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Sheri Jennings

Sheri Jennings covers Italy for Screen.

  • Q&A: Orlando von Einseidel, Virunga


    Screen speaks to the British filmmaker about his documentary following a group of brave individuals risk their lives to save the last of the world’s mountain gorillas.
  • Onur Tukel, Summer of Blood


    TRIBECA: North Carolina-born filmmaker Onur Tukel’s Manhattan and Brooklyn-set black comedy Summer of Blood is a novel twist on relationship angst, where the selfish needs of a vampire align with those of New York City bachelor.
  • Tribeca: Lou Howe, Gabriel


    Lou Howe, who studied film at Harvard and AFI, had his directorial debut Gabriel starring Rory Caulkin selected to open Tribeca’s World Narrative Feature competition.
  • Tribeca: Johanna Hamilton, 1971


    ‘Secret FBI’ project took careful research and interview skills.
  • Warner Bros Italia takes territories on The Best Offer


    Geoffrey Rush and Jim Sturgess have joined Oscar winning director Giuseppe Tornatore’s $21m English and Italian-language film, purportedly a love story set in the luxurious world of Viennese art auctions.
  • Obituary: Tonino Guerra, pillar of postwar Italian cinema


    The Italian screenwriter whose work helped define postwar Italian cinema died on Wednesday (21) after battling an ongoing illness. He was 92.
  • Marco Mueller appointed Rome artistic director


    After weeks of political infighting, Marco Mueller has finally been appointed as the artistic director of the Rome Film Festival.
  • Sales veteran Pascal Diot to head Venice Film Market


    The Venice Film Festival under the artistic direction of Alberto Barbara has announced that French industry professional Pascal Diot will act as director of the new Venice Film Market to take place from Aug 30-Sept 3 over the first few days of the festival.
  • Paolo Ferrari named president of Rome’s Cinema Foundation


    The founding partners of Rome’s Cinema Foundation voted on Monday (Mar 5) four to one in favour of Ferrari, ending a fierce political struggle that waged for two months.
  • Marco Mueller nears Rome Film Festival destiny


    The president of Rome’s Cinema Foundation Gian Luigi Rondi tendered his resignation on Friday (Feb 24), paving the way for Mueller to be named head of the Rome Film Festival.
  • Italian industry group backs Marco Mueller for Rome job


    Aiming to quell a month of political infighting over the fate of the Rome Film Festival, Anica, the Italian motion pictures association, has issued a statement today backing Marco Mueller as the “right solution” as artistic director of Italy’s second festival.
  • Barbera plans fewer titles in Venice competition, plus a 'light' market


    The Biennale on Thursday announced their first ‘renovations’ to the Venice Film Festival roster under the directorship of Alberto Barbera, who has taken the reins of the festival after Marco Mueller’s mandate was not renewed.
  • Italian films have strong market share but overall Italian box-office down 10%


    The Italian box office dropped 10% in 2011 earning an overall $844m (€661m), despite a banner year for Italian films led by Medusa’s What A Beautiful Day.
  • Alberto Barbera succeeds Marco Mueller as Venice head


    In a surprising turn of events, but which had been largely leaked in Italian wire reports, the board of the Italian Biennale arts organisation in a vote on Tuesday (Dec 27) has not confirmed Marco Mueller in the role of artistic director.
  • Iceland's Either Way wins top prize in Turin


    Les Eclats (Ma Guele, Ma Revolte, Mon Nom) won best documentary.
  • TorinoFilmLab announces funding slate


    International jury awards Romanian director Adina Pintilie’s Touch Me Not $200,000, at least ten other films get development backing
  • Angelopoulos' The Other Sea starring Toni Servillo to shoot from December


    Toni Servillo stars in the story of Greece in the age of austerity
  • Italy announces new culture minister, film tax credit safeguarded


    Despite upheaval and potential cuts in arts funding, film tax credit safeguarded by a parliamentary vote earlier this year
  • Turin to be bookended by Moneyball, Albert Nobbs


    Competition focuses on first, second and third films.
  • Chinese Take Away wins best film, audience prize in Rome


    Noomi Rapace wins best actress in Babycall, best actor goes to Guillaume Canet in Une Vie Meilleure.
  • Rome's NCN prize goes to Yaqubi's Off Frame


    Off Frame, a French-Palestinian project by Mohanad Yaqubi that depicts key moments in the Palestinian struggle for self-determination has won the Eurimages Co production development award for best project at the International Rome Film Festival’s New Cinema Network (NCN).
  • Making it work in Rome


    The International Rome Film Festival’s industry initiatives New Cinema Network and The Business Street are well-liked by producers and financiers; Screen also previews the NCN projects including Paddy Considine’s new film.
  • Rome kicks off with The Lady; Penelope Cruz talks about new film project


    Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 to get sneak peek; world premieres will include L’Industriale and Someday This Pain Will BeUseful To You.
  • Rome Film Festival to welcome Michael Mann, Richard Gere, Noomi Rapace


    Competition features 15 films including Babycall starring Noomi Rapace.
  • Bertolucci starts shoot for Io E Te for Fiction-Wildside


    HanWay to handle international sales; Jacopo Olmo Antinori and Tea Falco star.
  • Malgara in line to become next president of Biennale


    Italian culture minister Giancarlo Galan has tapped businessman Giulio Malgara as the next president of leading Italian arts organization the Biennale.
  • Davies, Hare, Nyman, Kureishi to attend Rome's UK focus Punks and Patriots


    Terence Davies, David Hare, Michael Nyman and Hanif Kureishi to attend Rome Film Festival event produced in collaboration with the BFI London Film Festival.
  • Terraferma chosen as Italy's foreign Oscar submission


    Emanuele Crialese’s Terraferma, the director’s third film about immigration which just scooped up the Jury prize at the Venice Film Festival, has been selected by the Oscar commission to represent Italy as a foreign Oscar hopeful.
  • Someday This Pain set for Rome premiere


    Italian director Roberto Faenza’s English language project Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You will have its world premiere at the upcoming edition of the International Rome Film Festival (Oct 27-Nov 4).
  • Aronofksy talks Venice jury decisions, and praises Fassbender's orgasm scene


    At the Venice Film Festival winner’s news conference at the close of the 68th edition, Jury president Daren Aronofsky said, “We tried to find appropriate awards for every film and wanted to award as many films as we could.”
  • UPDATED: Sokurov's Faust wins Venice Golden Lion


    Silver Lion goes to People Mountain People Sea; acting prizes go to Michael Fassbender for Shame and Deanie Yip for A Simple Life.
  • Venice 2011: Ami Caanan Mann


    Director Ami Caanan Mann’s second directorial effort, Texas Killing Fields is an elegant crime thriller inspired from a real life crime phenomenon known as the Killing Fields, an area outside a small Texas town where nearly 60 bodies were dumped.
  • Venice's surprise film is China's People Mountain People Sea


    Cai Shangjun’s drama is about a young man who wants to find his brother’s killer.
  • Italy's Telecom provides cash injection to Cinecitta Luce


    Italy’s Telecom has stuck an agreement with Cinecitta Luce in a bid to keep the cash strapped film promotional body, archive and source of financing afloat.  
  • David Cronenberg


    David Cronenberg talks about the lure of Freud and Jung in his new film A Dangerous Method.
  • Madonna on W.E.: 'subconscious attraction' to Wallis Simpson


    Madonna’s second directorial effort W.E. opened out of competition on the Lido Thursday where the singer/actress-turned-director discussed the project – which she said took “years of research.”
  • Clooney's Ides of March creates a strong start for Venice 2011


    Italian critics cheer opening film; Clooney talks about the film’s appeal beyond US politics.
  • As Venice 2011 kicks off, Mueller talks about final edition under his current mandate


    George Clooney’s Ides of March opens a line-up that’s heavy on English-language fare and likely awards contenders.
  • Venice 2011: Competition profiles


    Screen gears up for the Venice Film Festival’s 2011 edition, which promises to kickstart the annual awards season.
  • Venice 2011: Out of Competition


    Out of competition film profiles
  • Venice Orizzonti adds Lav Diaz's Century of Birthing


    Two closing films, from Finland and Belgium, added to the section.
  • Rutger Hauer joins Scherson's The Future


    Alicia Scherson’s international co-production is an adaptation of novelist and poet Roberto Bolano’s book Una Novelita Lumpen
  • Venice adds Johnnie To's Life Without Principle to Competition


    Hong Kong action filmmaker Jonnie To’s financial-crisis themed Life Without Principle (Dyut Ming Gam) will be the 22nd film in competition in the upcoming Venice Film Festival, organisers confirmed.
  • Venice line-up shows UK strength; surprise film and another last-minute film could be added


    British cinema is back in competition at the 68th Venice Film Festival, where after a three-year absence, the UK brings three films to the Lido in a year which is dominated by English-language cinema, but which showcases exciting works from Germany, France, Israel, Greece, Russia, Japan, China and Taiwan among other territories.
  • Venice announces competition, out of competition official selections


    Titles confirmed include Steve McQueen’s Shame, Madonna’s W.E., William Friedkin’s Killer Joe [pictured], Emanuele Crialese’s Terraferma, Aleksander Sokurov’s Faust and Yorgos Lanthimos’ Alps.
  • Venice Horizons selections include Jonathan Demme, Ross McElwee docs


    There are 24 films in the feature-length section, including Nicolas Provost’s The Invader [pictured].
  • Whit Stillman's Damsels In Distress to close Venice


    American director Whit Stillman’s Damsels In Distress will be the closing film out of competition at the 68th edition of the Venice Film Festival.
  • Producer Cecchi Gori back under house arrest in Italy


    Italian producer Vittorio Cecchi Gori is back under house arrest as he is investigated for fraudulent bankruptcy of his holding company Finmavi Spa, Italian media widely reports.
  • Venice Days lineup has Gallic flavour


    Selections include Amigorena’s Another Silence [pictured], Lioret’s All Our Desires, and Lou Ye’s Love And Bruises.
  • Venice Critics Week to open with Stockholm East, close with Mission Of Peace


    Nine world premieres selected for Critics Week.
  • Bruni's Scialla! to open Venice's Controcampo Italiano section


    In other festival news, Luigi De Laurentiis award jury to include Frank Roos, Aleksei Fedorchenko, Charles Tesson, Serra Yilmaz and Carlo Mazzacurati.
  • Amir Naderi’s Cut to open Venice’s Orizzonti


    Venice also announces Orizzonti jury, as well as changes to Controcampo Italiano
  • John Malkovich to star in Salvatores' Siberian Education


    The actor will head up the cast of Gabriele Salvatores’ upcoming English language project about the Siberian criminal underworld.
  • Italian distributor Medusa's 2011 market share hits 29% so far in 2011


    Hoping the hunger for local films won’t wane any time soon, Medusa film on Tuesday announced their current annual film investment would reach €130m, of which $142m (€100m) will go into local product.
  • Procacci-produced Blood to start shooting next week


    Italian producer Domenico Procacci on Thursday announced the long-gestating police brutality project, Diaz — Don’t Clean Up This Blood, will go into production next week ...
  • Venice confirms Clooney's Ides Of March as opening film


    George Clooney’s writer/director/producer project The Ides Of March will open the upcoming 68th edition of the Venice Film Festival, the Biennale confirmed today after news of the title as opening film had been leaked.
  • RAI slate includes new Ozpetek film


    Rai Cinema’s CEO Paolo Del Brocco on Monday unveiled the state-run film company’s 2011-2012 line up, budget and new projects in the production pipeline.
  • Mario Gianani


    Italian producer Mario Gianani talks to Screen about getting his lucky break and working with Bernardo Bertolucci on his upcoming project Io E Te.
  • Taormina festival to honour Oliver Stone, Monica Bellucci, Tarak Ben Ammar


    Maghreb cinema to be guest territory and basis for roundtable.
  • Italian distributors close a raft of hot deals in Cannes


    Eagle takes on films including Inbetweeners and Cloud Atlas; Moviemax gets I Don’t Know How She Does It; Videa gets End of Watch, along with many other titles.
  • Corsicato starts shoot for Il Volto, backed by new BLS fund


    Neapolitan director Pappi Corsicato’s new comedy Il Volto Di Un’Altra (The Face Of Another) kicks off shooting this week in Italy’s Northern Trentino Alto-Adige region.
  • Harry Potter 8 to have world premiere as opening of Giffoni


    Final film will screen at Giffoni in 3D on July 12.
  • Rossellini films to be digitally restored


    Film entities Cinecitta Luce, Bologna-based CSC- Cineteca Nazionale and France’s Coproduction Office have joined together to digitally restore ten Roberto Rossellini films in an initiative called The Rossellini Project.
  • Danish Film Institute on von Trier: 'Great artists make stupid remarks'


    UK distributor stands by release; Susanna Bier’s Italian co-producer shows solidarity with her.
  • Italy's M2 Pictures plucks Wallflower, Nurse 3D


    Italian Indie distributor M2 Pictures, which opened in October 2010 is making tracks in the territory, adding high profile Hollywood pictures to their 2012 slate during the Cannes market.
  • Minerva heads to Cannes with Tatanka, What A Beautiful Day


    Saviano adaptation and Italian box-office record-setter lead the slate.
  • Bellocchio to receive Venice lifetime achievement award


    Director c is to receive a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at this year’s festival.
  • We Believed takes seven awards at Italy's Davids


    Daniele Luchetti’s Our Life (La Nostra Vita) wins best director; 20 Cigarettes also honoured.
  • UPDATE: Warner, Sony sign strategic distribution pact for Italy


    A deal for Warner Bros to distribute Sony films in the territory has been confirmed.
  • Venice to honour Pacino, to screen his new doc Wilde Salome


    Actor and director Al Pacino has been tapped to receive Venice’s Glory to the Filmmaker 2011 Award dedicated to an artist who has left an original mark on contemporary cinema.
  • Darren Aronofsky to head Venice jury


    The acclaimed US filmmaker won Venice’s Golden Lion in 2008 for The Wrestler and is riding high following the $295m worldwide success of Black Swan.
  • Garrone gears up for Naples shoot this summer on new film


    Gomorrah follow-up, again with Fandango, has a working title of Big House.
  • Laughter therapy


    How can international films make a mark at the Italian box office in 2011 when local films tackling timely subjects are dominating?
  • Auteurs in action


    New projects from Nanni Moretti, Paolo Sorrentino, Emanuele Crialese and Gabriele Salvatores are putting Italian film-making on course for a stellar year.
  • Pain relief


    How did an English-language, New York-set project end up as a majority Italian co-production with access to the country’s full array of financial incentives — as well as those available in the US? We talk to the team behind Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You
  • The nuovo generation


    Who does the Italian industry believe are the country’s most exciting new Italian actors, directors and writers? Profiles by Sheri Jennings
  • Tax credit: the lowdown


    How can foreign producers access the tax credit? Sheri Jennings reports
  • The beautiful country


    All roads may no longer lead to Rome but Italy’s network of regional film commissions and a generous tax credit are putting the territory and its producers firmly on the international production map. Sheri Jennings reports
  • Italy's new culture minister named; arts budget reinstated to 2010 levels


