direttore Paolo Di Maira

CANNES/Les Italiens

A year after the Lifetime Achievement Palme d’Or, Bernardo Bertolucci returns to Cannes with the long-awaited “Io e te”, the coming-of-age story by Ammaniti that the director of “Last Tango in Paris” filmed entirely in Rome, in Trastevere, Prati, Parioli and the Delle Vittorie district. Almost ten years after his last movie, “The Dreamers”, this is another story about adolescents in an indoor environment: back then it was a house in Paris where three students had barricaded themselves in the spring of’68, now it is a cellar where 14 year old Lorenzo (Jacopo Olmo Antinori) goes to escape from rules and people, in a solitude that is interrupted when life on the outside bursts in thanks to his sister (Tea Falco).
“Io e te” is produced by Fiction and by Mario Gianani for Wildside in collaboration with Medusa Film – which will be distributing the movie in Italy in the fall – in association with Intesa Sanpaolo and with the support of the Regione Lazio. The international distribution will be handled by HanWay Films.

With a seven million Euro budget, Dario Argento will be using an international cast (Rutger Hauer and Thomas Kretschmann, along with his daughter, Asia) for “Dracula 3D”, filmed in English in Biella and Ivrea after a disappointing location hunting experience in Transylvania. It will be screened at midnight in Cannes, opening up the Festival – as Argento himself has commented – to a genre which, so far, has not been heavily featured. “Dracula 3D” is produced by Les Films de l’Astre, Enrique Cerezo Producciones Cinematográficas and Roberto di Girolamo’s Film
Export Group from Italy, which is also handling the foreign sales. It is the only Italian movie in the official selection that is being sold abroad by an Italian company.

One of the 15 shorts in competition at the Cinéfondation, is the Italian “Terra” by Piero Messina, selected from amongst the over 1700 works sent in by 320 film schools from all over the world. An excellent debut for the former pupil of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Sorrentino’s assistant director on “This Must Be the Place”.

Another Italian youngster, Alessandro Borrelli of La Sarraz Pictures, has been chosen by European Film Promotion for Producers on the Move.

The colors of Italy will once again be flying at the Italian Pavilion inside the Village International Riviera.
Coordinated by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, in collaboration with ANICA [Italian Association of Cinematographic Audiovisual and Multimedia Industries], with the contribution of the Mibac (Ministry of Cultural Heritage) – Directorate General Cinema and private sponsors, this area will host meetings, debates and press conferences.

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