direttore Paolo Di Maira

ITALIAN CINEMA/From Rome to Santa Monica

Straight after the Toronto Film Festival which delivered an abundance of foreign sales contracts for numerous Italian movies that subsequently moved on to the Venice Film Festival “” including “Un giorno perfetto” by Ferzan Ozpetek, “Machan” by Uberto Pasolini, “Pa-Ra- Da” by Marco Pontecorvo and “Pranzo di ferragosto” by Gianni Di Gregorio “” Italian exporters are looking ahead to two events coming up in rapid succession: the International Rome Film Festival (22nd-31st October) and the American Film Market (5th -12th November).

Italian exporters are getting ready for these events by preparing a tempting list of products for foreign buyers in Rome and Santa Monica.

 Adriana Chiesa Enterprise will open the event with “L’uomo che ama”, by Maria Sole Tognazzi, featuring an international cast that includes Monica Bellucci, Pier Francesco Favino and Ksenia Rappoport, as well as some movies which are not so “fresh” by Paolo Virzì, Anna Negri, Federico Moccia and Silvio Soldini.

The top proposals from Paola Corvino’s Intramovies include “Mar Nero”,the debut movie by Federico Bondi in competition at the last Locarno Festival.
With a cast that includes Ilaria Occhini, Doroteea Petre and Vlad Ivanov, Bondi tells the story of Gemma, an old lady who is recently widowed, and her Romanian carer Angela.
When Angela’s husband, who lives in Romania, disappears in mysterious circumstances, Gemma decides to help the young woman find him.

Rai Trade will be bringing some very festival-oriented proposals from the Venice Film Festival to Rome and the US: “Il papà  di Giovanna”, the new movie from Pupi Avati for which the leading actor, Silvio Orlando, won the Coppa Volpi, and “Pinuccio Lovero, sogno di una morte di mezza estate”, a documentary by Pippo Mezzapesa about the strange but true story of a forty-year old would-be gravedigger who, when he finally manages to realize his dream of working in a cemetery, finds himself with nothing to do because nobody dies for five months.
Auditorium “” will also be presenting another feature film, a very promising debut work: “A game for girls” , a “noir” movie that explores the darker side of adolescence (a sort of “anti-Moccia”) The Rai sales company “” which, once again this year, will be providing a digital video library for The Business Street in the by the multi-award winning “short” director, Matteo Rovere, who will also be in competition at the Rome Festival. Roberto Di Girolamo’s FilmExport re-proposes “Destiny Ride” by Vincenzo Marano, “Milano-Palermo, il ritorno” by Claudio Fragasso and the animation “L’arca di Noè”, currently on general release in Italy, whereas Minerva Pictures is backing the latest proposal from Abel Ferrara: the docu-fiction “Napoli Napoli Napoli”, the result of the US moviemaker’s encounter with Gaetano Di Vaio, a Neapolitan former petty criminal who, after leaving behind a life of crime, became a social worker in some of the city’s most disreputable quarters.
The other titles presented by Gianluca Curti’s company include “La rabbia”, the filmevent of 1963  in which Pier Paolo Pasolini and Giovannino Guareschi offered their differing and contrasting opinions on the key events that rocked politics and society in the Fifties and Sixties

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