The Evolution Of Italian Cinema: The Times They Are A Changin’

"Come gather 'round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown."   For those of you who haven't noticed, it's a new day for Italian cinema. Italian cinema is back, but you might not recognize it. If you were waiting for the second coming of Fellini, or Neorealism, or Totò, you might be disappointed; BUT YOU SHOULDN'T BE! Contemporary Italian filmmakers have a fresh vibe all their own. Take a look at these two films that will premiere at the Venice Film Festival: Ammore e Malavita, stars Claudia Gerini and Gianpaolo Morelli and it's billed as a dramatic love story with shoot outs, wild motorbike chases and speedboat escapes. It's also a musical! [caption id="attachment_29809" align="aligncenter" width="1074"] Ammore e Malavita[/caption] Brutti e Cattivi stars Sara Serraiocco, Marco D'Amore, and Claudio Santamaria about a group of wild, physically disabled gangsters has a plan to rob a bank, but things go terribly wrong when each of them reveals they all had their own personal agenda. [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="21852,19388"] Italy has superheroes. You can stream Jeeg... [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="27578,29289"] Italian filmmakers are looking for a wider audience with English language films like never before. Look for these two from big-hitters Luca Guadagnino and Paolo Virzì.   Filmmakers are joining the ranks of bing-worthy TV fun. [gallery columns="1" size="full" ids="29811"] [caption id="attachment_29369" align="aligncenter" width="726"] Coming this fall on Netflix, Suburra, The TV series![/caption]

The Real Life Italian Movie Couples

[gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="29730,29722"] Paolo Virzì and Micaela Ramazzotti This Italian power couple, top director and top actress married in 2009 and have two kids together, Jacopa and Anna. Claudia Gerini Federico Zampaglione The director/singer married the gorgeous star of John Wick 2 and too many Italian films to mention (my favorite? Amiche Da Morire!)  in 2005 and they have two cute little girls, Rosa and Linda. Paola Cortellesi and Riccardo Milani Paola Cortellesi broke a million hearts when she married director Riccardo Milani (Benvenuti Presidente, Scusate Se Esisto)  in 2011. They have a little girl named Laura. Alba Rohrwacher and Saverio Costanzo Award-winning actress Alba Rohrwacher is romantically involved with director Saverio Costanza (The Solitude of Prime Numbers, Hungry Hearts). Christian De Sica and Silvia Verdone Actor Christian De Sica (son of Vittorio) has been married to Silvia Verdone (Carlo Verdone's sister) for 37 years! They  have two kids, Brando De Sica and Mariarosa De Sica. Embed from Getty Images [gallery columns="4" ids="29724,29721,29719,29725"]

Paolo Virzì 101

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Happy Birthday Silvio Soldini

The Director's latest, Il Colore Nascosto Delle Cose, will premiere at #Venezia74. [caption id="attachment_29607" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Il Colore Nascosto Delle Cose[/caption] This relationship movie was written by Doriana Leondoff, Davide Lantieri and Silvio Soldini, and stars Adriano Giannini and Emma Valeria Golino.   Teo (Adriano Giannini) is a man on the run. From his past, from his family, from responsibility, and from the beds of women he spends the night with only to sneak out at the crack of dawn. Work is the only thing that he really loves; he works for a publicity company and he is constantly online, compulsively checking his tablet and phone.   Emma (Valeria Golino) lost her sight 16 years ago but hasn't let her life get lost in the dark. Instead, she faced her challenge head on and fought back with her handicap, understanding that every day would be a battle. She's an osteopath, and she goes around the city with her white cane, independent and determined.    Also stars: Arianna Scommegna, Laura Adriani, Anna Ferzetti, Andrea Pennacchi and Beniamino Marcone, with Mattia Sbragia and Valentina Carnelutti. Thank you Silvio, for these wonderful movies! [gallery size="large" ids="6510,9426,9527,7310,10948"] Stream them! Check out the Ultimate Guide To Streaming!

Happy Birthday Alessandro Aronadio

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A Crowdfunding Success Story: Edoardo Winspeare’s ‘La Vita In Comune’ Competes At Venice

Edoardo Winspeare's mixture of fairy-tale and reality, La Vita Comune will compete in the Orrizonti Section of #Venezia74.   Thanks to a successful Crowdfunding project that Winspeare began to help fund the movie (and I contributed to), I am an honorary citizen of Disperata, the film's fictional town in which a depressed mayor and poet (Gustavo Caputo) takes solace from the attacks of his advisors by volunteering in a prison.       There he meets Pati Rrunza, a jailbird who is feared and respected by everyone in town and two juvenile delinquents who think of Pati as a super-hero. What happens when Pati starts loving poetry? And what does Pope Francis have to do with the town’s new zoo?   The cast, embracing the idea of “La Vita in Comune (The Life In Common) stayed in the houses of people in the community who are involved in making the movie, sharing, even off-set, daily life in the little town of the real-life town Capo di Leuca,"al sud del sud dei Santi". The film stars: Gustavo Caputo, Antonio Carluccio, Claudio Giangreco, Celeste Casciaro, and Davide Riso.    

Fingers Crossed For Venice: Roberta Torre’s Riccardo Va All’Inferno

Now this looks interesting...     There's Venice Film Festival buzz for Roberta Torre's "dark, psychedelic musical" starring Massimo Ranieri, Sonia Bergamasco and Ivan Franek. [gallery ids="29317,29318,29319"]   The director returns to the screen with Riccardo Va All'Inferno (Richard Goes To Hell), a retelling of Shakespeare, set in the underworld Rome.   "It's a musical", says Roberta,"dark, psychedelic, eccentric, comparable to Tim Burton, set in a hidden Rome, unearthly and pop." Keep updated here on I Love Italian Movies and like the film on Facebook!