The Nastri D'Argento Awards: Who Could and Should Win

This is a particularly competitive year for the Nastro d'Argento (Silver Ribbon), a film award by the Sindacato Nazionale Giornalisti Cinematografici Italiani ("Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists").  The Nastro d'argento is the oldest movie award in Europe,

Four Special David Di Donatello Awards

They are coming up soon, the Italian Academy Awards; the David di Donatello Awards ceremony is set for June 10th and four special awards were announced yesterday (and forgive my translations; I did the best I could):

Ten Fun Soundtracks In Contemporary Films

It's Friday and I just want to listen to music!

1) Paolo Sorrentino's 'La Grande Bellezza' has a lot of fun party music; remember 'Far L'Amore'?   2) ACAB (All Cops Are Bastards) has a great

My Open Roads Schedule

I'll be heading for New York next week for the best Italian film festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, June 5 - 12.

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Happy Birthday Giuseppe Tornatore!

Winner of awards at the Cannes Film Festival,  two BAFTA awards, a European Film Award, Golden Globes, David di Donatellos, Nastro D'Argento Awards, Venice Film Festival and countless other film festival awards, Guiseppe Tornatore is a universally loved director. When I tell people

"This Award Obligates Us To Invest Even More In Italian Cinema"

Dario Franceschini, minister of MiBAC (The Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities is the culture ministry of the Italian Republic), has been tweeting good news for Italian filmmakers and film lovers thanks to Alice Rohrwacher; "Amazing success for Italian

Alice Rohrwacher Wins at Cannes: Clearly, Italy is Back in the Game

Two years ago Matteo Garrone won the Gran Prix for Reality, the following year, there was an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA for Sorrentino's 'La Grande Bellezza', and 33 year-old Alice Rohrwacher keeps the ball rolling  with another

Piccola Patria At Open Roads: New Italian Cinema

My prediction about Alessandro Rossetto's 'Piccola Patria' (Small Homeland) never making it out of Italy was unfounded; it will be screened at Open Roads:New Italian Cinema (New York CIty's Lincoln Center). 

Golden Lion Winner 'Sacro GRA' at New York's Lincoln Center

I should have known that Sacro GRA would win the Golden Lion at the Venice FIlm Festival last year; the crowd went wild and the ovation was greater and longer than for any other movie.