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From Avati to Verdone: The 2009 domestic releases (1)

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From Avati to Verdone: The 2009 domestic releases (1)

While the 2009 slates of Italy’s independent distributors include numerous, much-awaited domestic titles, majors 01 Distribution and Medusa Film are coming out with the top local titles of next year.

On February 6, 01 will release the sure-to-be hit Ex, directed by Fausto Brizzi and featuring a stellar cast: Claudio Bisio, Flavio Insinna, Claudia Gerini, Alessandro Gassman, Silvio Orlando, Cristiana Capotondi and Fabio De Luigi. February will also see the release of the new film by Enzo Monteleone, Tutta colpa delle donne (working title), based on a 2006 play by Cristina Comencini. The all-female cast includes Margherita Buy, Isabella Ferrari, Paola Cortellesi, Marina Massironi, Carolina Crescentini, Valeria Milillo, Claudia Pandolfi and Alba Rohrwacher.

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Other O1 titles are Francesca Archibugi’s Una Questione di Cuore [+see also:
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, with Antonio Albanese, Kim Rossi Stuart and Micaela Ramazzotti; and, coming out in April, Pupi Avati’s Gli amici del Bar Margherita [+see also:
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, featuring a soundtrack by Lucio Dalla and actors Diego Abatantuono, Laura Chiatti, Fabio De Luigi, Luigi Lo Cascio, Neri Marcorè and Katia Ricciarelli.

Mussolini’s slogan Vincere [+see also:
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(“Winning”) is the title of the new film by Marco Bellocchio, on the secret son of the fascist dictator, starring Filippo Timi and Giovanna Mezzogiorno; while in Giuseppe Piccioni’s Il premio, Valerio Mastandrea meets Valeria Golino, a woman with a mysterious past.

RAI Cinema’s 2009 line-up includes Marco Risi’s Fortapasc [+see also:
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, on journalist Giancarlo Siani, who was killed by the Neapolitan Camorra; Vincenzo Terracciano’s Tris di Donne e Abiti Nuziali [+see also:
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, which reunites Sergio Castellitto and Martina Gedeck after their successful Mostly Martha [+see also:
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; and Matrimonio e altri disastri by Nina Di Majo, featuring Fabio Volo, Margherita Buy and Luciana Littizzetto.

On January 16, Medusa will release Stefano Bessoni’s domestic horror film Imago Mortis [+see also:
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, with Geraldine Chaplin, Leticia Dolera and Alex Angulo; on February 6, Roberto Faenza’s Il caso dell'infedele Klara [+see also:
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, starring Claudio Santamaria, Laura Chiatti and Iain Glen; a week later, Riccardo Donna’s comedy Questo Piccolo Grande Amore [+see also:
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; and at the end of February, the new film by comic duo Ficarra and Picone, La matassa, directed by Giambattista Avellino.

Nicolas Vaporidis and Laura Chiatti star in the Shakespeare-inspired Iago, by Volfango De Biasi. There is also much buzz surrounding Michele Placido’s newest project, Il Grande Sogno [+see also:
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, on the events of 1968, featuring Riccardo Scamarcio, Jasmine Trinca, Margherita Buy, Elio Germano and Luca Argentero. Scamarcio also stars in the French/Greek/Italian co-production on illegal immigration in Europe, Eden is West [+see also:
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, by Greek filmmaking legend Costa-Gavras.

Medusa will also launch Luciano Melchionna’s sentimental Ce n'è Per Tutti [+see also:
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, with Carolina Crescentini and Lorenzo Balducci; followed by a summer comedy by brothers Carlo and Enrico Vanzina, the title of which is still unknown, starring Gigi Proietti, Biagio Izzo and comic duo Ale and Franz.

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(Translated from Italian)

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