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VENICE 2011 Controcampo

Venice: Two debut films open Controcampo, jury selected

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Venice: Two debut films open Controcampo, jury selected

Two director debuts will open the Controcampo Italiano section of the 68th Venice International Film Festival (August 31- September 10 2011) - the feature film Scialla, a first behind the camera for screenwriter Francesco Bruni (David di Donatello Award and Nastro d'Argento Award 2010 for The First Beautiful Thing [+see also:
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by Paolo Virzì), and the short film Il maestro, which marks the directorial debut of actress and producer Maria Grazia Cucinotta. The two films will be screened in a world premiere at the Venice Lido on Friday, September 2 and will compete in the Controcampo Award for feature films and in the Controcampo for short films respectively.

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Scialla (pictured), produced by Beppe Caschetto for ITC Movie in collaboration with Rai Cinema (who will distribute it), with executive producer Rita Rognoni for Pupkin Production, is the story of a rowdy 15-year-old who's in search of guidance and of a childless teacher who has left the profession. The film stars Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Barbora Bobulova, Vinicio Marchioni and the very young emerging actor Filippo Scicchitano.

Il maestro, produced by Maria Grazia Cucinotta’s Seven Dreams Productions and distributed by Diva Universal, takes its inspiration from the life of the director’s grandfather and tells the story of a teacher, played by Renato Scarpa, who, once retired, finds himself alone and abandoned, after having dedicated his life to his work.

The jury for Controcampo Italiano, chaired by Roberta Torre, has also been selected - the director, who opened the Controcampo section last year with the internationally successful Lost Kisses [+see also:
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, will be joined by director and screenwriter Aureliano Amadei, winner of the Controcampo Italiano Award 2010 with 20 Cigarettes [+see also:
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(followed by four David di Donatello Awards and two Nastri d'Argento Awards), and young actress Cristiana Capotondi, who won acclaimed last year in La passione [+see also:
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by Carlo Mazzacurati, in competition at the 67th Film Festival.

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(Translated from Italian)

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