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Italian Shingles Take Up Global Cause

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With most top Italian production companies — Cattleya, Wildside and Palomar — now owned by non-Italian players, and Italian pubcaster Rai also increasingly thinking internationally, cinema Italiano is striving to break out of national confines more than ever.

This means bigger budgets and auteurs turning toward genre — in particular, crime movies and biopics.

Marco Bellocchio’s Cannes competition entry “The Traitor,” which follows Tommaso Buscetta, the first high-ranking member of Cosa Nostra to break the Sicilian Mafia’s oath of silence, is case in point, with an auteur taking on a genre pic.

Buscetta is played by local A-lister Pierfrancesco Favino, who will next be seen as disgraced late Italian socialist prime Bettino Craxi in upcoming biopic “Hammamet,” directed by veteran auteur Gianni Amelio. The title refers to the Tunisian seaside city where Craxi fled from Italian justice in the 1990s after being indicted for massive corruption.

Italian cinema no longer stems “from self-contemplation,
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Cannes: Fandango Selling ‘Man Without Gravity’ Toplining Elio Germano (Exclusive)

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Rome-based Fandango Sales has taken world sales on supernatural drama “The Man Without Gravity” toplining Elio Giordano, who in 2010 for his performance in “Our Life” tied with Javier Bardem for the best actor prize in Cannes and is considered among Italy’s top talents.

Fandango, which is owned by Italian producer Domenico Procacci and operated by Raffaella Di Giulio, will be presenting the pic, now doing its extensive post, to buyers at the Cannes market.

“Man Without Gravity,” which was partly shot on a specially equipped soundstage at Rome’s Cinecittà Studios (pictured), is a rare type of movie for Italy where naturalistic cinema is the norm. The effects are being done in Italy and Belgium.

The pic is being directed by emerging young helmer Marco Bonfanti, whose docs “The Last Shepherd” and “Bozzetto Non Troppo” circulated widely on the fest circuit, here at his fiction feature debut.

Bonfanti calls
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Lucia’s Grace’

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In the Italian provinces, the Virgin Mary appears to a directionless woman who tries to reject her commands in Gianni Zanasi’s unremarkable “Lucia’s Grace.” Perhaps it’s cynical to suggest, but the film’s Europa Cinema Label prize in Directors’ Fortnight says more about the movie’s expected chances at the box office, where its sunny and unchallenging cuteness will translate to robust sales, rather than any intrinsic cinematic merits. Lazily constructed and stocked with familiar caricatures, “Lucia’s Grace” can generously be called a pleasant comic bauble whose extremely mild ecological message will make multiplex audiences feel good without inspiring them to action.

It’s not easy for single mom Lucia (Alba Rohrwacher) to find regular employment as a surveyor, maybe because she’s a little too nervy and a little too honest. Brash local businessman Paolo (Giuseppe Battiston) hires her and assistant Fabio (Daniele De Angelis
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Italy’s Film Biz Pops Out of Cyclical Slump as Three Local Films at Unspool at Cannes

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Italy’s Film Biz Pops Out of Cyclical Slump as Three Local Films at Unspool at Cannes
Italy’s film industry is coming out of a cyclical slump, with executives boasting about a burst of innovation, vitality and growth as they talk up the substantial five-feature cinema Italiano presence at Cannes.

Indeed, the two Italian titles in the fest’s competition — Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” described as an “urban Western,” and Alice Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Lazzaro,” about a young peasant who travels in time — are somewhat symptomatic of a shift from naturalism into new genres, which, in terms of narratives, is the biggest novelty. The third Italian pic in the official selection, Valeria Golino’s “Euphoria,” in Un Certain Regard, is a more classic drama about two brothers with opposite characters, but with a fresh flourish.

Roberto Cicutto, who heads film entity Istituto Luce Cinecittà, says the Italian contingent at Cannes proves that, when it comes to movies, the country is “at the forefront” globally and
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Suburra review: ” A fascinating and engaging crime epic.”

