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Italian Films Will Make A Strong Return To The Screens After The Holidays.

Penelope Cruz in Venuto Sergio Castellitto’s Venuto Al Mondo

From ,10/08/2012, an article that actually took my breath away. From Bertolucci to Bellocchio to Castellitto, it’s going to be a very good year for Italian cinema!

The new releases in European cinemas in August will be predominantly American and very few European, however, Italian films will make a strong return to the national screens after the holidays. Starting with the films competing for the Golden Lion, La Bella Addormentata and E’ Stato il Figlio. The films of Marco Bellocchio and Daniele Ciprì will be in Italian theatres on the 6th of September and the 14th respectively. On the 14th of September another film selected in Venice, in the Horizons section, will be released: Gli Equilibristi, with Valerio Mastandrea.

Valerio Mastandrea in Gli Equilibristi

On the 21st of September it will be Il Rosso e il Blu by Giuseppe Piccioni, a comedy about school life with Margherita Buy, Riccardo Scamarcio and Roberto Herlitzka, in theatres with Teodora Film. Italian filmgoers will have to wait until the end of September (28th) to see Reality  by Matteo Garrone (winner of the Jury Prize in Cannes last May), the latest film by the director of Gomorra.

In October the third Italian film in the running for the Golden Lion will be released: Un Giorno Speciale by Francesca Comencini with Filippo Scicchitano, the young newcomer from Scialla! as its protagonist. It will arrive in theatres on the 4th of October, distributed by Lucky Red. The same day sees the release of the hilarious comedy All’Ultima Spiaggia by Gianluca Ansanelli, about an imaginary reality TV show in which the participants are so desperate that they have nothing to lose.

Bertolucci’s Io E Te

October sees, 01’s release of the new film by Paolo Virzì, Tutti I Santi Giorni on the 12th; a love story with Micol Azzurro and Luca Marinelli as its protagonists, as well as an entirely Italian animation film Gladiatori di Roma by Iginio Straffi (18th of October, Medusa). Bernardo Bertolucci’s Io E Te selected Out of Competition at the latest Cannes Film Festival will be released on the 25th of October by Medusa and Viva l’Italia,long-awaited second film by Massimiliano Bruno (director of the blockbuster Nessuno Mi Può Giudicare.

In November two more highly anticipated films arrive in theatres: the Italian/Spanish/Croatian coproduction Venuto Al Mondo by Sergio Castellitto, with Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch, that will be released by Medusa on the 8th after its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival; Medusa will also release in the end of November (the 29th) a film directed in the USA by one of the finest Italian exports: Playing The Field by Gabriele Muccino, with the title Quello Che So Sull’Amore.

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