animation feature Shark Tale held firmlyon to the top spot for the second week running, grossing $7,939,095 from 422screens for a strong average of $7,204.
  • Two-year film funding hiatus comes to an end in Italy

    7-Mar-2005

    After a near two-year freeze on state funding, which threwthe local industry into turmoil, Silvio Berlusconi's government hasgreenlighted nine Italian films and co-productions, including John Boorman'sEuros 26m Memoirs Of Hadrian.
  • Italy joins the digital cinema revolution

    4-Mar-2005

    Italy is finally getting on the digital bandwagon. Nationalexhibitors association ANEC has announced that 50 Italian cinemas will investin digital projectors by the beginning of 2006.
  • ITALY 2 March

    2-Mar-2005

  • Italy's Buskin opens co-production outfit in China

    1-Mar-2005

    BuskinFilm, the Rome-based sales outfit, has opened an office in Beijing with the aimof co-producing projects and getting involved in product placement andservicing for international productions shooting in China.
  • Producer Salvi kick-starts new Italian buyer

    25-Feb-2005

    Italian producerVeronica Salvi has launched a new film production and distribution company,named Dujass Film.
  • Rai Cinema, Ben Ammar to finance De Laurentiis's Decameron

    24-Feb-2005

    Italy's Rai Cinema isteaming up with Tarak Ben Ammar to finance Dino De Laurentiis's upcoming $38mproduction, Decameron.
  • ITALY 24 February

    24-Feb-2005

  • Italian production start-up to shoot controversial erotic drama

    23-Feb-2005

    Cameras will start rollingon March 7 on the controversial adaptation of an erotic diary written by a17-year-old Sicilian schoolgirl, which is being produced by Italian actressFrancesca Neri.
  • De Laurentiis re-affirms Alexander project with DiCaprio and Kidman, to be directed by Luhrmann.

    22-Feb-2005

    Dino De Laurentiis has announced that he is pressing ahead with plans to shoot his Alexander the Great project, which is set to star Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Kidman and will be directed by Baz Luhrmann.
  • ITALY 16 February

    16-Feb-2005

  • Berlusconi plans RAI privatisation

    11-Feb-2005

    SilvioBerlusconi's government has announced that Italian state broadcaster RAI willbe partly privatised before the end of the year."RAI'sprivatisation is something positive. It will help propel forward therestructuring of the company, which is already underway," said ItalianTreasury minister Domenico Siniscalco. He added: "It is also a ...
  • Venice set to honour Miyazaki and streamline festival

    10-Feb-2005

    Hayao Miyazaki will receive a career Golden Lion at thenext Venice Film Festival, which will take place from August 31-September 10.Itis the first time the award will be handed out to an animation filmmaker."HayaoMiyazaki is the giant who knocked down the walls which enclosed Japaneseanimation," said Venice artistic director Marco Mueller. "He wasdescribed as Japan's Disney in too much ...
  • ITALY 9 February

    9-Feb-2005

  • Italy unveils Festa del Cinema cut-price tickets

    8-Feb-2005

    The Italian film industry isto introduce its first ever three-day Festa del Cinema in April, when it willoffer cut-price tickets and is expected to heavily promote summer releases.
  • TFI International takes on sales for Cattleya trio

    7-Feb-2005

    TF1International has taken on international distribution rights to Italiandirector Cristina Comencini's La Bestia Nel Cuore, a new production fromRome outfit Cattleya.
  • Amelio unlocks top Italian film prize with Keys

    6-Feb-2005

    Gianni Amelio scooped Italy'sprestigious Nastro D'Argento prize as best director for The House Keys, during a ceremony held on Friday night in Rome'sAuditorium.
  • Cecchi Gori may form new partnership with Medusa

    2-Feb-2005

    According to local reports,Cecchi Gori could soon enter into a new partnership with Medusa, Italy'sleading film producer and distributor.
  • ITALY 1 February

    1-Feb-2005

  • Italy pledges Euros 74m for local film-making

    31-Jan-2005

    Silvio Berlusconi'sgovernment has announced that it will hand out around Euros 74m to the localproduction sector in 2005. Local producers now hope that the government promisewill finally put an end to a crippling two-year freeze in state subsidies.
  • Wertmuller lines up Loren for tsunami feature

    31-Jan-2005

    Veteran Italian film director Lina Wertmuller is lining up afilm about the South-East Asia tsunami, which is set to star Sophia Loren.
  • Giffoni chief named general director of Italy's AIP

    28-Jan-2005

    Giffoni Film Festival chief Claudio Gubitosi has been namedgeneral director of AIP, the Italian film organisation which overseespromotional body Filmitalia as well as the Mifed film market.
  • ITALY 26 January

    26-Jan-2005

  • Italy's Nastri d'Argento nominations announced

    24-Jan-2005

    Gianni Amelio's The HouseKeys and Paolo Sorrentino's The Consequences Of Love have receivedthe lion's share of nominations for Italy's Nastri d'Argento, the country'ssecond biggest awards.
  • De Laurentiis, Cinecitta acquire Moroccan studio

    20-Jan-2005

    Legendary Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis and Rome's CinecittaStudios are teaming up as joint owners of a sprawling new studio facility inOuarzazate, in southern Morocco.
  • Cecchi Gori wins Euros 160m lawsuit against Merrill Lynch

    19-Jan-2005

    One-time Italian movie mogul Vittorio Cecchi Gori has won a legal battle against Merrill Lynch, which now must return Euros 160m it had seized from the producer's coffers to cover alleged debts.
  • ITALY 18 January

    18-Jan-2005

  • Ferrara sued for alleged breach of contract on Tales

    12-Jan-2005

    Abel Ferrara, the cultdirector of Bad Lieutenant, has been served with an Euros 6m lawsuit forallegedly breaching his contract with Istituto Luce, the Italian state-ownedproduction and distribution outfit, and independent local producer Gam Film.
  • ITALY 11 January

    11-Jan-2005

  • Italy pins hopes on local directors for 2005

    10-Jan-2005

    While the run-up to Christmas has once again been boosted by the releaseof blockbuster Italian comedies, only a handful of homegrown films have managedto gross more than Euros 1m - which is considered the benchmark for a strongrun at the box office - since September. Nevertheless, the local industry isconfident that box office results for local arthouse fare will see better timesin 2005, when Italy's handful of hit-making established ...
  • Italian producers take legal action against cultural ministry.

    4-Jan-2005

    Some members of the Italianfilm industry have taken legal action against the Italian government afterwaiting for over a year for public funds that had been awarded to theirprojects.
  • 2004: Italy racked by Venice, Mifed and funding troubles

    24-Dec-2004

  • Italian admissions soar in 2004

    16-Dec-2004

    Admissionsin Italy are up 8.5% to 98 million according to new figures from research bodyCinetel.The admissions relate to the period Dec 1 2003 and Nov 302004 and led to an Italian box office take of Euros 577m.
  • Italian industry commits to 12-month box-office season

    15-Dec-2004

    Italy has finally fullycommitted to a 12-month box office season, and next summer's releases will beon a par with other European territories, an industry conference heard onTuesday (Dec 14).
  • Italian industry rails against funding crisis

    9-Dec-2004

    Italianentertainment body AGIS is once again urging the Italian government toimmediately address the financial problems that have been crippling the localfilm industry for the last 12 months.It is the second time in the last year that the Italianfilm sector has protested against massive cuts to state funds, endless delaysin handing out money to projects that have already been greenlit, and ...
  • ITALY 7 December

    7-Dec-2004

  • ITALY 1 December

    1-Dec-2004

  • Tokyo Filmex programmes Italian B Movies

    25-Nov-2004

    The VeniceFilm Festival's recent Italian Kings of the B Movies retrospective willbe featured in the upcoming Tokyo Filmex Festival (Nov 26-30), which isorganised by Takeshi Kitano's production and distribution outfit, OfficeKitano.The Venicesidebar features 20-25 restored Italian genre movies, and is part of a ...
  • ITALY 24 November

    24-Nov-2004

  • Los Muertos takes Turin top prize

    23-Nov-2004

    Argentinian directorLisandro Alonso walked away with the Turin Film Festival's Euros 20,500 topprize for his drama Los Muertos.The powerful film, whichwas written, directed and edited by Alonso, tells the story of a man who hasjust been released from prison after serving a lengthy sentence, and undertakesa long voyage across the ...
  • ITALY 18 November

    18-Nov-2004

  • 01 Distribution roars for Benigni's Tiger

    16-Nov-2004

    RaiCinema label 01 Distribution has taken Italian distribution rights to Tuscancomic Roberto Benigni's upcoming film, The Tiger And The Snow. As aresult it can be expected to see asignificant jump in its 2005revenues.Theannouncement yesterday by Benigni's production outfit Melampo ...
  • Italian prosecutor calls for Berlusconi jail sentence

    15-Nov-2004

    Drawing an end to a four-year corruption trial, an Italianprosecutor has asked a court to sentence Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi toeight years in jail for bribing judges.
  • Biennale chief tells Mueller to respect festival rules

    12-Nov-2004

    The storms and high water that have flooded Venice's St.Marks square this week appear to also be sweeping across to the Lido.In aninterview with Italian daily Il Corriere della Sera, Biennale presidentDavide Croff responded to Marco Mueller's recent complaints about theBiennale's organisation by declaring that although he 'very happy'with the artistic director, Mueller must learn ...
  • Lakeshore racks up House Keys sales

    11-Nov-2004

    LakeshoreInternational has racked up sales on Gianni Amelio's The House Keys (LeChiavi di Casa), Italy's foreign language Oscar, and says it has now closeddeals in 31 territories, including the UK.ArtificialEye has picked up the film for the UK, and the drama has also been sold toSpain, Portugal, Denmark, Greece, Russia, Bulgaria, ...
  • Eagle takes Italian rights to The Saint

    9-Nov-2004

    EaglePictures has picked up Italian distribution rights to The Saint, a Euros10m English-language picture starring Bad Boys II's Jordi Molla.The historic action movie, which is written and directedby Italy's Antonello Bellucco, tells the story of Saint Antonio of Padua, apriest who was born in Lisbon and died in 1231 at the age of 36.The ...
  • Salvatores begins shoot on psychological film noir

    9-Nov-2004

    Oscar winnerGabriele Salvatores (Mediterraneo)has started shooting his latest film, a psychological film noir entitled Quo Vadis, Baby'
  • Turin unveils competition line-up

    9-Nov-2004

    David Gordon Green's Undertowis among the films that will compete at the upcoming Turin Film Festival (Nov12-20), Italy's leading festival for emerging and cutting-edge talent.
  • ITALY 3 November

    3-Nov-2004

  • Italian government launches private equity film fund

    29-Oct-2004

    In a highly ambitious move,the Italian government is launching a private equity fund to support theItalian film industry.Cinefund will have a targetbudget of Euros 50-70m per year, to be spent on 30 to 40 Italian films andco-productions 'with high box office potential.' The fund will investan average of Euros 1-2m per film.
  • Mueller warns Biennale he needs full control over festival

    29-Oct-2004

    Veniceartistic director Marco Mueller is warning the Biennale that he needs to havefull control over the next film festival, "or he will be better off beinga full time producer again.""The mishap that happened at this year's eventdidn't have anything to do with the number of films in the festival. There werefar more films in Venice when the festival was directed by Alberto Barbera orMoritz ...
  • Tanovic embarks on shoot of Hell

    19-Oct-2004

    Oscarwinner Danis Tanovic will start shooting next week his latest film, Hell,which was written by Krzysztof Piesiewicz for the late Krzysztof Kieslowski aspart of his Heaven-Hell-Purgatory trilogy.The No Man's Land director begins the film'seight-week shoot in Paris on October 25. Hell focuses on three sisters whosechildhoods were marked by a family tragedy but ...
  • Rai Trade racks up sales on Argento's Hitchcock

    15-Oct-2004

    Rai Trade has made a raft of sales at MIFED on cult directorDario Argento's upcoming film, Do You Like Hitchcock'.
  • Lucky Red makes first animation foray

    14-Oct-2004

    Markingits first foray in animation production, Italian arthouse distributor Lucky Redhas boarded Azur Et Asmard, the next feature from Kirikou And TheSorceress director Michel Ocelot.Azur EtAsmard explores the theme of tolerance as seen through the eyes ofa Western boy who travels to the Middle East to find his old ...
  • MIFED winds down midway through market

    14-Oct-2004

    MIFED wound down to a virtual halt by midday on Thursday(Oct 15), one and a half days before its official end, leaving those remainingto reminisce about the market's good old days, and many more utterly confusedabout what will happen next year.Several sellersreported that sales have been good. Rai Trade sales chief Sesto Cifola saidthat although there were obviously fewer buyers around, ...
  • Oscar-hopeful Burman prepares Family Rights comedy

    13-Oct-2004

    Daniel Burman, whose film El Abrazo Partido (The Lost Embrace) is currently Argentina'scandidate for the foreign languageOscar, is now preparing a comedy entitled FamilyRights.
  • Spike Lee seeks Italian backing for WWII project

    13-Oct-2004

    Spike Lee could soon join Abel Ferrara and John Boorman in a growing list of American and British directors who are currently turning to Italy to finance a film.
  • Sellers gear up for smaller scale MIFED

    11-Oct-2004

    A significantly smaller scale MIFED kicks off on Tuesday(Oct 12), but sellers who are in Milan say they are determined to conduct goodbusiness at the Fiera.
  • MIFED exhibitor bookings fall as AFMA boycott hits hard

    4-Oct-2004

    Exhibitor bookings for thisyear's MIFED are significantly down as a result of the AFM decision to launch aNovember market, according to new figures released by the Milan marketorganisers.
  • Italy's first Tribeca fest to run during MIFED dates

    1-Oct-2004

    Wong Kar-Wai will be inMilan next month for the first Italian edition of the Tribeca Film Festival(Oct 12-15), which will host the European premiere of his re-edited film, 2046, as well as a selection of titlesthat screened during this year's New York event.
  • House Keys to represent Italy at the Oscars

    30-Sep-2004

    Italy has selected Gianni Amelio's drama, The House Keys, as its candidate for theforeign-language category of the next Academy Awards.
  • ITALY 30 September

    30-Sep-2004

  • Cinecitta eyes expansion into Africa, Eastern Europe

    29-Sep-2004

    Rome's Cinecitta Studios is aggressively pursuing itsplans for expansion and, after buying two Italian studios, is soon set to moveinto Eastern Europe and North Africa.
  • Mueller re-confirmed as Venice artistic director

    29-Sep-2004

    MarcoMueller has been re-confirmed as the artistic director of the Venice FilmFestival for a further three years.The Biennale appointed Mueller in March on a four-yearcontract, although it reserved itself the right to "carefully examine thefestival's results at the end of that year's edition."In spiteof the organisational ...
  • ITALY 23 September

    23-Sep-2004

    Spider-Man2 leapt straight tothe top of the Italian box office, where it earned a massive $8,993,096 in fourdays. The web slinger opened on September 16 on a wide 631 screens, and scoreda huge $12,296 per screen average for Columbia Tristar Italia.Shedding37% of its earnings, UIP's The Terminal dropped to second place threeweeks after its Venice premiere, having earned $6,316,704. Bim's Farenheit9/11 ...
  • Cecchi Gori cleared of money laundering

    20-Sep-2004

    Vittorio Cecchi Gori, whoseproduction, distribution and exhibition empire crumbled four years ago amid awhirlwind of bad debt and corruption charges, has been cleared of launderingmoney.
  • ITALY 16 September

    16-Sep-2004

  • Italy's Moviemax looks to tap cult Asian, US films

    13-Sep-2004

    One ofRome's newest distributors, one-year-old Moviemax, aims to tap into a lucrative nichereleasing American and Asian cult and genre films which usually have troublefinding distribution in Italy.
  • Leigh, Amenabar take top Venice honours

    12-Sep-2004

    Mike Leigh walked away with the Golden Lion at the Venice FilmFestival last night for his latest drama Vera Drake and his leading ladyImelda Staunton won the Volpi Cup for best female performance, a sweetvictory for Vera which was a surprise omission from the competition lineup at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
  • Venice filmmakers vent their political anguish

    10-Sep-2004

    Wim Wenders became the latest director to join a chorus ofvoices at the Venice Film Festival condemning the Bush administration, during aweek which has twice seen the Biennale officially react to events developing onthe world stage.
  • Bim boards Bellucci vehicle Combien

    9-Sep-2004

    Italy's Bim, which has three titles playing in competitionat the Venice Film Festival, will co-produce Bertrand Blier's next film, CombienTu Gagnes', with Italian diva Monica Bellucci.
  • Media Programme sets out Euros 1bn strategy

    9-Sep-2004

    With its proposed budget of over Euros 1bn, the new Media Programme (MEDIA 2007), which will run from 2007 to 2013, aims to double the number of European films that are currently distributed outside their own country of origin.
  • MIFED's loss could become others' gain

    8-Sep-2004

    While the Venice Film Festival has always been known for itsrelaxed atmosphere and casual meetings, the absence of many American andEnglish companies from next month's MIFED has inadvertently lead to increasedbusiness activity on the Lido, some industry figures say.
  • MIFED's loss could become Venice's gain

    8-Sep-2004

    While the Venice Film Festival has always been known for itsrelaxed atmosphere and casual meetings, the absence of many American andEnglish companies from next month's MIFED has inadvertently lead to increasedbusiness activity on the Lido, some industry figures say.
  • Two new Greek films get US distribution

    8-Sep-2004

    Two Greek films have found distribution in the US, in whatthe state-backed Greek Film Centre describes as a promising sign for a newgeneration of Greek filmmakers.
  • Lido laggards plunge Venice into chaos

    7-Sep-2004

    There could hardly be a more telling sign of the glamour overload on the Lido this year than watching Johnny Depp work the crowds in front of the red carpet at the bleary eyed time of 2.15 am just before the screening of Miramax's Finding Neverland, which started around two and a half hours late.
  • Lido laggards plunge Venice into further chaos

    7-Sep-2004

    There could hardly be a more telling sign of the glamour overload on the Lido this year than watching Johnny Depp work the crowds in front of the red carpet at the bleary eyed time of 2.15 am just before the screening of Miramax's Finding Neverland, which started around two and a half hours late.
  • Fortissimo closes Mysterious Skin, PS sales

    7-Sep-2004

    FortissimoFilm Sales has closed a raft of sales on its Venice and Toronto titles, MysteriousSkin and P.S. ILove You.Gaga has taken Japanese rights to Dylan Kidd's P.S.I Love You, whichopened Critics Week.Fortissimo has also sold the romantic comedy, which starsGabriel Byrne, Laura Linney, and Marcia Gay Harden, to Benelux (A Films),Greece (Prooptiki), Portugal (Lusomondo), ...
  • Fortissimo closes Mysterious, Love sales

    7-Sep-2004

    FortissimoFilm Sales has closed a raft of sales on its Venice and Toronto titles, MysteriousSkin and P.S. ILove You.Gaga has taken Japanese rights to Dylan Kidd's P.S.I Love You, whichopened Critics Week.Fortissimo has also sold the romantic comedy, which starsGabriel Byrne, Laura Linney, and Marcia Gay Harden, to Benelux (A Films),Greece (Prooptiki), Portugal (Lusomondo), ...
  • Kim Ki-duk's 3 Iron added to main Venice competition

    7-Sep-2004

    Onlyhours before its official screening on Monday evening, Venice artistic directorMarco Mueller unveiled Kim Ki-duk's 3 Iron (Binjip) as thefestival's "surprise" 22nd competition entry.
  • Toronto-bound 3 Iron added to Venice competition

    7-Sep-2004

    Onlyhours before its official screening on Monday evening, Venice artistic directorMarco Mueller unveiled Kim Ki-duk's 3 Iron (Binjip) as thefestival's "surprise" 22nd competition entry.
  • 01 Distribution in Flux with acquisitions trio

    6-Sep-2004

    Exactly three years after it launched its 01 Distributionlabel at the Venice Film Festival, Rai Cinema is lining-up what it describes asits hottest slate to date.
  • 01 Distribution in Flux with new acquisitions

    6-Sep-2004

    Exactly three years after it launched its 01 Distributionlabel at the Venice Film Festival, Rai Cinema is lining-up what it describes asits hottest slate to date.
  • Medusa unveils 'selective' slate

    6-Sep-2004

    Italy's leading producer and distributor, Medusa, islining up a selective slate of new productions and acquisitions, which includeDanny Boyle's Toronto-headed title, Millions, and Robert Altman's Paint.
  • Venice engulfed by protesters and ticketing chaos

    6-Sep-2004

    The screams of the crowds and paparazzi who met AlPacino's arrival at the Venice Film Festival at the weekend almost paledin comparison to the chaos and ruckus caused by Italian anti-globalisationactivists, temporary workers in the French entertainment industry, and theBiennale's ticketing system that went completely haywire causingdouble-booking and massive delays to many events.
  • Cannes' Jacob awarded top Italian honour

    3-Sep-2004

    The Italian government has awarded Cannes Film Festivalpresident Gilles Jacob one of the country's highest honours, to thank himfor "everything that he has done over the years" for Italy andItalian cinema.
  • Italian sleeper hit After Midnight wins US sale

    3-Sep-2004

    As dealson the Lido get underway, Italian sales house Adriana Chiesa Enterprises (ACE)has sold Davide Ferrario's sleeper hit, After Midnight, to USdistributor Avatar Films.Writtenand directed by local indie stalwart Ferrario, After Midnight tells the storyof a night watchman who guards Turin's National Cinema Museum.Actor-of-the-moment ...
  • Sleeper hit After Midnight secures US sale

