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The Traitor reigns triumphant at Italy’s Nastri d’Argento Awards - Awards - Italy

Marco Bellocchio’s film bagged seven prizes from the Italian film journalists, including Best Film and Best Director, while Leonardo D’Agostini and Valerio Mastandrea scooped Best Debut Directors. It really was Marco Bellocchio’s night on Saturday in Taormina’s Teatro Antico. The Traitor, the Piacenza-born director’s film on the subject of Tommaso Buscetta, which debuted in competition in Cannes this year and already triumphed at the Italian Golden Globes just a few days ago (read our news), was handed no less than seven awards (out of 11 nomination) by the Sngci – National Union of Film Journalists: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Score, Best Actor (Pierfrancesco Favino) and Best Supporting Actor (Luigi Lo Cascio and Fabrizio Ferracane). In terms of the reigning women, Italy’s film journalists named Anna Foglietta and Marina Confalone best actresses, while...
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The Traitor Review – Cannes 2019

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For decades Marco Bellocchio has been making films dealing with important moments of Italian history, most successfully with Good Morning, Night, his look at the Aldo Moro kidnapping by the Red Brigade, and Vincere, about Mussolini. He’s back in Cannes with a film in competition, this time looking at the maxi Mafia trials of the 1990s, which led to a slew of convictions, in part thanks to the traitor of the title, ex-Cosa Nostra ‘soldier’ turned state witness Tommaso Buscetta.

Buscetta is played by the extremely watchable Pierfrancesco Favino, whose portrayal of this don is both highly credible and somewhat disturbing. The latter is not due to Favino’s performance, which is one of his best, but to the director’s choice to depict Buscetta as a man of honour. Instances of Buscetta’s past are glimpsed throughout the film, but there is little evidence of what this man
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Film News Roundup: Zach Galifianakis’ ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Coming to Netflix

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Film News Roundup: Zach Galifianakis’ ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Coming to Netflix
In today’s film news roundup, “Between Two Ferns: The Movie” is unveiled, “Friedkin Uncut” gets a fall release and Sony Classics buys “The Traitor” at Cannes.

Movie Releases

Netflix has set a Sept. 20 release date for Zach Galifianakis’ “Between Two Ferns: The Movie,” based on his 11-year-old talk show.

Galifianakis made the announcement during a Netflix awards event with David Letterman on Thursday night. Galifianakis co-wrote the movie with Scott Aukerman, who’s directing the film.

Aukerman was the director of 14 of the 21 episodes of the talk show, which began in 2008 with an interview with Michael Cera. The most recent “Between Two Ferns” aired in 2018 with Jerry Seinfeld, Wayne Knight and Cardi B.

Aukerman and Galifianakis are producing with Funny or Die’s Caitlin Daley and Mike Farah. The logline involves the comedian and his crew taking a road trip to complete a series of high-profile celebrity interviews and restore his reputation.
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Mob Drama ‘The Traitor’

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Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the North American, Latin American, Scandinavian, Australian and New Zealand rights to Marco Bellocchio’s mob drama “The Traitor,” or “Il traditore,” following its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday.

Bellocchio also wrote the script with Ludovica Rampoldi, Valia Santela, and Francesco Piccolo. “The Traitor” is produced by Beppe Caschetto, Michael Weber, Viola Fugen, Simone Gattoni, Caio Gullane, Fabiano Gullane and Alexandra Henochsberg, while Paula Cosenza and Thiago Mascarenhas are serving as executive producers.

The drama follows the real life of Tommaso Buscetta, a Sicilian Mafia boss who became an informant for authorities in Sicily during the 1980s. Pierfrancesco Favino, Maria Fernanda Candido and Luigi Lo Cascio star.

Also Read: 'The Traitor' Film Review: Sturdy Mafia Biopic Loses Something in Translation

The Traitor” is a co-production between Ibc Movie, Rai Cinema, Kavac Film, Gullane Productions, Ad Vitam Production, and Match Factory Productions.
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After Triumphant Cannes Premiere, ‘The Traitor (Il Traditore)’ Is Acquired By Sony Pictures Classics

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After Triumphant Cannes Premiere, ‘The Traitor (Il Traditore)’ Is Acquired By Sony Pictures Classics
Exclusive: Following its Cannes premiere Thursday evening, The Traitor’ (Il traditore) is being acquired for North American distribution by Sony Pictures Classics, sources said. The Marco Bellocchio-directed drama chronicled the takedown of organized crime seen through the eyes of Tommaso Buscetta (Pierfrancesco Favino), a key mob figure who turned state’s evidence in a move that led others to do the same, crumbling the omerta code that allowed the gangsters to operate unfettered. A slew of killers and drug traffickers ended up in prison as a result.

