Nuovo Cinema Italiano
Italian Film Industry On Cloud Nine At Cannes Fest
Nanni Moretti's film, We Have a Pope was screened at 2013 Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival. Moretti's new film, Mia madre, a "heart-wrenching story of the last days of life of a mother" stars one of our favorite actors, John Turturro. We knew Mr. Turturro could act, but had no idea he could give John Travolta a dance lesson.
We have great respect for Paolo Sorrentino who directs his 2015 entry, Youth (La giovinezza) about a retired orchestra conductor, played by Michael Caine. This film is in English because the director wanted to make the film more marketable, which should not be hard considering how great it is. Sorrentino's La grande bellezza was screened at both Cannes and celebrated at our 2014 spring fundraiser.
Matteo Garrone's first English language film, Tale of Tales, starring Salma Hayek is a collection of fairy tales from the 17th century. The tales which include the earliest versions of Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella are written by Giambattista Basile. Garrone calls this a "fantasy film with horror elements." He is a director to look out for because his 2012 film, Reality, won him the Grand Prix at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, and was screened at our festival in 2013.
Sorrentino, Moretti, Garrone – (from left to right)
Tony Servillo in Sorrentino's La grande bellezza
Salma Hayek and John C. Reilly in Garrone's The Tale of Tales
Our Sergio Leone inspired Spaghetti Western Night was a big success.
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