    3-Sep-2004

    As dealson the Lido get underway, Italian sales house Adriana Chiesa Enterprises (ACE)has sold Davide Ferrario's sleeper hit, After Midnight, to USdistributor Avatar Films.Writtenand directed by local indie stalwart Ferrario, After Midnight tells the storyof a night watchman who guards Turin's National Cinema Museum.Actor-of-the-moment ...
  • Venice kicks off with star-studded opening night

    2-Sep-2004

    The 61st Venice Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday night with ablack tie opening ceremony attended by a host of stars, followed by theout-of-competition screening of Steven Spielberg's The Terminal.
  • Italian producers engage with market forces

    13-Aug-2004

    Italy's production sector is facing one of its worst everproduction crises:
  • Italian producers engage with market forces

    12-Aug-2004

  • Venice pre-screenings cancelled

    11-Aug-2004

    AIP (Audiovisual Industry Promotion) has cancelled theVenice pre-Screenings it was due to host on the Lido from August 30 toSeptember 1.
  • Revolver aims at international market

    9-Aug-2004

    Revolver, the two-year-old Italian arthouse production anddistribution outfit, is ramping up its international activities. The companyhas boarded Chilean director Raoul Ruiz's upcoming film, Le Livre A Rendre as a co-producer and has also acquired Italianrights to Shinya Tsukamoto's Venice title, Vital.
  • Italian producers denounce funding crisis

    6-Aug-2004

    Italian state funding for local films has stalled for oversix months, while the government has recently made new and drastic cuts to itsentertainment fund.
  • Italy's Metacinema acquires three new titles

    4-Aug-2004

    Metacinema, Giovanni Tamberi's Italian production,distribution and communications outfit has picked up Italian rights to threenew films, including Venice Critics Week opener, P.S. I Love You.
  • ITALY 4 August

    4-Aug-2004

  • Venice unveils inaugural Directors' Fortnight

    30-Jul-2004

    Venice Days, the Lido's first ever Directors Fortnight, willfeature 12 titles, including UK director Shane Meadows' Dead Man's Shoes and Danish director Anders Ronnow-Klarlund's Strings.
  • Fandango flies with Vicari, Crialese features

    29-Jul-2004

    Domenico Procacci's Italian production and distributionoutfit Fandango is producing a new feature by Roman director Daniele Vicari,whose debut, V-Max (Velocita' Massima) won the prestigious Donatelloaward for best first film.
  • It's Mueller time: Venice overflows with US talent

    29-Jul-2004

    The Venice Film Festival (Sep 1-11) has unveiled an eclecticline-up which features a strong US contingent, celebrated European auteurs and,following in the footsteps of Cannes, the Lido's first animation in competitionin thirty years.
  • Venice unveils 'pre-screenings' event

    28-Jul-2004

    As part of a new drive to boost market interest in theVenice Film Festival, around 30-40 international buyers are expected to beinvited to the Venice pre-Screenings, which will take place on the Lido fromAugust 30 to September 1.
  • ITALY 28 July

    28-Jul-2004

  • Tarantino, Dante to be Venice 'godfathers'

    27-Jul-2004

    Venice has announced that Quentin Tarantino and Joe Dantewill be on the Lido for the duration of the festival as "godfathers"of the festival's "Italian Kings of the B Movies" retrospective.
  • Boorman to preside over Venice jury

    26-Jul-2004

    Director John Boorman will preside over the competition juryat the upcoming 61st Venice Film Festival, with other jury members set toinclude Spike Lee and Scarlett Johansson, the Biennale has announced.
  • Mercero's 4th Floor wins top Giffoni prize

    26-Jul-2004

    Spanish director Antonio Mercero's 4th Floor has scooped the top Golden Gryphon prize at theGiffoni Film Festival (17-24 July), the Italian youth-themed festival which isnow set to export its winning formula to Albania, Los Angeles and Australia.
  • ITALY 23 July

    23-Jul-2004

  • Kidd's PS to open Venice Critics' Week

    23-Jul-2004

    PS I Love You, Dylan Kidd's follow-up to Rodger Dodger, will open Critics' Week at the upcoming Venice Film Festival(Sep 1-11).
  • Sky Italia strikes landmark deal with Italian producers

    22-Jul-2004

    After months of negotiations, Italy's only pay-TVplatform, Sky Italia, has signed a landmark deal with Italian producers toinvest Euros 46m in Italian cinema over the next two years.Under thedeal, Sky will buy all Italian films whose pay-tv rights became available fromJanuary 1, 2004 and which have registered over 25,000 admissions in Italiancinemas. Such films represent 50% of all Italian ...
  • Roma Studios ravaged by fire

    22-Jul-2004

    A fire hasravaged Roma Studios, destroying the set of ABC's ancient Rome series, Empireand a large part of the studio.It took 12fire engines five hours to extinguish the fire, which destroyed an area of2,800 square metres. Damage is estimated to in the region of 'tens ofthousands of Euros,' according to national daily Il Messaggero,which ...
  • Ferri juggles Faenza, Benigni projects

    20-Jul-2004

    EldaFerri, the Italian producer behind Gianni Amelio's likely Venice contender, TheKeys To The House, is lining up two new features by critically-acclaimeddirector Roberto Faenza.Faenza,whose last film The Soul Keeper was a critical and box-office hit inItaly where it grossed over Euros 3.5m, is to shoot a new picture adapted ...
  • Giffoni unveils youthful line-up

    16-Jul-2004

    David Carradine, Ben Kingsley, Ken Loach and actress MariaGrazia Cucinotta are among the guests who will attend the 34th edition of theGiffoni Film Festival (July 17-24), one of the leading festivals in the worlddedicated to youth-themed films.
  • Ferretti hired to revamp Venice's Palazzo del Cinema

    16-Jul-2004

    The Venice Biennale is revamping the front of its historicPalazzo del Cinema to give it a glitzy new look for the upcoming 61st VeniceFilm Festival (Sept 1-11, 2004).
  • Italy 15July

    15-Jul-2004

    WhileItaly has to wait until September 16 to see international blockbuster SpiderMan 2 soar into the local box office, it was Eagle Pictures' time travelmovie Timeline that opened on top last weekend, grossing $778,022 from258 screens for an average of $2,638 per screen.UIP's TheStepford Wives also ...
  • Obituary: Carlo Di Palma

    12-Jul-2004

    Carlo Di Palma, the renowned Italian cinematographer wholit Woody Allen's films for 18 years, has died in Rome. He was 79.Di Palmalaunched his career as a director of photography on Roberto Rossellini'spost-World War II movie, Rome Open City. He lit Italian films rangingfrom Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow up and Red Desert to PietroGermi's classic Divorzio all'Italiana ...
  • ITALY 9 July

    9-Jul-2004

  • Italian film industry lashes out at government cuts

    2-Jul-2004

    Italy's nationalassociation of independent directors and producers, API, has released astatement lashing out against the Italian government's decision to reduce statefunds for the local film industry.
  • Venice to world premiere Oliveira's Imperio

    1-Jul-2004

    Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira and Singin' InThe Rain director Stanley Donen will bothreceive Golden Lions for lifetime achievement at this year's Venice FilmFestival (Sep1-Sep11).
  • ITALY 29 June

    29-Jun-2004

  • ITALY 24 June

    24-Jun-2004

  • Cinecitta eyes Chinese multiplex deal

    23-Jun-2004

    Cinecitta Holding, the state-owned parent company of Rome'sfamous studios, is in talks with the Chinese government to manage what would beItaly's first multiplex in Beijing.
  • Russian mega-production moves to Rome

    23-Jun-2004

    Russian producer Sergey Gribkov is close to completing a bigbudget spy-action blockbuster called Countdown,set to be one of the most ambitious films ever made in Russia.
  • Irish thriller Freeze Frame wins Taormina

    21-Jun-2004

    Irish thriller FreezeFrame has scooped the top prize at the 50th edition of the Taormina FilmFestival (June 13-20), which is headed by former Venice artistic directorFelice Laudadio.
  • ITALY 16 June

    16-Jun-2004

  • Italian producers await frozen state funds

    11-Jun-2004

    GianniProfita, the head of the Italian government's Film Department, has declaredthat the country's new film law will be implemented 'within weeks',thereby freeing funds for Italian production which has stagnated in recentmonths.Italianproducers have recently complained that the state film commission has not metfor months to greenlight ...
  • Rome on hiatus after sets flooded in Bulgaria

    11-Jun-2004

    Production on HBO'sambitious epic miniseries Romehas ground to a halt following the flooding of newly-built sets in Bulgaria.
  • ITALY 7 June

    7-Jun-2004

  • Italy mourns death of Nino Manfredi

    4-Jun-2004

    Nino Manfredi, one of Italy's most prolific and popularactors, has died in Rome after a long illness. He was 83.
  • ITALY 3 June

    3-Jun-2004

  • Italian distributors stock up on Cannes titles

    31-May-2004

    Italian distributors have returned from Cannes laden withfilms, including Terrence Malick's TheNew World, Thomas Vinterberg's DearWendy, and Spike Lee's She Hate Me.
  • Pupi Avati steps down as president of Cinecitta.

    26-May-2004

    Pupi Avati, the veteran Italian director behind The Heart Elsewhere, has stepped downfrom his position as president of Cinecitta Holding. He has been replaced byformer RAI executive Carlo Fuscagni.
  • ITALY 26 May

    26-May-2004

  • Italy's Gam Film lines up slate of international films.

    21-May-2004

    Gherardo Pagliei, the Italian co-producer behind CriticsWeek Italo-Moroccan contender ACasablanca Les Anges Ne Volent Pas, is lining up an ambitious slate ofinternational films.
  • ITALY 17 May

    17-May-2004

  • Boorman heads Rai Cinemas' English-language drive

    14-May-2004

    Italy's Rai Cinema is liningup a John Boorman Roman epic as part of move to bankroll a slate of Englishlanguage features, and is also backing new Italian projects from Cannesveterans Marco Bellocchio and Pupi Avati.
  • Italy still struggling to secure summer releases

    12-May-2004

    Despite the Italian industry's sustained efforts, the localbox office summer season has once again failed to properly take-off, withupcoming 2004 summer releases few and far between.
  • ITALY 10 May

    10-May-2004

  • ITALY 7 May

    7-May-2004

  • Rai Cinema rocked by political appointments

    6-May-2004

    Franco Scaglia, a former RAI manager, has been named thenew president of RAI Cinema, in a series of controversial politicalappointments at RAI which have led the broadcaster's president, LucianaAnnunziata, to dramatically resign.FrancoScaglia, a writer and former vice-president of the broadcaster's satellitechannel RAI Sat, will replace film director Giuliano Montaldo, who has chairedRAI ...
  • Istituto Luce beefs up its international production slate

    30-Apr-2004

    Italy's Istituto Luce is beefing up its internationalproduction slate with several high-profile co-productions, including AbelFerrara's Go Go Tales and Brad Mirman's The Shadow Dancer withHarvey Keitel and Giancarlo Giannini.
  • Italy's Cinecitta and Roma studios in first ever collaboration

    30-Apr-2004

    Brian De Palma's upcoming movie, The Black Dahlia,will start shooting this summer at Cinecitta Studios and Roma Studios, markingthe first ever collaboration between Italy's two biggest studios.
  • ... as new artistic director's vision is approved

    29-Apr-2004

    The Venice Biennale has cast aside the political turmoil which had whipped up on the Lido shores a couple of weeks ago, to confirm Marco Mueller's four-year contract to head the Venice Film Festival (Sept 1-11,2004) while also approving his new vision for the world's oldest festival.
  • New Italian films tipped for Venice selection

    28-Apr-2004

    As Venice's newartistic director Marco Mueller steams ahead to gather a high profile line-upfor the 61st edition of the festival, bets are already out on which Italianfilms could potentially make the cut.
  • ITALY 28 April

    28-Apr-2004

  • Best Of Youth director cooks up Kipling drama

    22-Apr-2004

    Hot Italian director Marco Tullio Giordana, whose last film, The Best of Youth, won Un Certain Regard last year and has swept all the Italian awards, is currently preparing his next film.
  • 500,000 admissions for Italian film without a distributor

    21-Apr-2004

    An Italian film without theatrical distribution entitled Il Natale Rubato (The Stolen Christmas) has become a sensation, after it emerged that the self-financed picture has already racked up a massive 500,000 admissions in Italy on an "underground" exhibition circuit.
  • ITALY 20 April

    20-Apr-2004

  • Venice reverts to single Golden Lion competition

    16-Apr-2004

    Venice is reverting back to its single Golden Lioncompetition, cutting back by half the number of films that have screened on theLido in the past three years, newly appointed festival chief Marco Muellerannounced on Thursday.
  • Best Of Youth dominates David Di Donatellos

    15-Apr-2004

    Marco Tullio Giordana'ssix-hour epic The Best of Youthwon the lion's share of David di Donatello awards, Italy's most prestigiousfilm accolade, during a ceremony whose live broadcast on Rai-uno wasdramatically cut short by reports that one of four Italians currently heldhostage in Iraq has been killed.
  • Italian cinema hit by distribution bottleneck

    12-Apr-2004

    New research shows that 30 completed Italian films are currently in limbo, still searching for a distributor or simply waiting to be released.
  • Best Of Youth sweeps Italian critics' prizes

    7-Apr-2004

    Marco Tullio Giordana's epic The Best of Youth has swept the Nastri d'Argento awards, winning seven of the prestigious Critics' prizes, including best director, best screenplay and two collective awards for its ensemble cast.
  • Massive marketing push for Passion in Italy

    7-Apr-2004

    Eagle Pictures' head of marketing, Antonio Adinolfi, has spent Euros 2.5m to publicise Mel Gibson's Passion Of The Christ, which is released in Italy today, Wednesday (April 7).
  • Zeffirelli tipped for presidency role at RAI Cinema

    7-Apr-2004

    Italian director Franco Zeffirelli is expected to soon be named the new president of Rai Cinema, the film arm of state broadcaster RAI.
  • ITALY

    6-Apr-2004

    As Italy braces itself for the release of The Passion Of The Christ on April 7, five new films opened at the box office last weekend, although none of them garnered a warm reception during what turned out to be a particularly lukewarm weekend.
  • Feature collaboration just the ticket for Loach, Olmi, Kiarostami

    2-Apr-2004

    International festival favourites Ken Loach, Ermanno Olmi and Abbas Kiarostami are teaming up to direct a single feature film entitled Tickets.
  • Taormina reveals details of 50th edition

    31-Mar-2004

    Stephen Frears, Peter Weir and Jane Campion are among the guests attending the 50th edition of the Taormina Film Festival (June 13-20).
  • Venice date shift expected

    30-Mar-2004

    The Biennale is expected to hold the next edition of the Venice Film Festival from Sept 1 to 11, 2004, moving its dates back a few days from its usual slot in order to provide a more lucrative platform for Italian independent distributors to release their autumn titles. Its 2004 edition had previously been announced as being held from Aug 27 to Sept 5.
  • ITALY

    30-Mar-2004

    Filmauro's Crimson Rivers 2: The Angels Of The Apocalypse opened at number one at the Italian box office, grossing $1,795,12, making it the second film to be released by Aurelio De Laurentiis's company in a month to reach the top four.
  • Italian producer Seregni lines up Corpses

    24-Mar-2004

    Rosanna Seregni, the independent Italian co-producer behind Vodka Lemon, has boarded a new French-Slovenian film that is being produced by No Man's Land's Dunja Klemenc and Cedomir Kolar.
  • ITALY

    23-Mar-2004

    Penelope Cruz has scored an impressive double whammy, starring in the top two films at the Italian box office: Medusa's Italian-language picture Don't Move, and Columbia Tristar Italia's Gothika.
  • What Will Become Of Us earns 12 Italian Oscar nods

    17-Mar-2004

    In a surprise turn of events, Giovanni Veronesi's coming-of-age tale Che Ne Sara' Di Noi (literally, What Will Become Of Us) scored a massive 12 nominations for the David di Donatellos awards, Italy's most prestigious accolade - beating films from long-established directors such as Marco Bellocchio, Marco Tullio Giordana and Gabriele Salvatores.
  • ITALY

    16-Mar-2004

    Italian films continued to perform strongly at the box office last weekend. New opener Don't Move burst into the local box office at number three, scoring the biggest per screen average of any film and a huge gross of $1,512,205.
  • Italian cinema wins Euros 80m cash injection

    15-Mar-2004

    The Italian government has approved an emergency decree topour an extra Euros 80m into the local cinema industry, which will be largelydestined for production and will free at least 80 state-funded films fromlimbo.
  • Veteran Italian producer juggles historic biopics

    9-Mar-2004

    Renowned Italian executive and line producer Mario Cotone is currently developing two major international multi-million dollar projects that will both be backed by RAI and are set to shoot next autumn.
  • ITALY

    9-Mar-2004

    Filmauro's Italian coming-of-age tale, Che Ne Sara' Di Noi (literally, What will become of us) opened on a high at number four at the Italian box office last weekend, grossing $997,007 from 171 screens.
  • Eagle triples Passion prints for Italy

    5-Mar-2004

    Italian distributor Eagle Pictures has revealed that it will increase the number of prints it releases Mel Gibson's The Passion Of Christ on in Italy from 150 to more than 500 - a figure normally associated with Italy's Christmas comedy blockbusters.
  • Mueller confirmed as Venice festival chief

    4-Mar-2004

    As expected, former Locarno and Rotterdam festival chief Marco Mueller has been appointed artistic chief of the Venice Film Festival.
  • Mueller poised to take over as Venice artistic director

    4-Mar-2004

    Former Locarno and Rotterdam festival director Marco Mueller is poised to be crowned artistic chief of the Venice Film Festival, during a Biennale board meeting that will take place today (March 4) at 5pm.
  • Italian film set for Euros 70m emergency funding

    3-Mar-2004

    Culture Minister Giuliano Urbani is to present on Friday an emergency decree to the Italian Parliament to pour extra funds into the local cinema industry, after the Italian bank that manages the film industry's funds announced that its coffers are almost empty
  • Italian critics unveil early Nastri D'Argento nominations

    2-Mar-2004

    In a surprise move destined to boost Italian films at the box office, Italy's national critics union (SNCCI) has announced its full list of nominees for the country's second biggest awards - the Nastri D'Argento - two months earlier than in previous years.
  • ITALY

    2-Mar-2004

    Silvio Soldini's latest film, Agatha And The Storm, opened in seventh place at the Italian box office, grossing $484,799 from 126 screens for a strong, if unspectacular, screen average of $3,848.
  • Italy faces film industry 'labour dispute'

    27-Feb-2004

    Notwithstanding Italy's brand new cinema law, the Italian film industry is once again asking the government to urgently address a series of problems that are crippling the local film industry, including poorly distributed funds, and the lack of antitrust laws or financial incentives.
  • MIFED unveils AFM counter-offensive

    25-Feb-2004

    Launching an all-out counter-offensive against the AFM, MIFED has announced that it is officially moving its dates forward by three weeks, and will now host the 71st edition of the Milan market from October 12 - 16, 2004.
  • ITALY

    24-Feb-2004

    Popular Italian actor-director Carlo Verdone's latest film, Love Is Eternal For As Long As It Lasts (L'Amore E Eterno Finch Dura) opened at number two at the Italian box office, grossing a strong $2,529,564. Released by Medusa Film on a wide 335 screens, the picture registered an impressive screen average of $7,551.
  • Italy's Cinecitta launches acting academy

    19-Feb-2004

    Rome's Cinecitta Studios has announced that it is setting up an Actors Studio-type academy for professional and emerging Italian talent.
  • Revamped Rome cinema commission launched

    18-Feb-2004

    With a new private partner, Rome's Film Commission is ready to attract more international productions to the Italian capital by offering new and better financial incentives - just as the weakening dollar and high Euro are potentially putting off runaway productions.
  • Berlusconi benefits as Italy passes controversial media law

    18-Feb-2004

    The Italian Parliament has finally passed the government's controversial Gasparri media law, which critics say will pump an extra Euros 163m into Silvio Berlusconi's companies.
  • Italians return laden from Berlin

    18-Feb-2004

    In a swathe of deals closed by Italian distributors in Berlin, Rome's Istituto Luce has snapped up all Italian distribution rights to two of the festival's hottest titles, including Argentine director Daniel Burman's Lost Embrace - which won the Jury Grand Prix and the Best Actor Silver Bear at last week's Berlin Film Festival.
  • ITALY

    18-Feb-2004

    Three Italian films were released last weekend - although none of them performed outstandingly well.
  • Croff guarantees Biennale autonomy

    12-Feb-2004

    Hours after his appointment was finally confirmed by the Italian parliament, new Venice Biennale president Davide Croff issued a statement saying that he intends to "guarantee the Biennale's autonomy" and appoint a festival director as soon as possible.
  • Francesca Neri to produce erotic adaptation

    11-Feb-2004

    Italian actress Francesca Neri has announced that she will soon produce her first film, an adaptation of Italy's literary sensation of 2003: an erotic diary written by a 17-year-old Sicilian schoolgirl.
  • Fandango increases its international activities

    10-Feb-2004

    Dynamic Italian producer Domenico Procacci, whose Fandango outfit produced Critics Week closing film B&B and The Cormoran, is continuing to ramp up his international production and distribution labels.
  • ITALY

    9-Feb-2004

  • Political turmoil returns to Italy

    6-Feb-2004

    Italy is once again in the throes of the political turmoil which has gripped its film and TV institutions for decades.
  • ITALY

    3-Feb-2004

    Pupi Avati's Italian comedy sequel La Rivincita Di Natale, opened at number six at the box office, grossing $550,673 for Medusa Film seventeen years after the original film's release.
  • Berlusconi government boosts support for Italian film

    30-Jan-2004

    A report has surprisingly revealed that while the Italian government upped its investment in Italian films by 34.8% last year compared to 2002, private investment in local titles dropped a worrying 5.25%,
  • Italy confesses to highest level of piracy in western world

    29-Jan-2004

    Italy has the highest level of piracy in the western world, according to the latest data released by national anti-piracy watchdog FAPAV.
  • Laudadio named director of Rome's Casa del Cinema.