    Giancarlo Galan, the former governor of Italy’s Veneto region and most recently minister of Agriculture, has been named Italy’s new culture minister.
  • Rutger Hauer's Milan festival taps jurors including Robert Rodriguez, Ridley Scott


    The fourth edition of Milan-set international film festival I’ve Seen Films — which is founded and directly managed by actor Rutger Hauer since 2008 — has announced its international jury of the upcoming edition.
  • Medusa on board for Woody Allen's Rome-set film


    Italy’s Medusa film has confirmed they will produce director Woody Allen’s next feature, to be shot in Rome in July.
  • Woody Allen considering Rome shoot for next film


    Rome has emerged as the probable next stop on director Woody Allen’s filmmaking tour of European capitols.
  • Oscar winner Susanne Bier heads to Italy for All You Need Is Love


    Fresh off her awards season success, Oscar winning Danish director Susanne Bier is heading to Italy to shoot her next film, which the director says will take a lighter, more comic tone than her intense drama In A Better World.
  • Italian government approves continuation of film tax incentives


    Second passage of incentive for cinema will remain active through 2013.
  • Venice 2011 to offer updated venues, competitive hotel prices


    The Venice Film Festival is wading through its infrastructure problems at good pace, upgrading key venues like the Sala Grande screening room and negotiating better hotel fees in time for the upcoming 68th edition.
  • Italian EFM deals led by Sacher taking on Nader and Simin


    Bim takes on Pina, while Eagle boards several high-profile projects including StudioCanal’s The Dinosaur Project.
  • Italy's M2 at EFM scouting for 2012 titles


    New Italian distributor M2 Pictures is attending the EFM with an eye on completing their 2011-2012 roster of films, which is aimed at the 14-34 year-old demographic.
  • Foreign shoots can get break on VAT in Italy


    Reimbursement of VAT is being sped up for foreign producers.
  • Fandango Portobello starts pre-sales for Di Gregorio's Salt of Life


    Fandango Portobello has kicked off international sales for The Salt Of Life (Gianni E Le Donne), the second film by Roman film-maker and Gomorrah co-writer Gianni Di Gregorio.
  • Lucky Red's new acquisitions include Sex and Zen


    Also takes on French hit Little White Lies.
  • Venice names regional consultants for 2011


    The Venice film festival has named its new regional consultants and cinema experts for the upcoming 68th edition, which runs August 31-Sept 10, 2011.
  • Italian box office up 17% in 2010


    The Italian 2010 box office rose 17% year-on-year with 2009, earning $948m (€734m) while local films alone banked $258m (€215m) of the total ticket sales.
  • Government extends Italian tax credit for six months


    The Italian government on Wednesday has extended the Italian tax credit for the cinema industry through June 2011, leaving the fate of the tax credit, which offers fiscal advantages to national and international producers, as well as incentives to exhibitors is still up in the air.
  • Cinecitta Studios takes share in Filmmaster Group


    Italian Entertainment Group (IEG), the holding company of Italy’s Cinecitta Studios has taken a 40 percent share of Italian advertising, production and events company Filmmaster Group as part of the studio’s expansion in the international marketplace.
  • Terraferma


    After the international success of Golden Door, acclaimed Italian director Emanuele Crialese returns with Terraferma, a modern take on immigration. Sheri Jennings reports from the set.
  • Venice films to travel to Beijing and Shanghai


    Italian films from the 67th edition of the Venice Film Festival will be sent to Beijing and Shanghai thanks to the second edition of the cultural project ‘Great Italian films from Venice to Bejing’, which promotes Italian films in China.
  • Winter's Bone wins in Turin


    Turin Film Lab winners include Bosnia’s Aida Begic for Bait.
  • Italy to get first IMAX screen near Milan


    Italy will get its first IMAX screen, thanks to a joint venture between IMAX Corporation and the Odeon UCI Cinemas group for the Italian market. 
  • Mario Monicelli dies at 95


    Filmmaker Mario Monicelli, considered one of the fathers the famed ‘commedia Italiana’ genre died in Rome Monday night by suicide, Italian media widely reported. He was 95 years old.
  • Italian box office, admissions register strong growth in 2010


    The Italian box office is up year-on-year with admissions registering a 15.9% increase and $127m (€94.5m) box office rising 23.3% year on year with 2009. The figures were released in Rome today during the annual exhibitors convention and cover January 1- November 21.
  • Italian strike over arts funding spills over into film industry


    Cinemas and theatres are to go dark on Monday as Italy’s entertainment industry agitates against proposed budget cuts to their sector with a one-day national strike.
  • Gomorrah being developed into 12-part TV series


    Partners are Fandango, Cattleya and Sky.
  • Medusa strikes multi-territory deal with Alliance Films


    Italy’s leading distributor and film production company Medusa and Canada’s Alliance Films have inked a multi-territory deal to cooperate on acquisitions and co-productions.
  • 'Dino was everyone's grande maestro' -- Aurelio de Laurentiis


    Aurelio de Laurentiis spoke to ScreenDaily in Rome following the death of his uncle Dino on Wednesday [10] in Los Angeles.
  • Turin reveals line-up for 28th edition


    The Turin Film Festival has announced the line-up for the 28th edition of the festival, which runs November 28 – December 12.
  • Kill Me Please takes Rome's top award


    Other winners include Heaven-In A Better World and The Poll Diaries.
  • Rome's New Cinema Network Awards announced


    Nader Takmil Homayoun’s Director’s Cut and Miguel Angel Jimenez’s Chaika took the top prizes.
  • Rome opens with star power and local protests


    The fifth edition of the International Rome Film Festival kicked off thursday (28 Oct) with a protest by Italy’s film community over government cuts.
  • Room in Rome


    The International Rome Film Festival (Oct 28 - Nov 5) is an effective launchpad into the Italian market and is an  increasing industry draw. Sheri Jennings reports
  • Rome unveils line-up fuelled by young talents


    Artistic director Piera Detassis says programme for fifth edition will boast more independent and less studio films; 20 world premieres set.
  • Venice's Marco Mueller to get Chinese Award


    Venice Film Festival artistic director Marco Mueller is set to receive China’s prestigious Friendship Award from the Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China, Wen Jiabao, in a closed door meeting in Rome.
  • Italy selects The First Beautiful Thing for Oscar race


    Paolo Virzi’s bittersweet comedy The First Beautiful Thing (La Prima Cosa Bella) has been selected as Italy’s candidate to the foreign Oscar.
  • Tarantino talks about Venice 2010 competitors; explains awards rule change


    As Venice wrapped its 67th edition – Quentin Tarantino dominated the winner’s press conference as journalists questioned the jury’s selection.
  • Sofia Coppola's Somewhere wins Venice Golden Lion


    Other awards include Alex de la Iglesia for Best Director.
  • Venice sidebar winners include Beyond, The Clink Of Ice


    As Venice draws to a close, a handful of awards have been announced.
  • Venice Italian deals continue with Archibald taking Post Mortem


    Also, Noemi by Eitan Zur sells to Bolero.
  • Sales interest strong for Joaquin Phoenix documentary


    Sales are brewing for Casey Affleck’s directorial debut I’m Still Here presented out of competition in Venice by Magnolia Pictures International.
  • Wang Bing's The Ditch is Venice's surprise film


    Wang Bing’s film The Ditch (Le Fosse) is the surprise film addition to this year’s Venice Film Festival line up, bringing the total number of titles vying for the Golden Lion up to 24.
  • Venice has strongest opening in years, buyers and critics say


    Many professionals are staying past first weekend, as festival is abuzz with strong showings of Black Swan, Potiche, Somewhere and Meek’s Cutoff.
  • Jordan Stone


    The Italy-based producer worked on Sofia Coppola’s Venice premiere Somewhere; he talks about the challenges of the Milan shoot and about bridging the cultural gap.
  • Lucky Red scoops up Italian rights to Machete ahead of Venice premiere


    Andrea Occhipinti of Italy’s Lucky Red has closed a deal with Hyde Park for Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis’ Machete, in advance of its out of competition midnight screening on Venice’s opening day.
  • Venice provides early glamour as curtain is raised on festival


    The 67th edition of the festival gets underway today with the world premiere of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan followed by Robert Rodriguez’s Machete.
  • Venice 2010's youthful outlook


    The Venice Film Festival (which runs through Sept 11) has a strong ‘indie twang’ this year, according to director Marco Müller, as studios pull back on festival activities.
  • Venice adds world premiere of Poe's La Commedia


    The film is composed of 20,000 animated still images divided into three cinematic sequences.
  • Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden start shooting with Faenza in New York


    Italian director Roberto Faenza has started principal photography for his English-language feature One Day This Pain Will Be Useful To You, adapted from the Peter Cameron novel.
  • Love Manual 3, Garrel's Burning Summer set to shoot at Cinecitta


    Production is picking up pace at Rome’s Cinecitta Studios, which will be hosting two feature films in August and September with international names.
  • Venice adds Skolimowski's Essential Killing to competition


    The Venice Film Festival has finalised the competition line up, adding Essential Killing by Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski with the Biennale saying the film will now be “finished in time for Venice.”
  • Jafar Panahi's short to open Venice Days


    It is not known whether the Iranian film-maker, who spent two months in prison earlier this year, will be allowed to attend the festival.
  • Venice line-up marked by young, but experienced, directors


    In an strong year, Venice has set 22 world premieres in competition for the Golden Lion, including works from Coppola, Schnabel, Tykwer, Kechiche, Miike and more.
  • Venice Horizons includes new works from Vincent Gallo, Guillermo Arriaga


    Orizzonti lineup includes features from Kim Gok and Kim Sun, Jaoa Nicolau, Amit Dutta, Sion Sono.
  • Venice adds world premiere of Robert Rodriguez's Machete


    Venice continues to enrich its opening day world premiere offerings, adding Robert Rodriguez’s Machete as a world premiere as the opening night Midnight film at the end of opening day.
  • Venice Days to open with Blier's The Clink Of The Ice


    Twelve titles hailing from regions as diverse as Burkina Faso and Chile have been selected for the seventh edition of the official Venice Days sidebar, set to unspool during the 67th edition of the Venice Film Festival.
  • Venice picks The Tempest to close festival, completes competition jury


    American director Julie Taymor’s William Shakespeare adaptation The Tempest boasting an all-star cast including Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina and David Straithairn will close the Venice Film Festival, playing out of competition.
  • Venice Critics week selections include August's directorial debut Beyond


    The 25th edition of the International Critics’ Week at the 67th Venice Film Festival has announced the seven world premiere titles in competition. All films are debut features.
  • Aronofsky's Black Swan to open Venice, in competition


    In other Venice news, jurors across sections will include Raja Amari, Lav Diaz and Stanley Kwan.
  • Breillat's Sleeping Beauty to open Venice Horizons


    Hong Sang-soo’s love-triangle story Oki’s Movie will close the revamped Orizzonti section.
  • New Italian distributor Atlantide picks up Plein Sud, LA Zombie


    Atlantide Entertainment, a new niche distributor in Italy announces its debut with a catalog of some 30 titles acquired at the Berlin and Cannes Film Festival 2010 editions.
  • Sorrentino's Sean Penn project to start shooting August 16


    Italian director’s English-language debut This Must Be The Place, also starring Frances McDormand, will have a budget of $28m.
  • Medusa signs Fausto Brizzi to four-film deal


    Italian box office wunderkind Fausto Brizzi has signed a four-film deal with Medusa, the production-distribution giant confirmed to ScreenDaily today.
  • Turin Commission buys Endgame's stake in film fund


    The Turin Piedmont Film Commission has bought out LA based Endgame Entertainment’s 18 percent share in an ambitious film fund the two groups launched in tandem in 2007 under the name of Film Investment Piedmont (FIP).
  • Plan B options Tom Rachman's hot novel The Imperfectionists


    Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company has optioned film rights to Tom Rachman’s debut novel The Imperfectionists, the author confirmed to ScreenDaily. 
  • Taormina Film Fest to open with Toy Story 3 3D


    Seven titles will compete for the festival’s top prize, the Golden Tauro, whilst highlights will include a masterclass with Robert De Niro and a series of World Cup themed parties.
  • Rai Cinema's slate includes Crialese's Terra Firma


    Rai Cinema is co producing several pictures by Italy’s hottest auteurs and CEO Caterina D’Amico says that to date in 2010, US$51.6 mil (Euros 40 mil) has been invested in Italian films.
  • Quentin Tarantino to lead 2010 Venice jury


    Marco Mueller says Tarantino is “perhaps the only American auteur to be adored worldwide like a rock star.”
  • No summer at the beach


    After years of struggling to book high-profile releases during summer months, Italy finally offers a complete roster of films including blockbusters, family, horror, comedies, local and auteur-driven films between May and August. Sheri Jennings reports on distributors’ high hopes riding on this Italian summer.
  • Penelope Cruz, Sergio Castellito set to reunite for Venuto Al Mondo


    Project at script stage now with a likely 2011 shoot date.
  • Udine honours Johnnie To, set to open with Sophie's Revenge


    The Far East Film Festival (FEFF) in Udine, Italy, kicks off its 12th edition today with a line up which includes 24 international premieres out of some 50 new titles from nine different Asian countries.
  • PPI renews Italian distribution deal with UPI Italy


    Paramount Pictures International (PPI) has renewed its distribution contract for theatrical distribution of its films via Universal Pictures International Italy.
  • The First Beautiful Thing leads David of Donatello nominations


    Other leading nominees for Italian honours are The Man Who Will Come, Vincere, Baaria, and Loose Cannons.
  • Italy


    Admissions dipped slightly in 2009 to 99.1 million from 99.4 million in 2008.
  • Venice revamps Horizons awards, now including short films


    The Venice Film Festival has announced an update to prizes for the competitive Orizzonti (Horizons) section.
  • Giffoni secures $27.5m for multimedia development


    The Italian town and host of the children’s film festival will house a production hub and two state of the art cinemas.
  • Lucky Red takes Italian rights to Campanella's Secret


    Lucky Red has taken Italian rights to Juan Jose Campanella’s foreign-language Oscar winner The Secret In Their Eyes (El Secreto De Sus Ojos).
  • Venice Biennale to promote local films in China


    The Biennale will travel to China to continues it campaign to promote local film-makers internationally.
  • Dream Home to open 12th Far East Film Festival


    Fortissimo Film’s bloody homage to Hong Kong will open the 12th Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy next month.
  • Italian fare boosts local box office recovery


    Italian films make a strong start, boosting the local box office in the first ten weeks of the year.
  • Vallanzasca - The Flower Of Evil


    Italian director Michele Placido has teamed up with his Romanzo Criminale star Kim Rossi Stuart to portray the life of infamous Italian criminal Renato Vallanzasca for 20th Century Fox
  • Fandango picks up Precious


    Fandango acquires Italian rights to Lee Daniel’s Precious
  • Mueller to lead Italian cinema festival in Moscow