The drama unfolds in 1980, when the game grew from old-style crime with decorum to a more bloodthirsty business. Buscetta’s decision to turn “rat” leads to the arrest of all the mafia chieftains, who face off against Buscetta in a “maxi trial” that was shocking because no one at his level of criminal prominence had done such a thing. To the star witness,
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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Traitor’

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Traitor’
What surprises most about Marco Bellocchio’s Mafia drama “The Traitor” is just how straightforward it is. Given its subject — Tommaso Buscetta, the highest-ranking Mafia don to sing to the authorities — there were expectations that the director would deliver a theatrical drama along the lines of “Vincere,” but notwithstanding a few operatic flourishes, his latest seems to realize the built-in theatrical elements are already so histrionic that it’s best to play them as direct as possible. Consequently, “The Traitor” feels a bit too anonymous. It’s clearly made by a master filmmaker questioning the nature of repentance, and as such is far from superficial; and yet while it never loses our attention, it also doesn’t deliver much of a punch.

Non-Italian audiences may feel a bit overwhelmed at first by the avalanche of names, helpfully spelled out on screen, but the characters who matter come to the fore
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #32. The Traitor – Marco Bellocchio

The Traitor

Italian auteur Marco Bellocchio, whose radical early works were a seminal part of 1960s and 1970s Italian cinema, embarks on his latest feature The Traitor, a biopic of Cosa Nostra member Tommaso Buscetta, the first high ranking official of the mafia organization to break their code of silence. Pierfrancesco Favino stars as Buscetta, joined by Brazilian actress Maria Fernando Candido, Luigi Lo Cascio, Fabrizio Ferracane and Fausto Russo Alesi. Oscar winning composer Nicola Piovani of 1998’s Life is Beautiful is writing the score and Vladan Radovic will serve as Dp. The feature is a four-country co-pro financed through Italy’s Ibc Movie, Kavac Film and Rai Cinema, while France’s Ad Vitam, Arte France Cinema and Canal Plus are also joined by Brazil’s Gullane and Germany’s Match Factory.…
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Brazil’s Maria Fernanda Candido to Star in Marco Bellocchio’s ‘The Traitor’ (Exclusive)

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Brazil’s Maria Fernanda Candido to Star in Marco Bellocchio’s ‘The Traitor’ (Exclusive)
Brazilian actress and model Maria Fernanda Candido is to play the female lead in veteran Italian auteur Marco Bellocchio’s “The Traitor,” a biopic of Tommaso Buscetta, the first high-ranking member of Cosa Nostra to break the Sicilian Mafia’s oath of silence.

Candido, who most recently starred in Rede Globo’s popular prime-time soap “Edge of Desire,” will play Buscetta’s third wife, Maria Cristina de Almeida Guimaraes, the daughter of an upper-crust Brazilian lawyer. She played an important part in her husband’s decision in 1984 to start cooperating with Italian and, later, American prosecutors.

She is believed to have been crucial in prompting Buscetta to turn against the Corleonesi faction in the first major “betrayal” within Cosa Nostra’s high-ranks. Buscetta’s testimony about heroin smuggling in the ”pizza connection” case in the mid-1980s allowed him to obtain U.S. citizenship and a place in the witness protection program.
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Sliff 2015 Review: The Dinner

The Dinner poses an interesting question, several actually. And I’m not talking about whether to go with red or white wine, wise-acres. It’s an exploration of families, of the dynamic of two adult brothers, their wives and children. Established roles are reversed and secrets are shared as old clashes rise to the surface. The film also gives us two moral options and asks on which (or whose) side would you go. It gives us a lot to mull over as the desert cart wheels toward the table.

The title refers not to a big family feast, but rather an intimate weekly dinner for two couples, the brothers and their wives, in an upscale restaurant in Rome. At least one half of the table never looks forward to this “obligation”. That would be brother Paolo (Luigi Lo Cascio), a busy surgeon who shares a big apartment with his wife
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Dressing for The Dinner by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Dinner (I Nostri Ragazzi) director Ivano de Matteo Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Ivano de Matteo philosophised with me, first at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and then at the Barbetta Open Roads: New Italian Cinema lunch, about justice, ethics, adapting Herman Koch's novel with screenwriting partner Valentina Ferlan, and how a switch in lighting can make a subliminal difference.

Massimo Lauri (Alessandro Gassman):"I wanted to create an aseptic, cold environment."

I threw Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, Alfred Hitchcock's Rope, a scene from Paolo Virzi's Human Capital (Il Capitale Umano) with Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and the texture of nightmares into the family circle of his film The Dinner (I Nostri Ragazzi).