    27-Jan-2004

    Felice Laudadio, director of the Taormina Film Festival and former head of the Venice Film Festival, has been named the director of the "Casa del Cinema", an ambitious new cinema and cultural complex that will be unveiled in Rome in September 2004.
  • Merchant eyes Venice festival slot

    27-Jan-2004

  • ITALY

    20-Jan-2004

  • Italian government approves new cinema law

    19-Jan-2004

    The Italian government has approved culture minister Giuliano Urbani's new cinema law.
  • Croff confirmed as Biennale boss

    16-Jan-2004

    As expected, Italian culture minister Giuliano Urbani confirmed on Thursday the appointment of Davide Croff as the new president of the Biennale, the organization that runs the Venice Film Festival. (See ScreenDaily.com, Jan 15)
  • Italian industry worried as admissions slip in 2003

    16-Jan-2004

    Admissions in Italy slipped by just 1.92% in 2003, but the drop has worried industry observers as it comes in spite of the fact that 182 new screens were built in the country last year.
  • Bim chief awarded France's Chevalier des Arts et Lettres

    16-Jan-2004

    Valerio De Paolis, head of Italian arthouse distribution outfit Bim, has been awarded one of France's highest cultural honours for tirelessly promoting French culture in Italy through the distribution of dozens of Gallic films.
  • Ex-bank manager tipped as Biennale president

    15-Jan-2004

    It is proving to be a very busy week for Italy's cultural minister, Giuliano Urbani: Today (Jan 15), he is expected to name ex-bank manager Davide Croff as the new president of the Biennale, the organization that runs the Venice Film Festival, and on Friday he will present to Parliament his long-awaited reform of Italy's cinema law.
  • Italian video market posts strong gains in 2003

    14-Jan-2004

    Italy's home entertainment market had a booming year in 2003 thanks partly to a successful battle against piracy and to the strength of DVDs, national home video organisation Univideo said on Wednesday.
  • ITALY

    12-Jan-2004

    Leonardo Pieraccioni's Italian comedy, Il Paradiso All'Improvviso confirmed its position as the festive season's top blockbuster last weekend, as it grossed a further $2,578,778 bringing its total earnings to a massive $28,934,933.
  • New films from high-profile Italian directors

    12-Jan-2004

    For full Italian production listings click HERE
  • Uncertainty prolonged over Venice directorship

    8-Jan-2004

    It may be the start of 2004 but in aserious case of deja vu, a question mark is still hanging in the air over whowill direct the next Venice Film Festival in seven months' time.
  • ITALY

    7-Jan-2004

    Christmas blockbuster Natale In India (literally, Christmas In India) has once again demonstrated the money-spinning value of Aurelio De Laurentiis's 20-year-old franchise of low-brow comedies, as it posted total earnings of $23,021,125 three weeks after its release.
  • Italian gov't prepares to unveil Venice board overhaul

    23-Dec-2003

    Italian culture minister Giuliano Urbani has announced that he will name the Venice Biennale's new board of directors and president before January 6th - although it now looks increasingly unlikely that either Biennale president Franco Bernabe' or artistic director Moritz de Hadeln will be reappointed to helm the next Venice Film Festival. "It is my obligation to rebuild the Biennale's board of directors, and I must do it so that it can be as efficient as possible," Urbani said, ...
  • Italian industry denounces Venice political interference

    22-Dec-2003

    Italy's national association of independent film directors and producers, API, has released a strongly worded statement denouncing political interference in the Venice Film Festival. API also urged Biennale president Franco Bernabe' not to resign from his position.
  • Mifed owners unveil strategic overhaul

    18-Dec-2003

    As part of its drive to reinvigorate Mifed and save it from the onslaught of AFM, Fiera Milano International (FMI), the body that manages Mifed, has announced that it has officially joined forces with Cinecitta Holding and created a new company named Audiovisual Industry Promotion that will run the event with a newly-inflated budget."We have in fact laid the foundations for a major re-launch of Mifed, which is now rightly recognised as being a strategic asset for the Italian ...
  • De Hadeln's Venice future hangs in balance

    18-Dec-2003

    A serious question mark is currently hanging over the head of Moritz De Hadlen's position as artistic director of the Venice Film Festival, after the Italian Parliament approved a new statute for the Venice Biennale, the body that manages the event on the Lido.
  • ITALY

    18-Dec-2003

    As Italy prepares to unleash its lengthy line-up of Christmas releases on Friday 19th December, the top five films at the Italian box office remained the same for the second consecutive weekend.
  • Aurelio De Laurentiis re-elected president of Italian producers

    16-Dec-2003

    Filmauro head Aurelio De Laurentiis has been re-elected president of Italy's union of film producers for a second two-year term.
  • Blow for Berlusconi as Italian president rejects media law

    16-Dec-2003

    Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been dealt a serious blow after Italian president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi unexpectedly refused to sign his government's controversial new media law. The Gasparri law had already been approved this month by both the Italian Parliament and the Italian Senate, where Berlusconi's centre-right coalition has a comfortable majority.To become law, the bill only needed president Ciampi's seal of approval, which was widely expected to ...
  • Italian film producers threaten to shut pay-TV window

    15-Dec-2003

    In an ultimate bid to get a reaction out of pay-TV outfit Sky Italia, Italy's national union of independent film producers and directors (API) warned that it could, in future, by-pass the pay-TV window altogether and sell films to free-to-air broadcasters before selling pay-TV rights.
  • Berlusconi defends controversial media law

    12-Dec-2003

    Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has publicly defended the controversial new media law which is set to consolidate his sprawling media empire in an inflammatory press conference, where he pointed out that it will prevent 1,000 people from losing their jobs at one of his Mediaset TV channels.
  • Lucky Red picks up Tavernier's Lola

    12-Dec-2003

    Roman arthouse distributor Lucky Red has acquired all Italian distribution rights to two new films, including veteran French director Bertrand Tavernier's upcoming movie, Holly Lola.
  • ITALY

    10-Dec-2003

    Sofia Coppola's Oscar hopeful Lost In Translation opened on a high at the Italian box office, scoring the weekend's second highest screen average after BVI's Finding Nemo with a superb $6,250 per screen.
  • Muccino unveils coming of age project

    8-Dec-2003

    Hot Italian director Gabriele Muccino, whose latest film Remember Me will screen at the upcoming Sundance festival, has announced that his next project will focus on an 18-year-old Italian girl's coming-of-age experience.
  • Former-Venice chiefs plan meeting to 'defend' event's autonomy

    5-Dec-2003

    Felice Laudadio, the former Venice Film Festival director who is now head of the Taormina film festival, has announced that all the ex-directors of the prestigious event on the Lido will hold a special meeting on Saturday to "defend the autonomy of the Biennale."
  • Saban embarks on ProSiebenSat.1 reshuffle

    5-Dec-2003

    Haim Saban has embarked on a management reshuffle at ProSiebenSat.1's, four months after taking over the German broadcasting group.
  • Gibson's Passion finds a home in Catholic Italy

    3-Dec-2003

    Mel Gibson's controversial new film, The Passion Of Christ, has found a distributor in Catholic Italy, with powerful Rome distributor Eagle Pictures acquiring all local rights to the picture.
  • Italian senate approves controversial TV reform bill

    3-Dec-2003

    The Italian Senate has approved a controversial bill for the reform of Italy's TV system, which is set to consolidate Silvio Berlusconi's sprawling media empire.
  • ITALY

    3-Dec-2003

  • Rai Trade strikes Caterina sales

    2-Dec-2003

    Rome-based sales agent Rai Trade has closed a host of sales on current Italian box office hit Caterina Goes To Town (Caterina Va in Citta).
  • Animal Kingdom dominant at Turin

    25-Nov-2003

    French director Joel Brisse's film The End of The Animal Kingdom (La Fin du Regne Animal) has won the top prize at the Turin Film Festival (Nov 13-21), Italy's pre-eminent event dedicated to cutting-edge cinema from around the world.
  • ITALY

    25-Nov-2003

    Robert Rodriguez's gun-slinger Once Upon A Time In Mexico knocked Love Actually off the top spot at the Italian box office over the weekend, grossing a strong $1.8m from 283 screens for BVI.
  • Italians protest against Rai 'censorship'

    24-Nov-2003

    Italian composer Nicola Piovani and Nobel winning playwright Dario Fo were among more than 15,000 people who attended a live show at the weekend to protest against censorship at Italian state broadcaster RAI.
  • Italian distributor swoops for Yeoh's Silver Hawk

    18-Nov-2003

    Fulvio Lucisano's Italian International Film (IIF) has snapped up Italian distribution rights to Michelle Yeoh's upcoming martial arts vehicle, Silver Hawk.
  • ITALY

    18-Nov-2003

    UIP's Love Actually stormed to number one at the Italian box office, grossing $2,221,520 from 357 screens on its first international opening as it posted an impressive screen average of $6,223.
  • Venice Film Festival to be run by foundation

    17-Nov-2003

    The Italian government is pressing ahead with plans to overhaulthe statute of the Venice Biennale, the state body that runs the Venice FilmFestival, and has now approved a draft law to turn it into a foundation thatwill be partly financed by private individuals.
  • Movieweb casts Shadow with English-lang slate

    12-Nov-2003

    Movieweb's Massimo Pacilio has teamed up with the UK's Studio Eight and Canada's GFT Entertainment to produce a line-up of big-budget English language pictures.
  • Movieweb casts Shadow with English-lang slate

    12-Nov-2003

    Movieweb's Massimo Pacilio has teamed up with the UK's Studio Eight and Canada's GFT Entertainment to produce a line-up of big-budget English language pictures.
  • ACE deals Card Player to Japan, UK

    11-Nov-2003

    Japan's Gaga Communications and the UK's Arrow Film Distributors have both acquired local distribution rights to The Card Player, the new film from cult Italian suspense master Dario Argento.
  • Cattleya charges ahead with Winspeare drama

    11-Nov-2003

    Italian director Edoardo Winspeare, whose last film The Miracle screened in competition at the Venice Film Festival, is now preparing to direct a WW2 picture about an Italian Lawrence of Arabia.
  • ET creator dials up Dark animation

    11-Nov-2003

    Legendary ET creator Carlo Rambaldi is lining up an animation feature about a human being who ends up on another planet.
  • Gaga picks up Spanish Whore

    11-Nov-2003

    Gaga Communications has just snapped up all Japanese distribution rights to hot Spanish picture The Whore (Yo Puta).
  • Giffoni, AFMA Foundation give birth to Teen LA

    11-Nov-2003

    One of Europe's leading youth-oriented events, Italy's Giffoni Film Festival, has sealed a landmark deal with the AFMA Foundation to establish a twin event in Los Angeles next summer, to be called Teen LA.
  • Italian government speaks up for MIFED

    11-Nov-2003

    Italian cultural minister Giuliano Urbani has said that Italy is prepared to take action at government level to support Mifed against the onslaught of AFM.
  • KWA takes off with Astronautas, Bolchevique

    11-Nov-2003

    Madrid-based sales agent Kevin Williams Associates (KWA) has just picked up world-wide distribution rights to two new Spanish pictures: Astronautas and La Flaqueza Del Bolchevique.
  • Pescarolo lines up $18m She shoot

    11-Nov-2003

    Shooting is due to start in May in Shanghai on Leo Pescarolo's $18m international movie, She (aka Draconis).
  • Italy's Bim bites at arthouse trio

    10-Nov-2003

    Already proving to be one of the most active buyers at MIFED, Italian arthouse distributor Bim has snapped up Italian distribution rights to three new pictures: Michael Moore's widely anticipated Fahrenheit 9:11, Jonathan Demme's The Agronomist and John Curran's We Don't Live Here Anymore.
  • Italy's Bim bites at arthouse trio

    10-Nov-2003

    Already proving to be one of the most active buyers at MIFED, Italian arthouse distributor Bim has snapped up Italian distribution rights to three new pictures: Michael Moore's widely anticipated Fahrenheit 9:11, Jonathan Demme's The Agronomist and John Curran's We Don't Live Here Anymore.
  • Lux sales outfit launches with Mother Teresa

    10-Nov-2003

    Italian production outfit Lux Vide, which is now part-owned by international producer and financier Tarak Ben Ammar, has established a new international sales label to handle world-wide distribution on its first major feature film, Mother Teresa.
  • Mikado swoops on high-profile pair

    10-Nov-2003

    Italian arthouse distributor-producer Mikado has acquired local distribution rights to two critically acclaimed films: Kim Ki-duk's Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter'And Spring and Peter Webber's acclaimed Girl With A Pearl Earring.
  • Turin's new chiefs first festival line-up

    10-Nov-2003

    The Turin Film Festival (Nov 13-21), Italy's second most prominent film event, has unveiled its 21st line-up, which includes Italian-French actress Valeria Bruni Tedeschi's debut feature, It's Easier For A Camel and David Gordon Green's All The Real Girls.
  • Whore does good business

    10-Nov-2003

    Spain's Dolores Pictures is fast ramping up sales on its hot Daryl Hannah-starring picture, Whore (Yo Puta).
  • Cecchi Gori lines up Andreotti biopic

    10-Nov-2003

    Troubled Italian movie mogul Vittorio Cecchi Gori has announced that he will produce a picture about another notorious Italian personality, seven-time prime minister Giulio Andreotti.
  • Guevara doc bolsters Adriana Chiesa slate

    10-Nov-2003

  • ITALY

    10-Nov-2003

    Italian film Prima Dammi Un Bacio (literally, First Give Me A Kiss) became the top-grossing local film of the weekend, after it earned Euros 221,083 for UIP from 93 screens.
  • Italy sees October cinema visits plummet

    10-Nov-2003

    Cinema admissions in Italy dropped a huge 22% compared to the same month in 2002, according to the latest figures from Cinetel, which surveys around 75% of screens in Italy.
  • Italian producers protest at Venice shake-up plan

    6-Nov-2003

    Italy's association of independent producers (API) has officially voiced its concern over the threat of political interference on the Lido, which is already casting doubt over Moritz de Hadeln's position as artistic director of the Venice Film Festival.
  • ITALY

    5-Nov-2003

    Venice Golden Lion winner The Return opened with a bang at the Italian box office, where it earned $161,313 from just 30 screens. Particularly impressively, newcomer Andrei Zvygatinsev's study of rebellion against parental authority - which is Russia's Oscar candidate - scored a massive screen average of $5,002 for Andrea Occhipinti's arthouse label Lucky Red.
  • ITALY

    29-Oct-2003

    New 01 Distribution title Caterina Va In Citta was the highest grossing Italian film of the weekend at the local box office, where it beat stiff competition from Ermanno Olmi's highly anticipated pirate epic Singing Behind The Screens.
  • Italian production round-up

    27-Oct-2003

  • Italian industry rages at Sky's film tactics

    22-Oct-2003

    Italian producers are up in arms after discovering that Rupert Murdoch's Sky Italia will invest far less on Italian film than the Euros 50m previously thought.
  • Cucinotta wraps two Italian features

    20-Oct-2003

    Italian star Maria Grazia Cucinotta, who shot to fame in Il Postino, has just finished shooting two Italian features.
  • ITALY

    20-Oct-2003

    UIP's Intolerable Cruelty has charmed the Italian box office, where it opened at number one on 330 screens grossing a massive screen average of $9,233. While the film's star George Clooney graced the covers of weekly Italian magazines, Intolerable Cruelty earned a huge $3,059,641, squeezing The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen down into second place with total earnings of $4,778,828.
  • Mifed unveils 2003 market premieres

    16-Oct-2003

    Milan's Mifed market has announced its market premieres for its 70th edition (Nov 9-13), as well as unveiling a new strand designed to showcase young European filmmakers to buyers.
  • Mifed unveils market premieres

    16-Oct-2003

    Milan's Mifed market has announced its market premieres for its 70th edition (Nov 9-13), as well as unveiling a new strand designed to showcase young European filmmakers to buyers.
  • ITALY

    14-Oct-2003

    Bernardo Bertolucci's sizzling 1968-set drama, The Dreamers, opened at number two at the Italian box office, earning an impressive $1,560,404 from 307 screens for a strong screen average of $5,041.
  • Five Italian films win Brazilian distribution

    10-Oct-2003

    Five Italian films have found distribution in Brazil at the International Rio De Janeiro Film Festival (Sep 25 - Oct 9) after Italy became the first country to join an experimental international scheme aimed at encouraging the distribution of independent films across the world.
  • Bertolucci ready to plunge into Hell And Paradise

    8-Oct-2003

    Bernardo Bertolucci, whose erotic Venice Film Festival title TheDreamers is to be releasedin Italy this weekend, looks set to finally start shooting his long-awaitedpicture about 16th century Italian composer Gesualdo da Venosa.
  • ITALY

    6-Oct-2003

    A highly visible marketing campaign for Italian film My Brother-In-Law (Mio Cognato) is paying off for 01 Distribution, as the picture grossed $241,984 from just 89 screens on its opening weekend, earning a strong $2,719 per screen.
  • Foreign Oscar deadline closes with heavyweight submissions

    2-Oct-2003

    Two heavyweight film nations submitted their candidates for the Academy Awards foreign language category yesterday (Oct 1) - the final deadline day for entries.
  • Italian films hit by release bottleneck

    29-Sep-2003

    The Italian film industry is complaining that too many local pictures are being released in an extremely short period of time, effectively damaging each film's prospects at the box office.
  • Avati pulls out of Italian Oscar race

    26-Sep-2003

    Italian director and Cinecitta president Pupi Avati has withdrawn his latest film, The Heart Elsewhere from consideration as Italy's Oscar candiate, as a sign of protest against a "lack of transparency" at the country's Donatello Academy.
  • Italy unveils major new film promotion outfit

    26-Sep-2003

    After weeks of rumour, Cinecitta Holding has officially announced that it is establishing a new company with Fiera Milano International (FMI) and the Venice Biennale, in the hope of boosting the sales of Italian films abroad, as well as the stature of Mifed and of the Venice Screenings.
  • Iranian war movie looks to break mould

    25-Sep-2003

    Iran is lining up its biggest ever movie, a war film budgeted at $4m - more than twenty times the cost of a regular Iranian film.
  • Prime time TV outing for Exorcist scares up Italians

    22-Sep-2003

    A new storm of controversy has been raised in Italy over the country's virtually non-existent film classification system, after The Exorcist was broadcast in the Catholic country last week on prime time TV."
  • ITALY

    22-Sep-2003

  • ITALY

    16-Sep-2003

    BVI's Johnny Depp vehicle Pirates Of The Caribbean continued its stellar performance at the Italian box office on its second weekend, grossing a massive screen average of $6,056 from 531 screens, which brings its running total to $11,968,867.
  • Italy's Eagle embarks on Lazarus Child shoot

    15-Sep-2003

    Shooting is currently underway on Rome distributor Eagle Pictures' first major production, the English-language picture The Lazarus Child starring Andy Garcia and Angela Bassett.
  • Exorcist prequel books into Cinecitta for major reshoot

    11-Sep-2003

  • ITALY

    10-Sep-2003

  • Venice Critics' Week winner scores first foreign sale

    9-Sep-2003

    Dutch distributor Cinemien has snapped up Benelux distribution rights to Salvatore Mereu's Ballo A Tre Passi, following International Week of Film Critics win at Venice.
  • Italian BO jumps 8 per cent

    5-Sep-2003

    The Italian box office grossed Euros 307,701,166 in the first eight months of this year, marking a rise of 7.79% compared to the same period last year, according to national film body Anica.
  • Italian BO up 8%

    5-Sep-2003

    Italy's state-owned ditribution outfit, Istituto Luce, has bought local distribution rights to Babak Payami's hard-laboured Upstream title, Silence Between Two Thoughts, which the director managed to smuggle out of Iran after local authorities had confiscated his 35mm film.
  • Italisaucguisd

    5-Sep-2003

    Italy's state-owned ditribution outfit, Istituto Luce, has bought local distribution rights to Babak Payami's hard-laboured Upstream title, Silence Between Two Thoughts, which the director managed to smuggle out of Iran after local authorities had confiscated his 35mm film.
  • Italy's Istituto Luce takes Payami's Silence

    4-Sep-2003

    Italy's state-owned ditribution outfit, Istituto Luce, has bought local distribution rights to Babak Payami's hard-laboured Upstream title, Silence Between Two Thoughts, which the director managed to smuggle out of Iran after local authorities had confiscated his 35mm film.
  • In The Forest heads for the trees

    4-Sep-2003

    In surprise turn of events, Venice artistic director Moritz de Hadlen has withdrawn Indian film In The Forest...Again (Abar Arannye) from the Upstream competition two days before the end of the festival - because the title has just screened at the rival Montreal Film Festival.
  • India's In The Forest heads for the trees