    Marco Mueller (pictured) presents masterclass and Venice screenings at Italian cinema showcase in Moscow.
  • First Italian 3D picture set to start shooting


    Production is due to start on the first Italian-made 3D feature, it will begin principal photography getting underway in Canada later this month.
  • Eagle's EFM pickups include Skyline, 22 Bullets


    Italian independent distributor Eagle Pictures has confirmed prestigious pick-ups from the EFM.
  • Cannons fires for Fandango


    Fandango Portobello Sales has sold Italo-Turkish director Ferzan Ozpetek’s Loose Cannons (Mine Vaganti) to seven territories.
  • Rome's Cinecitta teams up with Montana for global push


    Rome’s Cinecitta Studios is forging a partnership with U.S. based Montana Artists Agency to strengthen their global reach in servicing film, and media industries.
  • Pyramide International knows what buyers want


    Pyramide International has closed several deals for Italian director Silvio Soldini’s eighth feature What More Do I Want (Cosa Voglio Di Piu), which had its world premiere in the Berlinale Special section.
  • Wolf picks up Italian indie David's Birthday for the US


    US distributor Wolfe has snapped up North American rights for Italian indie David’s Birthday (Il Compleanno),a psychological drama set in the south of Italy.
  • Landmark digital piracy case opens in Italy


    The Italian Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Federation seeks damages from telecom operator over illegal downloading.
  • Rome Film Festival expands expert commission


    Organisers for the International Rome Film Festival have expanded its expert commission for the fifth edition this autumn.
  • La Bocca Del Lupo becomes first Italian film to win Turin's main prize


    Pietro Marcello La Bocca Del Lupo made history at the 27th Turin Film Festival as it became the first Italian film to win the event’s main competition prize.
  • Local titles vie for market share


    On the eve of Italy’s distribution networking event Industry Days (Nov 30-Dec 4), Sheri Jennings looks at the challenges facing Italian films at the local box office.
  • Italy at AFM


    And then there was one…
  • Medusa names new exhibition chain The Space Cinema


    Medusa Film, the company that took over the Warner Bros cinema with Alessandro Benetton’s 21 Investiment, has relaunched as The Space Cinema.
  • Brotherhood, Helen Mirren, Giorgio Diritti triumph in Rome


    The fourth edition of the International Rome Film Festival awarded the Golden Marc’Aurelio Award for best film to Danish-Italian Nicolo Donato’s feature directorial debut Brotherhood (Brotherskab).
  • Small European sellers opt for Rome over AFM


    Rome’s Business Street confirmed its position on the autumn festival ­calendar as it closed this week, reporting a 16% increase in attendance and gathering support from the European arthouse market.
  • Stefan Arsenijevic's wins New Cinema Network prize


    The International Rome Film Festival’s New Cinema Network (NCN) selected Stefan Arsenijevic’s No One’s Child for its best European second work award.
  • Intra snaps up worldwide rights to The Man Who Will Come


    Italian sales agent Intra Movies has picked up worldwide rights to Giorgio Diritti’s The Man Who Will Come (L’uomo Che Verra), which screens in competition at the fourth edition of the International Rome Film Festival.
  • Business Street opens as Rome Film Festival gets underway


    As the Rome Film Festival opens its fourth edition with Danis Tanovic’s Triage today – the festival’s collateral industry events – Business Street and New Cinema Network also kick off.
  • Archibald Films picks up Italian rights to Ford’s A Single man


    Independent distributor Archibald Film Enterprise has taken Italian rights to Tom Ford’s directorial debut A Single Man following the film’s Venice debut.
  • New-look Rome shows it means business


    The International Rome Film Festival (Oct 15-23) is hoping to establish a reputation as a place to do business - and even as a replacement for the now-defunct Mifed.
  • Selected World Premieres at Rome


    Screen brings you a selection of world premieres at this year’s Rome International Film Festival.
  • The crest of a wave


    Rome’s New Cinema Network aims to help second-time directors realise their visions by matching producers with international partners and financiers.
  • Fandango Productions to makes complete library available for first time


    Domenico Procacci’s Fandango Productions is making its titles available as a single library collection for the first time.
  • Italy at Mipcom


    Screen International brings you the profiles of Italian broadcasters RAI and MEDIASET.
  • Baaria to represent Italy at the Oscars


    Giuseppe Tornatore’s Baaria, a complex family saga that spans the lives of three generations of a Sicilian family, will represent Italy in its bid for the Foreign Oscar.
  • Danis Tanovic's Triage to open the Rome Film Festival


    The International Rome Film Festival has announced the line-up of their fourth edition, in a pivotal year for the festival, which has a new team led by president Gian Luigi Rondi.
  • Baaria, Vincere shortlisted for Italy’s Oscar entry


    The Italian film body Anica has shortlisted list five films –including Giuseppe Tornatore’s Scilian drama Baaria and Marco Bellocchio’s Vincere about the secret life of Benito Mussolini  – for its entry to the foreign-language Academy Award.
  • Venice award winners close deals as 66th edition wraps


    Coproduction Office has closed deals in ten territories for Shirin Neshat’s Venice Silver Lion winner Women Without Men, including in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela (Gussi), Belgium (Lumiere), Brazil, Italy (BIM), Colombia, The Netherlands (Filmmuseum), Russia and Ukraine (Sota Cinema), Germany ( TV- ZDF/ Arte). 
  • Lebanon, Colin Firth take top Venice honours


    Lebanon, directed by Samuel Maoz and set largely inside a tank stranded inside enemy territory on the first day of the Lebanon War in June 1982, has won the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion for Best Film.
  • The Works International picks up hot Swinton title at Venice


    London-based sales outfit picks up Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love (Io Sono L’Amore) about a Milanese family dynasty.
  • Voltage closes sales on Romero's Survival Of The Dead


    George A. Romero’s Survival Of The Dead, the sixth instalment of the cult director’s zombie franchise, has sold in multiple territories.
  • Mendoza's Lola revealed as second surprise film in Venice


    Filipino director Brillante Mendoza’s latest project Lola is the second surprise film added to the Venice Film Festival main competition line-up.
  • Journalist Mark Boal wins Gucci award for The Hurt Locker


    Journalist Mark Boal has been awarded the Gucci Group Award for his screenplay of Katheryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, presented during the 66th Venice Film Festival.
  • Herzog scores two films in Venice competition


    Werner Herzog’s My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? was revealed as the first surprise film, in competition, at the 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival.
  • Sicily launches $91m co-production fund


    The region of Sicily is moving into film production with $91m (€64m) of government money.
  • Mueller "back-loads" festival line-up to keep all eyes on Venice


    The 66th Venice Film Festival kicked off the autumn festival season on Wednesday (September 2), bringing a raft of new titles to the market, a majority of which are still seeking distribution deals in major territories.
  • The Lion's national pride


    On the eve of the Venice International Film Festival (September 2-12), artistic director Marco Mueller tells Sheri Jennings why this year’s event should mark a high point for Italian cinema.
  • Indie distribution update 2009: Italy


    Local films dominate the independent sector at the Italian box office.
  • Venice set for Sicilian tales


    Giuseppe Tornatore’s Baaria is his ‘most personal’ film to date, a Sicilian epic spanning a century with a cast numbering 200. Sheri Jennings spoke to the Oscar-winning director as he prepares his film to open the Venice film festival (Sept 2-12)
  • Biennale unveils entries for inaugural Persol 3-D award


    The Venice Film Festival has announced nine films eligible for Venice’s new Persol 3-D award for the best stereoscopic 3-D film of the year.
  • Nora Ephron’s Julie & Julia to close Rome Film Festival


    Nora Ephron’s Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep, will close the fourth edition of the International Rome Film Festival.
  • Venice to host 71 world premieres across a "global" line-up


    The Venice Film Festival has revealed a total of 71 world premieres – including 23 in competition - across the programme for its 66th edition.
  • Venice Film Festival full line-up


    The 66th Venice Film Festival full programme.
  • Venice Film Festival competition jury announced


    The Venice Film Festival has finalised the international competition jury for its upcoming edition.
  • Chengdu, I Love You to close Venice Film Festival


    Chengdu, I Love You will close this year’s Venice Film Festival out of the competition. The film, co-directed by Fruit Chan and rock star Cui Jian, will be screened after the awards ceremony on September 12.
  • Venice Days to host nine feature world premieres


    The Venice Film Festival’s Venice Days sidebar will feature nine world premieres in its sixth edition. 
  • Eurocentric Venice Critics' Week to present Berlusconi project Videocracy


    The 24th edition of the Critics’ Week has unveiled a line up of ten world premiere first features to be presented at the 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival (Sept 2-12).
  • Venice jurors to include Gina Kim, Ramin Bahrani, Stuart Gordon


    The Venice Biennale has announced the international juries for three sections.
  • Rome Film Festival cuts top prize fund


    The International Rome Film Festival has dramatically reduced the prize money for the Golden Marco Aurelio from €200,000 ($284,000) to just €40,000 ($56,800).
  • Counterfeiting as national pastime


    Sheri Jenning’s looks at piracy in Italy, where counterfeit goods flourish.
  • Hollywood dominates Italian box office over first half of 2009


    American films dominated the Italian box office over the first half of the year taking 65% of the box office earnings.
  • Weinstein and Kavanaugh to attend Ischia production summit


    Harvey Weinstein and Relativity Media’s Ryan Kavanaugh are among the heavy hitters attending the Global Production Summit at this year’s Ischia Global Film & Music Festival.
  • Warners Bros and 3 Italia launch on-demand mobile movie service


    Warner Bros Home Video and mobile phone operator 3 Italia have launched an on-demand film service for 3’s videophone customers.
  • Il Divo snaps up top award at Silver Ribbons


    Paolo Sorrentino’s political drama Il Divo took the top prize at Italy’s Silver Ribbons (Nastri D’Argento) awards, announced this weekend.
  • Tornatore's Barria to open 66th Venice Film Festival


    The 66th Venice Film Festival will open with Baaria, the new film from Oscar-winning director Giuseppe Tornatore, it will also be in competition.
  • Taormina unveils programme for 55th edition


    The 55th Taormina Film Festival will see seven world premieres in what has been described as its most ambitious programme to date.
  • Italy's Eagle Pictures swoops on six new titles


    Italy’s Eagle Pictures has added six films to its slate of commercial but eclectic fare.
  • Il Divo tops Italy's Silver Ribbons nominations


    Paolo Sorrentino’s Il Divo has topped the nominations for Italy’s Silver Ribbons (Nastri D’Argento) with nine nominations, including director of best film.
  • Serious business


    After three years in which it has struggled to define its place on the international calendar, the Rome International Film Festival has charged Gian Luigi Rondi and Piera Detassis with upgrading the event.
  • Italy’s Bim picks up six titles at Cannes


    Italy’s Bim Distribuzione has added six titles to its slate during the Cannes market including the in-production romantic comedy Hysteria from Elle Driver.
  • Lucky Red takes Italian rights on We Want Sex, Gorbachev


    Producer and distributor Lucky Red has picked up Italian rights to We Want Sex, Happy Ever Afters and Gorbachev – The Cashier Who Liked Gambling.
  • Teodora takes Italian rights to Hansen Love's Father


    Teodora Film has picked up Italian rights to Mia Hansen Love’s The Father Of My Children (Le Pere De Mes Enfants) from Les Film de Losange.
  • Italian cinema bodies combine to create film industry super agency


    Italian national cinema has moved into a new era with the merger between two of Italy’s most venerable cinema organisations, Cinecitta Holdings and Instituto Luce.
  • Ischia to honour directors Joel Schumacher and Citto Massello


    Directors Joel Schumacher and Citto Masselli will receive lifetime achievement awards at this year’s Ischia Global Festival.
  • Deneuve to receive Taormina Film Festival's Arte Award


    Iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve will receive the Taormina Film Festival’s Arte Award during the 55th edition of the Sicilian festival.
  • Venice to screen 3D Toy Story films, Princess & the Frog


    The Venice Film Festival will host the world premiere 3D screenings of both Toy Story films and a partially completed version of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest 2D film The Princess And The Frog to celebrate the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to John Lasseter and the directors of Pixar.
  • Gomorrah leads winners at David Di Donatello Awards


    Matteo Garrone’s Gomorrah swept the David of Donatello Awards - Italy’s highest film honors - taking seven awards in all top categories including best film, best director and best screenplay as well as best producer honors for Domenico Procacci of Fandango.
  • Phantoms to revisit Venice Film Festival


    The Venice Film Festival has announced These Phantoms – 2 will be the retrospective for the upcoming 66th edition.
  • Departures wins audience award at Far East festival


    Departures, the Japanese foreign Oscar winner, has taken the audience award at the 11th Far East Film Festival in Italy.
  • German director Marc Forster wins Social Cinema Award


    German director Marc Forster will be awarded the Social Cinema Award 2009 at this year’s Ischia Global Fest, which runs July 12-19.
  • Milos Forman to head jury for 4th Rome Film Festival


    The International Rome Film Festival has announced celebrated director Milos Forman as president of the jury for the upcoming 4th edition, which runs from October 15 – 23.
  • Domenico Procacci announces film on 2001 G8 violence


    Domenico Procacci, the founder of independent production company Fandango, has announced anew project called Diaz. It will be based on the police raids at Diaz School during the anti-globalisation protests at the G8 summit in Genoa 2001.
  • Giffoni Film Festival relaunches for 39th edition


    The Giffoni Film Festival, which focuses on productions for kids and young people, is relaunching asthe Giffoni Experience.
  • Piracy costs Italian industry about $700m annually


    Italy’s cinema industry loses an estimated $699m (Euros 530m) to piracy annually, according to the first in-depth study of the impact of piracy in Italy. The findings were announced by Italy’s Anti Audiovisual Piracy Federation.
  • Italian Film Commission presents new tax credit in LA


    The Italian Film Commission is presenting the country’s first film incentive at a meeting in Los Angelestoday (April 16). It will be held at Shutters in Santa Monica this evening.
  • Italian film industry rallies as cost of earthquake $15.8bn


    The Italian film industry has announced a second round of fund raising initiatives to help to victims oflast week’s earthquake.
  • Italy's Far East Film Festival announces line-up


    The 11th edition of Italy’s Far East Film Festival will kick off on April 24 with the European premieresof Thai martial action film, Ong Bak 2, and Chinese black comedy, Crazy Racer.
  • Il Divo leads nominations for Italy's Donatello awards


    Paolo Sorrentino’s Il Divo has scooped 16 nominations for Italy’s top film honours, the David of Donatello Awards. The film beat Matteo Garrone’s Gomorrah, which picked up 11nominations.
  • Italian film industry tomake donation toearthquake victims


    Italian exhibitors Anec and Anem and Anica, the country’s film industry body, will donate the national gross box office ticket sales from April 23 to people affected by theearthquake that hit the country earlier this week.
  • Distribution - Market Report - Italy


    French films took a 3.6% slice of the total Italian market in 2008, behind films from US and Italy which together accounted for 90.7% of the 2008 box office revenue. UK films took a 2.6% market share.
  • Distribution - Market Report - Italy - Marketing 'You have to do more to get noticed'