Suburra review: Stefano Sollima, the man behind the upcoming Sicario sequel, proves his worth with this shocking Italian crime epic. Suburra review

Stefano Sollima has certainly been making waves in Italian crime tales over the last few years. He successfully assisted the transition of two big Italian franchises from the big screen over to the small screen, being Gomorrah and Romanzo Criminale. Like those two adaptations, Suburra is yet another dense, intertwining crime story that revolves around multiple characters from multiple ways of life, gradually being dragged into a dangerous and addictive world. The real question is whether Sollima can translate his ability to tell such stories over a longer period of time, having handled 22 episodes of Romano Criminale and 10 of Gomorrah, and streamline it into just over two hours. Sollima doesn’t just deliver on his proven potential, but excels as he gives us a fascinating and engaging crime epic.
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Poster and first trailer for Sefano Sollima’s Suburra

With a little over two weeks to go before its UK release, the first trailer and poster have arrived online for director Stefano Sollima’s upcoming crime thriller Suburra; check them out below…

See Also: Stefano Sollima to direct Sicario sequel Soldado

Hidden in the shadows of the Colosseum, the Suburra district was the criminal underbelly of Ancient Rome, home to the city’s darkest secrets. In modern times, crime and corruption has spread deep inside the city where everything – even the priesthood – can be bought for a price.

From acclaimed director Stefano Sollima (‘Gomorrah’, ‘Romanzo Criminale’ and upcoming ‘Sicario’ sequel ‘Soldado’) and based on the novel co-written by Carlo Bonini & Giancarlo De Cataldo, Suburra takes place over seven days leading up to the ‘Apocalypse’ as a former crime boss, known as ‘Samurai’, is instructed by corrupt Mafia families to turn the waterfront of Rome into a new Las Vegas.
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Watch the trailer for The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun

A trailer has arrived online for director Joann Sfar’s upcoming psychological thriller The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, which is based on the novel La Dame dans l’auto avec des lunettes et un fusil by Sébastien Japrisot. Take a look after the official synopsis…

Our beautiful, perplexing and headstrong heroine struggles with her sanity when an impromptu trip to the seaside turns into a crazy nightmare.

She’s the most beautiful, most short-sighted, most sentimental, most perplexing, most obstinate, most untrustworthy and most troubling of heroines. The lady in the car has never seen the sea. On the run from the police, she keeps telling herself that she’s not crazy.

The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun features a cast that includes Freya Mavor, Benjamin Biolay, Elio Germano and Stacy Martin.
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Tiff 2015. Wavelengths, Part Two: The Features

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Going UNDERGROUNDEverybody and their dog, it seems, feels this off imperative to try to identify common themes in the handful of festival films they (we) (I) see in a given year. It's the Ghost of Hegel, I suppose, demanding that we make sense of our times by referring to some Zeitgeist. (Zeitgeist? Isn't this just as likely to Strand the FilmsWeLike in some oh-so-precious Music Box, to be unearthed years later by members of some as-yet-unassembled Cinema Guild? But I digress.) There may or may not be tendencies running through this year's feature selections, and if there are, that could have as much to do with the people who selected them than with any global mood. But there does seem to be a generalized turning-inward, with filmmakers making works about themselves and their immediate lives, the cinematic process, and the very complexities of communicating with other human beings. There are
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Indie Sales mobbed for Mafia thriller 'Suburra'

Exclusive: Film to market premiere at Toronto.

Paris-based Indie Sales has secured sales on Stefano Sollima’s Rome-set organised crime thriller Suburra.

The film has sold to Benelux (Lumiere), Germany and Austria (Koch Films) and Switzerland (Praesens Films).

Sollima previously directed most of the episodes of hit TV series Gomorrah, which sold to more than 100 territories including the Us, where it was acquired by The Weinstein Company.

Other credits include the 2012 film A.C.A.B., about a squad of riot police in Rome, and TV series Romanzo Criminale.

Indie Sales, which will market premiere the high-octane Suburra at a private screening today (Sept 12), is also reporting strong interest from Australia and the UK.

Stefano Sollima is an amazing director and the actors are great” said Indie Sales chief Nicolas Eschbach.

The film is based on a novel of the same name by Giancarlo De Cataldo and Carlo Bonini, painting a nebulous web of corruption interlinking politicians, the Vatican
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Watch: Nsfw Trailer For 'The Lady In The Car With Glasses And A Gun' With 'Nymphomaniac' Star Stacy Martin

Joann Sfar has taken his acclaim as a comics artist and used that momentum to bring his particular visual flair to the world of filmmaking, making his directorial debut with 2010 biopic "Gainsbourg." While narratively uneven, the film undoubtedly boasts strong imagery which renders his foray into genre movies via the upcoming "The Lady In The Car With Glasses And A Gun" all the more intriguing. Read More: Review: 'Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life' Is An Ambitious Biopic That's Disappointingly Incomplete  Starring Freya Mavor, Elio Germano, Benjamin Biolay and "Nymphomaniac" star Stacy Martin, and based on the book by Sébastien Japrisot, the story kicks off when an enigmatic woman takes her employer's car for a joyride. Along the way, she encounters a variety of people who claim to have seen her before, and things become even more twisted when a dead body is discovered in the trunk. My curiosity is certainly piqued.
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Venice unveils festival lineup

Venice unveils festival lineup
The 71st Venice Film Festival announced its lineup this morning, highlighted by films from American directors, including David Gordon Green, Barry Levinson, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Andrew Niccol, and James Franco. As had been previously announced, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and many others, will be the opening film when the festival begins on Aug. 27.

