These are the winners of the reader generated Ciak Magazine movie awards, and a just can’t say enough about what an impressive collection of talent in one photograph.
Has Italian cinema change in the last 10 years? Uhhh, Hell YEAH it has. Does the world realize it? Well, it’s beginning to. What makes today’s Italian cinema so different from the one pre-2000?
For one, directors like Edoardo De Angelis, ones who find hidden gems like Angela and Marianna Fontana.
Edoardo De Angelis is doing what so many of his peers have told me make this generation of filmmakers special: He’s looking back at Neorealism and he gets how special that was, but he’s not trying to replicate it or go back in time. He’s interested what all these new directors tell me they are after – THE TRUTH. Some people don’t want to hear the truth; they want to imagine that Italy is the way it was fifty years ago. Or maybe they want to imagine that Italy is the way that they IMAGINE it was 50 years ago; I don’t know.
De Angelis’s truth is wantonly, joyfully, crystal clear; it’s in our faces and no punches are pulled. His Ciak D’Oro Best Screenplay winning Indivisibili has “Classic Italian Cinema” written all over it the and the “Colpo di Fulmine” (means lightning bolt, or love at first sight) award for actresses Angela and Marianna Fontana signals a big future for them.
As does Claudio Giovannesi’s Ciak D’Oro Youth Award winning Fiore, Giovannesi, who spent six months in a juvenile detention center to prepare for this film and says that a normal day in a juvenile detention center is pretty much exactly like it is in the film. It’s all about reality for this director, who explained “A lot of Italian directors start out making documentaries, and then move on to fiction and feature films, remembering that reality.”
And again, Giovannesi’s eye for talent is impeccable. His search for protagonists lead him to Ciak D’Oro Newcomer Award-winning Daphne Scoccia, a former waitress who stunned audiences in her role as the juvie inmate.
Look at young directors like Michele Vannucci (Il Più Grande Sogno), Laura Bispuri (Vergine Giurata) and Alberto Caviglia (Pecore In Erba) and you can see the future, a bright one for Italian cinema.