    What are the major innovations in theatrical marketing in Italy’
  • Italian box office dips in first quarter


    The Italian box office has reported a sluggish start to the year with box office receipts down by 3.2% over the first quarter. Ticket sales have also fallen by 5.3% to 30.2m tickets compared to 31.9m for the same period last year.
  • Certified Copy back on track after delays


    Certified Copy , the up-coming feature from Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, is back on track after being hit by delays. The film, starring Juliette Binoche and produced byFrance’s MK2, will begin shooting in Tuscany on June 8.
  • Venice names Horizons and Lions of the Future jury presidents


    The Venice Film Festival has named independent filmmaker Pere Portabella as president of the Orizzonti (Horizons) Jury, while director Haile Gerima will preside over the Lion of the Future Jury.
  • Gabriele Salvatores to play Happy Families


    Oscar winning director Gabriele Salvatores will shoot his next feature, the comedy Happy Family in Milan from June.
  • Venice unveils new competitive section Controcampo Italiano


    The Venice Film Festival has announced a new, competitive section for the 66th edition of the festival,Controcampo Italiano, which will focus on the latest trends in Italian cinema.
  • Sony Pictures Releasing Italia signs deal with indie Mediafilm


    Sony Pictures Releasing Italia has signed a deal to add 13 titles acquired by independent company Mediafilm to its own line in 2009, with additional titles expected in 2010-2011.
  • Cattleya's Tozzi re-named head of Anica's producers section


    Ricardo Tozzi has been unanimously re-named head of the producers section within Anica, the organization representing Italy's cinema and audiovisual industry.
  • Fellini screenwriter Tullio Pinelli dies aged 100


    Screenwriter Tullio Pinelli who co-wrote a string of FedericoFellini's greatest works including Oscar awarded films The Road (La Strada), Nights of Cabiria and 8 ½ has died in Rome at the age of 100.
  • Archibald Enterprise Film picks up The Milk Of Sorrow for Italy


    Independent Italian distributor Archibald Enterprise Film has picked up Claudia Llosa's Berlin Golden Bear winner The Milk Of Sorrow from German sales agent The Match Factory.
  • $10.8m Italy-Canada co-productionof true life death row story


    Italian production company Just Us Production will team with Canada's Caramel Films Production on a $10.8m (Euros 8.5m) English language Italy-Canada co-production.
  • Medusa comes on board as Cinecitta looks to digital future


    Cinecitta Studios has merged three existing post structures under the umbrella name Cinecitta Digital Factory and distributor Medusa has taken a minority share in the project.
  • Folman, Cantet join Taormina jury in 55th anniversary year


    Oscar nominees Ari Folman and Laurent Cantet have joined the international jury of the Taormina Film Fest. The announcement came along with other initiatives aimed at celebrating the festival's 55th anniversary.
  • Ang Lee to head international jury at Venice's 66th edition


    Two-time Venice Golden Lion winner Ang Lee will head the international jury of the Venice FilmFestival’s 66th edition.
  • Public funding for cinema in Italy cut by 23% for 2009


    Arts funding in Italy for 2009 has been drastically reduced, with cinema hit by a reduction of $26.7m (Euros 20.9m), sparking a move by the arts community to change Italy's laws governing funding for cinema and the arts.
  • Rai sells Fausto Brizzi's Ex to Notro for Spain


    Rai Trade has seen a flurry of interest in Ex, the new romantic comedy directed by Fausto Brizzi. The film is currently at the top of the domestic box office, grossing $6.1m (Euros 4.76m) off its first seven days in Italian cinemas.
  • Rome appoints industry figures to support artistic director


    The International Rome Film Festival has appointed three industry professionals to assist artistic director Piera Detassis in selecting films for the event's fourth edition, set to run October 15-23.
  • Italy 's box office dips 3.85% for 2008


    Italy 's box office has taken a 3.85% dip year on year and over-all admissions are down by 4.11% according to Cinetel, the Italian ticket complier.
  • First Italian tax break receives European Union backing


    The initial measures of Italy's first tax incentive law geared to the cinema sector has been approved by the European Union.
  • Public funding for Rome Film Festival cut by $2.5m for 2009 edition


    The International Rome Film Festival has announced that public funding for its budget will be cut from $8.1 (Euros 5.8 mil) to $5.6 (Euros 4 mil) for the 2009 edition.
  • Sicily $6.2m funding initiative set to become annual


    The region of Sicily in Italy has now closed applications on what looks to be a successful first edition of a $6.2m (Euros 4.25m) film fund.
  • Gianni Amelio is new director of Turin Film Festival


    Gianni Amelio will replace Nanni Moretti as artistic director of the Turin Film Festival.
  • Nanni Moretti to step down as Turin Film Festival head


    Rome-Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti has said he will not continue on as director of the Turin Film Festival in 2009. Moretti took over the festival in its 25th edition in 2007 and remained at the helm in 2008. Alberto Barbera, President of Turin's Cinema Museum and Steve Della Casa who is President of the Turin Piedmont Film commission confirmed the news. Both are members of the board of directors of the Northern Italian ...
  • Tony Manero takes top prize at Turin Film Festival


    Chilean director Pablo Larrain's Tony Manero has won the top prize at the Turin Film Festival.
  • UPI Italy pulls out of the distributor's section of ANICA


    Universal Pictures International Italy has pulled out of the distributor's section of ANICA, the Italian motion pictures organization.
  • Italian distribution of Oliver Stone's W. secured by Dall'Angelo Pictures


    W., Oliver Stone's biopic of outgoing US president George W. Bush has been picked up by independent Italian distributor Dall'Angelo Pictures.
  • Gabriele Muccino and Domenico Procacci to follow up Italian hit


    Director Gabriele Muccino (Pursuit of Happyness) and Fandango producer Domenico Procacci (Gomorrah) are to produce an Italian language film together entitled Bacami Ancora
  • Italy - Home-Grown Heroes


    For the past two years, Italy has been able to celebrate its national cinema on several fronts. Last year was a record year for local films, which grossed 31% of the overall box office, while 2008 has been a year of artistic recognition, with Paolo Sorrentino's Il Divo and Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah picking up the Jury Prize and the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Nanni Moretti announces 15-film line-up for Turin competition


    The twenty-sixth edition of the Turin Film Festival (November 21-29) has announced its line up under the artistic direction of Nanni Moretti. It is Moretti's second year as artistic director of the event, which is dedicated to auteur and cutting edge fare. As previously reported - the festival will kick off with director Oliver Stone on hand to present W., (Stone's portrait of outgoing US President George W. Bush) and which ...
  • Cavina and Gossetti to leave theRome International Film Festival


    Teresa Cavina and Giorgio Gossetti, co-curators of theRome International Film Festival's Cinema 2008 section will not renew their mandate for next year's festival.
  • Rome InternationalFilm Festival confirms future dates and market ambitions


    As the third edition of theRome International Film Festival wrapped, Rome's President Gian Luigi Rondi outlined some of his plans for future editions.
  • Opium War and Resolution 819 win best film awards at Rome International Film Festival


    Siddiq Barmak's Afghanistan set Opium War has won The Golden Marco Aurelio Critics' award for Best Film, while Giacomo Battiato's Resolution 819 earned the festival's Golden Marco Aurelio Audience award for Best Film.
  • AFM buzz - Italy


    This year, leading Italian sales agents Intramovies, Istituto Luce and the newer Fandango/Portobello Sales are not attending the AFM. Instead, they launched their new titles at the Rome International Film Festival's film market, The Business Street, in October.
  • Andrea Segre wins best new project at Rome's New Cinema Network


    Italian filmmaker Andrea Segre has won best new European project at Rome's New Cinema Network, Fabbrica dei progetti, for Shun Lee and the Poet (Shun Lee e il poeta).
  • Jane Campion acquires rights to Alice Munro short story Runaway


    Oscar winning director Jane Campion has acquired the rights to Canadian writer Alice Munro's 2004 short story Runaway.
  • Pacino screens preview of work-in-progress Salomaybe' at Rome


    Al Pacino has screened a seven-minute preview of his in-progress project entitled Salomaybe' during opening day of the Rome Film Festival.
  • Medusa to remake Welcome to the Sticks for Italy


    Rome-Italian powerhouse Medusa has bought the remake rights for France's run-away box office success Welcome to the Sticks (Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis) a Medusa spokesperson confirmed to Screen Daily.
  • The Man Who Loves and Eight/Huit open International Rome Film Festival


    Actor Al Pacino provides star presence for the festivities of the International Rome Film Festival, which kicks off its third edition today, October 22, in the Italian capital.
  • Protti renamed president ofItaly's cinema body with reform agenda


    Paolo Protti has been reappointed president of Italy's exhibitor organisation ANEC or the National Association of Cinema Exhibitors for a second three-year term.Protti, who oversees the concerns of the nation's some 3,000 screens, says his aims include restructuring ANEC by merging ANEM (National Association of Multiplex Exhibitors) into ANEC. FICE (Art House Cinema Association) already works within ANEC's structure. He also intends to reinforce ANEC's ties with ...
  • Festival Talk - 'Be brave in the selection and close to the business'


    Which festivals do you particularly rate and enjoy'
  • Rome opens on a high


    Being the new kid on the block may have its challenges but the three-year-old Rome International Film Festival is rising to them with aplomb. In its first two editions, Rome's ability to squeeze its 10-day festival into the logjam of the autumn calendar raised eyebrows, as did its ability to attract high-wattage stars (Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry) and directorial talent (Francis Ford Coppola, Jason Reitman). Then last spring, the festival had to fight an unexpected local battle when ...
  • Oliver Stone's W to open 26th Turin Film Festival


    Oliver Stone's George W. Bush inspired drama W will open the 26th edition of the Turin Film Festival.
  • Rome pushes 2009 date closer to Venice


    The fourth edition of the Rome International Film Festival in 2009 will open a week earlier than this year - bringing it even closer to its Venice rival.The news comes before the third edition of the International Rome Film Festival officially kicks off (October 22-31). While the dates for the 2009 edition were not officially confirmed by organisers itself, the Business Street industry event that runs concurrently with the festival has has announced that it will ...
  • Rome includes 12 world premieres in 20-film competition


    The third edition of the International Rome Film Festival has announced the line-up for the upcoming edition that runs October 22-31.
  • Rome announces titles for Extra and Eye on the World sidebars


    The fifth Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) has announced the titles for two of this year's side bar sections L'Altro Cinema (Extra) and Occhio sul Mondo (Eye on the world).
  • Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah enters Oscar race for Italy


  • In focus: Marco Bechis' Birdwatchers


    Marco Bechis' fourth feature Birdwatchers, was one of the most talked about films at this month's Venice film festival. The powerful drama about the effects of globalisation and colonisation on the indigenous Guarani-Kaiowa people of Mato Grosso do Sul, a southern, forested region of Brazil provoked much conversation for the way the film reverses traditional casting: the natives star, with the seasoned European actors taking the supporting roles.
  • Venice Lion of Future Winner Lunch adds five new sales


  • Festival talk - The Gospel according to Marco


    Which festivals are important to you'
  • Rome to open third festival with Huit/Eight and The Man Who Loves


    The International Film Festival of Rome has announced Huit/Eight and The Man Who Loves will share credits as opening films for the upcoming third edition, which runs October 22-31. Huit/Eight, which was previously announced, will be presented out of competition as a Special Event, organisers specified today, even though it is in Rome's Cinema ...
  • Aronofsky's The Wrestler takes Golden Lion in Venice


    The Venice Film Festival wrapped on Saturday with a Golden Lion award to Darren Aronofsy’s The Wrestler, a film that provided a one-two punch finale for an edition that some considered lacklustre in respect to previous years. (Click here to see Screen review)At the awards ceremony, Jury President Wim Wenders bestowed The Golden Lion on Darren Aronofsky but significantly geared his words towards actor Mickey ...
  • As industry leaves Venice for Toronto, Italian titles still strong


    As a week of screenings at the Venice Film Festival winds up and the industry moves to Toronto, Italian titles are likely to be a focal point of year’s traditional festival migration.
  • Venice eyes slightly later start for 2009 festival


    The Venice film festival may start slightly later for its 2009edition. While not officially announced, Biennale president Paolo Baratta and artistic directorMarco Mueller told foreign journalists over lunch that next year's schedule might shift slightly.Venice could potentially kick off Weds., Sept 2, 2009.Venice traditionally opens the Wednesday after the last Tuesday ...
  • Piedmont finalises $20.5m film fund


    Italy's Piedmont region, the Turin Piedmont Film Commission and LA based Endgame Entertainment have finalised terms for a$20.5m (Euros 14m) film fund.
  • Venice off to a strong start


    The 65th Venice Film Festival kicked off Wednesday night with a warm reception for the Coen Brothers' dark comedy Burn After Reading.To see day one report click hereTo see buzz films click here
  • Burn After Reading opens Venice Film Festival


    Venice kickedoff last nightwith the galapremiereof the Coen Brothers' Burn After Reading.
  • Italian sales agents announce deals on eve of Venice


    Italian sales agents have announced two pick-ups on the eve of the 65th Venice Film Festival, which kicks off Aug 27.Rai Trade has picked up Pupi Avati's competition title Il papa di Giovanna, about a man who has to put his daughter in a mental institution after she murders a schoolmate. The film stars Alba Rochwacher, Francesca Neri and Silvio Orlando and is produced by Duea Film with Medusa and Sky.Adrianna Chiesa has picked ...
  • Venice Horizons adds Iranian debut Tedium (Khastegi)


    Tedium (Khastegi), the debut film of Iranian director Bahman Motamedian, is the first of two surprise films to be added to Venice's Horizon's line-up, the Biennale announced today.
  • Preview: Venice film festival


    The 65th edition of the Venice film festival (August 27-September 6) may well be remembered as the year the world's oldest film festival greeted a bright new future.
  • Rome's first selections include 8, The Duchess,Baader Meinhof


    The International Film Festival of Rome has unveiled the first titles for its upcoming third edition, which runs Oct 22-31 in the Italian capital.
  • Natalie Portman makes directorial debut with Venice short Eve


    American actress Natalie Portman's directorial short film debut Eve will open The Venice Film Festival's Corto Cortissimo section dedicated to short films.
  • Italian executive Gianandrea Mutti dies after motorcycle accident


    Gianandrea Mutti, a ten-year employee of the marketing department for Italian distributor BIM has died while recovering from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.Bim's founder and President Valerio De Paolis told Screen Daily in an emotional conversation, 'I felt an affection for him that went beyond work.'The forty-one year old Bologna native's untimely passing has stunned the local industry, particularly as he was expected to pull through from the injuries ...
  • Rome to honour Al Pacino with Gold Marco Aurelio


    Al Pacino will receive career honours at the International Film Festival of Rome when the third edition unspools this October.Career honourees at the festival's first two editions include Sean Connery and Sophia Loren.The Gold Marco Aurelio honorary award will be given to Pacino, who will be on hand to take part in a popular sidebar called L'altro cinema (previously called The Actors Craft), which each year features members of New York's famed Actors Studio and ...
  • Venice Film Festival: Italian squad takes on rest of world