Alessandro Gassman, Luigi Lo Cascio, Barbora Bobulova, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, and Jacopo Olmi Antinori form a formidable ensemble where each part can shatter the whole.

A man (Adamo Dionisi) completely looses his calm
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Il nome del figlio (The name of the son) Movie Review

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Il nome del figlio (The name of the son) Movie Review
Title: Il nome del figlio (The name of the son) Director: Francesca Archibugi Starring: Alessandro Gassman, Valeria Golino, Luigi Lo Cascio, Rocco Papaleo, Michaela Ramazzotti. Based on the French movie ‘Le Prénom’ (What’s in a name) which adapted for the screen the same title play, ‘Il nome del figlio’ (The name of the son) uses the same mockery of a controversial name, to unleash a series of revelations during a supposedly tranquil dinner amongst friends. Paolo (Alessandro Gassman) is an outgoing and playful real estate broker married to Simona (Michaela Ramazzotti), a beautiful woman from the outskirts of Rome who has become an author of spicy bestsellers and is pregnant [ Read More ]

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Lff: The Dinner review

Two families are torn apart by crime in the Italian drama-thriller, The Dinner. Here's Ryan's review...

It’s surely a mother’s worst nightmare, or at least one of them: you’re at home, watching Crimewatch on the sofa, and you suddenly realise that the shadowy figure in the grainy CCTV footage on the television looks uncannily like your son. Isn’t that him, brutally assaulting a homeless person?

The Dinner (I nostri regazza) tells the story of two sets of well-to-do parents who fear that their respective teenage son and daughter may have carried out this vicious crime. As it becomes clear that their children really are the culprits, the resulting emotional fallout threatens to tear the parents’ relationships apart.

Both sets of parents are wealthy and respected. On one side, there’s paediatric doctor Paolo (Luigi Lo Cascio) and his wife, Clara (Giovanna Mezzogiorno). On the other,
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Starred Up, Labor Day, Yves Saint Laurent: this week's new films

Starred Up | Labor Day | Yves Saint Laurent | Gbf | The Robber | The Machine | Salvo | The Unknown Known | A Long Way Down

Starred Up (18)

(David Mackenzie, 2013, UK) Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend. 106 mins

We've seen enough prison movies to know the drill, but this is closer to A Prophet than The Great Escape – a bracing mix of brutal thriller, institutional critique and complex character drama. Conviction is key, both in the day-to-day details and the natural performances, particularly O'Connell – a young offender violent enough to be housed with the grown-ups, including his own father. It feels like things could kick off with every scene.

Labor Day (12A)

(Jason Reitman, 2013, Us) Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith. 111 mins

The Juno director tries nuanced domestic drama – and it doesn't really suit him. Erotic tremors are a given when Brolin's escaped convict shacks up with Winslet's lonely single mum, but you'll need to park your disbelief.
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Buyers run on Human Capital

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Exclusive: Bac inks trio of deals on Paolo Virzi drama at market.

Bac Films continues to see strong demand for Paolo Virzi drama Human Capital with deals closing at the Efm with UK (Arrow), Germany (Movienet) and Australia (Hi Gloss Entertainment).

UK and Australian deals closed on Saturday evening. Bac is in discussions with Us buyers.

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Valeria Golino, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Luigi Lo Cascio and Fabrizio Gifuni star in Virzi’s drama, which charts the destinies of two families irrevocably tied together after a cyclist is hit by a jeep.

Rai has recently raked in more than €5m in Italy on the film which Bac has sold well since Afm.

Arrow’s acquisition director Tom Stewart told Screen: “Arrow Films are delighted to be able to bring such a smartly executed thriller to the UK/Eire shores later in 2014 and to be finally collaborating with the great team at Bac Films.”

Also on Bac
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Bac cashes in on Human Capital

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Exclusive: Bac Films finalises deals on Italian box office hit Human Capital.

Bac Films has finalised a string of deals on Paolo Virzi’s Italian box office hit Human Capital.

Deals have closed with Brazil (Imovision), Canada (Axia), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Benelux (Imagine), Austria (Filmladen), China (Champlis), Turkey (Filmarti), Poland (Against Gravity), Portugal (Film4You), Greece (Strada Film), India (Star Entertainment) and Eastern Europe TV (HBO).

Rai has raked in more than €5m after four weeks on Virzi’s drama in which the destinies of two families are irrevocably tied together after a cyclist is hit by a jeep in the night before Christmas Eve.

Cast includes Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Valeria Golino, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Luigi Lo Cascio and Fabrizio Gifuni.

