Daniele Luchetti and Elio Germano both return to the Cannes Film Festival, this time in competition (in 2007 “Mio Fratello è figlio Unico” (My brother is an only child) was presented in the Un Certain Regard section): “La Nostra Vita” (Our Life) is the story of a working man from the suburbs of Rome who has to deal with the untimely death of his wife.
The cast of the movie, written by Rulli and Petraglia, produced by Cattleya and Babe Film in collaboration with Rai Cinema, also includes Isabella Ragonese, Raoul Bova, Giorgio Colangeli and Luca Zingaretti.
“You never get used to Cannes”, says Luchetti, who was a candidate for the Golden Palm in 1991 with “Il Portaborse” (The Yes Man), and returned to Cannes in 1998 with “Domani accadrà ” (It’s happening tomorrow).
“La Nostra Vita” will be distributed by 01 Distribution and sold around the world by the Parisian-based company Celluloid Dreams, which also handled the worldwide distribution of Marco Bellocchio’s “Vincere”, the only Italian movie in competition at La Croisette last year.
“Vincere” didn’t win anything but, as compensation, the leading actress and director will be returning to Cannes this year.
Giovanna Mezzogiorno will be a member of Tim Burton’s jury, along with the director of the National Cinema Museum of Turin, Alberto Barbera (as well as British actress Kate Beckinsale, French writer and director Emmanuel Carrere, actor Benicio Del Toro and directors Victor Erice and Shekhar Kapur).
Marco Bellocchio will be holding a “lesson on cinema”: he is the third Italian to receive this prestigious invitation, after Francesco Rosi and Nanni Moretti .
Sabina Guzzanti will be at Cannes with her documentary “Draquila” about “the earthquake that devastated the city of L’Aquila, to talk about how young Italian democracy was crushed”.
The movie, which is unlikely to pass unnoticed, is out of competition, along with a number of big names from international cinema: Woody Allen with “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”, Oliver Stone with “Wall Street Money Never Sleeps” and Stephen Frears with “Tamara Drew”.
The Italian-Swiss-German co-production “Le Quattro Volte” (The Four Times) by Michelangelo Frammartino, 2008 winner of one of the first five Torino Film Lab Production Awards (150 thousand Euros) is the only Italian movie to be selected for the Quinzaine des Realisateurs: the screening will give Torino Film Lab an opportunity to celebrate its second birthday at Cannes. After “Il dono” (The Gift), in 2002, Frammartino, who was born in Milan, will be turning his poetic gaze towards his land of origin, Calabria.
The four times mentioned in the title refer to four passages and four lives: man, animals, vegetation, dust.
The 63rd edition of the Festival will open on 12th May with Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” and the competition will include “Copia Conforme” (Certified Copy), the Italian co-production filmed in Tuscany by Abbas Kiarostami, “Socialisme” (Socialism) by Jean-Luc Godard, “Biutiful” by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Utomlyonnye Solntsem 2” by Nikita Mikahlkov, “O estranho caso de Angelica” by Manoel De Oliveira, “Outrage” by Takeshi Kitano, “La princesse de Montpensier” by Bertrand Tavernier and “Aurora” by Cristi Puiu.