    The Italian flag will fly high over the Lido this year. Following a strong showing at Cannes, four local titles will screen in competition at the 65th Venice film festival, with the Italian industry out in force with 20 films.
  • Mueller digs deep withVenice's worldly offerings


    Venice is aiming widefor its 65th edition,with artistic director Marco Mueller following up 2007's heavily English-language programme with a more geographically diverse, less star-drivenline-up of films from 18 countries. Notably lighter onUS features (and with none solely from the UK), this year's Lido line-up features two Japanese animation masters and four Italian features in the competition section alone.
  • Venice Days premieres include Aprahamian's Broken Lines


    Czech director Bohdan Slama's A Country Teacher (VenkovskyUcitel) will have its international premiere at this year's Venice Dayssidebar, which is heavy on European and Eastern European films in thisyear's edition.
  • Venice Critics' Week to screen debut of Gomorrah co-writer


    The 23rd edition of Critics' Week, at the 65th edition of the Venice Film Festival, will include seven world premieres in competition.
  • Rome changes include new name: International Film Festival of Rome


    The Rome Film Fest's recently appointed president Gian Luigi Rondi has announcedsome significant changes to the event as it heads into its third year.
  • Abdellatif Kechiche to lead debut film jury in Venice


    Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche will preside over the International Jury for the Luigi De Laurentiis Prize for a debut film at the 65th edition of the Venice Film Festival, the Biennale said.
  • Mikado puts increased attention on 'original' commerical films


    Italy's Mikado Film goes into the 2008 and early 2009 distribution season with a series of titles that reflect the company's auteur tradition - but which includes an increased investment in what CEO Alessandro Usai calls 'original' commercial films, as well as select Italian films aimed at un-tested markets here.
  • Ischia unveils heavy hitters for co-production roundtable


    Italy's Ischia Global Film and Music Festival will host a Global Production Summit in the sixth edition of the event, which runs July 13-20 on the island of Ischia near the Southern city of Naples.
  • Brizzi to shoot third feature Ex later this month


    Director Fausto Brizzi will begin shooting his third feature, Ex, on July 15, his producer Federica Lucisano of Italian International Film (IIF) confirmed.
  • Wim Wenders to lead Venice jury


    Director Wim Wenderswill lead the jury of the 65th Venice Film Festival, the biennale's board of directors has announced.
  • Italian industry bodies threaten festival boycott over film taxes


    Leading film industrybodies in Italyare threatening to pull Italian entries to the Venice, Rome and Turin film festivals if the country's new right-wing government abolishes tax credits promised in the 2008 national budget.
  • Eye Of The Sun takes Taormina honours


    Egyptian film maker Ibrahim El Batout's Eye Of The Sun (Ein Shams) won the Golden Tauro for best film atSicily's Taormina Film Festival.
  • Eagle Pictures reveals first slate since Ben Ammar takeover


    Eagle Pictures has announced the first titles to make up the 2008-2009 slate of the company since its take over last year by Franco-Tunisian financier Tarak Ben Ammar.
  • Rondi becomes president of Rome Film Fest


    Gian Luigi Rondi has become the new President of the Rome Film Fest after his candidature was voted unanimously by the fest's board of directors yesterday.
  • Italian comedy master Dino Risi dies at age 91


    Film director Dino Risi, one of the fathers of the 'commedia all'italiana' (Italian comedy) genre that flourished in post-war Italy has died in Rome at the age of 91 after a long period of ill health.Risi's more than fifty films endeared him to Italians and foreign audiences for his talent at showcasing the transition from the post war era into the prosperous economic boom of the 1960s with an ironic tinge typified in many pictures such as his 1956 film
  • Taormina lauds Turkish cinema, ramps up industry plans


    Turkish cinema and an industry initiative that aims at uniting international buyers and distributors with the Sicilian Film Commission are all on the agenda of the 54th Taormina Film Festival, under the artistic direction of Deborah Young for the second year.
  • Rome Cinema Foundation's Bettini steps down


    Rome's Cinema Foundation president Goffredo Bettini has resigned from his role presiding over the Rome Film Fest, which will be ushering in its third edition Oct 21-31.
  • Cecchi Gori arrested in Rome in ongoing legal battles


    Oscar-winning film producer Vittorio Cecchi Gori whose credits include Life is Beautiful and Cinema Paradiso is behind bars in at Rome's Regina Coeli prison after he was arrested late in the afternoon Tuesday as he returned to his Palazzo Borghese residence in the center of Rome.
  • Cinecitta Board resigns after Berlusconi changes


    Cinecitta Holding's board of directors has said they will resign in a unanimous inside decision that exiting President Alessandro Battisti said was motivated by Italy's change in government after April's national elections put Silvio Berlusconi back in power.
  • Interview:Matteo Garrone, director of Gomorrah


    Matteo Garrone's coruscating portrait of life in two of Naples' Mafia-controlled suburbs was the talk of this year's Cannes, stirring critics into talk of a return to Italian cinema's neo-realism heyday.
  • Venice to show restored version of Celentano'sYuppi Du


    The 65th edition of the Venice Film Festival will host a special event dedicated to the newly restored and remixed version of Adriano Celentano's 1975 Cannes competition film Yuppi Du, which was set primarily in Venice.
  • Fandango Portobello continues strong Gomorrah sales


    Fandango Portobello sales has closed deals with eight additional territories for Matteo Garrone's competition screener Gomorrah, which has earned $4.9 million (E 3.1 million) at the Italian box office since its release a week ago.Sales have been confirmed with Spain (Alta Classics), Greece (Film Trade), Israel (Orlando), Russia (Maywin Media), Portugal (Eco Films), Colombia (Babilla), Scandinavia (NonStop), and Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay (Alfa). Prior ...
  • Giuseppe Tornatore back to Sicilian roots for Baaria


    Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore and Medusa Film CEOGiampaolo Letta unveiled the first details of Tornatore's $30.7m (Euro 20m) film Baaria that has been tightly under wraps since the project's inceptiona year ago.
  • Abel Ferrara finishing juvenile crime project Napoli, Napoli, Napoli


    Rome-based sales company and producer Minerva Pictures Group will be in Cannes with a new project from Abel Ferrara, Napoli, Napoli, Napoli.
  • European Film Export Association lines up 16 arbitrators


    The European Film Export Association (EFEA) has named their arbitrators - 16 in all- whose role will be to assist in resolving problems that crop up between exporters and distributors - the association's president Jacques-Eric Strauss, and vice president Adrianna Chiesa told ScreenDaily.
  • Venice adds US reps D'Agnolo Vallan and Di Paola


    The Biennale has announced Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan and Margherita Di Paola will be the new US programmer and correspondent, respectively,for the 65th Venice Film Festival.
  • Coen brothers' Burn After Reading to open Venice Film Festival


    Joel and Ethan Coen's Burn After Reading will open the 65th edition of the Venice Film Festival as a world premiere.
  • The Girl By The Lake dominates Donatellos


    First-time director Andrea Molaioli's The Girl By The Lake was the surprise winner of Italy's David of Donatello awards taking home 10 statuettes in principal categories including best film, director, first film and screenplay.
  • Italy - Faith in home-grown talent


    Italy's first-quarter box-office results show that while overall box office is lagging compared to the same period last year, local product has remained strong. The data is important to the industry as 2007 saw local films boom, making a significant contribution to raising last year's overall box office to levels not seen for 20 years.
  • Adrien Brody replaces Liotta in Dario Argento's Giallo


    Oscar winner Adrien Brody will replace Ray Liotta as the detective character in cult horror-master Dario Argento's up-coming English language film Giallo, which starts shooting in Turin as of mid-May.
  • Italy winning race for Hollywood shoots


    Inhabitants of the Tuscan city of Siena are being treated to the sight of Daniel Craig leaping over their Renaissance-era rooftops this spring.
  • Production - The Italian connection


    Italy's local production sector is booming, with a clutch of top directors busy on projects with international partners. Dario Argento has Giallo (literally 'thriller'), a $10m English-language film financed by Los Angeles-based Hannibal Pictures. 'It's fast-paced and creepy,' promises producer Rafael Primorac, of the plot which centres on the abduction of a supermodel (played by Elsa Pataky). The project will shoot in Turin this spring.
  • The Fixers: who are the indispensable figures for international shoots'


  • Fiction Fest names Steve Della Casa artistic director


    Turin Piedmont Film commission president Steve Della Casa will take the reins as Rome Fiction Fest's artistic director while Raimon Astarita has been named general manager of the Fiction Fest in its second year, the Fest announced from Cannes today.The nominations were long awaited as the first year's artistic director (previous Taormina Film Festival director Felice Laudadido) had signed on just to set the festival up in its first edition.Della Casa says this year's ...
  • L: Change The World to kick off Far East Film


    The international premiere of Hideo Nakata's fantasy thriller L: Change The World will kick off the Far East Film Festival April 18 in Udine. The 10th edition of the festival will close April 26 with Johnnie To's musical comedy Sparrow.This year's festival will host an industry event in collaboration with the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia Film commission's regional fund. Called Ties That Bind, ...
  • Film Italia to be folded into Cinecitta Holding


    Italian promotional body Film Italia will be fused with Cinecitta Holding, the parent company of Cinecitta Studios, after a unanimous vote by its board last night.
  • Italian box-office down from banner 2007 but local films fare well


    Italy's first-quarter box office results show that while over all box office is lagging in respect to the same period last year, local product has remained strong.
  • Rome may replace public jury with industry jury at next fest


    One of the Rome Film Fest's most defining elements - its popular jury - may be set to change if comments made by Leandro Pesci, the regional president of ANEC, Italy's national exhibitor organisation hold true. Leandro Pesci made comments at a Rome cinema promotional forum yesterday called Cin Cin cinema that focuses on promotional endeavors in the Lazio region aimed at increasing cinema attendance, including the reduction of ticket prices to a single Euro during 'culture ...
  • Quiet Chaos dominates Donatello nominations


    Rome-Domenico Procacci's Fandango-produced Quite Chaos starring NanniMoretti and directed by Antonello Grimaldi leads the race for the David of Donatello awards, with eighteen nominations.
  • Rome Film Fest backs film education programme for schools


    The Rome Film Fest is backing a new initiative to promote cinema to kids in Rome's public schools by bringing films, actors, directors and film critics to the classroom.
  • Italy loses 254 cinemas since 2003 as multiplexes grow


    The Italian exhibitor association Anec has said that 254 cinemas have closed in Italy since 2003, shutting down 306 screens.
  • New Bond filmto shoot in Tuscany


    Marc Forster's new James Bond film will be heading to Tuscany as part of its locations shoot, the latest of a series of international productions to choose the region as set.Quantum of Solace will head to Italy for 15 days from the end of Aprilthrough May 12, picking up where Casino Royale left off at Lake Gardabefore traveling to the Tuscan towns of Siena, Talamone and Carrara,the Tuscan Film Commission said today.
  • Italian culture minister to run for mayor of Rome


    Italian Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli has announced he will run for mayor of Rome, a position he has twice held in 1993 and 1997.Rutelli's announcement comes on the heels of the recent shake up in the Italian government, which saw Prime Minister Roman Prodi resign after 20 months in office: he lost a risky confidence vote that obliged him to step down.Rutelli acted as Italy's Culture Minister under the Prodi government, during which time he effectively stabilized ...
  • Strong casts line up for new Italian films from Tognazzzi, Corsicato


    Two new Italian films set to shoot this spring -- The Man Who Loves and Seeds Of Discontent - have both pulled together strong casts. Principal photography of The Man who Loves (L'uomo che ama), directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi, will begin February 25 in and around Turin.The film features Pierfrancesco Favino in a role that highlights a man's ...
  • Cecchi Gori forms New Capitol Films


    Oscar-winning Italian producer Vittorio Cecchi Gori has set up a new production company, New Capitol Films, that aims to produce films, TV commercials and a series MF.
  • Rai Trade adds The Viceroys, Maybe God Is Ill to EFM slate


    Rai Trade will present two market premieres at the European Film Market in Berlin next week. Those titles are Roberto Faenza's The Viceroys (I Viceri), a historical drama set in 1800s Sicily and feature length documentary Maybe God is Ill directed by Franco Brogi Taviani that shines light on the tragedies and hopes of the African continent. Rai trade will be completing their line up with ...
  • Salvatores gears up for 10-week shoot for As God Commands


    Oscar-winning Italian director Gabriele Salvatores will begin principal photography February 11 on the thriller As God Commands (Come Dio Comanda), based on the eponymous best-selling book by Niccolo Ammaniti.Maurizio Totti's Colorado Film co-produces with Rai Cinema who will distribute nationally via 01 Distribution. Totti confirmed the film's budget has risen to $8.6m (Euros 5.8m) from the originally announced $6.6m (Euros 4.5m).
  • TWC to take US, Latin America on next Dario Argento horror movie


    The Weinstein Company (TWC) is in final negotiations to take US and Latin American rights to Dario Argento's forthcoming Giallo which is scheduled to start shooting on March 3.LA-based Hannibal Pictures is handling world sales and also financing the $7-8m picture, which has been described as a return to the genre that the cult horror director pioneered in the 1970s.TWC previously bought rights to Argento's last film,
  • Italian box office rises 12.28% in 2007


    The Italian industry is jubilant over 2007 box office results, with Italy's exhibitor organisation ANEC calling it 'one of the best in the past 20 years.'
  • Italy on track for best box office in 20 years


    The Italian Box Office has enjoyed a record December (December1-26) registering a14.5% year on year increaseon 2006,according to Italy's box office compiler Cinetel.
  • Baratta confirmed as Venice Biennale president


    Paolo Baratta has been confirmed as the president of the Venice Biennale arts festival.
  • Garage takes top honours at Moretti's first Turin festival


    Irish director Lenny Abrahamson's second feature Garage took the $36,600 (Euros 25,000) Best Film Prize at the 25th edition of the Turin Film Festival, which wrapped Saturday in the Northern Italian town.
  • Polanski's adaptation of The Ghost to start shooting in summer 2008


    UK novelist Robert Harris, in Turin to promote his novel The Ghost, provided new details on the film adaptation of the book which Roman Polanski will direct. The pair are working together on the script now.Harris also discussed Pompeii, the $100m epic that was cancelled last September when Polanski pulled out, reportedly over looming industry strikes and location complications.
  • Italy sees growth in production but lags behind European admissions


    Italy is seeing positive growth in terms of production, budgets and box office trends, yet it still lags behind the other major European territories, particularly in terms of ticket sales.
  • Beta takes on sales for Paolo Sorrentino's Il Divo


    Beta Film will handle world sales for director Paolo Sorrentino's much awaited film The Divo (Il Divo), Andrea Occhipinti of Italy's Lucky Red confirmed. Sorrentino's film is inspired by the life of Giulio Andreotti, who served as Italian Prime Minister seven times whose name is a symbol for Italian post-war politics. Il Divo was his nickname. Currently in post-production, Il Divo, which has a $7.4m (Euros 5m) budget, has ...
  • Italy's Mediaset launches new free cinema channel