    4-Sep-2003

    In surprise turn of events, Venice artistic director Moritz de Hadlen has withdrawn Indian film In The Forest...Again (Abar Arannye) from the Upstream competition two days before the end of the festival - because the title has just screened at the rival Montreal Film Festival.
  • Agata and The CardPlayer lead rare Italian pre-sales

    3-Sep-2003

    In what stands as one of the rare times Italian films are pre-sold to international distributors, Rome sales agent Adriana Chiesa Enterprises (ACE) has already found a host of buyers for Bread And Tulips director Silvio Soldini's new comedy, Agata And The Storm, and Dario Argento's upcoming thriller, The CardPlayer.
  • Italian job for Spain's Family

    2-Sep-2003

    In what is set to become the second Spanish film to get an Italian make-over, Lucky Red's Andrea Occhipinti has acquired Italian remake rights to Fernando Leon's comedy Family (Familia).
  • MIFED announces market premieres

    2-Sep-2003

    MIFED has announced that its 70th edition, which runs from November 9 - 13, will screen the market premieres of a host of highly-anticipated films, including Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, Infernal Affairs 2, and Robert Altman's The Company.
  • RAI bags hot US trio

    2-Sep-2003

    Italy's Rai Cinema has pre-bought Italian distribution rights to a trio of hotly anticipated US pictures: Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, Lakeshore's upcoming Philip Roth adaptation, American Pastoral, and Miramax's major new Jennifer Lopez vehicle, Shall We Dance.Sold by Initial Entertainment Group (IEG) and written by John Logan, The Aviator follows the life of Howard Hughes from his first film Hell's Angels in 1930 to 1946. The $100m picture ...
  • Taormina's 50th anniversary dates announced

    1-Sep-2003

    Taormina Festival Chief Felice Laudadio has announced that the 50th edition of the international event will take place from June 11th to 19th 2004.
  • Cool reception for Italian film law

    1-Sep-2003

    A new Italian law, which the government hopes will revolutionise the public funding of local film, has met with a lukewarm reception from local filmmakers.
  • ITALY

    1-Sep-2003

  • Rai Trade takes on sales for competition pair

    29-Aug-2003

    Rome-based sales agent Rai Trade has taken world-wide distribution rights to two highly anticipated Italian Venice competition titles, and has also sold North American rights to Pupi Avati's Heart Elsewhere to Northern Art Entertainment.
  • Rai Trade takes on sales for Venice pair

    29-Aug-2003

    Rome-based sales agent Rai Trade has taken world-wide distribution rights to two highly anticipated Italian Venice competition titles, and has also sold North American rights to Pupi Avati's Heart Elsewhere to Northern Art Entertainment.
  • ITALY

    28-Aug-2003

    Thrillers continue to be hot property at the Italian box office - at least until distributors start unleashing their autumn titles over the next couple of weeks to coincide with some of these films' premiere at the Venice Film Festival (Aug 27- Sep 6).
  • 'I've stolen from all the great Italian masters,' jokes Allen

    28-Aug-2003

    The 60th Venice International Film Festival kicked off in hot and humid weather on Wednesday night with a black tie opening ceremony attended by a sprinkling of stars, followed by the world premiere of Woody Allen's latest comedy, Anything Else.
  • 'I've stolen from all the Italian masters,' jokes Allen

    28-Aug-2003

    The 60th Venice International Film Festival kicked off in hot and humid weather on Wednesday night with a black tie opening ceremony attended by a sprinkling of stars, followed by the world premiere of Woody Allen's latest comedy, Anything Else.
  • Italian distributors binge on competition titles

    27-Aug-2003

    The race among Italian distributors to acquire local rights to Venice competition titles is fast reaching its peak as arthouse outfit Lucky Red announced that it will be the local distributor behind Noemie Lvovsky's Venice 60 title Les Sentiments, new Italian distribution label Esse & Bi acquired local rights to Amos Gitai's Alila, and Fandango bought Michael Winterbottom's Code 46.
  • Italian distributors binge on Venice titles

    27-Aug-2003

    The race among Italian distributors to acquire local rights to Venice competition titles is fast reaching its peak as arthouse outfit Lucky Red announced that it will be the local distributor behind Noemie Lvovsky's Venice 60 title Les Sentiments, new Italian distribution label Esse & Bi acquired local rights to Amos Gitai's Alila, and Fandango bought Michael Winterbottom's Code 46.
  • Sky Italia pledges to invest in Italian film

    26-Aug-2003

    In a move that will boost the confidence of the Italian film industry, Sky Italia CEO Tom Mockridge has announced that Rupert Murdoch's new Italian pay-tv platform will invest Euros 50m each year into the Italian film industry.
  • Cecchi Gori cranks up comeback feature

    25-Aug-2003

    Popular Roman actor-director Carlo Verdone (It Can't Be All Our Fault) has announced that he is about to start shooting a new project for Cecchi Gori - marking the first concrete steps in the fallen giant's comeback.
  • Sky Italia unsettles local players

    25-Aug-2003

    Pier Luigi Celli, the polemical former CEO of RAI, has warned that the arrival on the Italian market of Sky Italia is "certain" to cause more economic damage to the state broadcaster than to Silvio Berlusconi's Mediaset network.
  • Scola's Gente Di Roma to premiere at Viareggio

    21-Aug-2003

    Renowned Italian writer-director Ettore Scola's new film, Gente Di Roma, is to have its world premiere at the 20th Europa Cinema festival in Viareggio (Sep 20 - 27).
  • Kitano joins Mikado's bumper Venice slate

    20-Aug-2003

    Italian arthouse distributor Mikado has acquired local distribution rights to Takeshi Kitano's Zatoichi, bringing to four the total number of competition films at the upcoming Venice International Film Festival (Aug 27- Sep 6) which the outfit will release in Italy.
  • Monicelli tipped to head Venice jury

    12-Aug-2003

    Veteran Italian director Mario Monicelli is tipped to head the jury of the Venice International Film Festival, according to reports in Milan newspaper Il Corriere della Sera.
  • Venice jury members set

    12-Aug-2003

    The Venice Film Festival has unveiled the jury members for both its competitions, confirming that veteran Italian filmmaker Mario Monicelli will head the jury of the traditional Venice 60 competition (ScreenDaily.com Aug 12)
  • Venice names jury members

    12-Aug-2003

    The Venice Film Festival has unveiled the jury members for both its competitions, confirming that veteran Italian filmmaker Mario Monicelli will head the jury of the traditional Venice 60 competition (ScreenDaily.com Aug 12)
  • Festival considers collaboration with Mifed, Cinecitta

    11-Aug-2003

    Cinecitta holding president Pupi Avati has approached the Venice Film Festival and Mifed with plans to establish a new film market on the Lido to run alongside the festival.
  • Italy's Bim swoops on four festival titles

    11-Aug-2003

    Bim, one of the most muscular buyers in the Italian market, has acquired local rights to four films in the Venice International Festival, including the hotly anticipated 21 Grams.
  • Italy's Bim swoops on four Venice titles

    11-Aug-2003

    Bim, one of the most muscular buyers in the Italian market, has acquired local rights to four films in the Venice International Festival, including the hotly anticipated 21 Grams.
  • Venice considers collaboration with Mifed

    11-Aug-2003

    Cinecitta holding president Pupi Avati has approached the Venice Film Festival and Mifed with plans to establish a new film market on the Lido to run alongside the festival.
  • Cinecitta targets UK producers with London office

    1-Aug-2003

    In a continuing drive to raise its international profile, Rome's Cinecitta Studios is opening a new office in London, after opening branches in New York and Los Angeles.
  • Cinecitta lines up Soderbergh, Anderson shoots

    31-Jul-2003

    Rome's Cinecitta studios are continuing to attract a slew of Hollywood productions, the latest of which are Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic, and Steven Soderbergh Ocean's Twelve.
  • Tornatore targets Kidman for Leningrad

    31-Jul-2003

    Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore and Medusa vice-president Giampaolo Letta will be flying out to New York next week to talk to Nicole Kidman about joining the cast of the Oscar-winning director's upcoming English language movie, Leningrad.
  • Full competition line-up

    31-Jul-2003

  • Venice: full competition line-up

    31-Jul-2003

  • Venice's last-minute Lido line-up

    31-Jul-2003

    Venice has unveiled its competition line-up for the festival's 60th edition (Aug 27-Sep 6), including widely anticipated films from Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Michael Winterbottom, Takeshi Kitano, Christopher Hampton and Bruno Dumont - although most of the hotly awaited US titles will screen out of competition
  • Mueller unveils debut Downtown slate

    30-Jul-2003

    Marco Mueller's new production company, Downtown Pictures, has unveiled a slate of 12 pictures, including the directorial debut of Italian actress Chiara Caselli and the first European movie by Hong Kong filmmaker Kirk Wong.
  • Young Adam's Mackenzie starts Asylum shoot

    30-Jul-2003

  • MGM loses court case against Cecchi Gori

    29-Jul-2003

    MGM has lost its legal battle against the Cecchi Gori Group in a Rome court, according to Italian press reports.
  • Italian distributors contest 'inaccurate' admissions data

    28-Jul-2003

    The Italian box office is growing at a healthy rate, says Richard Borg, the newly-appointed head of Italy's national distributors union, UNIDIM, describing as "inaccurate" previously released data showing that industry figures had dipped in the first semester of 2003.
  • Wondrous Oblivion scoops top Giffoni prize

    28-Jul-2003

    British director Paul Morrison's Wondrous Oblivion won the top Golden Gryphon prize at the Giffoni International Film Festival (19th - 26th July), one of the world's leading festivals dedicated to children and youth-oriented films.
  • McKellen eyes role in Merchant Of Venice alongside Pacino

    25-Jul-2003

    Ian McKellen says that he "very much hopes" to play a role in a new Merchant Of Venice movie which is set to star Al Pacino.
  • 15 year old's Madness leads Venice Critic's Week

    23-Jul-2003

    The 18th International Critics Week line-up at the Venice Film Festival (Aug 27-Sep 6) will feature eight films this year, including Joy Of Madness by 15-year-old Hana Makhmalbaf (pictured), daughter of Iranian director Moshen Makhmalbaf and younger sister of Samira.
  • Italian film promotion body faces closure

    22-Jul-2003

    Italian film promotion body Italia Cinema could be forced to close by the end of the year because of drastic cuts in government funding.
  • Summer film drought threatens Italian industry

    22-Jul-2003

    Despite new data showing that ticket sales have remained virtually the same in the first half of 2003 compared to the same period last year, Walter Vacchino, head of national exhibitors union ANEC warned that there are "serious problems threatening the vitality of a large number of cinemas in Italy" - notably the industry's continued failure in the summer to meet spectators' demand.
  • Woody Allen's Anything Else to open Venice

    21-Jul-2003

    Woody Allen's Anything Else will open the 60th Venice International Film Festival which runs from Aug 27th to September 6th, organisers announced.
  • Giffoni jury turned over to 1000 children

    17-Jul-2003

    Juliette Lewis, Jon Voight and Ian Mckellen are among the guests who will attend next week's Giffoni Film Festival (July 19-26), one of the premier competitive events in the world dedicated to kids and youth-oriented cinema.
  • Italian company produces French Crime

    19-Jun-2003

    French stars Daniel Auteuil and Anna Mouglalis are currently working on the set of an Italian film, A Strange Crime, which is being shot entirely in French and produced by The Hundred Steps producer Fabrizio Mosca.
  • Salvatores wins Italy's Nastro D'Argento for best director

    16-Jun-2003

    Gabriele Salvatores scooped Italy's prestigious Nastro D'Argento (Silver Ribbon) prize as best director for I'm Not Scared, during a ceremony held on Saturday night in Taormina's ancient Greek amphitheatre.
  • Italy's Pesaro festival unveils line-up for 39th edition

    9-Jun-2003

    Italy's Pesaro Film Festival, dedicated to international independent filmmaking, has unveiled the line-up for its upcoming 39th edition, which includes such titles as Kamchatka, the critically acclaimed Argentinian film directed by Marcelo Pineyro.
  • Giovanni Galoppi named new president of Italia Cinema

    6-Jun-2003

    Italian lawyer Giovanni Galoppi has been named the new president of film promotional body Italia Cinema.
  • More foresight than luck for Lucky Red

    21-May-2003

    Italy's Lucky Red is once again proving its foresight thanks to a string of Cannes acquisitions and co-production deals.
  • More foresight than luck for Lucky Red

    21-May-2003

    Italy's Lucky Red is once again proving its foresight thanks to a string of Cannes acquisitions and co-production deals.
  • Rai, Europa sign two-way pact

    19-May-2003

    Luc Besson's French powerhouse EuropaCorp has sealed a major reciprocal co-production and distribution deal with Italy's Rai Cinema.
  • Rai, Europa sign two-way pact

    19-May-2003

    Luc Besson's French powerhouse EuropaCorp has sealed a major reciprocal co-production and distribution deal with Italy's Rai Cinema.
  • Sophie Marceau flies on Indo-Italian ticket

    19-May-2003

    India has signed a new agreement with Italy that will see the two countries co-produce three major pictures this year, including a new movie with Sophie Marceau.
  • Sophie Marceau flies on Indo-Italian ticket

    19-May-2003

    India has signed a new agreement with Italy that will see the two countries co-produce three major pictures this year, including a new movie with Sophie Marceau.
  • Wong's 2046 still in Venice contention

    19-May-2003

    Despite having to shift his final shooting location - either to Macao or Australia - because of SARS fears in Shanghai, Wong Kar-Wai's 2046 is still on course for a October 1 platform release in China, confirmed Fortissimo Film Sales yesterday
  • Bedi returns to Sandokan cult

    19-May-2003

    Destiny Pictures' Aditya Basu Bhattacharya is lining up a $4m Indian-Italian drama titled Sandokan In Sicily, which will feature Indian star Kabir Bedi.
  • Buskin sets up Euro fund

    19-May-2003

    Italy's Buskin Film has set up a private fund to finance, co-produce and distribute at least four European projects each year.
  • Golino, Gassmanon, Verdecchi slate

    19-May-2003

    Valeria Golino (Respiro, Frida) has just finished shooting a new Italian film, entitled Prendimi E Portami Via.
  • Mifed tries to remove doubts

    19-May-2003

    Fiera Milano International (FMI) has signed a contract to run Mifed for the next 15 years and is committing to investing in improved services
  • Turin offers new road to Kiarostami

    19-May-2003

    Former Venice chief Alberto Barbera, currently head of the National Film Museum in Turin, is lining up a complete retrospective of the works of Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, entitled On The Roads of Kiarostami.
  • Italy's Mondo strikes cartoon gold in North Korea

    16-May-2003

    One of Europe's top animation houses, Rome-based Mondo TV, has sealed a series of deals worth at least $20m with North Korean outfit Sek - who will now replace South Korean mini-major Hahn Shin Corporation as a co-producer on several major upcoming theatrical animation features.
  • Italy's Mondo strikes cartoon gold in North Korea

    16-May-2003

    One of Europe's top animation houses, Rome-based Mondo TV, has sealed a series of deals worth at least $20m with North Korean outfit Sek - who will now replace South Korean mini-major Hahn Shin Corporation as a co-producer on several major upcoming theatrical animation features.
  • Mother Theresa joins cannibal tale on Blue Spice slate

    16-May-2003

    Anglo-Italian production outfit Blue Spice has closed a $80m deal with Italy's Lux Vide to co-produce five major feature films.
  • Mother Theresa joins cannibal tale on Blue Spice slate

    16-May-2003

    Anglo-Italian production outfit Blue Spice has closed a $80m deal with Italy's Lux Vide to co-produce five major feature films.
  • Ardant, Placido team up

    16-May-2003

    Fanny Ardant and popular Italian actor Michele Placido are to star in a new picture from acclaimed theatre-film director Mario Martone (Nasty Love).
  • Ardant, Placido team up

    16-May-2003

    Fanny Ardant and popular Italian actor Michele Placido are to star in a new picture from acclaimed theatre-film director Mario Martone (Nasty Love).
  • Valentino biopic gets Italian funding

    16-May-2003

    Indie Italian producer-director Nico Cirasola looks set to be the first to get a new project about legendary gigolo Rudolf Valentino off the ground, after being awarded funding from the Italian government's Fondo di Garanzia.
  • Bim backs Resnais musical

    15-May-2003

    Bim, Valerio De Paolis's Rome distribution outfit, has added Alain Resnais's upcoming musical Pas Sur La Bouche to its impressive international production slate, and has also decided to start producing Italian pictures for the first time.
  • Bim backs Resnais musical

    15-May-2003

    Bim, Valerio De Paolis's Rome distribution outfit, has added Alain Resnais's upcoming musical Pas Sur La Bouche to its impressive international production slate, and has also decided to start producing Italian pictures for the first time.
  • Fandango finds Australian Tom, picks up Kusturica

    15-May-2003

    Dynamic Italian producer Domenico Procacci, whose Fandango outfit produced Critics Week closing film B&B and The Cormoran, is continuing to ramp up his international production and distribution labels.
  • Fandango finds Australian Tom, picks up Kusturica

    15-May-2003

    Dynamic Italian producer Domenico Procacci, whose Fandango outfit produced Critics Week closing film B&B and The Cormoran, is continuing to ramp up his international production and distribution labels.
  • Fandango finds Australian Tom, picks up Kusturica

    15-May-2003

    Dynamic Italian producer Domenico Procacci, whose Fandango outfit produced Critics Week closing film B&B and The Cormoran, is continuing to ramp up his international production and distribution labels.
  • Fandango finds Tom, picks up Kusturica

    15-May-2003

    Dynamic Italian producer Domenico Procacci, whose Fandango outfit produced Critics Week closing film B&B and The Cormoran, is continuing to ramp up his international production and distribution labels.
  • Groundhog remake completes cast

    14-May-2003

    Amores Perros star Goya Toledo has joined the cast of Il Giorno della Civetta, the Italian-Spanish remake of Groundhog Day, which starts shooting in the Canary Islands on Wednesday.
  • Muccino, Ozpetek lead Nastri D'Argento nominations

    14-May-2003

    In what is shaping up to be a landmark year for Italian cinema, red hot local directors Gabriele Muccino and Ferzan Ozpetek have earned nine nominations each at the Nastri D'Argento, Italy's second highest film accolade.
  • Istituto Luce boards Garcia-vehicle and Haneke-Binoche drama

    30-Apr-2003

    Two months after new management was put into place at Istituto Luce, the venerable state-owned Italian film distributor is returning to local and international film production. Its slate includes a new picture by Cannes regular Michael Haneke and vehicles for Andy Garcia and Al Pacino.
  • Adriana Chiesa Enterprises picks up slew of new titles

    24-Apr-2003

    Rome sales agent Adriana Chiesa Enterprises (ACE) has picked up worldwide rights to several new films, including Berlin title Little More than A Year Ago - Diary of a Male Porn Star.
  • Top Italian animator prepares new feature

    18-Apr-2003

    Top Italian animation writer, Umberto Marino, whose credits include local blockbuster Lucky And Zorba, is set to direct a new feature film, entitled La Fiamma Sul Ghiaccio (A Flame On Ice).
  • Italian exhibitors issue formal complaint to MPAA, distributors, government

    18-Apr-2003

    Italian exhibitors have formally complained to the MPAA, distributors and the Italian government about the lack of big pictures that are to be released in Italy this summer - and warned that the situation will damage future growth prospects of the local industry.
  • Mulher Policia wins top European Film Festival prize

    15-Apr-2003

    The 4th European Film Festival in Lecce, Southern Italy, awarded its top Ulivo d'Oro competition prize to Portuguese director Joaquim Sapinho's Mulher Policia.
  • Facing Windows shines at Italy's Oscar awards

    10-Apr-2003

  • Venice to 'encourage' Italian producers with festival retrospective

    9-Apr-2003

    The upcoming 60th Venice Film Festival (Aug 27-Sep 6) will screen a retrospective on the 20th century's greatest Italian producers - which artistic director Moritz de Hadeln hopes will be an 'encouragement' for today's Italian producers.
  • Italian Oscars organiser to get new name and awards location change

    8-Apr-2003

    Following an agreement with the EU Commission in Brussels, the Ente David di Donatello, the organisation that manages Italy's Donatello awards will be renamed 'Academy of Italian Cinema,' bringing it in line with the Cesars, the Goyas, the BAFTAS and the Academy Awards.
  • Italian festival set to withdraw invitations to 22 Chinese guests

    7-Apr-2003

    Italy's Far East Cinema Festival, one of the biggest Asian film events in Europe, is to withdraw invitations to 22 Chinese guests who were due to fly in to the country later this month, because of fears of the killer SARS virus.
  • Italy follows France in big budget stakes

    3-Apr-2003

    Taking a lesson from the French industry, Italian producers are lining up a string of big budget features in a bid to wow local and international audiences.
  • Italian producer seals landmark international co-production deals

    2-Apr-2003

    Veteran Italian producer Leo Pescarolo has sealed two landmark multi-million dollar international co-production deals with China and Canada.
  • Murdoch gets greenlight for Italian job

    2-Apr-2003

    The European Commission (EC) watchdog has approved the long-awaited merger of Italian pay-TV companies Telepiu and Stream, paving the way for Rupert Murdoch's single pay-TV platform, Sky Italia.
  • Istituto Luce re-focuses on documentaries

