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The film, which stars Alba Rohrwacher and Maayane Conti, boasts an all-female cast and crew, and has already made the line-up of two film festivals- Giovanna Taviani's Salina DocFest and Australia's nationwide Italian Film Festival. We'll keep you updated on future virtual screenings. In the meantime, click here to read my interview with Trinca.
Friday, September 25, 2020
The first edition of the Matera Film Festival is underway in the ancient stone city of Basilicata. A four day event featuring films from all over the world as well as books and art installations celebrating film, the festival is a physical event with social distancing measures in place. The first three days of the event count as the official film festival with the fourth to feature works focusing on culture, not in competition.
The festival was created by local filmmakers who have been prolific in the international filmmaking scene that has exploded in recent years, inspiring the region’s nickname- “Basilicata: Land of Cinema.” Among them are actress Annarita del Piano, co-president (with Dario Toma) of the festival, actor and artistic director Nando Irene, creative director Silvio Giordano and producer Enzo Sisti who will serve as the honorary president.
Sisti is responsible for bringing international crews to Matera, starting with Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” up to the latest James Bond film, “No Time to Die.” Among the many films he has worked on are Richard Donner’s “Ladyhawke,” Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” Terry Gilliam’s “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen,” Martin Scorsese’s “Kundun” and “Gangs of New York,” Anthony Minghella’s “The Talent of Mr. Ripley” and the Academy Award winner “The English Patient.” His latest projects are “Wonder Woman” and the production of the first VR film ever made “Jesus - the Story of Christ.” Both were shot in Matera.
The four-day event runs through September 27. Follow this link to view the full program. https://www.materafilmfestival.it
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Let's talk about your family. What was it like growing up with two icons as parents? Did you feel like a regular kid, or did you feel that there was really something extraordinary about your household and your childhood?
Your mother and your wife have had leading roles in your films. Tell me about those collaborations.
My father produced many of my mother’s films, so working with loved ones is natural for us. They are actors that I admire and they are part of my family, so it's quite natural for me and it's helpful in finding the right words to communicate. The lines of communication are already well-oiled and open.
I grew up watching your mother in films. I've seen her interviews, cooked recipes from her cookbook, and adored her for as long as I can remember. Tell me something about Sophia Loren; the mother, the person and the woman when the cameras are off.
What's amazing is how grounded she is. She never allowed us to be seduced by her success or believe in the glamour of her profession. She is a woman who lives for her family and for her own personal growth. She has an enormous appetite to work and to tackle roles that she has not yet tackled. It is beautiful for us to look up to our mother and admire the woman that she is.. and I truly do. She is an exceptional human being.
You've had several roles throughout your lifetime: the son of icons, brother, husband, father, filmmaker. Do you feel that any of those roles stand out in defining you? The sum of everything I have is the total of everything I've done. There is no question that the most important role is my role as father. In the end, I am putting into the world two people and I am responsible in helping them grow up and also giving them enough space to be become their own people. It's a big responsibility.
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Click on the image below to stream Ponti and Loren's 2002 film, "Between Strangers" on Amazon Prime. Click here to stream it on Vudu..
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Several contemporary Italian films will be available to stream in the coming months.
Having just premiered at the Venice Film Festival, the documentary film was shot over a three-year period along the borders between Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan and Lebanon. Rosi gives voice to a human drama that transcends geographical divisions and time, with encounters and images of the life that is impacted by the continuous tragedy of civil wars, brutal dictatorships, foreign invasions and interference and living in the shadow of ISIS. We hear it in the mournful cries of mothers, in the stammering of permanently wounded children and in a play about the senselessness of politics performed by patients in a psychiatric hospital. Rosi presents us with different stories that go beyond the conflicts.
Pietro Marcello’s long-awaited US premiere of "Martin Eden" will take place on October 16 in theaters and virtual cinemas.
Perhaps to coincide with the release of "Martin Eden," Marcello's acclaimed 2009 film "The Mouth of the Wolf" will open for a virtual theatrical release also on October 16 through Film at Lincoln Center and other theaters.
Filmmakers Arthur Couvat and Cecilia Pignocchi It’s unusual for a first-time filmmaker to be recognized by a high-profile, international fi...