    Italy's Mediaset, the nation's most powerful private network owned by Silvio Berlusconi, is launching Iris: a new, free, digital terrestrial channel to be devoted tofilms and cultural programming.
  • Mueller tipped to stay at Venice Film Festival for another four years


    Marco Mueller will remain at the helm of the Venice Film Festival for a second four-year mandate, Italy's culture minister Francesco Rutelli said Friday as he hailed Mueller's work as 'excellent.' Rutelli has also indicated that Paolo Baratta, a former banker, government minister and previous Biennale president will return to the job as president of the Italian arts organization. Baratta held the role in 1998-2002. While Mueller has to be re-appointed by the new ...
  • Nanni Moretti kicks off his first Turin programme with The Savages


    The 25th edition of the Turin Film Festival has unveiled its complete line up under new artistic director Nanni Moretti.Traditionally known as the Italian film event dedicated to cutting edge and auteur driven fare sees only minor changes to its long-standing format.'I've always been passionate about the Turin Festival and the characteristics of the festival as it was . and for the attention to films that is sometimes distributed and sometimes not but that is a ...
  • Rome Fest sees growth in ticket sales, market presence


    Organisers said they were pleased with results at Rome Film Fests's second edition, which among other goals, aims to stimulate movie going. This year's festival issued 110,000 tickets, up from the inaugural run's 102,000.As last year, prestige was also strong on Rome's roster, with Terrence Malick coming to the festival and Francis Ford Coppola hosting the world premiere of Youth Without Youth.Martin Scorsese dropped out for the Film foundation presentation of restored ...
  • Jason Reitman's Juno takes Best Film prize in Rome


    Jason Reitman's teen pregnancy drama/comedy Juno won Rome Film Fest's Marco Aurelio Best Film Award, announced yesterday. Reitman was in Rome to accept the award, along with screenwriter Diablo Cody.The lucrative award also comes with $287,700 (Euros 200,000).'It is terrifying to bring your film to another culture where they speak another language, and this is the first place it has played outside of North America. ...
  • Rome Business Street sees several deals in second year


    Rome Film Fest's well-attended four-day market event The Business Street came to a close yesterday with a scattering of deals done and an increasingly important profile for European business, buyers and sellers said.
  • Rome has mixed reactions for Coppola's Youth Without Youth


    Francis Ford Coppola's return to film-making was met with mixed reactions, as the Rome Film Fest Saturday presented the world premiere of his Youth Without Youth, based on a novella by Mircea Eliade.The packed press screening Saturday morning was followed by absolutesilence before a moderate applause slowly broke out, indicating theaudience's immediate reaction to the complex love story told in anon-temporal time frame ...
  • Rome rolls out red carpet for Corneau's The Second Wind


    The second edition of the Rome Film Fest kicks off tonight with Alain Corneau's The Second Wind (Le deuxieme souffle), playing in competition.
  • Croff ousted at Venice Biennale after four years


    Italian Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli will not be renewing the mandate of David Croff, the Minister declared at a Biennale Foundation summit meeting last night.
  • Rome's Business Street includes focus on local films


    Italian sellers are hoping that the second edition of Rome's Business Street (Oct 18-21) will prove a successful launchpad for a slew of local titles.
  • Rai Cinema, under D'Amico, ramps up co-productions


    Rai Cinema's new chief Caterina D'Amico says the film production arm will place a special emphasis on co-productions and to illustrate the point, Rai Cinema has just signed on as 25% partner of Spike Lee's $45m project Miracle at St. Anna, which begins shooting Monday at Cinecitta studios before moving on to locations in Tuscany. The cast features Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller, Christian Berkel, Michael Ealy, Valentina Cervi, Pierfrancesco Favino, Omero Antonutti, Derek Luke, ...
  • Peur(s) du Noir selected as Rome's surprise film


    The Rome Film Fest has announced the world premiere of Peur(s) du Noir - a collective animation film featuring the work of six top comic book and graphic art talents. The film focuses on childhood nightmares and adult phobias.
  • Cinecitta rebounds from fire, books in Spike Lee and U-900


    Cinecitta Studios is back in business after a blaze last August partly damaged an area of the studio's back lot, the studio announced today.The August 9th fire was extinguished without any residual damage to the studios buildings or archives - but not before the 'Roman suburbs' set from the BBC/HBO mega-mini series Rome was destroyed.At the time of the fire, Cinecitta's management team told Screen ...
  • Financing - Italy


    With the rise in popularity of TV drama - which accounted for 800 hours of programming in the 2006-07 season, up from 130 hours 10 years ago - it could be assumed features are feeling the squeeze in Italian TV schedules.
  • Ben Ammar preparing bid for Italian distributor


    French-Tunisian financier Tarak Ben Ammar is reportedly in advanced talks to acquire a majority stake in Italian independent distributor Eagle Pictures.The Milan and Rome based company - operated by Ciro and Steffano Dammicco - is one of Italy's top five independent distributors and was responsible for the massive 2004 rollout of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, for which Italy as one of the top grossing territories.
  • Rome's second run offers 19 world premieres and star power


    Rome Film Fest (Oct 18-27) has announced the line up for its second edition (full list here), reinforcing its mission to be a people's 'festa' (the Italian word for party) while showing increased capability to attract top talent in a line up that focuses on European premieres as it capitalises on current hot topics from politics to globalisation to environmental issues.
  • Italy backs Tornatore's Unknownin tough Oscar competition


    Oscar winning director Giuseppe Tornatore's The Unknown (La Sconosciuta) will be the Italian candidate to the Oscars, in a reportedly tight race which gave eight votes to Tornatore's Northern Italian set noir, and seven to Daniele Luchetti's Certain Regard entry My Brother Isan Only Child (Mio fratello e' figlio unico).
  • Rome Extras sidebar to include Malick conversation


    The Rome Film Fest's Extra section - one of the festival's primary sidebars, has unveiled its packed and diverse line-up.While the Fest will present main stream filmgoers-fare in the Premiere and Cinema 07 line-ups next week, Extra serves as Rome's experimental portal. Artistic director Mario Sesti told that Extra explores areas that 'border' traditionalbig-screen cinema.The multi-faceted section is comprised of five sub-sections.
  • Eagle takes Italian rights to Zanasi's $2.2m Venice Days comedy


    Eagle Pictures has picked up Italian distribution rights to Italian Venice Days title Don't Think About It (Non Pensarci), directed by Gianni Zanasi.
  • Mueller and Croff sign off with strong final Venice


    The 64th edition of the Venice Film Festival marks the end of Marco Mueller and Davide Croff's four-yearterms as artistic director and president of the Biennale.
  • Venice awards - the reaction


    'You would think the second Lion would be easier and quite emotional to receive but it is the opposite,' Ang Lee said after becoming the surprise recipient of this year's Golden Lion, two years after his win for Brokeback Mountain.
  • Lust, Caution is surprise winner of Venice's Golden Lion


    Ang Lee won the Golden Lion - again - at the 64th Venice International Film Festival yesterday for Lust, Caution, a surprise win for the Taiwanese auteur over the critical favourite Le Graine Et Le Mulet directed by Abdellatif Kechiche from France.
  • Greenaway eyes film on 17th century artist Goltzius


    Peter Greenaway, whose Rembrandt van Rijn-inspired film Nightwatching un-spooled in competition at Venice and will screen in Toronto, is working on two new projects.Kees Kasander, Greenaway's long time producer, revealed that Greenaway's next film will also be based on an artist's life, although this one lesser known.The film will be based loosely on Hendrick Goltzius, a 17th century pornographic etchings artist whose work ...
  • Pyramide takes on salse for Zanasi's Don't Think About It


    Pyramide International has acquired world rights, excluding Italy, for Venice Days title Don't Think About It (Non pensarci) - a generational comedy by Italian directorGianni Zanasi.Pyramide confirmed that sales have been completed in Venice with Hopscotch for Australia, Audiovisual for Greece, and Xenix for Switzerland. A Benelux deal has also been done, and Italian distribution is being discussed now. The film is ...
  • Mad Detective screens as Venice's surprise competition entry


    The Venice Film festival unveiled Hong Kong crime film Mad Detective as this year's competition surprise film entry on Wednesday night.Co-directed by Hong Kong action film specialist Johnnie To and producer/director Wai Ka Fai, the film was presented Wednesday night at a press screening with no official pre-announcement but widespread speculation.The only clue came in the form of a worn out paperback with the title
  • Mad Detective screens as surprise entry to Venice competion


    The Venice Film festival unveiled Mad Detective, co-directed by Hong Kong action film specialist Johnnie To and producer/director Wai Ka Fai, as a surprise competition entry. Mad Detective, produced by To's production company Milkyway Image, is the story of a rookie cop who teams up with an unvonventional criminal profiler to catch a serial killer.It's the latest in a number of collaborations ...
  • Babelgum recruits Spike Lee to judge new online shorts festival


    New Internet TV platform Babelgum has announced plans to launch a new online film festival for films up to 45 minutes long.At a press conference in Venice, Babelgum CEO Valerio Zingarelli also announced that Spike Lee will serve as an honorary judge of the Babelgum Online Film Festival. Zingarelli $20,000 in prizes would be awarded in each of six categories.The other jurors are Joe Bateman from Rushes Soho Shorts Festival in the UK, Ally Derks from International ...
  • Venice's new Palazzo should be ready for 2011 festival


    Italy's culture minister Francesco Rutelli, Biennale President Davide Croff, Venetian mayor Massimo Cacciari and regional president Giancarlo Galan revealed further plans today for Venice's new Palazzo. The project has been in the works since 2004 but today Croft noted that the current project should be completed in time for the 2011 Venice Film Festival.The original plans for the Palazzo will be reviewed and changed over the next three months. Venice Mayor Massimo ...
  • Italy - The Dark master


    Thirty years in the making, the launch of Dario Argento's The Mother Of Tears finally closes the door on The Three Mothers trilogy of cult horror films that began with Argento's Suspiria in 1977 and Inferno in 1982.
  • Lucky Red takes Italian rights to Rush Hour 3 from New Line


    Italian distributor Lucky Red has acquired rights to New Line's Rush Hour 3, starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker and directed by Brett Ratner.
  • Venice opens competition with warm welcome for Wright's Atonement


    The 64th edition of the Venice Film Festival kicked off Wednesday with UK director Joe Wright's Ian McEwan adaptation Atonement, which was well received in its world premiere.
  • Venice opens competition with warm welcome for Wright's Atonement


    The 64th edition of the Venice Film Festival kicked off Wednesday with UK director Joe Wright's Ian McEwan adaptation Atonement, which was well received in its world premiere.
  • Venice sellers say market is healthy


    As the 64th Venice Film Fest opens tonight with Joe Wright's Atonement, thoughts are on expansion and stability. While the Italian industry will have to wait to see if artistic director Marco Mueller and Biennale President Davide Croff will be reinstated for a second mandate - all festivalgoers are wondering how long Venice will wait for its new Palazzo'
  • Medem, Babenco films confirmed for Rome competition


    The Rome Film Festival has announced several titles confirmed for its second edition, which takes place October 18-27 in the Italian capital.
  • Venice International Film Festival - Venice spans the generations


    Marco Mueller, artistic director of the Venice international film festival, has been carving a personal stamp that becomes more defined each year.
  • Lucky Red acquires Italian rights to TWC titles 1408 and Halloween.


    Italian distributor Lucky Red has announced the acquisition of two high-profile genre titles from The Weinstein Company. Those titles are 1408 by Mikael Hafstrom starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson as well as Halloween by Rob Zombie. The deals constitute the first between Lucky Red and The Weinsteins, Stefano Massenzi, chief of Acquisitions at Lucky Red confirmed ...
  • Venice adds selections including Gitai's Disengagement


    Marco Mueller has added several new titles to the line up of the 64th edition of the Venice Film Festival completing his official selection, theBiennale announced Friday.
  • Cinecitta copes with fire on back lot


    A fire broke out on Rome's Cinecitta studios back lot Thursday night at 22:00 local time.'Last night, a fire developed around Cinecitta Studios, exclusively affecting a peripheral part of the back lot where sets are constructed in open air,' the famed studio's Friday statement read.'The fire originated inside a tent of about 250 square meters and was most likely due to a short circuit. It immediately extended to a part of the sets of Ancient Rome,' the statement ...
  • Mueller looks at Venice's future tied to new palazzo


    Just after Venice's 64th official line up has been announced, Marco Mueller, in his fourth year as artistic director, says his programme is 'a balanced edition where you can find the seeds of what is coming next in world cinema.'
  • Ridley Scott to bring new version of Blade Runner to Venice


    The Venice Film Festival has announced the surprise Midnight film will be Ridley Scott's Blade Runner: The Final Cut.
  • Italian master Michelangelo Antonioni dies at 94


    Iconic Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni died at his Rome residence Monday evening, news reports from Rome said today.
  • Venice lines up strong English-language programme


    Hollywood will be jetting to the Lido for the 64th edition of the Venice Film Festival where a cluster of top shelf US directors are unveiling their current projects in a festival that underscores the force of English-language cinema.While six American pictures have made the competition cut, they are flanked by three British and one Canadian titles giving English-language films an edge in this year's Venice competition lineup.In fact, of the 57 films across all ...
  • Venice Film Festival announces its line-up


    The Venice Film Festival has announced its line-up. Films from Woody Allen, Ken Loach, Paul Haggis, Todd Haynes, Ang Lee, Wes Anderson, Miike Takashi, Brian De Palma, Andrew Dominik, Peter Greenaway, Kitano Takeshi, Eric Rohmer and Kenneth Branagh among others will play the festival which runs from Aug 29-Sept 8.
  • Sad Vacation by Aoyama Shinji to open Venice Horizons


    The Venice Film Festival's Horizons side bar dedicated to new trends in filmmaking has announced its opening and closing film in both the feature and documentary categories.
  • Medusa announces that Michael Clayton will have Venice gala


    Italian film giant Medusa announced legal drama Michael Clayton starring George Clooney by screenwriter turned director Tony Gilroy will screen as a gala event at the 64th edition of the Venice Film Festival.
  • Italian films lead the 16 selections for Venice Days sidebar


    Thirteen films and three documentaries - hailing from France, Spain, Russia, Canada, Germany, Italy, UK, Lebanon, United States, Poland, Mexico make up the programme for this year's Venice Days sidebar, announced Tuesday.
  • Giffoni winners include Mid Road Gang and Keith


    Two thousand children cast their votes for winning films at the Giffoni Film Festival, the Southern Italian film festival dedicated to children and young people's cinema which wrapped its 37th edition Saturday.Led by Claudio Gubitosi, the festival brought in a record number of young jurors from several countries to vote on 64 competition films in four sections: Kids (ages 6-9), First Screens (ages 9-12), Free to Fly (ages 12-14), Y Gen (ages 15-19). This year's ...
  • Jonas Cuaron's Ano Una among Venice Critics Week selections