    31-Mar-2003

    Italy's 79-year-old state-owned Istituto Luce has decided to re-focus on its original role as Italy's leading maker of documentaries.
  • Italy's Mediaset records increased profits

    31-Mar-2003

    Mediaset, Silvio Berlusconi's private Italian network, recorded a 45.7% rise in net profits in 2002 to Euros 362m.
  • RAI drafts in Fiera di Milano boss as new CEO

    28-Mar-2003

    Less than two weeks after appointing a new president, Italian state broadcaster RAI has hired Fiera di Milano chief Flavio Cattaneo as its new CEO.
  • Sodano resigns from Eagle Pictures

    27-Mar-2003

    Giampaolo Sodano, one of the Italian film industry's leading figures, has resigned from his position as president of Eagle Pictures, after helping the company more than double its revenue over the last three years.
  • Italy's Mikado takes Coppola's Lost In Translation

    26-Mar-2003

    Mikado Film, Italy's long-established arthouse distributor and producer, has bought Italian distribution rights to Sofia Coppola's new film, Lost In Translation.
  • Italian cinemas fear summer drought

    21-Mar-2003

    Walter Vacchino, head of Italy's association of exhibitors, has voiced concern about the upcoming summer film season in Italy.
  • Italy close to signing major production/distribution deal with India

    20-Mar-2003

    Italy is close to signing a landmark co-production and co-distribution agreement with India, which is also expected to encourage Indian crews to shoot movies in Italy.
  • Ten films line up to compete at the Festival of European Cinema

    20-Mar-2003

  • Delayed Medusa-Cecchi Gori films finally get Italian release

    19-Mar-2003

  • Facing Windows leads Italian Oscar race

    19-Mar-2003

    Italian-Turkish director Ferzan Ozpetek's drama Facing Windows (La Finestra di Fronte) has scored the biggest number of nominations at the Donatellos, Italy's Oscars, winning 11 nods in all the main categories.
  • Mieli named new president of Italian state broadcaster

    10-Mar-2003

    Paolo Mieli, a former editor of national Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, has been appointed president of state broadcaster RAI.
  • Italian parliament seeks 'impartial' president for state broadcaster

    5-Mar-2003

    In an apparent effort to contain ongoing criticism over Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's sway on state broadcaster RAI, the speakers of the two houses of the Italian Parliament have decided that the network's next president should be appointed from the opposition party.
  • New financing and production company to launch in Italy

    26-Feb-2003

    A group of international private investors backed by a private UK bank has created a new financing and production company, named Company of Arts.
  • Italy's RAI loses president and last board member

    26-Feb-2003

    After days of political pressure, Antonio Baldassare, president of Italian state broadcaster RAI and final remaining board member Ettore Albertoni have agreed to step down from their positions - paving the way for new executive appointments to be made by Silvio Berlusconi's government.
  • Italian drama heads for box-office glory

    25-Feb-2003

    Italian director Gabriele Muccino's new film, Remember Me (Ricordati di Me), has grossed a massive $6.8m since its release on February 14th - placing it well on the path to local blockbuster glory.
  • Italy mourns the King of Commedia

    25-Feb-2003

    Legendary Italian actor Alberto Sordi, a figurehead of the Commedia all'Italiana, has died in Rome at the age of 82.
  • Italy tests product placement as film financing alternative

    24-Feb-2003

    Rome's Blue Star Movie has sealed a landmark multi-million dollar product placement deal with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, with the multinational agreeing to fund an international short film and potentially a European feature-length picture.
  • Dario Argento set to shoot The Card Player

    23-Feb-2003

    Cult Italian director Dario Argento is lining up a new thriller, entitled The Card Player.
  • Taormina festival plots date change to attract Hollywood

    5-Feb-2003

    The Taormina film festival is to move one month forward, in a bid to establish the event as a European launch-pad for summer blockbusters.
  • Italy reaps multiplex benefits

    29-Jan-2003

    With multiplexes mushrooming around the country, Italy recorded a healthy 7.8% rise in earnings at the box office in 2002 as total revenue increased to Euros 525m, according to annual data released by Cinetel. Last year, box office revenue stood at Euros 475.6m.
  • Istituto Luce names Andrea Piersanti as new president

    20-Jan-2003

    Andrea Piersanti has been named the new president of Istituto Luce, the Rome-based state distributor which is also involved in production and exhibition.
  • Italy mulls new film censorship law to protect children

    20-Jan-2003

    Italy plans to establish a new film censorship law, ensuring that no film can be banned from release, and imposing tighter restrictions for children.
  • Italy to introduce tougher anti-piracy laws

    20-Jan-2003

    The Italian Parliament has approved a new anti-piracy law that will put behind bars those who use counterfeit smart cards to access pay-TV channels.
  • Ermanno Olmi wraps $9.5m pirate epic

    16-Jan-2003

    Veteran Italian director Ermanno Olmi (Profession Of Arms) has wrapped shooting on his new Euros 9m epic, Cantando Dietro I Paraventi.
  • Warner Bros Italia's first local co-production scores at home

    15-Jan-2003

    Warner Bros. Italia's first local co-production, It Can't Be All Our Fault (Ma Che Colpa Abbiamo Noi), has shot into the number one slot at the Italian box office.
  • Curtain falls for last cinema in historic Venice

    13-Jan-2003

    Venice may be home to the world's oldest film festival, but the island is now officially without a single cinema after it drew the curtains on its last two privately-owned screens due to a lack of profit and spectators.
  • Italians laugh all the way to box office over bumper Xmas

    10-Jan-2003

    Italian box office figures over the festive season - the single most lucrative period for the local industry - were up an impressive 14% to Euros78.83m on last year's Xmas results.Importantly, according to local data body Cinetel, homegrown films also beat out stiff competition from Hollwyood (including Harry Potter) to claim a huge 48.87% market share at the box office, against 47.46% for US movies.Last year, Italian films grossed Euros68.38m over the same period, ...
  • Livolsi takes over as Cinecitta boss

    10-Jan-2003

    Ubaldo Livolsi, financial partner of Rome-based producer Rita Rusic and head of Italian investment bank Livolsi and Partners, has been named managing director of Cinecitta Holding.Last month, veteran Italian director Pupi Avati was appointed president of the state-owned company. Cinecitta Holding is the parent of Rome's legendary studios as well as the owner of state distributor Istituto Luce and Italian film promotional body Italia Cinema.Livolsi, 57, is also the president ...
  • Italian comedy brings festive local box office cheer

    19-Dec-2002

    Defying global patterns, Italian comic sensation Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo's new film, The Legend Of Al, John And Jack has knocked Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets off the number one spot at the local box office just one week after its release.
  • Avati takes over Cinecitta reins

    16-Dec-2002

    Veteran Italian director Pupi Avati has been namedpresident of Cinecitta Holding, the parent company of the famed Rome-basedCinecitta Studios where Martin Scorsese shot his Gangs Of New York epic. Avati - whose own credits as a filmmaker include 2001's ICavalieri Che Fecero L'Impresa and upcomingperiod drama Il Cuore Altrove - replaces Taormina festival chiefFelice Laudadio, whose contract with Cinecitta expires at the ...
  • Italian government set to change state funding criteria

    12-Dec-2002

    The Italian government could soon overhaul the much-criticised way films are currently selected for state funding, and base its selection process on a picture's potential exportability rather than just its "national cultural interest."
  • Italian film wins German distribution after audience vote

    11-Dec-2002

  • Miramax Italia increases its involvement in local production

    11-Dec-2002

    American actor Breckin Meyer will be the voice of Pinocchio in the US version of Roberto Benigni's Italian blockbuster, to be released in North America on December 25th.
  • New chairman named for Roma Studios

    11-Dec-2002

    Tarak Ben Ammar, head of the rights-trading venture Quinta Communications, has been named chairman of Roma Studios, the newly renovated and re-opened studios which were built by producer Dino De Laurentiis in 1964.
  • Italian producers seek their fortunes in the stars

    9-Dec-2002

    If many upcoming Italian films share one thing in common, it's that a surprising number of them are fronted by international stars.
  • Fledgling Italian distribution outfits swoop on raft of titles

    6-Dec-2002

    Undeterred by the current tough economic conditions for Italian distributors, some of the newest kids on the Roman block have unveiled a series of hot international acquisitions.
  • Cecchi Gori released from house arrest

    21-Nov-2002

    Embattled movie mogul Vittorio Cecchi Gori has been freed from house arrest, although he will have to report to the police on a daily basis and cannot leave Italy.
  • Italian broadcaster thrown into disarray by resignations

    21-Nov-2002

    Two members out of Italian public broadcaster Rai's five-member board have resigned, throwing the TV platform into a new state of disarray.
  • Satin Rouge scoops top prize at Turin

    18-Nov-2002

    Raja Amari's French-Tunisian title, Satin Rouge, scooped the top prize at the Turin Film Festival (Nov 7-15), Italy's pre-eminent event for international cutting-edge films.
  • Lakeshore puckers up for The Last Kiss remake

    15-Nov-2002

    Gabriele Muccino's Italian blockbuster, The Last Kiss, has found new love in the US and the UK.
  • Moritz de Hadeln confirmed to head next year's Venice - at the very least

    15-Nov-2002

    The Biennale has confirmed that Moritz de Hadeln will head next year's Venice International Film Festival - leaving open the possibility of the former Berlin chief retaining the position for an extra two years.
  • Gaga picks up Bellucci

    6-Nov-2002

    Japan's Gaga has acquired local distribution rights to Unruly, yet another new film starring real-life hot couple Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel.
  • Mexico targets European buyers

    6-Nov-2002

    In a bid to boost the profile of Mexican films in Europe, national Mexican film institute IMCINE is organising with Unifrance a week of screenings in Paris of new Mexican titles.
  • MIFED poised for ownership shift

    6-Nov-2002

    Mifed is poised to change owners yet again, although no announcement is planned until after this year's market has finished trading.
  • MIFED poised for ownership shift

    6-Nov-2002

    Mifed is poised to change owners yet again, although no announcement is planned until after this year's market has finished trading.
  • Italy's Sintra boards Spanish gothic thriller

    5-Nov-2002

    Italian independent producer Rosanna Seregni of Sintra Film has boarded a new Spanish film from Euro Pudding producer Mate Cantero, to be directed by Impules' Miguel Alcantud.
  • New Rome distributor unveiled with Canadian partner

    5-Nov-2002

    Canada's Equinox Films and Italy's Video Lucky Cinematografica are forming a joint film and TV production and distribution outfit in Italy, to be called Equinox Films Italia.
  • Partnerships are Keys to Italian films

    5-Nov-2002

    Charlotte Rampling is set to heighten the buzz surrounding Oscar nominated director Gianni Amelio's already widely-anticipated new picture, The Keys To The House (Le Chiavi di Casa), after agreeing to star in the picture alongside local actor Kim Rossi Stuart.
  • Bim has snapped up Italian rights to Haneke's Wolfszeit

    4-Nov-2002

    Rome arthouse distributor Bim has snapped up Italian distribution rights to Michael Haneke's Wolfszeit, which stars Isabelle Huppert, Patrice Chereau and Beatrice Dalle.
  • Bim has snapped up Italian rights to Haneke's Wolfszeit

    4-Nov-2002

    Rome arthouse distributor Bim has snapped up Italian distribution rights to Michael Haneke's Wolfszeit, which stars Isabelle Huppert, Patrice Chereau and Beatrice Dalle.
  • Blue Star widens Anglo-Italian financing net

    4-Nov-2002

    As the Italian film industry continues to struggle to make commercially viable pictures that can travel outside its own borders, local producers have started to recognise the benefits of joining forces with European - and, in particular, UK allies.
  • Blue Star widens Anglo-Italian financing net

    4-Nov-2002

    As the Italian film industry continues to struggle to make commercially viable pictures that can travel outside its own borders, local producers have started to recognise the benefits of joining forces with European - and, in particular, UK allies.
  • Blue Star widens Anglo-Italian financing net

    4-Nov-2002

    As the Italian film industry continues to struggle to make commercially viable pictures that can travel outside its own borders, local producers have started to recognise the benefits of joining forces with European - and, in particular, UK allies.
  • Buskin starts production on Carpi's Intermittenze Del Cuore

    4-Nov-2002

    Buskin Film starts production this week on veteran Italian arthouse director Fabio Carpi's Le Intermittenze Del Cuore ; marking the young Rome sales outfit's second foray into high-profile Italian feature film production.
  • Buskin starts production on Carpi's Intermittenze Del Cuore

    4-Nov-2002

    Buskin Film starts production this week on veteran Italian arthouse director Fabio Carpi's Le Intermittenze Del Cuore ; marking the young Rome sales outfit's second foray into high-profile Italian feature film production.
  • Cecchi Gori arrest fuels monopoly fears in Italy

    4-Nov-2002

    The arrest of former Italian movie mogul Vittorio Cecchi Gori throws one big question into sharp relief: what will happen to his film interests if ' as is looking increasingly inevitable - his once-formidable empire disintegrates'
  • Cecchi Gori arrest fuels monopoly fears in Italy

    4-Nov-2002

    The arrest of former Italian movie mogul Vittorio Cecchi Gori throws one big question into sharp relief: what will happen to his film interests if - as is looking increasingly inevitable - his once-formidable empire disintegrates'
  • Mikado boards new Panahi, Sokurov projects

    4-Nov-2002

    Italy's Mikado, fresh from a hefty cash boost by new multimedia shareholder De Agostini, continues to raise its international profile by boarding as a co-producer two new films from world-renown filmmakers: Aleksander Sokurov's Father And Son and Jafar Panahi's Gold, which was co-written with another festival favourite, Abbas Kiarostami. Both films are being sold internationally by Paris-based Celluloid Dreams.
  • Mikado boards new Panahi, Sokurov projects

    4-Nov-2002

    Italy's Mikado, fresh from a hefty cash boost by new multimedia shareholder De Agostini, continues to raise its international profile by boarding as a co-producer two new films from world-renown filmmakers: Aleksander Sokurov's Father And Son and Jafar Panahi's Gold, which was co-written with another festival favourite, Abbas Kiarostami. Both films are being sold internationally by Paris-based Celluloid Dreams.
  • RAI sees new life in Pinocchio classic

    4-Nov-2002

    Riding on the current wave of excitement over Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio, Rome sales company Rai Trade has bought international rights to Luigi Comencini's critically-acclaimed 1972 version of the Italian classic - and the newly-relaunched picture has already proved a fast seller.
  • Turin festival unveils cutting edge line-up

    1-Nov-2002

    The Turin Film Festival (Nov 7-15), Italy's leading cutting-edge event, has unveiled a brimming 20th edition line-up, which includes David Cronenberg's Spider, Toy Love by New Zealand director Harry Sinclair, and John Frankenheimer's last film, Path to War.
  • Cecchi Gori is placed under house arrest in Italy.

    29-Oct-2002

    Fallen media baron Vittorio Cecchi Gori has been placed under house arrest for alleged wrongdoings linked to the bankruptcy of his former Serie A football club, Fiorentina.
  • European Investment Bank funds three Italian features

    28-Oct-2002

    The European Investment Bank has made one of its first concrete investments in feature film, bankrolling three Italian pictures through the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro's Euros 100m credit line.
  • Italian producers speak out in support of Eurimages

    24-Oct-2002

    Italian producers are distancing themselves from the inflammatory comments made by Gianni Massaro about Eurimages when he announced his shock resignation as president of the Fund last week.
  • Eurimages president Massaro in shock resignation

    18-Oct-2002

    Gianni Massaro has resigned as president of European Council film fund Eurimages, blaming the "excessive power of the European Council," bad management, and feuds between the Council and the Eurimages Committee.
  • Italian singer-songwriter starts shooting debut feature

    16-Oct-2002

    Franco Battiato, one of Italy's most celebrated singer-songwriters, has moved behind the camera to direct his first feature, Perduto Amor, which started shooting this week in Italy.
  • Blue Star Movie, Spice Factory sign co-production deal

    15-Oct-2002

    Italy's Blue Star Movie has signed a joint venture agreement with the UK's Spice Factory to co-produce three to five pictures a year that will be shot in Italy in English with budgets ranging from $3m - $20m.
  • Benigni's Pinocchio smashes Italian box office record

    14-Oct-2002

    Roberto Benigni has smashed all previous box office records in Italy with his fairytale Pinocchio which earned a massive $6.9m (Euros 7,021,422) on its opening weekend, according to Cinetel which monitors 70% of the country's screens.
  • Pinocchio's Italian screen count noses ahead

    10-Oct-2002

    Massive demand from Italian exhibitors has led Italian distributor Medusa to widen its nationwide release of Pinocchio this Friday to an unprecedented 940 screens, up from the previously announced - and already record-breaking - 860 screens.
  • Benigni to record English-language version of Pinocchio

    2-Oct-2002

    Roberto Benigni will use his own voice to dub the English soundtrack for the international version of his new film, Pinocchio, which is released this Friday in Italy and on Christmas day in the US.
  • Murdoch finally agrees Telepiu takeover terms

    2-Oct-2002

    Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has agreed to buy the financially crippled Italian pay-TV operation Telepiu from Vivendi Universal through a cash-and-debt agreement worth Euros893 million.
  • Gibson's biblical Passion story will unscroll in ancient tongues

    23-Sep-2002

    Seven years after winning two Oscars for his epic battle movie Braveheart, Hollywood superstar Mel Gibson is going behind the camera for a highly ambitious picture about the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus Christ.
  • The Big Blue finally surfaces in Italy after fourteen years

    18-Sep-2002

    Fourteen years after it became a cult movie across the world, Luc Besson's The Big Blue is at long last set to open in Italy following the resolution of a lengthy court battle. Italian audiences will be able to enjoy the diving movie's premiere at the close of the European Film Festival in Viareggio on September 21st. Italian distribution rights are owned by Aurelio De Laurentiis's Rome outfit Filmauro, who expects to open the cult movie nationwide on September 27 on ...
  • Italy's cinema department chief to be ousted

    17-Sep-2002

    Rossana Rummo, the popular head of the Italian government's cinema department is to be replaced on October 1st by Gianni Profita, a political ally of Silvio Berlusconi.
  • Berlusconi moves to protect control of broadcast networks

    8-Sep-2002

    Silvio Berlusconi's government has presented a controversial new media law to the Italian Parliament, which clears the path for the privatisation of state broadcaster RAI in 2004 and will allow the media mogul-premier to retain all three of his free-to-air Mediaset channels.
  • Italy's Lucky Red acquires Open My Heart

    8-Sep-2002

    Italian independent distributor Lucky Red has picked up Italian rights to Venice title Open My Heart, a drama directed by first-time director Giada Colagrande about a prostitute who lives with her sister.
  • Ken Park scores with Venice buyers

    3-Sep-2002

    Ahead of tomorrow (Wednesday)'s debut screening in the Upstream sectionof the Venice festival, inflammatory teen drama Ken Park is settingbuyers alight.Norway's Oro Film has pickedup all Scandinavian rights, while VideoVision bought it for South Africa, Eco Filmes for Portugal, Audiovisual forGreece and Mongkol for Thailand. International rights are handled by FortissimoFilm sales, which reports being in the final stages of ...
  • Veteran Tamberi launches Metacinema group

    3-Sep-2002

    Italian industry veteran Giovanni Tamberi is launching an ambitiouscompany that will focus on film production, distribution, communication andmultimedia education in Italy.
  • Mueller goes Downtown with RAI

    2-Sep-2002

    Former Locarno festival boss, Marco Mueller has signed a ground-breaking deal between a new outfit heis launching, Downtown Pictures, and Rome's Rai Cinema. The deal, which was announced by Mueller, Rai Cinema CEO Giancarlo Leone and president GiulianoMontaldo, is a 2-year first look, non-exclusive production agreement which willsee the Rome mini-major invest in Italian and European pictures as well aspictures produced in other parts ...
  • Mueller goes Downtown with RAI

    2-Sep-2002

    Former Locarno festival boss, Marco Mueller has signed a ground-breaking deal between a new outfit heis launching, Downtown Pictures, and Rome's Rai Cinema. The deal, which was announced by Mueller, Rai Cinema CEO Giancarlo Leone and president GiulianoMontaldo, is a 2-year first look, non-exclusive production agreement which willsee the Rome mini-major invest in Italian and European pictures as well aspictures produced in other parts ...
  • RAI Cinema unwraps powerhouse autumn slate

    2-Sep-2002

    Jeremy Irons hasjoined the cast of Mathilde, a thriller set during the Bosnian War whichis one of a host of new titles on Rome mini-major Rai Cinema's upcomingproduction slate.
  • RAI Cinema unwraps powerhouse autumn slate

    2-Sep-2002

    Jeremy Irons hasjoined the cast of Mathilde, a thriller set during the Bosnian War whichis one of a host of new titles on Rome mini-major Rai Cinema's upcomingproduction slate.
  • Venice sales: Bim, Distribution 01 active for Italy

    2-Sep-2002

    Italy's BimDistribuzione has picked up all Italian rights to Blue Moon, Austriandirector Andrea Maria Dusi's feature debut which follows the odyssey of threecharacters from Vienna to the Black Sea port of Odessa. BlueMoon, which received its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival lastmonth, has been sold by First Hand Films to Switzerland (Monopole Pathe),Austria (Filmladen) and Germany (Ventura Film). ...
  • Venice sales: Bim, Distribution 01 active for Italy