Click below for the entire list of 55 films playing in Venice.

Competition

The Cut, directed by Fatih Akin

Starring Tahar Rahim, Akin Gazi, Simon Abkarian, George Georgiou

A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, directed by Roy Andersson

Starring Holger Andersson,
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Birdman world premiere to open Venice

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Birdman world premiere to open Venice
Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s black comedy stars Michael Keaton.

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton, has been selected as the opening film of the 71st Venice Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 6), where it will play in competition.

The film will receive its world premiere on August 27 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido, following the opening ceremony hosted by Luisa Ranieri.

The black comedy tells the story of an actor (Keaton) - famous for portraying an iconic superhero - as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

Co-stars include Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.

Birdman will be released in North America on Oct 17 and roll out internationally in Jan 2015. Worldview Entertainment is co-financing
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The Selfish Giant, Bad Grandpa, Ender's Game: this week's new films

The Selfish Giant | Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa | Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs | Ender's Game | Wolf Children | One Chance | Closed Circuit | Le Skylab | Muscle Shoals

The Selfish Giant (15)

(Clio Barnard, 2013, UK) Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder. 91 mins

In the tradition of Kes, or Fish Tank, this offers a child's-eye view of poverty that's too strong for real-life kids of the same age. Despite the fairytale origins, miracles are in short supply in this Bradford suburb, where two drop-out mates scavenge for opportunities. But the balance between harsh realism and mythical lyricism is beautifully struck, and the two leads really are miraculous.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (15)

(Jeff Tremaine, 2013, Us) Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll. 92 mins

Old-suited Knoxville and his "grandson" take to the road for Borat-style pranks.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (U)

(Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn, 2013, Us) Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte. 95 mins

Food/fauna surrealism part
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A Magnificent Haunting – review

A troupe of Turkish-Italian ghosts turns up to keep a lonely actor company – but Ferzan Ozpetek's light comedy is frustratingly unresolved

Every renter's been there: you land the perfect flat, at a great price, only to find it haunted by a glamorous acting troupe of Turkish-Italian wraiths permanently trapped in 1943. In Ferzan Ozpetek's film, however, the renter – Pietro (Elio Germano), a single gay man who bakes croissants at night but dreams of being a thespian – finds in the Apollonio company ghosts the companionship (and acting tips) he so sorely needs. Assuming you gloss over his three-year-long stalking and harassment of a one-night stand, Pietro's struggle to reconcile fiction and reality is just about charming enough to hold this frustratingly unresolved and lightly uncomic film together. Why Ozpetek introduces an underground transvestite seamstress cabal, however, I haven't a ghost of a clue.

Rating: 2/5

World cinemaComedyDramaChris Michael

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A Magnificent Haunting Review

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There appears to be something of a trend in cinema at present to create fairytale’s aimed at grownups, as it seems that amidst the ongoing recession and terror-filled news reports, some good old-fashioned escapism is just what we’re in the mood for. With shades of the likes of Midnight in Paris, The Great Beauty and In The HouseFerzan Ozpetek’s A Magnificent Haunting has a similar enchantment to the aforementioned titles, however where it pales in comparison, is within its distinct lack of wit and satire.

Pietro (Elio Germano) is a 28-year-old aspiring actor, who works part-time at a bakery to make ends meet. Moving to Rome and into a new apartment, he is desperate to turn his dreams into a reality, confiding in his one and only friend in the city, his cousin Maria (Paola Minaccioni). As he struggles to land any roles, at home he
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Rome to open with The Fifth Wheel

Rome to open with The Fifth Wheel
Giovanni Veronesi’s The Fifth Wheel (L’Ultima Ruota del Carro) will open the 8th Rome Film festival next month (November 8-17).

Elio Germano, who won Best Actor at Cannes for Our Life (La Nostra Vita) in 2010, stars with Alessandra Mastronardi in the comedy-drama which screens Out of Competition.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Italia and Fandango produce in association with Ogi Film. International sales are handled by Fandango Sales.