Also on Bac’s Efm slate are Rotterdam hit The Quiet Roar, El Ardor, Run, The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears,which was recently sold to Strand Releasing for the Us, and Fool Circle
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Venice 2012. The Awards

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The awards for the 69th Venice International Film Festival have been announced!

In Competition

Golden Lion – Pieta, directed by Kim Ki-Duk

Silver Lion (Best Director) – The Master, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Special Jury Prize – Paradise: Faith, directed by Ulrich Seidl

Best Screenplay – Something in the Air, written by Olivier Assayas

Volpi Cup for Best Actor – Joaquin Phoenix & Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Volpi Cup for Best Actress – Hadas Yaron, Fill the Void

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress – Fabrizio Falco, Dormant Beauty & È stato il figlio

Technical Prize – È stato il figlio, directed by Daniele Cipri

Horizons (Orizzonti)

Orizzonti Award – Three Sisters, directed by Wang Bing

Orizzonti Jury Prize – Tango Libre, directed by Frédéric Fonteyne

International Film Critics Week

RaroVideo Audience Award – Eat Sleep Die, directed by Gabriela Pichler

Lion of the Future Award

Best Debut Film – Mold, directed by Ali Aydın


Competition Fipresci Prize – The Master,
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Announcing Venice, 2012

Announcing Venice, 2012
The complete lineup for the 69th Venice Film Festival has been announced! Despite rumors, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master will not be playing at the festival, but the slate remains just as exciting, with new entries from Assayas, Kitano, de Palma, Korine, Ramin Bahrani, and Kim Ki-Duk—plus Raúl Ruiz's second "last film" of the season (Lines of Wellington, completed by his widow and longtime editor Valeria Sarmiento) and the infamously meditative Terrence Malick's second feature in two years.

In Competition

Something in the Air, Olivier Assayas (France)

At Any Price, Ramin Bahrani (Us, UK)

Dormant Beauty, Marco Bellocchio (Italy)

La Cinquieme Saison, Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth (Belgium-Netherlands-France)

Fill The Void, Rama Bursztyn and Yigal Bursztyn (Israel)

E' stato il figlio, Daniele Cipri (Italy)

Un Giorno Speciale, Francesca Comencini (Italy)

Passion, Brian De Palma (France-Germany)

Superstar, Xavier Giannoli (France-Belgium)

Pieta, Kim Ki-duk (South Korea)

Outrage: Beyond,
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Venice Critics Week Includes Vampire Flick Kiss Of The Damned

The first nine films announced for the Venice International Film Festival include two we're greatly interested in. #1 - Xen Cassavetes (daughter of director John Cassavetes) feature length directorial debut, entitled Kiss of the Damned, which revolves around two vampire sisters staying in a safe house in Conneticut. #2 - Luigi Lo Cascio's La Citta Ideale which revolves around a man who tries to live in his apartment without the use of running water or electricity. He goes nuts. [Continued ...]
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Cassavetes’ Kiss of the Damned Closes Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week

Xan Cassavetes (Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession) will be premiering her feature film debut on the Lido this year in Venice’s answer to Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight section. Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week has unveiled it’s 9-film line-up (seven competish) and Kiss of the Damned (starring Josephine de la Baume and Roxane Mesquida) will close out the section, while Water – seven short segments helmed by Israeli and Palestinian directors (Nir Sa’ar, Maya Sarfaty, Mohammad Fuad, Yona Rozenkier, Mohammad Bakri, Ahmad Bargouthi, Pini Tavger and Tal Haring will open the the section. We expect some of these titles to trickle on towards Tiff – so we’ll be keeping a close eye on this pack. Here are the seven titles in competition.

The fest runs Aug. 29-Sept. 8

ÄTA Sova DÖ / Eat Sleep Die by Gabriela Pichler (Sweden) La CITTÀ Ideale / The Ideal City by Luigi Lo Cascio (Italy) KÜF
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London’s Italian Film Festival 2011 Line-Up Announced

The Italian Film Festival 2011 will kick off on 1 March 2011 with a concert at London’s Cadogan Hall by Nicola Piovani, winner of the Academy Award for the score of Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful in 1998. The festival, due to become an annual event, is organized by the Italian Cultural Institute in London and Cinecittà Luce in Rome.

The festival’s programme includes ten new Italian films: a selection of eight titles made by Italian film critic Irene Bignardi and a special choice of two by Adrian Wootton of Film London. The screenings at Ciné Lumière will be followed by Q&A sessions with directors and actors.

The event will offer an opportunity for London audiences to see Italian films most of which have yet to be screened in the UK, and a rare opportunity for British film distributors to catch up with brand new, cutting edge Italian cinema. The
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