Liberami Giacomo Italian movies

Federica Di Giacomo’s Liberami In Competition for the DOC EFA 2017

  Federica Di Giacomo's exceptional documentary Liberami is one of the 15 European documentaries that have been recommended for a nomination this year.  [caption id="attachment_23489" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Liberami[/caption] The EFA (The European Film Awards) have been presented annually since 1988 by the European Film Academy to recognize excellence in European cinematic achievements.   Liberami (Deliver Us) is a fascinating look at modern exorcism. Federica Di Giacomo’s documentary was the winner of the Orizzonti Award at last year’s Venice Film Festival and is about real life exorcisms, but it isn’t terrifying and it isn’t spooky fun either.   It isn’t a jab at the Catholic Church and it doesn’t poke fun of people who believe they are possessed. Liberami does what the best documentaries do, it gives us a window into a world that may be unfamiliar to us and lets us decide for ourselves what to make of it. Di Giacomo doesn’t want to tell us how to feel about this apparently growing phenomenon. Here are the 15 documentaries:   AUSTERLITZ Germany 94 min DIRECTED BY Sergei Loznitsa PRODUCED BY Sergei Loznitsa   COMMUNION KOMUNIA Poland 72 min. DIRECTED BY Anna Zamecka PRODUCED BY Zuzanna Krol, Anna Wydra, Izabela Lopuch & Hanka Kastelicova   DEAD DONKEYS FEAR NO HYENAS Sweden, Germany, Finland 80 min DIRECTED BY Joakim Demmer PRODUCED BY Margarete Jangård, Heino Deckert & John Webster   HOW TO MEET A MERMAID  Netherlands, Denmark 90 min DIRECTED BY Coco Schrijber PRODUCED BY Frank van den Engel   LA CHANA  Spain, Iceland, USA 86 min. DIRECTED BY Lucija Stojevic PRODUCED BY Lucija Stojevic, Greta Olafsdottir, Deirdre Towers & Susan Muska LIBERA NOS  LIBERAMI Italy, France 90 min DIRECTED BY Federica Di Giacomo PRODUCED BY Francesco Virga & Paolo Santoni NOTHINGWOOD France, Germany 85 min DIRECTED BY Sonia Kronlund PRODUCED…

Happy Birthday Nanni Moretti

[caption id="attachment_22053" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Cannes Film Festival premiere of Mia Madre.[/caption] He's had seven films in competition at Cannes, major awards at Berlin and Venice,  the Cannes Palme d’Or for The Son’s Room in 2001. He's 64 today, and his wonderful career has helped to define contemporary Italian cinema since the 1970s. Here are a few of his films that are easy to find in the USA: Mia Madre (My Mother) This is Nanni Moretti’s best work ever, a perfectly balanced, artfully told story about grief, loss, and self-reflection. Nothing maudlin here, and though it is at times achingly sad, it’s not a cheesy tear-jerker. Moretti’s script and Buy’s performance as Margherita, the film director, put the viewer solidly into the story as observation turns to meditation. Buy’s character is the modern everyman; self-absorbed, impatient, and a bit removed from relationships in her life.   Divorced and in a failing relationship, Margherita’s life has four burning pots and no back burner to put them aside to. The film that she’s directing is taking every amount of energy she has, mostly thanks to the manic and arrogant American star (played by John Turturro). At the same time, her mother is in the hospital, dying from heart disease. These things along with the normal everyday life problems are pushing Margherita over the edge. As Moretti also experienced the recent loss of his own mother, the film is semi-autobiographical, making the film’s primary protagonist a woman. Google Play, Amazon, YouTube, iTunes, Vudu   [gallery columns="4" size="full" ids="19006,19838,18103,18504"]   Habemus Papam (We Have A Pope) In Habemus Papam, We Have a Pope, to the church’s critics dismay and despite what the faithful thinks, Moretti doesn’t condemn, mock or humiliate the pope or the Vatican, he just brings it all to a human level.   Moretti was asked if…

Una Questione Privata (Rainbow: A Private Affair) World Premiere At #TIFF

Una Questione Privata (Rainbow-A Private Affair), brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's 21st film will premiere at the TIFF ( Toronto International Film Festival). (more…)

Angela and Marianna Italian movies

Finally! Indivisibili Coming To US Theaters!

Edoardo De Angelis's Indivisibili (Indivisible) is set to open September 15 in New York and September 29 in LA. More cities are being booked around the US! More on this later! (more…)

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]

My Favorite On Screen Italian Movie Couples!

  Flora and Arturo (Cristiana Capotondi and Pif) La Mafia Uccide Solo D'estate (The Mafia Only Kills In The Summer) VUDU ,  iTunes Pif told me that the romantic parts of his movies are secondary to a more important message about remembering the martyrs of the battle against organized crime in Sicily, but I still loved watching the romantically challenged Arturo clumsily winning his true love. Salvo and Rita (Saleh Bakri and Sara Serraiocco) Salvo NETFLIX ,   VUDU,    iTunes,   Amazon,   Google Play Salvo and Rita get off to a rocky start, him kidnapping her and all. But when he realizes he can't kill her, their love story is actually very sweet. Numero Otto and Viola (Alessandro Borghi and Greta Scarano) Suburra Netflix I'm not sure that Numero Otto ever completely appreciated the loyalty of his badass girlfriend. Federica and Marina (Margherita Buy and Sabrina Ferilli) Io E Lei (Me, Myself and Her) Google Play, YouTube, iTunes, Amazon Though she's uncomfortable about "coming out", never having thought of herself as gay, Federica's is a pure love, not at all casual, and very authentic.   Cheyenne and Jane (Sean Penn and Frances McDormand) This Must Be The Place NETFLIX,   iTunes,   Amazon,   YouTube,   Google Play You don't have to understand anything about this relationship to get a kick out of it. Serena and Francesco (Paola Cortellesi and Raoul Bova) Scusate Se Esisto (Do You See Me?) This one has not been distributed in the USA. He's gay and she's not, and there is nothing romantic between them, but they are one of the cutest movie couples ever. Rosalba and Fernando (Licia Maglietta and Bruno Ganz) Pane e Tulipani (Pane e Tulipani) VUDU,  Amazon,  Google Play My favorite ever; you had to know I wouldn't have forgotten about Rosalba and the man who made her dreams come true.  

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"]

Contemporary Italian Movies To Stream On Netflix USA

At this moment, I must admit that Netflix has a nice little collection of contemporary Italian films to stream. Remember, Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away, so catch them while you can! (more…)

Paolo Virzì 101

  Get ready for the top Italian director's upcoming 'The Leisure Seeker', starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, but make sure you're caught up with his earlier work first. (more…)