    Ano Una, the first film by Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron's son Jonas Cuaron, will close Critics Week at the upcoming Venice Film Festival (Aug 29-Sept 8).
  • Venice jury to include Campion, Verhoeven and Innaritu


    The Venice Film Festival has named a distinguished list of directors to make up the international competition jury for its 64th edition.The jurists are all 'important figures' in Venice's recent history, the Biennale said.The jurors will are:French director Catherine Breillat, who presented Brief Crossing at Venice in 2001 and whose Une Vieille maitresse was presented in ...
  • New York Film Academy plans European hub in Florence


    New York Film Academy has announced the opening of a new Europeanheadquarters in Florence, Italy.
  • Italy planning new film ratings legislation package


    Italy is planning a new film ratings legislation package aimed at protecting the youngest cinemagoer. The bill will be presented to the Cabinet of Ministers tomorrow and outlines new criteria for ratings with an updated age-tiered system.
  • Italian exhibitors buoyant at Harry Potter 5's first day


    Italian exhibitors are buoyant with the results of Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix's opening day, as ANEC, Italy's exhibitor association's president Paolo Protti declares it 'a happy story of a deserved success.'
  • Shekhar Kapur's The Golden Age to open Rome's Premiere section


    Shekhar Kapur's The Golden Age, starring Cate Blanchett, will inaugurate the Premiere section of the second edition of the Rome Film Festival, organisers said today. The Golden Age will see its world ...
  • Warner Bros promotes PaoloFerrari in Italy


    Warner Bros. International has named Paolo Ferrari as president and managing director, Warner Bros Entertainment Italy.
  • Venice to close with Alexi Tan's debut Blood Brothers


    Blood Brothers, the first feature by director Alexi Tan which is produced by John Woo and Terence Chang, will close the Venice Film Festival's 64th edition, out of competition, the Biennale said today.
  • Corneau's Second Wind to open Rome Film Fest competition


    Second Wind (Le Deuxieme souffle) directed by Alain Corneau will open the Rome Film Fest's competition section on the Fest's opening day, the Rome Film Festival announced Tuesday.
  • Spike Lee's Italian project St. Anna to boast $45m budget


    Director Spike Lee and the Italian On My Own Production have announced new details on Lee's new Tuscany-set film project.
  • Franco to direct two William Faulkner adaptations


    Actor-director James Franco has acquired film rights for William Faulkner stories Red Leaves and Light In August. Franco plans to direct both projects.
  • Nouri Bouzid wins best film prize at Taormina


    Tunisian director Nouri Bouzid's Making Of took the Golden Tauro for best film at the Taormina Film Festival.
  • Italian exhibition: hot shots


    With distributors now braving the Italian mid-summer, Italy's box-office prospects are heating up. Sheri Jennings reports.
  • Hamed to direct Chicago from Yacoubian author Alaa-Al-Aswani


    Egyptian director Marwan Hamed is in talks to direct a film based on Chicago, the follow up book by Yacoubian Building author Alaa-Al-Aswani with Dar El Shorouck, the book's Egyptian publisher as producing partner.The director made the announcement from the Taormina Film Festival where he is serving on the Mediterranean competition jury.Set in Chicago the book tells the story of Egyptian ...
  • Dolmen strikes deal for 50 Cristaldi classics including Cinema Paradiso


    Dolmen Home Library has acquired DVD distribution rights for 50 films from the Cristaldi Film Library, including several Oscar-winning titles produced by the legendary Italian producer Franco Cristaldi.
  • Bertolucci to receive Venice's special Golden Lion


    Bernardo Bertolucci will receive the 'Golden Lion of the 75th,' a special prize in celebration of the Biennale's Jubilee anniversary, organisers have said.
  • Atonement to open Venice Film Festival


    UK director Joe Wright's adaptation of Ian McEwan's award-winning novel Atonement will open the Venice Film Festival's 64th edition.
  • Tornatore's Unknown is best film at Italy's Donatello awards


    Giuseppe Tornatore's noir film The Unknown picked up five top prizes at 51st edition of the David of Donatello awards, Italy's top film honors.The Unknown received awards in five principal categories including best film, best director, best cinematography, as well as best music for Ennio Morricone's score as well as best actress kudos for newcomer Ksenia Rappoport who learned Italian for the role.
  • Abel Ferrara: go go dancer


    The new film from energetic film-maker Abel Ferrara is a sexy, glossy comedy - or so he promises, says Sheri Jennings
  • Distribution: studio's home movies


    US studios see opportunity in local-language film. Sheri Jennings reports.
  • Taormina plans new Mediterranean focus under Deborah Young


    Egyptian cinema and a new competitive section focusing on Mediterranean films are all on the agenda for the reinvigorated 53rd Taormina Film Festival.
  • Spike Lee decamps to Italy for Miracle Of St Anna


    Spike Lee will shoot a film in Tuscany based on James McBride's 2003 book Miracle at St. Anna, the story of an Italian orphan who befriends a black American soldier in Italy during World War II.The project - which is in scripting stage - is the first film produced by art house distributor Mikado founders Luigi Musini and Roberto Cicutto.Their distributorship was taken over by Italian publisher De Agostini in January of this ...
  • Universal Italy makes first local film deal for distribution


    US majors are lining up to distribute and produce local films in Italy following a slow but consistent trend internationally.
  • Zhang Yimou to head Venice competition jury


    Beijing-based director Zhang Yimou will preside over the competition jury -comprised only of directors - of the 64th edition of the Venice Film Festival during the Biennale's Jubilee 75th anniversary.
  • Salvatores commands God with new RAI-Colorado alliance


    Italy's RAI Cinema has pacted with Maurizio Totti's Milan-basedColorado Films to produce four new films including Oscar-winning director Gabriele Salvatores' upcoming project As God Commands (Come Dio Commanda) based on best-selling novelist Niccolo Ammaniti's book of the same name.The film reunites Salvatore with Ammaniti, who authored their 2003 collaboration I'm Not Scared.Salvatores ...
  • Night Bus drives to UK and Korea


    Italy's Intramovies has sold Night Bus (Notturno Bus) to ACMEInternational Investments for the UK with theatrical release through Maiden Voyage Pictures and to K& Entertainment for South Korea.A debut film by Davide Marengo, Night Bus is an action comedy starring Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Valerio Mastrandrea. Producers are Maura Vespini and Sandro Silvestri for EMME.
  • Italy moves into CGI with Winx Club's Lost Kingdom


    Italy is moving en force into CGI animation with a Euros 25m feature based on the hugely successful original animated TV series Winx Club produced by Rainbow, RAI Cinema and RAI TV.Winx Club the Secret of the Lost Kingdom, present at the Cannes market has had multiple sales including Independent Film for Benelux, Turkey’s Filma, with deals in the final negotiation phases for France, Portugal, Greece, Eastern Europe and Russia, Brazil and Singapore, Rainbow’s CEO Iginio Straffi ...
  • Myriad previews Dario Argento's long awaited The Third Mother


    Journalists got the first glimpse of the graphic trailer of Italian horror master Dario Argento's long-awaited film The Third Mother, the final chapter of The Mother of Tears trilogy, in Cannes. The film has its market debut for international sales handled by Myriad Pictures.
  • Taviani Brothers' Lark Farm flies to RAI Trade


    Italian sales company RAI Trade has added the Taviani's latest film, The Lark Farm, to its Cannes slate.The film, which played in Berlin, is the latest effort from Paolo and Vittorio Taviana, who won the Palme d'Or in 1977 for My Father, My Master and a special jury prize in 1981 for The Night of the Shooting Stars.The ...
  • DeAPlaneta takes on new thriller 25 Carats


    DeAPlaneta has initiated pre-sales for Madrid-based Iconica and Barcelona-based In Vitro's new joint project with the working title 25 Kilates (25 Carats).Paxti Amezcua's thief thriller, budgeted at Euros 2.5m film, will start shooting in September with a cast including Carmelo Gomez and Veronica Echejui.
  • Good News builds hot slate including Bin Laden title


    Yacoubian Building producers The Good News Group have announced a four-title multi genre film slate that shows the group intends to forge ahead with controversial and hot topics about the Arab world as shown from their own perspective.
  • Notro lands more deals on Honor de Cavalleria


    Notro Films has closed several new deals for Spanish director Albert Serra's Honor de Cavalleria with the UK (Soda Pictures), Argentina (791) and Benelux (Victory Production). The picture, which took the top prize at the last edition of the Turin Film Festival, is an ultra-minimalist take on Cervante's classic Don Quixote story.
  • First Sun takes shine to remake of Argento's Suspira


    New Italian production outfit First Sun has acquired remake rights to Dario Argento gothic horror classic Suspira.
  • Intramovies takes on sales for Olmi's One Hundred Nails


    Italy's Intramovies has picked up international sales rights to One Hundred Nails, Palm d'Or winning director Ermanno Olmi's last feature to which is being represented in Cannes Tribute section.
  • Istituto Luce on board for Calopresti's L'Abbuffata


    Istituto Luce has announced Italian director Mimmo Calopresti's latest directorial foray L'Abbuffata, starring Gerard Depardieu, Diego Abatantuono and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.
  • World Cinema Foundation launch to open with Moroccan Transes


    Martin Scorsese's May 22 Cannes launch of the World Cinema Foundation will include a rare Moroccan film entitled Transes, shot in 1981 by director Ahmed El Maanouni and restored by Italy's Cineteca di Bologna.
  • Palme d'Or winner: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani


    Seven films by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani have been to Cannes - but it was Father And Master which the Palme d'Or in 1977. Their next entry at Cannes, The Night Of San Lorenzo, took the Jury prize. They now present films out of Competition in order 'to give a chance to others'. The last film they presented at Cannes was The Elective Affinities in 1996.
  • Palme d'Or winner: Roman Polanski


    Having presented several films in Cannes, Roman Polanski finally won the Palme d'Or in 2002 for The Pianist, which went on to win three Oscars including best director. Part of this year's Chacun Son Cinema project - a compilation of specially commissioned shorts made by Cannes luminaries to mark the 60th edition - Polanski says that he is 'looking forward to seeing what my colleagues come up with'.
  • Palme d'Or winner: Ermanno Olmi


    Ermanno Olmi talks to Screen about winning in 1978 with The Tree Of Wooden Clogs, which he said came to him 'half way through his career - neither too soon nor too late'. Olmi's just-released One Hundred Nails - which he has said will be his final film - plays at this year's Cannes in the tributes section.
  • Palme d'Or winner: Francesco Rosi


    Italian director Francesco Rosi won the Palme d'Or for The Mattei Affair jointly with Elio Petri's The Working Class Goes To Heaven in 1972. The win, he said, came after his status as a director had already been assured, with a string of top awards behind him, including the Berlin Silver Bear and the Venice Golden Lion.
  • Palme d'Or winner: Nanni Moretti


    From meeting heroes to fighting on beaches a selection of Palme D'Or winning directors recall their night of glory and how it affected their career. Nanni Moretti won the Palme d'Or in 2001 for his ninth feature, The Son's Room (pictured), an intimate look at a family grappling with their son's death.
  • Araki and Mechanic line up for Venice jury duty


    The Venice Film Festival has announced that American director Greg Araki will preside over the Venice Horizons section jury while the Lion of the Future prize jury (dedicated to first films) will be presided over by American producer Bill Mechanic.The Lion of the Future prize is a USD $100,000 cash prize funded by Italian producer Aurelio de Laurentiis and split between director and producer of the winning film. The director will also receive Euros 40,000 in a voucher ...
  • Tarantino on board for Venice's Spaghetti Westerns retrospective


    The Venice Film Festival will feature a retrospective of Spaghetti Westerns as part of the Secret History of Italian Cinema 4 sidebar, the biennale said Friday.
  • Fandango, RAI start shoot for Calm Chaos starring Nanni Moretti


    Principal shooting of Calm Chaos (Caos Calmo) has begun in Rome this week. Produced by Fandango and RAI Cinema the picture is directed by Antonello Grimaldi and stars Nanni Moretti who also adapted the screenplay from the award-winning book by Sandro Veronesi.
  • Whose data is it anyway'


    Despite Italy's 2007 box-office boom, the territory's national statistics institute identifies a decline in cinema-going. Sheri Jennings reports.
  • Venice to celebrate 75th with tribute to Kluge


    The Venice Film Festival will celebrate its Jubilee in 2007 - 75 years since it's founding - on August 6, 1932 on the Lido of Venice.As the world's oldest film festival, Venice will mark the jubilee with an event dedicated to Alexander Kluge, the German director (also 75 years old), who was born the same year as the festival's inception.Kluge has been awarded two Golden Lions and a Silver Lion and a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement in 1982, Venice's 50th anniversary.
  • Government greenlights new Palazzo del Cinema for Venice


    Venice will finally get a new Palazzo del Cinema. The project - a long standing and contentious issue - finally got the rubber stamp today when Italy's culture minister Francesco Rutelli signed an agreement with Venice's Mayor Massimo Cacciari and the President of the Veneto Region Giancarlo Galan ratifying the project.
  • The Unknown leads Italy's Donatello award nominations


    Giuseppe Tornatore's noir The Unknown (La Sconosciuta) leads the nominees for Italy's top film honors, the David of Donatello awards which are in their 51st edition this year. The film scored 12 nods.
  • Turin to feature retrospectives of Wenders and Cassavetes


    Turin Film Festival director Nanni Moretti has announced two retrospectives and two new sections. In his first edition as artistic director of the 25-year-old festival, Moretti has selected John Cassavetes, as well as to German director and President of the European Film Academy, Wim Wenders as subjects of two retrospectives. 'The Turin Film Festival proposes the complete works of (these)fundamental auteur in the panorama of independent cinema,' the festival announced ...
  • Italian minister stresses importance of co-production incentives


    Ahead of official festivities for Cinecitta's 70th anniversary to be celebrated in a mega party on the famed movie studio's lot on May 4, Italy's movie making politicos got together to talk about the state of Italian cinema and attracting international productions yesterday.As part of the celebrations, Culture Minister Francesco Rutell announced a new annual Cinecitta prize that will be given out in six categories: costumes, set construction, special effects, make up and hair, ...
  • RAI's 01 Distribution names Adriano Coni as its new president


    RAI Cinema, the film unit of Italy's state run broadcaster RAI has named Adriano Coni as new president of 01 Distribution, the distribution arm of RAI Cinema. Coni previously acted as chief of both RAI Cinema's marketing and human resource divisions.01 Distribution has been without a president since its previous president, Carlo Macchitella, stepped down on January 30th when allegations were raised that he accepted bribes in a high profile case involving Italy's former Prime ...
  • Italian exhibitors say recent report 'gives wrong idea of market'


    The Italian exhibitors body (Anec) has a bone to pick with Italy's National Statistical Institute (Istat) over the conclusions of a recent report analyzing 'cultural consumer trends' that indicates the nation's cinema-going public is diminishing.The report, released late last week, looked at all forms of entertainment from television to museums to sporting events.Regarding Italy's cinema-going health Istat concluded, 'while 2005 showed a significant rise in distribution ...
  • No Mercy For The Rude takes audience prize at Udine