Veronesi’s past credits include the popular Manual of Love (Manuale d’amore) trilogy, What Will Become of Us (Che ne sarà di noi) and Parents & Children - Shake Well Before Using (Genitori & Figli - Agitare Bene Prima dell’uso).
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Rome to open with The Fifth Wheel

Rome to open with The Fifth Wheel
Giovanni Veronesi’s The Fifth Wheel (L’Ultima Ruota del Carro) will open the 8th Rome Film festival next month (November 8-17).

Elio Germano, who won Best Actor at Cannes for Our Life (La Nostra Vita) in 2010, stars with Alessandra Mastronardi in the comedy-drama which screens Out of Competition.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Italia and Fandango produce in association with Ogi Film. International sales are handled by Fandango Sales.

Veronesi’s past credits include the popular Manual of Love (Manuale d’amore) trilogy, What Will Become of Us (Che ne sarà di noi) and Parents & Children – Shake Well Before Using (Genitori & Figli – Agitare Bene Prima dell’uso).
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DVD Review - Diaz: Don't Clean Up This Blood (2012)

Diaz: Don't Clean Up This Blood, 2012.

Directed by Daniele Vicari.

Starring Claudio Santamaria, Jennifer Ulrich, Elio Germano and Davide Iacopini.

Synopsis:

A reenactment of the final days of the 2001 G8 Summit.

Watching Diaz as someone with no understanding - beyond having read a synopsis attached to this DVD - of the historical events on which it’s based fortified both its strengths and weaknesses. It’s an angry, political film with little political context included for the uninitiated. It’s a humanist film but built around a reductive, almost archetypal ‘good vs evil’ conflict.

Of course, speaking as someone ignorant about the real events, this may be an entirely accurate depiction. But the level of its bias towards the fresh-faced young protestors, all pretty and liberal (in the most broadly-drawn sense) and against the thick-set, furrowed-browed, uniformed police and politicians, only serves to make one suspicious about what’s not being shown.
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Are you Palme or Cesar?

On my way out from my interview with Sophie Dulac I picked up the magazine Signe Barriere and found this important quiz by Ariane Massenet in Signe Barriere, Spring 2012. Oh la la, so French!

Les ateliers du court metrage offer you more below.

This is for all you French film lovers!

1. In the kitchen, are you

A. Cesar salad made in 2 minutes, including bacon

B. Palm oil

C. Starter(s), main course(s), cheese dessert(s), petit fours, the visitor’s book and the bill

2. A film

A. Cesar and Cleopatra starring Vivien Leigh

B. Uncle Boonmee, Who Can Recall His Past Lives (and the film?)

C. Oscar, starring Louis de Funes (a 1967 French comedy of errors)

3. In your opinion, art is:

A. The compressed Cesar trophy

B. Obviously the film that won the Palme d’or

C. Abstract

4. You favorite hobby

A. Exhibitions in the city

B. Flippers, masks and snorkels

C. Slot machines at Caesars Palace

5. What is your astral sign?

A. Sagittarius

B. Aries

C. Whelk

6. For a fancy dress party, you dress up as

A. Cesar

B. A prophet

C. Donald Duck

7. An award winning actress’s speech is

A. “Although I was not expecting this, I prepared a speech just in case”

B. “Films are life”

C. “The most beautiful role of all is being a mother”

8. The place to be

A. At Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere in Paris

B. At the Majestic Barriere in Cannes.

C. The Hotel de Flots de Marolles-les-Buis (though remember that if you are reading this magazine, then you are in a Barriere hotel!)

9. Your favorite type of film

A. La grand vadrouille (“Don’t Look Now…We’re being shot at!” a 1966 Anglo-French comedy starring Terry Thomas)

B. A feature length Turkish film shot along the Yemen border, shown in its original version, without subtitles.

C. The entire series of Josephine ange gardien (“Josephinne the Guardian Angel”, a long-running French TV series)

10. A legendary couple

A. Valerie Lemercier & Gad Elmaleh

B. Juliette Binoche & Gerard Depardieu

C. Isabelle Huppert & Jamel Debbouze

11. Your first language

A. French

B. Thai

C. Stewed tongue of beef

12. A moment’s reading

A. Cesar by Marcel Pagnol

B. A Fishing Rod for My Grandpa by Xing Jian Gao

C. The visitor’s book and the bill

13. Your ideal vacation

A. Anywhere near Paris

B. Anywhere in the south

C. Anything!

Majority of A answers: You are more of a Cesar, more of a prophet than Uncle Boonmee. In fact you do not like Thailand for its films, but for its beaches and cuisine. Anyway, subtitles annoy you because, you must admit, you have never been able to do two things at once, and even if you did not know who Tabar Rahim was to begin with, your ignorance has been repaired thaks to Jacques Audiard. So, Gentlemen, without letting the prophet notion go to your head, there’s only one thing left to do: after a concert, head for the red carpet with Melanie Thierry, Emmanuelle Devos or Mademoisellle Chambon on your arm, you can pretend to be a good-looker! What? You are a woman? No problem. For you, Ladies, at the end of the day, you will be dressed in Coco Chanel when you arrive at the ceremony, escorted by Niels Arestrup. Plans for the end of the evening? Ok, after the Cesar awards, what could be nicer or simpler than enjoying one for the road at Fouquets? (Please note the author’s huge effort to quote as many names from the 2010 Cesar Awards, Applause)

