Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Claudia Gerini's "Il Traduttore" heading to America with a whole host of Italian films

It's just been announced that Massimo Natale's new film "Il Traduttore" (The Translator) starring Claudia Gerini and Kamil Kula will be competing at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California on February 8. It will then move on to Los Angeles where it will be presented the 11th edition of the "Los Angeles Italia" cultural festival, which will be held February 21 - 27. Director Mario Martone and composer Ennio Morricone will also be honored there.

Read my interview with Claudia Gerini

"Il Traduttore" is a love story, which speaks to topics of cultural assimilation, rebellion and freedom. Anna (Claudia Gerini) and Andrei (Kamil Kulaare working together on the translation of a diary that provokes a passionate confrontation between two distant cultures.

Other Italian productions that will be featured in the Santa Barbara program are:

Monitor, Italy (U.S. Premiere)
Section: International
Directed by Alessio Lauria
Cast: Michele Alhaique, Valeria Bilello, Riccardo De Filippis, Davide Grillo, Caterina E. Capodilista, Ettore Nicoletti, Claudio Gioè
In an alternate present, Paolo’s job is to anonymously counsel the employees of his company–but an employee’s suicide attempt might call into question his life as he knows it.

Ville-Marie, (Starring Monica Bellucci) Canada (U.S. Premiere)
Section: International
Directed by Guy Édoin
Cast: Monica Bellucci, Pascale Bussières, Aliocha Schneider, Patrick Hivon, Louis Champagne, Frédéric Gilles, Stéphanie Labbé
An actress tries to mend ties with her estranged son, but after an unexpected tragedy, their lives intersect with those of an ambulance driver and a nurse–and all four lives are changed.

The Wait (L’Attesa), Italy
Section: Special Presentations
Directed by Piero Messina
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Lou De Laâge, Giorgio Colangeli

Continuous Excavation, Italy/USA (World Premiere)
Section: International Documentary Shorts
Directed by Nick Manley
Watch the trailer

Visit the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The annual Los Angeles – Italia Festival, which usually precedes the Academy Awards will take place at the TCL Chinese Theatres Feburary 21st - 27th. The lineup of Italian films is simply outstanding this year.

Below is the complete list of films.. For scheduling information, visit the festival online..

L' abbiamo fatta grossa by Carlo Verdone
Andron: The Black Labyrinth by Francesco Cinquemani
Belli di papà by Guido Chiesa
Call me Francesco - The Pope by Daniele Luchetti: Special Screening
The Complexity of Happiness by Gianni Zanasi
Don't be Bad by Claudio Caligari
Golden Parachute by Enrico Iannaccone
HOW STRANGE TO BE NAMED FEDERICO! by Ettore Scola: Special Screening
The Last will be last by Massimiliano Bruno
Leopardi by Mario Martone: Special Screening
Ma che bella sorpresa by Alessandro Genovesi
MALÈNA by Giuseppe Tornatore: Special Screening
Martino's Summer by Massimo Natale
Un Paese quasi perfetto by Massimo Gaudioso

Perfetti sconosciuti by Paolo Genovese

Ridendo e Scherzando - Ritratto di un regista all'italiana by Paola Scola, Silvia Scola: Special Screening
Senza fiato by Raffaele Verzillo
La Settima Onda by Massimo Bonetti
Il Traduttore by Massimo Natale
Tutte lo vogliono by Alessio Maria Federici
We believed by Mario Martone: Special Screening

Youth by Paolo Sorrentino

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