    2-Sep-2002

    Italy's BimDistribuzione has picked up all Italian rights to Blue Moon, Austriandirector Andrea Maria Dusi's feature debut which follows the odyssey of threecharacters from Vienna to the Black Sea port of Odessa. BlueMoon, which received its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival lastmonth, has been sold by First Hand Films to Switzerland (Monopole Pathe),Austria (Filmladen) and Germany (Ventura Film). ...
  • Festival gets going: Hot deals, hot air, hot under the collar

    29-Aug-2002

    In a late deal sealed just on the eve of the Venice Film Festival's opening ceremony, Rome sales outfit Adriana Chiesa Enterprises picked up international distribution rights to two Italian films: Piergiorgio Gay's competition title La Forza Del Passato and Spiro Scimone and Francesco Sframeli's Due Amici, Italy's contender in Critics Week.
  • Venice gets going: Hot deals, hot air, hot under the collar

    29-Aug-2002

    In a late deal sealed just on the eve of the Venice Film Festival's opening ceremony, Rome sales outfit Adriana Chiesa Enterprises picked up international distribution rights to two Italian films: Piergiorgio Gay's competition title La Forza Del Passato and Spiro Scimone and Francesco Sframeli's Due Amici, Italy's contender in Critics Week.
  • Artistic director, Moritz de Hadeln in his own words

    28-Aug-2002

    "When I was growing up in Florence, we did not have any air-conditioning, so two or three evenings a week we used to go to an outdoor cinema with our mother. As an act of rebellion, I told my parents I wanted to become a film-maker. I started out as a freelance photographer and founded a group of photographers. Then I started making documentaries and eventually we started the documentary film festival of Nyon, Switzerland."
  • Viareggio festival aims to restore former glory

    15-Aug-2002

    Aiming to restore its past glory, returning festival director Felice Laudadio has unveiled the line-up for this year's European Cinema Festival (Sept 14-21), including a competition section whose jury will be headed by Commedia all'Italiana founder Mario Monicelli.
  • Breillat, Chaio join Upstream jury; Zaoralova, Hauff to pick De Laurentiis winners

    14-Aug-2002

    French director Catherine Breillat and Taiwanese producer Peggy Chiao will light up the jury for Venice's Upstream competition (Controcorrente). Lebanese film critic Ghassan Abdoul-Khalek will head the jury, which also includes FIPRESCI chief Klaus Eder and Italian director-critic Enrico Ghezzi.
  • Breillat, Chaio join Venice's Upstream jury

    14-Aug-2002

    French director Catherine Breillat and Taiwanese producer Peggy Chiao will light up the jury for Venice's Upstream competition (Controcorrente). Lebanese film critic Ghassan Abdoul-Khalek will head the jury, which also includes FIPRESCI chief Klaus Eder and Italian director-critic Enrico Ghezzi.
  • Fainaru, Lizzani, Delpy to rule on Critics Week Winners

    13-Aug-2002

  • Screen's Fainaru joins Venice Critics jury

    13-Aug-2002

  • Haynes' Heaven replaces Daldry's Hours; three more titles added

    12-Aug-2002

    Miramax has withdrawn Stephen Daldry's period drama, The Hours, from the Venice film festival, explaining that the film is unfortunately "not yet ready."
  • Venice loses The Hours, adds three more titles

    11-Aug-2002

    Miramax has withdrawn Stephen Daldry's period drama, The Hours, from the Venice film festival, explaining that the film is unfortunately "not yet ready."
  • Mockridge moves to Stream as Murdoch closes on Telepiu

    7-Aug-2002

    Rurpert Murdoch has appointed News Corp. veteran Tom Mockridge as CEO of Stream, Italy's struggling pay-TV outfit. He replaces Marty Pompadur and joins Enrico Bondi, Telecom Italia's CEO, the two being recently appointed respectively interim CEO and president of Stream. They replaced Lucia Morselli and Renato Cassaro.
  • Italy's Medusa Film announces new president

    6-Aug-2002

    Claudio Sposito, CEO of Silvio Berlusconi's media giant Fininvest, has been named president of the multi-billion dollar group's film division, Medusa Film.
  • Italy's summer releasing strategy needs marketing support

    2-Aug-2002

    While Italy's box office figures slumped in mid-July as temperatures soared and millions of Italians hit the beaches, a deeper analysis reveals that the local industry's effort to establish a 12-month box office season has all the potential to be a success - as long as it is supported by substantial marketing.
  • Giffoni's youth jury captivated by Scars

    1-Aug-2002

    Norwegian director Lars Berg's Scars, a film about a young boy who uncovers a series of painful truths about his family, scooped the top prize at the 32nd edition of the Giffoni Film Festival, Italy's pre-eminent event dedicated to youth-oriented films. The movie's lead actor, Eirik Evjen, also won the festival's best actor award.
  • Moritz de Hadeln unveils Venice 59 rich in glamour and discoveries

    30-Jul-2002

  • Moritz de Hadeln unveils Venice 59's

    30-Jul-2002

  • Venice 59 and Controcorrente line-up

    30-Jul-2002

  • Gong Li heads for Venice

    28-Jul-2002

    Chinese superstar Gong Li will head the jury of the upcoming 59th Venice International Film Festival, the festival's organisers have announced.
  • Gong Li heads Venice jury

    28-Jul-2002

    Chinese superstar Gong Li will head the jury of the upcoming 59th Venice International Film Festival, the festival's organisers have announced.
  • Italy's summer release strategy wilts in the heat

    26-Jul-2002

    Despite this year's groundbreaking summer programming of Hollywood blockbusters in cinemas across Italy, it looks like local distributors and exhibitors will always find it tough to compete against the lure of the sun and the beach.
  • Italy's Mikado adds three titles to its slate

    24-Jul-2002

    Italian arthouse distributor Mikado has added three new titles to its line-up, including Manoel de Oliveira's Cannes contender The Uncertainty Principle.
  • Italy's President speaks out in favour of new media law

    24-Jul-2002

    Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi has spoken out for the first time about the controversial issue of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's control over the nation's media, urging Parliament to draft a new media law that will guarantee impartial news coverage.
  • Only one Italian film selected for Venice's Critics Week competition

    24-Jul-2002

    Sipro Scipione and Francesco Sframeli's Two Friends (Due Amici), a tale adapted from the theatre about two Sicilians who live on the outskirts of a large Northern Italian city, is the only Italian film selected for the Critics Week competition at this year's Venice Film Festival.
  • Venice's Critics Week line up

    24-Jul-2002

    Sipro Scipione and Francesco Sframeli's Two Friends (Due Amici), a tale adapted from the theatre about two Sicilians who live on the outskirts of a large Northern Italian city, is the only Italian film selected for the Critics Week competition at this year's Venice Film Festival.
  • Venice's Critics Week line up

    24-Jul-2002

  • Italy's Giffoni festival announces line-up to 1,000 school children

    18-Jul-2002

    The Giffoni Film Festival, Italy's international youth-orientated event, has unveiled its full three-tiered competition line-up, which includes Ken Loach's Cannes prize-winner Sweet Sixteen, Chinese director Li Jixian's A High Sky Summer and Kirsten Sheridan's Irish hit Disco Pigs.
  • Italian government moves to overhaul entertainment laws

    14-Jul-2002

    The Italian government has presented a draft law to Parliament proposing a number of dramatic changes to the country's entertainment laws, including the introduction of a tax shelter.
  • Hour Of Religion praised at Italy's Nastro d'Argento awards

    8-Jul-2002

    Marco Bellocchio's Hour Of Religion; scooped the best film prize at Italy's oldest awards, the Nastri d'Argento, which were held on Saturday night in the Sicilian coastal resort of Taormina.
  • No Man's Land producer to head Locarno festival jury

    28-Jun-2002

  • European Film Awards to travel to Rome

    27-Jun-2002

    Following an invitation by Rome's cinephile mayor Walter Veltroni, the European Film Awards will be travelling for the first time to the Italian capital. Traditionally alternating between the European Film Academy's home town of Berlin and other European cities, the relocated ceremony will take place on December 7th 2002.
  • Hour Of Religion tops Nastro d'Argento award nominations

    25-Jun-2002

    Marco Bellocchio's Hour Of Religion, the story of an atheist painter who finds out his brothers want to beatify their dead mother, led the nominations for Italy's Nastri d'Argento, the country's oldest movie awards.
  • Italy's Giffoni film festival to welcome Streep, Makhmalbaf

    21-Jun-2002

    Meryl Streep and Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf will be among the guests at this year's Giffoni Film Festival, one of the premier festivals dedicated to youth-oriented cinema and the only one whose jury is entirely composed of international school children.
  • Italia Cinema appoints new president

    20-Jun-2002

    Marina Cicogna has been appointed president of Italia Cinema, Italy's film promotional body.
  • Re-vamped Taormina announces line-up and special awards

    17-Jun-2002

    Mike Leigh, Hugh Grant, Ennio Morricone and Isabelle Huppert will be among the recipients of the "Diamond Awards for Cinematic Excellence" at this year's Taormina Film Festival, which runs July 6th - July 13th.
  • Monica Bellucci to star in Muccino's Remember Me

    12-Jun-2002

    Hot on the heels of Gaspar Noe's Irreversible, Monica Bellucci is set to star in Italian filmmaker Gabriele Muccino's (The Last Kiss) upcoming movie, Remember Me (Ricordati Di Me).
  • Italian producers told to get professional - or die

    11-Jun-2002

    Italian producers should seek private financial partners - or risk extinction.
  • Warner lines up Vanzina remake as second Italian pic

    11-Jun-2002

    Warner Bros Pictures' has started production on its second Italian-language film, a sequel to 1970s cult movie La Febbre Del Cavallo starring Italy's Gigi Proietti, who also played the lead in the original comedy.
  • Medusa busy as Italian distributors unveil autumn slates

    7-Jun-2002

    Medusa, Silvio Berlusconi's Rome distribution powerhouse, has unveiled a bumper slate of new releases including James Foley's crime drama Confidence and Lars Von Trier's widely anticipated Dogville.
  • Italy's Buskin launches production unit with four arthouse films

    17-May-2002

    Fledlging Italian sales outfit Buskin Film is set to boost its international presence by launching a feature film production unit, with four major arthouse projects scheduled to shoot within the next year.
  • Italy prepares for flood of summer movies

    16-May-2002

    The Italian film industry is bracing itself for a breakthrough summer at cinemas nationwide, after local distributors officially agreed to reverse the pattern of previous years and release 60 films on 1,500 screens between May 15 and July 31.
  • New director to give newer look to Venice Film Festival

    10-May-2002

    Venice director Moritz de Hadeln has introduced a raft of new elements to the film festival, and while keeping the double competition established last year by Alberto Barbera, he will ensure that this time the differences between the two sections are more clearly defined.
  • Berlusconi's Mediaset posts heavily-reduced profits

    28-Apr-2002

    Mediaset, the leading private Italian network owned by Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, recorded a sharp drop in net profits in 2001 on the back of losses linked to its 2.3% stake in KirchMedia. Net profits were down to Euros 248.4m, compared to Euros 423.5m in 2000.
  • Controversial Italian G8 documentary to screen at Cannes

    25-Apr-2002

    New controversy is scheduled in Italy around the documentary Bella Ciao, about the riots at last year's G8 meeting in Genoa, which will screen in Cannes' Critics Week. The film, which was co-directed by the outgoing head of RAI 2, Carlo Freccero (under alias), was repeatedly rejected for broadcast by RAI management, and has never been seen on Italian TV.
  • Italy's antitrust body set to approve Stream/Telepiu sale

    25-Apr-2002

    Italy's Antitrust Authority is set to greenlight the deal which will see Rupert Murdoch's News Corp sell Italian pay-TV platform Stream to Vivendi Universal, if Vivendi's Telepiu complies with new conditions regarding its ownership of pay-TV rights to Hollywood movies.
  • Italian film industry wins credit bonanza from Euro bank

    24-Apr-2002

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) has made its biggest investment into European film production by granting a Euros 100m credit line to the Italian film and theatre industry.
  • Moretti appeals to Italy's president over Berlusconi's threat

    23-Apr-2002

    Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti has appealed to Italy's president to intervene after premier Silvio Berlusconi charged that three top RAI personalities should be fired because their use of state-run television has been "criminal."
  • New controversy erupts over Italian TV appointments

    18-Apr-2002

    New controversy has erupted over the control of Italian state broadcaster RAI after the parties in media mogul and prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's coalition were awarded the coveted top managerial jobs at RAI1 and RAI2 as well as their influential news programmes.
  • Laudadio re-opens Taormina to non-English films

    13-Apr-2002

    For the first time in three years, Italy's prestigious Taormina Film Festival will once again be open to non-English language films.
  • Olmi's Arms embraced by Italy's Oscars

    11-Apr-2002

    Ermanno Olmi's 16th century war epic The Profession Of Arms swept the board at the David di Donatello awards - Italy's Oscars - scooping nine prizes last night (April 10), including best film, best director and best screenplay.
  • Medusa acquires Pinocchio as part of Cecchi Gori package

    11-Apr-2002

    Italy's leading distribution outfit, Medusa Film, has grabbed theatrical rights to six films including Roberto Benigni's eagerly-anticipated Pinocchio (right) from beleaguered former powerhouse Cecchi Gori group.
  • RAI to handle sales on Bellocchio's Cannes contender

    11-Apr-2002

    RAI Trade, the film sales division of Italy's state-owned broadcast giant RAI, has picked up international distribution rights to Marco Bellocchio's Hour Of Religion.
  • Italian publisher buys into Mikado Film

    10-Apr-2002

    Italian publishing giant De Agostini has taken a majority stake in local arthouse production and distribution outfit Mikado Film, which recently co-produced Otar Iosseliani's Lundi Matin and released Jill Sprecher's 13 Conversations About One Thing.
  • Italian filmmaking veteran Tonino Cervi dies

    3-Apr-2002

    Tonino Cervi, the Italian director, screenwriter and producer of films by Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni and Bernardo Bertolucci, has died in Siena of a heart attack aged 72.
  • From Berlinale to Biennale - De Hadeln gets Venice

    21-Mar-2002

    After weeks of political machinations, intrigue and rumour, the Venice Film Festival has named former Berlin head Moritz De Hadeln (pictured)as artistic director of the next edition of the Biennale. De Hadeln replaces Alberto Barbera, who has been in charge of Venice since 1999.
  • Profession Of Arms leads Donatello nominations

    20-Mar-2002

    Ermanno Olmi's 16th century war picture The Profession Of Arms, Silvio Soldini's tortured drama Burning In The Wind and Giuseppe Piccioni's film about urban misfits, Light of My Eyes led the nominations for the 2002 David di Donatello Awards, Italy's Oscar equivalents.
  • The clock is ticking for Venice film festival

    19-Mar-2002

    The clock is ticking and the Venice Film Festival is still without an artistic director following the sudden withdrawal of Pierluigi Celli and Piera Detassis, who were both reportedly offered the top job last week.
  • Venice Int'l TV festival to launch this week

    18-Mar-2002

    While Venice's Film Festival still awaits the official appointment of a new artistic director, the Lido is about to see the first Venice International Television Festival kick off in high style.
  • Venice fest set to unveil joint artistic directors

    14-Mar-2002

    Franco Bernabe, president of the Biennale Venice film festival is believed to be close to naming Piera Detassis, editor of the film magazine Ciak (owned by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi), and Pierluigi Celli, former CEO of RAI, as joint artistic directors of the Venice film festival.
  • Italian cinema admissions plummet yet again

    12-Mar-2002

    Cinema admissions in Italy tumbled a sharp 29.4% in February 2002 compared to last year, marking the third consecutive monthly drop during what is traditionally one of the busiest periods at the box office.
  • Italian producers threaten Venice festival boycott

    12-Mar-2002

    With just fivemonths to go before the start of the next Venice Film Festival and still no newartistic director to run it, Aurelio De Laurentiis, the head of Italy's producers union, has threatened not to present any Italian films in the upcoming festival unless Venice Biennale president Franco Bernabe appoints newmanagement before the end of this week.
  • Italian government passes conflict of interest law

    5-Mar-2002

    The Italian Parliament has passed Silvio Berlusconi's controversial law on conflict of interest. Although the centre-left opposition stormed out of Parliament before the vote in a sign of protest, votes from Berlusconi's centre-right coalition were sufficient in number for the law to be passed.
  • Antitrust authority blocks Stream/Telepiu sale

    4-Mar-2002

    Italy's Antitrust Authority has frozen the deal which would have seen Rupert Murdoch's News Corp sell Italian pay-tv platform Stream to Vivendi Universal.
  • Italy's Eagle swoops on two-picture Mandalay deal

    3-Mar-2002

    Eagle Pictures, the fast-expanding film and TV outfit based in Rome and Milan, has struck a two picture deal with Mandalay Pictures, the Paramount-based independent headed by Peter Guber. Mandalay had previously licensed movies in Italy through Cecchi Gori Pictures and more recently Medusa Film.
  • Michael Kuhn co's first picture rolls in Rome

    1-Mar-2002

    Shooting has started inRome's Cinecitta Studios on 20th Century Fox's Sin Eater, the first project to go into production throughformer PolyGram Filmed Entertainment chief Michael Kuhn's new productionoutfit.
  • Italy's state-backed film fund is cut by 50%

    25-Feb-2002

    The Italian film industry has lost almost 50% of its state funding for local production, following an announcement by cultural minister Giuliano Urbani. The cut, from Euros 97.5m in 2001 to this year's budget of Euros 55.5m, is part of a widespread reduction in government funding for entertainment.
  • Berlusconi controversy builds to a climax

    25-Feb-2002

    The controversial debate over Silvio Berlusconi's conflict of interest law, to be held in the Italian parliament this week, is set to co-incide with a 100,000-strong mass protest against the government in Rome.
  • Senior Rai appointments delayed

    14-Feb-2002

    As tensions over conflict of interest in Italy continue to escalate, parliament leader Pierferdinando Casini has announced that state broadcaster Rai's new management will not be appointed until next week. The contracts of the current management, headed by Roberto Zaccaria, expire on Friday.
  • Buskin ties up sales on Mother Viper

    14-Feb-2002

    Italy's Buskin Film has closed a host of sales on Vipera, veteran Italian director Sergio Citti's movie starring Harvey Keitel and Giancarlo Giannini.
  • Murdoch sells Stream to Vivendi Universal

    14-Feb-2002

    Rupert Murdoch has pulled out of Italy by closing a deal with Vivendi Universal that sees News Corp selling its ailing pay-TV arm, Stream to the rival media giant. The deal, which must now be approved by Italy's Antitrust Authority, paves the way for Vivendi's Telepiu' to become the only pay-TV outfit operating in Italy.
  • Italian minister condemns American Beauty

    13-Feb-2002

    Italian government minister Umberto Bossi has condemned Oscar-winning picture American Beauty for corrupting Italian family values.
  • Australia's Darnley House boards $12m Jamil

    7-Feb-2002

    Australia's Darnley House Productions has boarded Italian producer Leo Pescarolo's $12m picture, Jamil, The Last Goddess.
  • Berlusconi's conflict-of-interest law criticised

    7-Feb-2002

    Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's government is trying to push through a polemical new conflict-of-interest law, days before it is due to appoint a new board of directors for state broadcaster Rai, the main rival to the premier's multi-billion dollar media empire.
  • Venice fest denies Barbera resignation reports

    5-Feb-2002

    The Venice Film Festival has denied reports that artistic director Alberto Barbera has already resigned from his position.
  • Revamped Taormina festival hires Steve Klain

    30-Jan-2002

    In a bid to boost the US profile of the Taormina Film Festival, director Felice Laudadio has hired Steve Klain, Miramax's veteran New York-based international marketing director, as a deputy director.
  • Rai Trade closes string of sales on Jurij

    30-Jan-2002

    Italian sales agent Rai Trade has closed a string of sales ahead of next month's Berlin and AFM markets on Jurij, a drama directed by Stefano Gabrini starring Charles Dance and Sarah Miles.
  • Rings breaks Italian box office record

    28-Jan-2002

    New Line blockbuster The Lord of The Rings has smashed the all-time Italian box office opening record briefly held by Harry Potter, by grossing a massive $5m (Euros 5,841,147) from 503 screens on its first weekend.
  • Berlusconi to privatise state-run TV channels

    28-Jan-2002

    Three weeks before Italy's Berlusconi-led government appoints a new board of directors at state broadcaster Rai, the premier and media magnate who owns rival private broadcaster Mediaset has confirmed plans to privatise two of Rai's three television channels.
  • Rome's Dinocitta studios to be re-opened

    23-Jan-2002

    Paris-based Tarak Ben Ammar, head of the rights trading venture Quinta Communications, has teamed up with Italian entrepreneurs Riccardo Pisa and Raimondo Lagostena to re-open Dinocitta, the famous Rome studios built by producer Dino De Laurentiis in 1964.
  • The rise and fall of Italian cinema admissions

    18-Jan-2002

    Annual box office revenues for Italy's new generation of multiplex cinemas appear to be growing at roughly the same rate as the decline in the profitability of the country's traditional theatres, according to latest industry estimates.
  • Italian pay-TV merger plan withdrawn

    17-Dec-2001

    Italy's antitrust authority has announced that Vivendi Universal and News Corp have withdrawn their plan to merge their Italian pay-TV arms, pre-empting the watchdog's widely expected ruling against the operation.
  • Cannes' Fremaux explores Italian talent

    17-Dec-2001

    Having visited Germany and the UK, Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux has turned his attention to Italy, visiting Rome to meet key players from the local film industry and find out more about new Italian talent.
  • Venice Biennale gets unexpected new president

