De André, Pitza e datteri and The Other Side in theatres
by Camillo De Marco
- There are some top-quality Italian and European films hitting screens, with Faber in Sardegna, a comedy starring Battiston and Minervini’s docu-film from the latest Cannes
Hitting Italian theatres is The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet [+see also:
film profile] by the director of Amélie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, starring Oscar nominees Helena Bonham Carter and Judy Davis, with Callum Keith Rennie and the young Kyle Catlett. The film is being distributed by Microcinema in 110 theatres.
There’s no shortage of Italian films this week: first up is a comedy starring Giuseppe Battiston, Pitza e datteri [+see also:
film profile] by Fariborz Kamkari, the Kurdish director of the acclaimed I fiori di Kirkuk (Golakani Kirkuk) [+see also:
film profile], which is being brought to 70 theatres by Bolero: an entertaining story of the multicultural integration of Bepi, a Venetian who has converted to Islam (played by Battiston), the young Imam Saladino (Mehdi Meskar, a Calabrian-Maghreb-Parisian raised in Treviso) and pretty hairdresser Zara (played by Franco-African actress Maud Buquet). The docu-film The Other Side [+see also:
interview: Roberto Minervini
film profile] by Roberto Minervini, which was chosen for the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes, is being released by Lucky Red in 25 theatres. Then, appearing for the first time on the big screen is the great Italian singer-songwriter Fabrizio De André, in the documentary Faber in Sardegna [+see also:
film profile], by Gianfranco Cabiddu, showing just today and tomorrow in 300 theatres with Microcinema. Finally Flavia Entertainment is releasing Italian horror film Hybris [+see also:
film profile], directed by Giuseppe Francesco Maione.
In addition to Jeunet’s film, the European offering is also rich this week: The Tribe [+see also:
film profile] was one of the revelations of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, winning the Grand Prix in Critics’ Week, the Révélation France 4 Award and distribution aid from the Gan Foundation for Cinema, as well as being named European Discovery of the year at the European Film Awards and Best Film at the Milan Film Festival. Being distributed by Officine Ubu in 20 theatres, the debut film of Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, co-produced by the Netherlands, is an example of bold and powerful film in which gestures, emotions and impulses are more communicative than words. Acted out entirely using sign language, without dialogue or subtitles, The Tribe is set in a college fordeaf and dumb young people. Finally coming to theatres this week with Fil Rouge Media is Tokyo Fiancée [+see also:
film profile] by Belgian director Stefan Liberski, based on the book "Tokyo Fiancée" by Amélie Nothomb.
(Translated from Italian)