Posts tagged with "ICFF 2013"

Interview with Silvio Soldini, Director of For Other Eyes and Come Undone

Posted by Beatriz Jereza July 5, 2013 0 Comment 6527 views

Only a minute into a conversation with Silvio Soldini and you’ll find yourself in awe at the depths of his thoughtfulness of the world around us. Soldini is proof that we can all find inspiration anywhere, even from the seemingly mundane routines of everyday life. The Italian film director will be premiering his documentary film, […]

Italian Contemporary Film Festival 2013: Educazione Siberiana (2013)

Posted by Jeremy Prober July 4, 2013 0 Comment 9128 views

Educazione Siberiana, directed by Italian Gabriele Salvatores, is a drama based on a memoir about growing up as a member of the Urka community in the small republic of Transnistria. If by drama they mean that the plot will be nonsensical and full of holes, then they’ve hit the nail on the head. In Educazione Siberiana, John Malkovich, […]

Italian Contemporary Film Festival 2013: Viva l’Italia (2012)

Posted by Brandy Dean July 2, 2013 1 Comment 10640 views

Imagine a world in which politicians are compelled to say exactly what’s on their minds all the time. That’s the basic premise of Viva l’Italia, the sophomore directorial effort from Massimiliano Bruno. If you think that sounds hilarious – well, you’d be right. But let the implications of that state of affairs roll around in your […]

Italian Contemporary Film Festival 2013: Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

Posted by Pam July 1, 2013 0 Comment 6156 views

Quiet and mild-mannered British sound technician, Gilderoy (Toby Jones), arrives in Italy to work on a movie. He soon discovers he’s employed on a violent horror film, asked to create sound effects rather far from his usual world of documentary and children’s programming. Instead of autumn leaves crunching underfoot, Gilderoy records blood-curdling screams and must […]

Italian Contemporary Film Festival 2013: Cavalli (2011)

Posted by Beatriz Jereza July 1, 2013 0 Comment 6818 views

Michele Rho shows plenty of potential as a director in his first feature film, the dramatic, but misguided, Cavalli (Horses). The film tells the story of the unwavering love and loyalty between Alessandro and his younger brother, Pietro. While brotherhood seems to be the film’s main topic, parenthood, romance, and manhood are also discussed. Set […]

Italian Contemporary Film Festival 2013: The Lost World Cup (2011)

Posted by Jeremy Prober June 28, 2013 0 Comment 7839 views

Question: Does one have to be a fan of soccer to be able to enjoy a story about soccer in the 1940s? Not necessarily. If a filmmaker is adept at telling a story in an interesting way, which I assert has been done in this case, then even if one has zero interest in the […]

Italian Contemporary Film Festival 2013: Shun Li and the Poet (2011)

Posted by Brandy Dean June 27, 2013 0 Comment 7874 views

Documentary filmmaker Andrea Segre jumps from the real to fiction filmmaking with a touching portrait of dispossessed souls in Shun Li and the Poet (Io Sono Li). Despite a certain surface tranquility, this story of Venice emigrees ripples with tension, loss and longing. In Shun Li and the Poet, Shun Li (Tao Zhao) is a Chinese […]

Italian Contemporary Film Festival 2013: Thermae Romae (2012)

Posted by Pam June 27, 2013 0 Comment 7281 views

The hero of Hideki Takeuchi’s Thermae Romae is Lucius (Hiroshi Abe), a bath house architect in ancient Rome who takes his designs very seriously, but is in need of some inspiration. One day, Lucius becomes submerged in the bath and finds himself in a public bath in modern Japan. Not knowing he’s time-traveled to the […]

Italian Contemporary Film Festival 2013: Benvenuto presidente!

Posted by Brandy Dean June 25, 2013 1 Comment 8077 views

Outside looking in, Italian politics seem pretty surreal. From Silvio Berlusconi’s “Bunga Bunga” parties to porn star politician Cicciolina, the non-Italian mind boggles. New film farce Benvenuto presidente!, from director Riccardo Milani, offers a little bit of insight into the wacky world of Italian politics. Benvenuto presidente!, part fable and part farce, is the story of  humble trout fisherman Giuseppe […]

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