    17-Dec-2001

    In a sudden and unexpected move, Italy's Culture Minister Giuliano Urbani has appointed ex-Eni and Telecom Italia manager Franco Bernabe to replace Paolo Baratta as president of the Venice Biennale, the organisation that manages the Venice Film Festival.
  • Cecchi Gori in court over cash-for-votes flap

    12-Dec-2001

    Embattled movie mogul and former senator, Vittorio Cecchi Gori is set to appear in court this week on corruption charges.
  • Controversy looms at Italy's state-backed orgs

    2-Dec-2001

    A high ranking member of Silvio Berlusconi's Italian government has openly criticized Cinecitta Holding's decision to appoint Antonio More managing director of state-run distributor Istituto Luce, after president Angelo Guglielmi stepped down last week.
  • Italian film distributors unveil their 2002 slates

    2-Dec-2001

    Italian state distributor Istituto Luce, whose president Angelo Guglielmi recently stepped down, has unveiled its 2002 distribution slate which includes Wong Kar-Wai's widely anticipated new film 2046, Theo Angelopoulos's upcoming film about Greek exiles, The Weeping Field, and French actor-writer-director Michel Blanc's Embrassez Qui Vous Voulez.
  • Mein Stern scoops Turin Festival's top prize

    27-Nov-2001

    Valeska Grisebach's Mein Stern has scooped the top prize at this year's Turin Film Festival, Italy's prestigious cutting-edge event which is dedicated to emerging directors.
  • Italy's Eagle feathers its nest with books

    21-Nov-2001

    Italy's Eagle Pictures, which recently received substantial acquisition and production funding from financial group Interbanca (Screendaily Nov 20, 2001), is just one of the internationally-minded Italian companies filling its production slate with screen adaptations of literary masterpieces.
  • Italy's Eagle Pictures gets huge cash boost

    20-Nov-2001

    Ambitious Italian distributor and producer Eagle Pictures has secured a major cash injection from leading financial group Interbanca, which has acquired a 13.79% stake in the film outfit for a value of Euros 10.3m.
  • Italy's Medusa buys Cecchi Gori package

    18-Nov-2001

    Rome's leading distribution outfit, Medusa Film, has finalised a late deal to buy five completed films from Cecchi Gori, enabling the former Italian number one to inject some cash back into its beleaguered film distribution and production operation.
  • Italy and Iceland submit their Oscar candidates

    13-Nov-2001

    As expected, Nanni Moretti's The Son's Room has won Italy's nomination to join the foreign language Oscar race. The Moretti picture, which won the Cannes Palme d'Or in May, beat competition from local heavyweights The Last Kiss and Ignorant Fairies. Meanwhile, Iceland has selected Agust Gudmundsson's new feature The Seagull's Laughter as its Academy Award entry.
  • Turin film festival unveils competition line-up

    11-Nov-2001

    The 19th edition of the Turin Film Festival, Italy's pre-eminent cutting-edge event, has unveiled its competition line-up which includes Ake Sandgren's Dogme title Truly Human (Et Rigtigt Menneske) and Terry Zwigoff's Steve Buscemi starrer Ghost World, which is produced by John Malkovich.
  • Italian industry denounces merger consultations

    8-Nov-2001

    In an unprecedented move, more than sixty of Italy's top film directors, writers and producers have addressed a fiery open letter to Giuseppe Tesauro, president of Italy's Antitrust Authority in leading Italian daily La Repubblica, denouncing the fact that none of Italy's film associations have been consulted over the planned merger of the country's beleaguered pay-TV platforms and premier film financiers, Stream and Telepiu.
  • Italy ponders shortlist of three Oscar candidates

    7-Nov-2001

    Italy's unofficial shortlist for its foreign Oscar candidate features Nanni Moretti's The Son's Room, Gabriele Muccino's The Last Kiss and Ferzan Ozpetek's Ignorant Fairies.
  • Benigni's Pinocchio delayed until next Christmas

    7-Nov-2001

    Roberto Benigni's hugely anticipated next picture, Pinocchio, will not be released in Italy until Christmas 2002, a spokesman for the Cecchi Gori Group confirmed on Wednesday (Nov 7).
  • Olmi wins Italy's St Vincent prize for Arms

    29-Oct-2001

    Veteran Italian director Ermanno Olmi has been awarded the Best Director prize for Profession Of The Arms at Italy's prestigious St Vincent Prize, a pre-eminent festival designed to promote Italian cinema abroad.
  • Salles' Virgin heads for Cinecitta

    29-Oct-2001

    Brazilian director Walter Salles' upcoming Assumption Of The Virgin will start shooting next year in Rome's fabled Cinecitta Studios on a set designed by Oscar winning legend Dante Ferretti (Gangs Of New York).
  • Italy's Eagle buys Wine, develops Rose

    29-Oct-2001

    As it beefs up its slate of high-profile pictures, Rome powerhouse Eagle Pictures has acquired rights to Blackberry Wine, the new novel from Joanne Harris, the best-selling author of Chocolat, and is also developing The White Rose, a new project from director Joel Schumacher (Tigerland, The Client).
  • Mifed market premieres attract attention

    28-Oct-2001

    As the 68th edition of Mifed kicked off yesterday under its new private operator, Rassegne, interest was expected to hot up on a slew of market premieres, including Robert Altman's much-anticipated Gosford Park and Spanish Penelope Cruz-starrer No News From God.
  • Salvatores to film Italian kidnap drama

    28-Oct-2001

    Oscar winning director Gabriele Salvatores's next project will be a screen adaptation of Niccolo' Ammaniti's critically-acclaimed drama, "Io Non Ho Paura."
  • Rai seeks US distribution reciprocation

    28-Oct-2001

    In a bid to boost the presence of Italian films in the US theatrical market, Rai Cinema is including a clause in all the acquisition and co-production contracts it signs with US partners stipulating that they must in turn agree to distribute of a number of selected Rai titles in the US.
  • Berlusconi finally acquitted of bribery

    23-Oct-2001

    Ending a bitter legal battle that has lasted seven years, Italy's highest Appeals Court has acquitted premier Silvio Berlusconi of bribery charges relating to his media empire, Fininvest. However, the Court did confirm sentences for several of the multi-million dollar group's executives.
  • Turin festival announces first competition titles

    23-Oct-2001

    The upcoming Turin Film Festival (November 15th-23rd)'s line-up will include James Toback's latest film, Harvard Man, Todd Solondz's Storytelling and David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, organizers of the northern Italian festival announced.
  • Charlton Heston plays Mengele in war crime drama

    7-Oct-2001

    Charlton Heston has joined the cast of Papa Alguem 5555, a movie about a Nazi war criminal who lives in hiding in Brazil. Adapted from a controversial novel by German author Peter Schneider, the Italian-Brazilian-Hungarian film is currently shooting in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Italy's Mifed boosts its international appeal

    3-Oct-2001

    As it attempts to recover ground lost to supporters of the rival London Screenings, Mifed has announced an increase in the number of premieres and films screening at the market, as well as several innovations including a convention on international relations, a VIP Lounge and a new market award.
  • Berlusconi acquitted of most charges, some remain

    2-Oct-2001

    Italy's Supreme Court has acquitted prime minister and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi of charges of false accounting during the acquisition of leading film outfit Medusa Film in the late 1980s.
  • Michelangelo Antonioni to return to directing

    2-Oct-2001

    Michelangelo Antonioni, the ailing 89-year-old director of Blow Up and Beyond The Clouds, is set to return to the film set after six years to direct one segment of a three-part feature film. Wong Kar-wai and Pedro Almodovar are attached to direct the other two parts of the movie, a low-budget erotic drama, leading Italian daily La Repubblica said.
  • Italy's Mediaset accused of unlawful trading

    25-Sep-2001

    Italy's Mediaset was again caught up in a whirl of controversy this weekend after a Milan court accused the group's president, Fedele Confalionieri, of unlawful rights-trading. Investigating prosecutors also lifted the lid on the conflict of interest issue, one of the hottest points of contention for Mediaset and current prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.
  • BBC's Care wins Prix Italia TV drama prize

    25-Sep-2001

    The BBC's heart-wrenching drama Care won the prestigious Prix Italia prize for best TV drama at the annual television and radio awards ceremony held this year in Bologna and Reggio Emilia (Sept 14-22). The 104 min picture tells the story of a 14-year-old boy who is sent to a children's home when he's caught stealing a packet of cigarettes. He subsequently endures physical and sexual abuse from both wardens and visitors, including a local magistrate. The drama, directed ...
  • Kirch, Mediaset dismantle top-heavy Epsilon

    21-Sep-2001

    Epsilon, the joint venture film finance outfit involving the Kirch group and Italy's Mediaset, has been wound up after two years of internal wrangling.
  • Italy's Mifed cancels Gala, boosts security

    19-Sep-2001

    In a sign of solidarity to the US for last week's terrorist attacks, Mifed has announced the cancellation of a gala evening which had been arranged to showcase Italian cinema during the market. Instead, organisers said the (undisclosed) budget which had been allocated for the event will be given to a charity linked to the US attacks.
  • Mediaset posts first half profit dip of 3.3%

    14-Sep-2001

    Mediaset, the leading private Italian broadcaster founded by Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, has posted first half losses in gross profits of 3.3% to Euros 450.3m. The company's consolidated balance, however, was up 6% to Euros 500.3m, with total turnover rising 6.5% to Euros 1.37 billion.
  • Mueller prepares international production slate

    13-Sep-2001

    Marco Mueller, producer of Babak Payami's Venice prize winner Secret Ballot and executive producer of Sarajevo winner and Cannes favourite No Man's Land, says he will soon start producing Italian feature films in addition to lining up South American and African titles for the production slate that will launch his new, as yet unnamed, production outfit.
  • Italy's Telepiu and Stream merger threatened

    13-Sep-2001

    Italy's antitrust watchdog has cast a deep shadow over the planned merger of Italian cable TV giants, Telepiu and Stream. Despite widespread industry confidence that the merger would receive swift regulatory approval, the antitrust authority has opened an investigation into the deal which had been agreed by the pay-TV groups' parent companies, News Corp and Vivendi Universal in July.
  • Italy's Saint-Vincent Prize adds TV drama

    9-Sep-2001

    Italy's Saint-Vincent Prize, a leading festival designed to promote Italian cinema abroad, has announced that for the first time this year it will dedicate a section to the fast-growing field of Italian TV drama.
  • Rai cinema seeking European production partners

    3-Sep-2001

    Confirming its intention to build up a solid international presence, Italy's Rai Cinema announced that it is actively seeking European co-production partners in Germany, Spain and France. Giuliano Montaldo, chairman of Rai Cinema, the Rome-based film arm of public broadcaster Rai Cinema, said the company plans to announce a European project in 2002.
  • Movieweb plans 12 Italian films per year

    3-Sep-2001

    Movieweb, the Italian production company which has backed producer Rita Rusic's latest movies after her split from husband Vittorio Cecchi Gori, has revealed plans to become the country's leading production outfit with its bid to boost its production slate to 12 movies a year.
  • RAI accused of monopolising Italian distrib sector

    2-Sep-2001

    On the weekend that it released its first ever title, RAI Cinema and StudioCanal's new theatrical offshoot 01 Distribuzione was accused of "unfairly monopolising" the [Italian] distribution sector.
  • Italy's Cortesi prepares new Infascelli project

    2-Sep-2001

    Massimo Cortesi, head of the Rome-based company Navert Film which co-produced Claire Peploe's Triumph of Love and Giuseppe Bertolucci's Love Probably - both screening in Venice - is lining up a new film to be directed by Italy's Fiorella Infascelli.
  • Italy doubles script development funding

    2-Sep-2001

    The Italian Cultural Department has more than doubled the funding it started allocating last year for script development, giving state distributor Istituto Luce the task of managing the project for the second year in a row.
  • Taylor in the pink as amFAR raises $700,000

    2-Sep-2001

    All eyes were on the glowing, pink-attired Elisabeth Taylor, at the second glittering AmfAR gala to be held during the Venice film festival.
  • Mikado grabs Italian rights to Lagaan epic

    2-Sep-2001

    Rome-based distribution outfit Mikado has scooped up Italian rights to Ashutosh Gowarkier's sprawling Bollywood epic, Lagaan (aka Once Upon A Time In India).
  • Liberato's outfit boards Gucci

    31-Aug-2001

    Andrea De Liberato's Rome-based production outfit Poetiche Cinematografiche, which produced Venice 58 competition title Luna Rossa, has boarded director Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov's upcoming film, currently known as Gucci.
  • Italian government set to agree film tax shelter

    31-Aug-2001

    For the first time in post-war history, the Italian government looks set to ratify a national tax shelter to help fund the entertainment industry.
  • Prix Italia to collaborate with NATPE and CBS

    6-Aug-2001

    NATPE president Bruce Johansen and PBS chief Pat Mitchell will be guest speakers at the 53rd edition of the Prix Italia, the prestigious international television and radio awards held annually in Italy, following a long-term collaboration agreement sealed by the US television market and Prix Italia.
  • Berlusconi daughter to head Italy's Medusa

    1-Aug-2001

    Marina Berlusconi, daughter of Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, has been appointed president of Finvinvest film arm Medusa Film. The move at Italy's leading film production and distribution outfit, follows the death of Carlo Bernasconi last month.
  • Telemontecarlo's future questioned after takeover

    30-Jul-2001

    As Italian tyre and cable manufacturer Pirelli, backed by the Benetton retail empire, took over Telecom Italia, Europe's fifth-biggest telecom group, this weekend, the future of the telecom's financially beleaguered TV station, Telemontecarlo, was again called into question.
  • Big budget films boost Italian industry confidence

    29-Jul-2001

    With a total of 12 Italian films showing in various sections of this year's Venice film festival, and a raft of big budget films in the pipeline from the likes of Roberto Benigni and Franco Zeffirelli, the Italian film industry is feeling more positive than usual.
  • Venice selection expansion hailed as double treat

    29-Jul-2001

    The programming innovations revealed for the 58th Venice Film Festival - which this year heralds the advent of an additional competition line-up known as The Cinema Of The Present - have been greeted with generally favourable industry reactions.
  • Venice 2001: Film Festival Line-up

    27-Jul-2001

    Following this year's radical restructure of one of the world's oldest international film events, Venice film festival chief Alberto Barbera has unveiled the line-up of the two official competition sections for the event's 58th edition.
  • Giffoni fetes Jimmy Grimble

    23-Jul-2001

    A jury of international school children presided by Billy Elliott star Jamie Bell has awarded the Giffoni Film Festival's top prize to UK director John Hay's football hopeful movie, There's Only One Jimmy Grimble.
  • New Anica president appointed

    19-Jul-2001

    Gianni Massaro, the Italian entertainment lawyer who heads the European production fund Eurimages, has been appointed president of Anica, Italy's national film body, replacing film producer Fulvio Lucisano.
  • De Laurentiis hopes Scott will direct Alexander

    19-Jul-2001

    Contrary to earlier reports, producer Dino De Laurentiis has yet to secure the services of director Ridley Scott for the film he is lining up about Alexander The Great.
  • De Laurentiis says Scott to direct Alexander epic

    18-Jul-2001

    Confirming Italy's current enthusiasm for multi-million dollar sword-and-sandal epics, legendary producer Dino De Laurentiis has announced that he is lining up a picture about Alexander The Great that will be directed by Gladiator director Ridley Scott and is expected to feature UK actor Anthony Hopkins in a key role.
  • The Last Days Of Pompeii - for the ninth time

    12-Jul-2001

    More than forty years after it was last seen on the big screen, Italian producer Leo Pescarolo is developing a big-budget English-language remake of the legendary movie The Last Days of Pompei, making it the ninth time the sword-and-sandal spectacular returns to the silver screen.
  • Giffoni festival reveals impressive line-up

    12-Jul-2001

    Italy's Giffoni Film Festival, one of the premier festivals dedicated to youth-oriented cinema and the only one whose jury is composed of international school children, has unveiled its full line-up which includes Nick Castle's Delivering Milo, John Hay's There's Only One Jimmy Grimble and Iranian filmmaker Ali Shah-Hatami's Shrapnels In Peace.
  • Galfin joins Alquimia on Callas Forever

    11-Jul-2001

    Olivier Granier from France's Galfin has joined Spain's Alquimia as a co-producer of Franco Zeffirelli's upcoming drama Callas Forever.
  • Venice dedicates tributes to Munk and Debord

    10-Jul-2001

    The Venice International Film Festival (August 29th - September 8th) has announced that it will dedicate a retrospective to the late Polish film director Andrzej Munk and to the little known cinema oeuvre of French critic Guy Debord.
  • Cecchi Gori president steps down amid allegations

    9-Jul-2001

    Italy's fallenmedia mogul Vittorio Cecchi Gori (pictured left) announced on Monday night that he is temporarily "abstaining" himself from all his duties as president of the Cecchi Gori Group.
  • Medusa's Bernasconi dies suddenly

    6-Jul-2001

    Carlo Bernasconi, president of Rome-based mini major Medusa Film, died suddenly Thursday night in Milan. Aged 57, he was known to have been suffering from heart problems for some time.
  • Italy's distributors elect president

    6-Jul-2001

    Italy's national distributors union, UNIDIM, has appointed Eagle Pictures' Giampaolo Sodano as its new president, replacing Andrea Occhipinti.
  • Taormina Festival plans Italian distribution boost

    6-Jul-2001

    In a determined bid to aggressively encourage broader summer programming in Italy and boost the Taormina Film Festival's position as a European launchpad for US blockbusters, festival director Felice Laudadio has announced that he will yet again move the dates of the festival forward. This year's event runs June 29th to July 7th, earlier than in 2000. Next year's festival will run June 8th-16th.
  • Locarno shines spotlight on Asians in US cinema

    26-Jun-2001

    The 54th editionof the Locarno International Film Festival (Aug 2-12) has unveiled a richsidebar on Asians in American Cinema, including films such as Emiko Omori's RabbitIn The Moon, StevenOkazaki's Days Of Waiting, Wayne Wang's Life Is Cheap But Toilet Paper Is Expensive and Frank Sinatra's soledirectorial effort, None But The Brave, a WW2 war film from 1965 that featured Japanese soldiersspeaking in their native tongue.Dubbed "Out ...
  • Italian financial regulators to search Mediaset HQ

    25-Jun-2001

    Italy's Financial Guard has been issued a warrant to search the Milan headquarters of Mediaset, Italy's largest private broadcaster, as part of an investigation into possible wrong-doing during Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi's first stint as prime minister in 1994.
  • Apocalypse Now takes centre stage at Taormina

    20-Jun-2001

    Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now Redux will screen at the Taormina Film Festival on July 4 in the Sicilian town's spectacular 7,000 seater Greek amphitheatre.
  • Italian arthouse buyer emerges from The Swamp

    12-Jun-2001

    Confirming its position as one of the more adventurous Italian distributors of arthouse fare, Rome-based outfit Teodora Film has picked up Italian rights to controversial Berlinale prizewinner The Swamp (La Cienaga).
  • Taormina promo launches Italy's summer renaissance

    7-Jun-2001

    Continuing the drive to promote the Taormina Film Festival as a major summer launchpad for international blockbusters, Italy's multiplex association is screening a film depicting the history of the 47-year-old festival before the main feature on 200 multiplex screens across the country.
  • Italian court greenlights Telemontecarlo take-over

    31-May-2001

    Paving the way for a third broadcasting force in Italy, the country's highest appeal's court has cleared Telecom Italia and multimedia group Seat Pagine Gialle to take over debt-ridden television station Telemontecarlo (TMC) from the troubled Cecchi Gori Group.
  • Lecce Euro festival unveils line-up

    30-May-2001

    Joaquin Cortes vehicle Gitano and Envy Of Gods by Russian director Vladimir Menshov are among the eight films in competition at the second edition of the European Cinema festival, which will be held in the southern Italian town of Lecce (June 2-9).
  • Sharada snags two Cannes titles for Italy

    25-May-2001

    Confirming the rise in Italy of a new generation of ambitious distribution
  • Italy celebrates Nanni Moretti as a national hero

    21-May-2001

    Better known for nervous introspection than clambering over the audience a la Roberto Benigni, Nanni Moretti was at the centre of a media whirlwind on Monday as the Italian press celebrated Italy's first Palme d'Or in 23 years.
  • Bauer strikes deals on Good War

    15-May-2001

    Bauer Martinez Studios has made a raft of sales on Giorgio Serafini's English-language picture, The Good War, and has also unveiled a 4-picture slate of international English-language co-productions.
  • Hundred Steps producer lines up Palestinian movie

    13-May-2001

    Fabrizio Mosca, producer of the Italian Oscar candidate The Hundred Steps, is lining up three English-language pictures, including Return to Haifa - a breakthrough Israeli-Palestinian-Italian film about Middle East tensions.
  • Mueller creates new film production company

    11-May-2001

    Marco Mueller, head of the Benetton-owned production company Fabrica Cinema, is planning to create a new, autonomous production company at the end of this year.
  • Zefirrelli lines up next project with Italy's RAI

    10-May-2001

    As part of its drive into high profile film production, Rai Cinema is set to produce the next project by Franco Zeffirelli after the Italian director completes his widely anticipated upcoming film, Callas Forever, for rival mini-major Medusa Film.
  • FilmExport seduces partners for Valentino film

    10-May-2001

    Rome-based sales outfit FilmExport is in the final stages of talks with US and European co-production partners to board a $30m film about legendary gigolo Rudolf Valentino.
  • Venice festival launches second competition