Majority of B answers: You are more of a Palme d’or, Lung Boonmee raluek Chat (Bless you! Translated Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (if you manage to pronounce his name correctly first go, you’ll win a free cocktail at the bar). Like Mathieu Amalric, who is away on tour, what matters for you are these actors and gods who deserve Grand Prizes, in Cannes, you can pretend to be Juliette Binoche, female replica of your husband who thinks he is (depending on the day) the Biutiful Javier Bardem, or Elio Germano, the hero of your Nostra Vita…But never mind, for you la nostra vita puts the leap years into rhyming poetry; he’s the man who asks who told you from the top of the stairs (This time it was far more complicated trying to discreetly slip in a Cannes Film Festival 2010 winner!) If you have seen all these films, another free cocktail awaits you at the bar.

Majority of C answers: You may be completely exhausted; you still haven’t got a clue! No Palmes or Cesars for you! So not interested in Deauville, Dinard, La Baule or La Rochelle? Toronto, Venice Film Festival, Golden Globbes or Marrakech? Still nothing? And what about Les Victoires de la Musique (an annual French awards ceremony that recognizes the best singers of the year), Nrj radio station awards, Mirande Country Music Festival or Enghien Jazz Festival? Still fail to ring a bell? Don’t despair, try musical chairs. There are 2 of you and 1 chair. When the music stops, you must rush to sit on the chair first. If you are the one still standing, you’re lost. If this is the case, you’re having a bad time and I’m afraid your lucky number is 0 and your favorite color black. My advice: Stay in your hotel room and order room-service.

Workshop for Short Films. The first workshop production of short film where you learn how to write and direct a silent film that speaks volumes!

In 1900, the Cinematograph gave us our first taste of film and we planned short, taut, comic adventures.

Participate in all stages of the creation of a silent film.

The Cinematography workshop takes the foundations of the seventh art through a workshop dedicated to the secrets of making a film, from writing a screenplay, the interpretation of characters up to the realization (the frame, the organization of a board and its various businesses).

Training lasts about 90 minutes and continues by also filming for 90 minutes. Cinématograf The workshop can accommodate 10 to 400 people, divided into groups (sets) 10 to 18 people supervised by a coach.

See the finished films from the first workshop here.
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Massacre Film Leads Italy's Donatello Awards Nominations

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Massacre Film Leads Italy's Donatello Awards Nominations
Director Marco Tulio Giordana's Romanzo Di Una Strage has landed 16 nominations for Italy's David di Donatello Awards just two weeks after the film's release.

The stirring movie, which chronicles the 1969 Piazza Fontana bombing, picked up Best Film, Best Director and Best Producer nods, while leading man Valerio Mastandrea was nominated among the Best Actor hopefuls.

The film was released in Italy on 30 March to huge national acclaim.

Close behind Giordana's film among the nominees announced on Thursday, were Nanni Moretti's comedy Habemus Papam (15 nods) and Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be the Place (14 nods), which features Sean Penn as a fallen rock star.

Also up for Best Film: Cesare deve moriere and Terraferma, while Mastandrea will fight it out with Frenchman Michel Piccoli (Habemus Papam), Elio Germano (Magnifica presenza), Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Scialla!) and Marco Giallini (Posti in piedi in paradiso) for the Best Actor award.

The Best Actress nominees are: Donatella Finocchiaro (Terraferma), Micaela Ramazzoti (Posti in piedi in paradiso), Claudia Gerini (Il mio domani), Valeria Golino (La kryptonite nella borsa) and Chinese actress Zhao Tao (Io sono Li).

Roman Polanski’s Carnage, Melancholia, Le Havre, Oscar winner The Artist and Intouchables are all up for the Best European Union film trophy, while Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, Ides of March, The Tree of Life and Asghar Farhadi’s Best Foreign Film Oscar winner A Separation will compete for the Best Foreign Film prize.

The awards will be announced on 4 May.
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