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…)

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Get A Blast Of Italian Cinema Fun Every Week In Your Mailbox! Subscribe Past Issues RSS Translate   Check it out! I pinch myself to make sure I am not dreaming every year at the Venice Film Festival! This year is no different! Making my plans for #Venezia74, I would like your input, and for that, you will be rewarded. YOU tell ME what you want to see an hear about at #Venezia74. Message me on FB, . Tweet at me, Let me know on Instagram, Leave me a message on the website, or send an email, How can I best show you #Venezia74? YOU tell ME what you want to see! 1)  Do you like seeing the world outside the film festival? Should I include more about Venice? 2) Is there anyone, in particular, that will be at Venice that you would like to see more of? Keep reading the blog to see who I will be meeting or interviewing, and let me know what you want to know about them. If you let me know, I might ask them to sent you a personal message! 3) Do you want to see more about the Hollywood stars that will be at Venice? Or are you mostly just interested in the Italians? Daniel Radcliff Liev Scheiber and Naomi Watts Natalie Portman Scarlett Johansson This email was sent to <<Email Address>> why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences I Love Italian Movies · 55 Chadboure Drive · Hudson, Ohio 44236 · USA (more…)

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!

Il Cratere (Crater) Directed By Luca Bellino and Silvia Luzi, In Competition

In the lineup in competition for La Settimana Internazionale Della Critica, Venice Critics Week. #Venezia74 (more…)

Venice Film Festivals Through My Eyes, My Camera

Counting Down To Venice 2017, #Venezia74. I'm no photographer, but here are my favorite moments at Venice, in photos I've taken. (more…)

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! 

Looking Ahead To #Venezia74: What Might We See?

The 74th Venice Film Festival is in 2 months. It will be my 8th, so what MIGHT I see? I might get a chance to see Luca Guadagnino's remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria. Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton, this one has been quite the controversy. Will Guadagnino do justice the master of horror's iconic film?   [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="22117,29161"] I'm hoping for Paolo Virzì's first English language film, The Leisure Seeker starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland.  A senior, one with Alzheimers and the other with Cancer, take off in their RV. [caption id="attachment_26777" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The Leisure Seekers[/caption] I might get to finally tell Silvio Soldini how completely obsessed I am with Pane e Tulipani if he arrives at Venice with his newest, Emma, starring Valeria Golino and Adriano Giannini. In it, a womanizer falls for a blind woman. [caption id="attachment_29162" align="aligncenter" width="655"] Emma[/caption] It would be interesting to see what Paolo Franchi comes up with this time, and I might get to see if his newest film Dove Non Ho Mai Abitato is chosen (means literally "where I have never lived", but we'll see what they call it). It stars Emmanuelle Devos and Fabrizio Gifuni. The Rome Film Festival got a lot of criticism for giving Franchi the best director award and best actress award to Isabella Ferrari for his (truly horrible) film E La Chiamano Estate (And They Call It Summer).  [caption id="attachment_29163" align="aligncenter" width="593"] Dove Non Ho Mai Abitato[/caption]  

Guerra Per Amore Pif Italian movies

Pif’s ‘In Guerra Per Amore’ (At War With Love) Wins The People’s Choice Award At ICFF2017

It’s romantic, it’s funny, it’s an amazing history lesson; it’s everything you want in a movie. In Guerra Per Amore (At War With Love), from Pif (Pierfrancesco Diliberto). Pif, Pierfrancesco Diliberto’s first film La Mafia Uccide Solo D’Estate (The Mafia Only Kills In The Summer) taught us about the Sicilian mafia just before the famous Maxi Trial, when Sicilian prosecutors indicted 475 mafiosi for crimes relating to Mafia activities. His newest film, In Guerra Per Amore, Pif offers a prequel of sorts, an explanation of how the mafia was able a stronghold over the Italian Island in the first place.   Pif, a director, writer and Italian TV stars as Arturo, a charming rom-com with a historical fiction story. It’s 1943 and as World War II rages in Europe, Palermo native Arturo is in New York City working as a waiter. His sweetheart Flora (Miriam Leone) has been promised to the son of an important New York Mafia boss, and to stop the wedding, he joins the army and goes to Sicily in search of Flora’s father in hopes to ask for her hand in marriage. Using for a second time the device made famous by the movie Forrest Gump, Pif puts Arturo in situations that place him into, and at the same time illustrate important events of the time. For those of us that are (shamefully) unfamiliar with the history, it’s an eye-opener; in liberating Sicily from the Mussolini and the Nazis, Americans handed it over to the mafia, wrapped with a red bow and a “Thank you for your service”. For those who complain that In Guerra Per Amore can not be compared to films with similar themes that were brought to us by Neorealist masters, that’s because it shouldn’t be. It’s true, Pif doesn’t give us the…