    2-May-2001

    In a ground-breaking restructuring of the oldest international film event, Venice film festival chief Alberto Barbera has announced that he will establish two official competition sections at the next edition of the festival. The two Lion awards will carry equal weight.
  • Indie community mourns Kermit Smith

    17-Apr-2001

    A funeral service was held today for Kermit Smith, one of Italy's most highly recognised producers and distributors of independent film. Aged 48, he died on Thursday (April 12) after a brief illness.
  • Alatan leaves Cecchi Gori for Medusa

    12-Apr-2001

    Italy's leading distributor, Medusa, has dealt another serious blow to struggling competitor and former number one Cecchi Gori.
  • Italian pay-TV merger expected next week

    11-Apr-2001

    After months of on-off talks, negotiations concerning a merger of Itlay's two pay-TV operators appear now to be in the home straight. Such a merger would be expected to have a deflationary effect on the cost of film rights in the Italian television market.
  • Italy's Davids celebrate local success

    11-Apr-2001

    Gabriele Muccino's local hit The Last Kiss (L'Ultimo Bacio) picked up five awards at the David di Donatello awards, Italy's equivalent to the Oscars, including the prestigious Best Director prize. The film, with local box office receipts in excess of $8.5m, is one of a handful of Italian pictures credited with boosting the domestic market over the last months.
  • Berlusconi expected to sell Mediaset shares

    10-Apr-2001

    With Italy's national elections looming on May 13, fresh rumours are circulating that opposition candidate Silvio Berlusconi could be about to sell his shares in private broadcaster Mediaset to Australian mogul Rupert Murdoch.
  • Italy's Donatello Awards follow box office lead

    27-Mar-2001

    After awarding a slew of prizes last year to sleeper hit Bread And Tulips, Italy's film industry nominations again matched local box office success. Nanni Moretti's La Stanza del Figlio, Marco Tullio Giordana's The Hundred Steps and Gabriele Muccino's The Last Kiss led the nominations for Italy's Oscar equivalents, the David di Donatello awards, each receiving nominations for best film, best director, best script, best actor, best editor, and best producer.
  • Italy's German film festival line-up announced

    26-Mar-2001

    The second edition of Italy's German Film Festival is set to feature Germany's foreign Oscar candidate, No Place To Go by Oscar Roehler and Volker Schlondorff's The Legends Of Rita.
  • Beacon to remake Not Of This World

    26-Mar-2001

    Beacon Communications has acquired US remake rights to Giuseppe Piccioni's multi-award winning Italian film, Fuori Dal Mondo (Not Of This World).
  • Buskin gets Dynamic as part of new drive

    19-Mar-2001

    One of Italy's fastest-growing sales companies, Buskin Film, has sold a five-film package to Panama's Dynamic Group including Peter Del Monte's Against The Wind, which screened recently at the Berlin Film Festival.
  • RAI and Lakeshore to make first Gere

    16-Mar-2001

    Richard Gere is set to make his directorial debut with a feature film that is being planned as a co-production between Italy's RAI Cinema and Lakeshore. The two companies are currently in talks to reach an agreement on the 52-year-old actor's film, which it is understood could go into production in Italy in 2002.
  • Italy's Film Exporters lobby for loans

    9-Mar-2001

    In a bid to give a major boost to the Italian film industry, Italy's National Film Exporters Union is appealing to the government to give more financial support to projects with significant international appeal.
  • Istituto Luce: Apocalypse Nuovo

    8-Mar-2001

    Confirming a new, more aggressive attitude at Italy's Istituto Luce, head of distribution Giovanni Tamberi says he is in talks to buy Italian rights to Francis Ford Coppola's expanded version of Apocalypse Now.
  • Rai Trade deals with Brazil and Australia

    1-Mar-2001

    Italy's Rai Trade has struck two multi-picture distribution deals with Brazil and Australia and has closed a score of sales on its new titles, including cult director Maurizio Nichetti's latest comedy Honolulu Baby.
  • 3000 soldiers join Mogador Lovers

    27-Feb-2001

    Italy's Poetiche Cinematografiche has started shooting The Mogador Lovers, a love and war story which is being directed by the head of Morocco's national film body, Souheil Ben-Barka.
  • Nos Miran adds Hera Film

    26-Feb-2001

    Italy's Hera Film has boarded the Spanish thriller Nos Miran, which is currently shooting in Madrid under the direction of Norberto Lopez Amado.
  • Irons boards Callas Forever

    26-Feb-2001

    Jeremy Irons is set to join the cast of Callas Forever, Italian director Franco Zeffirelli's upcoming drama about the last months in the life of Greek opera diva Maria Callas.
  • Italian domestic films lose flavour

    21-Feb-2001

    In what has been branded as 'one of the worst years ever' for Italian films at the local box office, national film body, Anica, said that while overall takings increased last year, the box office continued to be heavily dominated by US fare and suffered from a low number of medium-to-high Italian earners.
  • France's Films de L'astre buys Honolulu Baby

    14-Feb-2001

    France's Films de L'astre has acquired local distribution rights to Honolulu Baby, the latest feature from cult Italian actor-director Maurizio Nichetti. RAI Trade, which is handling worldwide rights, has also sold the film to Greece and all other French-speaking territories.
  • Gladiator to re-enter the arena in Italy

    14-Feb-2001

    In an attempt to cash in on Gladiator's multiple Oscar nominations, distributor UIP has decided to re-release the sword-and-sandal epic in Italy two weeks before the Academy Awards ceremony takes place.
  • Hannibal chews up Italian box office

    14-Feb-2001

    In a record-breaking opening of a US film at the Italian box office, Hannibal has grossed a chilling $3,678,089 (l7,705,597,000) in three days from 322 theatres, taking an average $11,423 per screen.
  • Medusa hit comedy moves from screen to console

    12-Feb-2001

    Italian mini-major Medusa is seeking a US co-production partner to develop a line of video games spun off from its film properties. It is already preparing its first title, set to feature the money-spinning comic trio Aldo, Giovanni & Giacomo.
  • Palace, Istituto Luce strike two-pronged pact

    12-Feb-2001

    Italian state distributor Istituto Luce and Australia's Palace Films have signed a two-pronged deal under which they will co-produce features and jointly distribute Italian titles in the Australian market.
  • Cappon replaces Celli as RAI director general

    12-Feb-2001

    Italian state broadcaster RAI has promoted deputy director Claudio Cappon to the position of director general, replacing former chief Pier Luigi Celli who quit on Friday.
  • Italy's Buskin Film acquires Mother Viper

    8-Feb-2001

    Rome-based sales outfit Buskin Film has picked up worldwide rights to Mother Viper, an English-language World War II drama which is written and composed by the award-winning Life Is Beautiful team.
  • Italy's Buskin Film snaps up Berlin trio

    2-Feb-2001

    Fledgling Italian sales outfit Buskin Film has picked up worldwide rights to three films which are set to screen at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival: Peter Del Monte's Against The Wind (Controvento), Luciano Emmer's A Long, Long, Long Night Of Love and Rosalia Polizzi's Reconciled.
  • Italian authority clears TMC deal with conditions

    25-Jan-2001

    Italy's Antitrust Authority has said that it will wave through Telecom Italia and publishing giant Seat Pagine Gialle's proposed takeover of Cecchi Gori-owned broadcaster Telemontecarlo (TMC), if a law court greenlights the deal, and providing both companies comply with four regulatory conditions.
  • Italian box office up but local fare slides

    23-Jan-2001

    Italian box office takings grew 5.5% to $378m (L779.5bn) in 2000, according to figures from box office service Cinetel, but local product's share of the market slipped to 17.48% compared to 23.90% in 1999.
  • Italian watchdog rules against TMC takeover

    18-Jan-2001

    Italy's Communications Authority has vetoed the takeover of Cecchi Gori-owned broadcaster Telemontecarlo (TMC) by publishing giant Seat Pagine Gialle and Telecom Italia.
  • Bavaria Media sets up Italian production outpost

    18-Jan-2001

    Bavaria Media, the international production and rights arm of Germany's Bavaria Film, has established a new operation in Rome to spearhead European co-productions and increase the visibility of Italian product abroad.
  • Unbreakable broken as local comedy hogs number one

    11-Jan-2001

    Homegrown comedy Chiedimi Se Sono Felice (Ask Me If I'm Happy) has largely eclipsed Hollywood fare such as Unbreakable at the Italian box office, grossing $3,040,867 in its fourth weekend from 269 theatres.
  • Italy to take record nine films to Berlin festival

    10-Jan-2001

    Next month's Berlin International Film Festival is set to screen a bumper crop of nine Italian films including two competition titles, Italian film promotion body Italia Cinema announced on Wednesday.
  • Living Blood wins Italy's St Vincent prize

    20-Dec-2000

    Edoardo Winspeare's Living Blood (Sangue Vivo) has taken the top award, the Grolla d'Oro, at the prestigious St Vincent Prize, which is designed to promote Italian cinema abroad.
  • Slovenia becomes 26th country to join Eurimages

    18-Dec-2000

    Eurimages, the Council of Europe-backed organisation which finances European co-productions, has accepted Slovenia as a member, effective January 1, 2001.
  • Dinosaur stirs up ratings row in Italy

    12-Dec-2000

    Italian communications under-secretary Vincenzo Vita has called for a parental guidance classification to be added to Italy's ratings system, after a row erupted over the bloody scenes in Walt Disney's Dinosaur.
  • Cattleya in line for major cash boost

    6-Dec-2000

    Italian production outfit Cattleya is set to receive two major tranches of investment from one of Italy's leading financial groups, San Paolo IMI Private Equity, and multimedia giant De Agostini.
  • Costanzo to head Fininvest's cross media unit

    3-Dec-2000

    Mediatrade president Maurizio Costanzo has been appointed head of Veleno (Venom), the new company recently launched as Cross Media Factory by Italian media giant Fininvest, with the aim of seeking synergies between its publishing, internet, film and television arms.
  • Istituto Luce, Medusa unveil 2001 line-up

    1-Dec-2000

    Italian mini-majors Medusa and Istituto Luce have announced their distribution slates for the second half of 2001.
  • Lucky Red takes Good Machine's Series 7

    29-Nov-2000

    Italian distribution and production outfit Lucky Red has picked up Good Machine International's Big Brother meats the thriller genre film, Series 7: The Contenders.
  • George Washington takes top honours at Turin

    26-Nov-2000

    David Gordon Green's George Washington scooped the top prize at this year's Turin Film Festival (November 17-25), marking the first time a US film has won the award since the festival was launched 18 years ago.
  • Italy doubles co-production spend

    16-Nov-2000

    Confirming the renewed vitality of the Italian film industry, national film body Anica has reported that Italy almost doubled its spend on international co-productions in 1999 to $31m (L71bn) compared to $15.9m (L36bn) the previous year.
  • StudioCanal, Classic board Angelopoulos trilogy

    16-Nov-2000

    France's StudioCanal and Italian production outfit Classic Films will co-produce Theo Angelopoulos' $20m epic trilogy about Greek exiles, the first of which, The Weeping Field, is set to star Harvey Keitel.
  • Mediaset posts 26% jump in nine-month profits

    15-Nov-2000

    Mediaset's gross profits increased by 25.9% to Euros481m in the first nine months of 2000, on net turnover up 16.4% to Euros1.68bn. Advertising revenue was up 14.1%.
  • Italian competition body to investigate Seat-TMC

    13-Nov-2000

    Italy's Antitrust Authority has launched an official probe into publishing giant Seat Pagine Gialle's take-over of broadcaster Telemontecarlo.
  • Fabrica to relaunch as commercial venture

    10-Nov-2000

    Italian production outfit Fabrica Cinema, currently funded by clothing retailer Benetton, plans to relaunch next spring as a financially autonomous, market-oriented company under the banner Fabrica Cinema e Televisione.
  • Italy's Lantia strikes alliance with Elle U

    8-Nov-2000

    Rome-based producer-distributor Lantia has formed a financial and strategic alliance with Italian multimedia group Elle U Multimedia (EUM) that will enable it to beef up theatrical acquisitions and secure a domestic video outlet for its eclectic fare.
  • Italy picks Hundred Steps as Oscar contender

    8-Nov-2000

    Italy has chosen Marco Tullio Giordana's The Hundred Steps (I Cento Passi) as its official entry for the foreign-language Oscar, over both Silvio Soldini's Bread And Tulips and Giuseppe Tornatore's Malena, which had both been widely tipped.
  • First-half losses almost double at Stream

    7-Nov-2000

    Ailing Italian pay-TV operator Stream has reported that losses almost doubled in the first half of 2000 to $134.4m (L302bn) from $67.6m (L152bn) in the same period last year, despite an increase in both revenues and subscriber numbers.
  • Key, Mediatrade combine buying power

    1-Nov-2000

    In the latest sign that Italian independent distributors are becoming a force to be reckoned with on the international buying scene, ambitious young Rome-based independent Key Films has partnered with the Berlusconi-owned Fininvest group to acquire films.
  • RAI Cinema says no deal yet with StudioCanal

    1-Nov-2000

    RAI Cinema has firmly denied trade reports that it has closed a deal with StudioCanal to become its Italian distribution partner. President & CEO Giancarlo Leone said negotiations with the French company are continuing but insisted that he is also talking to other potential European supplier partners for its upcoming theatrical releasing label that will launched by the end of the year.
  • Zentropa adds Italians to financing web

    31-Oct-2000

    Denmark's Zentropa has signed a deal with Italy's Istituto Luce and Rome-based producer Leo Pescarolo of Imago Film to co-develop, finance and distribute a package of five titles including Lars Von Trier's next two films and three English-language films by other Danish directors.
  • Film Export to shoot Aranda historical comedy

    31-Oct-2000

    Italy's Film Export Group has announced that it is about to start shooting a new Spanish co-production entitled Locura De Amor and directed by Vicente Aranda.
  • Adriana Chiesa embarks on Indian Dream

    30-Oct-2000

    Italy's Adriana Chiesa Enterprises has acquired worldwide sales rights to Francesco Ranieri Martinotti's Branchie - An Indian Dream, starring local rock idol Gianluca Grignani.
  • De Angelis makes Magnificent film move

    30-Oct-2000

    Alfonso Arau's $16m remake of The Magnificent Ambersons, a project which began life as a mini-series when it went into production this year, has now been transformed into a full-fledged feature film as part of a push into the theatrical business by its European backer, The De Angelis Group.
  • Floods delay Italy's St Vincent Prize

    26-Oct-2000

    Italy's prestigious St. Vincent Prize for Italian cinema, scheduled to be held this week, has been postponed due to the heavy flooding that has swamped north-western Italy in the last couple of weeks.
  • Istituto Luce grabs Semana Santa

    24-Oct-2000

    Italian state-funded distributor Istituto Luce has acquired local rights to Pepe Danquart's English-language thriller Semana Santa, starring Mira Sorvino and Olivier Martinez, which is currently shooting in Seville.
  • Mancini appointed Cinecitta general director

    18-Oct-2000

    Italy's Cinecitta Studios has named Lamberto Mancini as its new general director, replacing Antonio More who had held the position for more than ten years.
  • TMC taps Giovalli to lure youth audience

    17-Oct-2000

    Italian publishing giant Seat has appointed Roberto Giovalli as Telemontecarlo's (TMC's) new chief of programming, as part of its drive to target the youth market and rake a healthy portion of the TV advertising market.
  • Profit attempts to grab share of Italian TV market

    16-Oct-2000

    Italian media company Profit has acquired local broadcaster Odeon TV, in a bid to build a satellite television network that could break RAI and Mediaset's stranglehold on the Italian TV advertising market.
  • Italy's Pablo snaps up Turin trio

    13-Oct-2000

    Fledgling Italian distributor Pablo has hoovered up local rights to three films set to screen at next month's Turin Film Festival: I Nostri Anni, directed by Daniele Gaglianone, Corso Salani's Occidente and documentary I Fantasisti.
  • Mediatrade launches Cross Media unit

    11-Oct-2000

    Mediatrade, the rights trading arm of Italian media giant Fininvest, is setting up an umbrella organisation, Cross Media Factory, to seek synergies between Fininvest's publishing, internet, film and television arms.
  • Bignardi to replace Mueller at Locarno

    10-Oct-2000

    The Locarno International Film Festival has appointed Italian film critic Irene Bignardi as its new director, replacing Marco Mueller who quit at the end of this year's event in August.
  • RAI to seek international partners

    29-Sep-2000

    Italian state broadcaster RAI continues to deny rumours that its television channels are about to be privatised, but according to board member Stefano Balassone, will seek global partners as soon as it gains autonomy from the Italian government.
  • Zeffirelli, Paskaljevic head Cattleya slate

    26-Sep-2000

    Having set new box office records even before its official UK and US releases, its no surprise that Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone is making news in every territory as soon as it is released.
  • DVD sales drive Italian video sector growth

    18-Sep-2000

    Italy's home video market grew 3% last year, buoyed by the blossoming DVD sector and an upswing in news-stand videocassette prices and rentals.
  • Mediaset to acquire Kirch stake

    18-Sep-2000

    Italian broadcaster Mediaset has announced that it will acquire a 2.48 % stake in its German partner, Kirch Media, underscoring both companies' aim to cement their film buying and production alliance, Epsilon.
  • Locarno appoints Solari as president

    14-Sep-2000

    The Locarno International Film Festival has appointed Marco Solari to succeed Giuseppe Buffi as president of the festival.
  • Italian watchdog fines Stream, Telepiu

    14-Sep-2000

    Italy's communications watchdog has slapped a $130,000 fine onto rival pay-TV groups Stream and Telepiu for failing to agree to a single decoder that will allow viewers to freely zap from one channel to another.
  • Italy's Scimeca lines up Spanish period drama

    8-Sep-2000

    Sicilian director Pasquale Scimeca, whose Placido Rizzotto premiered this week in the Venice film festival's Filmmakers of Today sidebar, has finished writing his next project which will be set in 15th Century Spain.
  • Kieft, Mediaport set to open first Cinestar 'plex

    4-Sep-2000

    German exhibitor Kieft & Kieft Filmtheater will open its first multiplex through the Cinestar joint venture, created with Italy's Mediaport and property developer Dora, in Udine, Italy on September 14.
  • Key chief mimics Factory with artists' collective

    4-Sep-2000

    Kermit Smith, head of Italian distributor Key Films, is creating an artists' collective, called Happy Together, which plans to promote, produce and distribute independent Italian films.
  • Venice to introduce TV festival

    3-Sep-2000

    Venice will hold its first International Television Festival in March 2002, an event that will be helmed by former Munich festival chief Marlene Sternbaum and Veneziafiere president Gabriele Zanetto.
  • Scorsese documentary pulled from Venice line-up

    31-Aug-2000

    Martin Scorsese has pulled his much-awaited Italian cinema documentary out of this year's Venice film festival, saying that the four-hour film, entitled Il Mio Viaggio In Italia is not yet ready to be screened.
  • Prix Italia to feature Altman retrospective

    28-Jul-2000

    The 52nd Prix Italia television and radio awards, sponsored by state broadcaster RAI, will feature a retrospective of director Robert Altman's television work and the screening of two freshly restored Fellini films - Clown (1970) and Prova D'Orchestra (1978).
  • Benigni lines up Pinocchio as next project

    28-Jul-2000

    Roberto Benigni, the Oscar-winning actor-director of Life Is Beautiful, has announced that his next project will be a live-action version of Pinocchio. His actress wife, Nicoletta Braschi, who starred opposite him in Life Is Beautiful, is also expected to star in the new film.
  • Locarno reshuffles duties after president's death

    27-Jul-2000

    The International Locarno Film Festival is to share the duties of late president Giuseppe Buffi amongst its committee of directors until the end of the festival, which starts on August 2. Buffi died after suffering a heart attack last week.
  • Buyers team up for Telemontecarlo take-over

    24-Jul-2000

    Telecom Italia and nascent internet giant Seat-Tin.it have confirmed that they are in talks to buy a majority stake in Telemontecarlo (TMC), the troubled Cecchi Gori Group-owned TV platform.
  • WW2 drama wins Giffoni festival

    24-Jul-2000

  • Milos Forman heads Venice jury

    24-Jul-2000

    Director Milos Forman will chair the jury of the upcoming Venice International Film Festival, the festival has announced.
  • Stream's Minoli fired for Telepiu meeting

    21-Jul-2000

    Giovanni Minoli has been dismissed from his position as general director of Italian pay-TV platform Stream in an unexpected move that casts further doubts over the future of the beleaguered News Corp and Telecom Italia-owned company.
  • Baise-moi gets outing at Euro-heavy Locarno

    13-Jul-2000

    Controversial French title Baise-moi will make its first international outing in the main competition section at the Locarno International Film Festival, festival director Marco Mueller announced on Thursday.
  • Cecchi Gori confirms Telefonica talks

    11-Jul-2000

    Italy's Cecchi Gori Communications has confirmed that it is holding talks with Spain's Telefonica, one of eight potential partners, about selling a minority stake in the group or one of its subsidiaries. However president Vittorio Cecchi Gori denied that the group's beleaguered TV station TeleMontecarlo is up for sale.
  • Del Borgo joins executive exodus from Stream

    6-Jul-2000

    Giglio Del Borgo has quit his position as commercial director at Italian pay-TV platform Stream, one of several recent resignations that have raised questions about the fate of the News Corp and Telecom Italia-owned company.

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