Three local films hitting screens
by Gabriele Barcaro
The upcoming weekend is packed with new releases in Italy – at least ten – half of which are European.
Of the three Italian titles, first up is Carnera: The Walking Mountain [+see also:
film profile] by Renzo Martinelli. Produced by the director’s Martinelli Film Company Int. (with RTI and Giuseppe Marra Communications), the biopic on legendary boxer Primo Carnera stars newcomer Andrea Iaia and will soon also be seen on television (in a longer version). After a world premiere in New York’s Madison Square Garden, Medusa is now distributing the film on 250 screens.
Mediaplex is bringing to six screens Claudio Sestieri’s Chiamami Salomè (“Call Me Salome”), which sets Oscar Wilde’s play in modern-day Naples, with Ernesto Mahieux as a Camorrista Herod and Elio Germano as John the Baptist. Produced by Pietro Innocenti for Star Plex, the film encountered a number of distribution problems and is finally being released two years after its completion.
Similar problems plagued Angelo Orlando’s third feature, Sfiorarsi, presented at the 2006 RomeFilmFest before screening in festivals worldwide. Co-starring and co-written by the director and Valentina Carnelutti, the film (produced by Alessandro Verdecchi) had half its budget slashed and is being released today in only one cinema (the Filmstudio in Rome).
After premiering in last year’s Venice Day, Emmanuel Mouret’s French film Shall We Kiss [+see also:
film profile] – which stars, among others, Stefano Accorsi – is being distributed by Officine Ubu on 30 screens.
The last (partially) European film of the week is a German co-production: Sergei Bodrov’s epic Mongol (on release through BIM), with Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano in the role of Genghis Khan.
(Translated from Italian)
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