    Udine's Far East Film Festival wrapped its ninth edition Saturdayas organizers lauded the growth and appeal of a once niche festivalthat has edged its way to become Europe's most complete sampling ofAsian cinema.The non-competitive festival announced audience award -winnersSaturday night. South Korean noir title No Mercy For The Rude directedby Park Chul-hee, 'the story of a sous chef who becomes a killer ...
  • Italian locations: Cinecitta at 70


    Cinecitta Studios, located on the southeastern outskirts of Rome, celebrates its 70th anniversary this month. And with a reputation built on more than 3,000 films, cinema legends and Oscar-winning craftsmen, Cinecitta's board of directors is determined to stay ahead of its international competitors.
  • Italian locations: empire building


    Though Italy may not be able to count on national production incentives to attract shoots from overseas, the territory figures high on international location managers' wishlists, thanks largely to its stunning locations.
  • Italian locations: film commissions


    Italy has 16 regional film commissions, all battling to create their own film funds and bolster production in their regions.
  • Italian locations: historical monuments


    As any Italian film commissioner knows, movie producers en route to Italy come armed with ambitious shooting agendas involving the nation's most treasured and ancient locations.
  • Marco Tullio Giordana starts shooting Crazy Blood


    Principal shooting has started for Marco Tullio Giordana's current project entitled Crazy Blood (Sangue Pazzo), a co-production between Angelo Barbagallo's Bibi Films and the French company Paradis Films with the collaboration of Rai Cinema and Rai Fiction.
  • The Unknown and The Caiman lead Silver Ribbons nominees


    Giuseppe Tornatore's The Unknown (La Sconosciuta) and Nanni Moretti's The Caiman (Il Caimano) have tied as top contenders with seven nominations each for the Nastri D'Argento (Silver Ribbons), Italy's oldest film awards, voted by the national film journalist's union SNGCI.
  • Italy's Far East Film Festival announces 51-film lineup


    The Far East Film Festival has announced a fifty-one film official line up boasting eighteen international festival premieres from for its ninth edition which runs in the Northeastern Italian town of Udine April 20-28.This year's film and guest highlights include the international festival premiere of Teng Huatao's The Matrimony starring popular Chinese actress Fan Bingbing; Korea offers the world premiere of
  • Tim Burton to receive Golden Lion at Venice


    US director Tim Burton will receive the Golden Lion for Career Achievement at the 64th edition of the Venice Film Festival, the Biennale announced Wednesday. Burton will receive the award on September 5 during a special 'Tim Burton Day' in the Lido's Palazzo del Cinema.
  • Piedmont announces new $33.1m (Euros 25m) film fund


    Italy 's Piedmont region announced the inception of the Piedmont Film Company and the details of its new $33.1 million (Euros 25m) film fund to a packed press conference that was attended by industry insiders, cultural politicians and directors including Gabriele Salvatores and Mario Martone.
  • Udine Far East Film Fest will open with Japanese blockbuster Dororo


    Director Akihito Shiota's Dororo will open the 9th edition of Italy 's Udine Far East Film Festival (April 20-28).
  • Italian exhibitors pull controversial Death Of A President


    Gabriel Range's Death Of A President has already hit a nerve in Italy, where ahead of its March 16th opening 30% of planned exhibitors have backed out of showing the film and 600 out of 2,000 promotional posters have disappeared in Rome.
  • Teen cult film beats Pinocchio


    Italian teen cult film I Want You (Ho Voglia Di Te) has beaten Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio for best opening day for a local film, a record the Oscar winner's film has held since 2002.
  • Italian publisher Feltrinelli starts producing first feature film


    Leading Italian book publisher Feltrinelli has started production on its first feature film, We Believed (Noi Credevamo), the story of political violence sparked by Italy's battle for unification in the 19th century. The film will be released in 2008.
  • Italy - The good, the bad and the awarded


    Fresh from picking up his lifetime achievement Academy Award in Hollywood at the weekend, 78-year-old Italian maestro Ennio Morricone is still one of the busiest men in the business.
  • Italy's box-office renaissance


    Italy's reputation as a box-office problem territory has been firmly cemented over the last couple of years - but a stellar start to 2007 suggests it is time for reassessment. It has blasted into the first two months of the year with a record eight consecutive weekends topping the $13m (EUR10m) mark. By February 25, ticket revenues were up 24% year on year.
  • Taormina plans Tornatore and Egyptian programmes


    The 53rd edition of Sicily's Taormina Film Festival will host the first retrospective on Sicilian director Giuseppe Tornatore as well as a focus on Egyptian films in a newly formatted festival that focuses on Mediterranean films, new festival director Deborah Young announced Wednesday.
  • Sky increases Italian film investment


    Satellite TV operator Sky Italia has come to an agreement with Italian producers to increase investment in Italian cinema by 37%, increasing their actual investment from $28.8m (Euros 22m) to $45.9m (Euros 35m) annually. Details of the rights purchasing agreement of local films - including how much exclusivity Sky can retain of national products - is still in discussion. The agreement does not allow for the acquisition of non-satellite rights, such as IPTV or ...
  • Opus Dei to consult on Lux Vide feature film


    Opus Dei - the controversial Catholic religious order exposed in Dan Brown's runaway bestseller The Da Vinci Code - announced they will act as consultants on an upcoming feature film on the life of their founder, Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer.
  • New Brizzi film sets Italy Wednesday opening record


    Italian director Fausto Brizzi's second feature Night Before Finals: Today (Notte prima degli esami - oggi) broke records for an Italian film released on a Wednesday earning $1.18m (Euros 900,000) on its Valentine's Day opener. The picture is the sequel to last year's local sleeper hit Night Before Finals.
  • European stars: Italy


    A host of Italian actors have been making headway in large international productions recently. Giovanna Mezzogiorno (The Last Kiss, Facing Windows) stars alongside Javier Bardem in the upcoming adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love In The Time Of Cholera; Pierfrancesco Favino (Crime Novel) played Christopher Columbus in Night At The Museum; while Claudio Santamaria (The Last Kiss, Crime Novel) and Caterina Murino both appeared in ...
  • Moretti's first Turin sets dates as Nov 23 to Dec 1


    The first details of the 25th edition Turin Film Festival, led by Italian art house director Nanni Moretti, were disclosed in Berlin despite Moretti's absence due to a bout with the flu.The festival will run November 23 to December 1 and continue to boost new talent, focus on cutting edge cinema and aim to foster 'meetings between new film makers and their would be audiences in an increasingly limited market,' Moretti's opening news statement read.Sections will ...
  • Top Italian directors demand say in appointment of RAI cinema chief


    Italy's top directors, including Bernardo Bertolucci, Gabriele Muccino, Dario Argento, Gianni Amelio, Ferzan Ozpetek, Paolo Virzi, Paolo Sorrentino and 116 others have written an open letter to RAI Cinema's board of directors asking to be taken into consideration in the naming of a new RAI Cinema director.The request follows the resignation two weeks ago of RAI Cinema and 01 Distribution's previous chief Carlo Macchitella, who stepped down to facilitate an investigation into ...
  • Nanni Moretti and long-time producer part ways


    Film making duo Nanni Moretti and producer Angelo Barbagallo have separated after 20 years of film making together, Italian media reported Wednesday.
  • New Turin fund provides $648,125 for doc productions in 2007


    The Turin Film Commission and the Northern Italian Turin-Piedmont Region have joined forces to set up the Piemonte Doc Film Fund by earmarking $648,125 (Euros 500,000) for documentary projects that are shot in the area or that employ local professionals for post-production work.
  • Gabriele Muccino's brother Silvio set to direct first feature


    Silvio Muccino, brother of Pursuit of Happyness director Gabriele, will direct his first feature film entitled Talk to Me About Love (Parlami d'Amore) based on a book of the same name that he co-wrote with Carla Vangelista.
  • Nanni Moretti accepts Turin post for second time


    Palme d'Or winning Italian director Nanni Moretti is officially back on board as director of the Turin Film Festival, announcing his intention to maintain the festival's focus on new directors and experimental cinema for its 25th edition this year.
  • Italian admissions hold steady in 2006 despite weak December


    Italian admissions for 2006 demonstrated little difference in respect to 2005. Italy's national ticket compiler Cinetel cites a slight 1.65% increase in attendance last year for a total of 92.2m tickets sold. Cinetel's data covers 85% of the Italian market.
  • Italian producer Carlo Ponti dies aged 94


    Prolific Italian producer Carlo Ponti, whose career influenced the rise of major European film movements such as neorealism and the French new wave died on Wednesday in Geneva of pulmonary complications. He was 94 years old.
  • Will Harry Potter be up for an Italian summer in 2007'


    While many territories see colossal returns on films released in summertime, Italian box office returns in July and August often mirror the arid weather. A long held disagreement between local exhibitors and Hollywood distributors has depleted the summer months of primo titles while cinemas squeeze major films into the remaining three quarters of the year.This 'pile up' is responsible for myriad problems plaguing the Italian box office. Excessive competition between titles, ...
  • Cecchi Gori vows to carry on producing


    Sitting in his 16th century Borghese Palace residence in Rome, where statues line hallways leading to frescoed rooms, Italian film producer and former Senator Vittorio Cecchi Gori shows no sign that he is suffering from the latest and perhaps most severe setback in his attempts to revive his family’s film-making empire.When a Rome court declared Cecchi Gori’s Finmavi holding group bankrupt in October, many saw the decision as the final nail in the coffin of the business ...
  • Gruppo DeAgostini takes over Mikado


    Italian publishing giantGruppo DeAgostini has taken over local arthouse distributor Mikado from itsfounding partners Luigi Musini and Roberto Cicutto. The pair has operated thecompany for 25 years and will step aside as managers to handle the productionarm of the company.Mikado has distributedinternational films such as Zhang Yimou's Raise The Red Lantern and local hits like Ferzan Ozpetek's 2003 Facing ...
  • Moretti steps down as Turin artistic director after two days


    Italian film-maker Nanni Moretti has renounced his appointment asartistic director of the Turin Film Festival just two days after hisnomination was made public.
  • Moretti steps down as Turin artistic director after two days


    Italian film-maker Nanni Moretti has renounced his appointment asartistic director of the Turin Film Festival just two days after hisnomination was made public.
  • Nanni Moretti appointed Turin artistic director


    Italian director Nanni Moretti has been named artistic director of the Turin Film Festival, the Italian festival dedicated to cutting edge film. The announcement confirms 2007 will be an interesting year for Italian festivals after the appearance of the Rome Film Festival altered the established balance between the Turin and Venice festivals on the fall festival calendar.
  • Ferrara halfway through Cinecitta shoot for Go Go Tales


    Two dozen principal castmembers including Willem Dafoe, Matthew Modine, Bob Hoskins, Roy Dotrice andSylvia Miles are at Cinecitta's Studio 14 now half way through four weeks ofthe principal shooting of Go Go Tales, director Abel Ferrara's first foray into comedy which began shootingNov 27.
  • Venice sets 2007 dates Aug 29-Sept 8


  • Rome and Turin festivals to move back slightly


  • Filmauro to adapt Manfredi's The Empire of Dragons


  • Producer says Nativity is more family than Passion


    It isn't everyday that nunsand priests are seen scurrying to find a seat at the world premiere of a film,but when New Line Cinema's Catherine Hardwicke-directed The Nativity Story was approved by the Vatican for its "poeticand faithful retelling of the scriptures" the Vatican hosted its first worldpremiere of a Hollywood production.
  • Italian groups make pact on release windows


    Italian distributorassociation ANICA, exhibitor body ANEC and multiplex association ANEM haveagreed to a 15-week window between a film's theatrical and DVD release.
  • Turin gives top prize to Honor de Cavalleria


    Spanish director Albert Serra's Honor de Cavalleria took best film honors at the 24th edition of the Turin Film Festival which wrapped Saturday in the Northern Italian town.
  • Rome Film Fest starts Rome Cinema Foundation


    Rome FilmFest has announced the formation of Rome Cinema Foundation, intended tostrengthen the new Cinema Festa di Roma, which ran its first edition Oct 13-21in the Italian capitol.Goffredo Bettiniwill leave his role as president of Rome Music Foundation at the Auditorium Music ...
  • Turin gives top prize to Honor de Cavalleria


  • Serra's Honor from Spain wins Turin Film Festival


    Spanish director AlbertSerra's Honor de Cavalleria tookbest film honors at the 24th annualTurin Film Festival which wrappedSaturday in the Northern Italian city.
  • Vatican world premiere for Hardwicke's Nativity


    New Line cinema's Virgin Mary themed picture Nativity is to hold its world premiere at the Vatican on November 24.
  • Vatican world premiere for Hardwicke's Nativity


    New Line cinema's Virgin Mary themed picture Nativity is to hold its world premiere at the Vatican on November 24.
  • Three world premieres among competition entries at Turin


    The line-up for the 24th editionof the Turin Film Festival (November 10-18) includes a feature film competitiondedicated to first and second works with a $26,000 (Euro 20,500) prize.
  • Italian exhibitor pulls Miami Vice in release window row


    Italian Multiplex Association ANEM has removed all copies of Miami Vice from Italian theatres in a row over DVD release windows.
  • Turin competition includes Serra's Honor de Cavalleria


    The 24th edition of theTurin Film Festival, Italy's'cutting-edge film event, has unveiled itscomplete line-up. Clint Eastwood's Flags of our Fathers will kick off'thefestival, which runs Nov 10-18.
  • Turin award gives funds to Argentos and Tullio Giordana


  • Vittorio Cecchi Gori's Finmavi declared bankrupt


  • Rome riches go to Russia's Playing The Victim


    Russian drama Playing TheVictim (Izobrajaya Zhertvy) wasawarded the top Marco Aurelio prize at the Rome Film Fest's first editiontoday.
  • Industry finds first Rome Film Fest unique from Venice


    As the Rome Film Festprepares to wrap its first edition on Saturday, the fears that it could not co-exist with Venice seem to have dissipated. .
  • Tornatore film boasts sales to seven countries at Rome


    Giuseppe Tornatore's La Sconosciuta (The Unknown) has been sold to seven countries at the inaugural Rome festival.The film, which marks the director's return to film-making aftera six-year hiatus, closed the Premiere section of the festival.
  • Rome Fest scales back activities after local train crash


    Organisersof the Rome Film Fest suspended all activities beyond screenings and pressconferences Tuesday morning when two Rome underground trainscollided causing the death of at least one person.
  • Sellers predict Rome can help wrap-up autumn deals


    As sales companies and buyers go terrace hopping in Rome thequestion on everyone's mind is will Rome's inaugural Business Street (Oct14-16) catch on'
  • Scorsese talks budgets and restorations in Rome


    As his latest film The Departed screened at the inaugural Rome FilmFest, Martin Scorsese denied talk that the film would be his last big-budgetproject.
  • New Rome Fest opens with Kidman's star power


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