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New Italian Cinema Standouts Comprise Female-Led Western ‘My Body Will Bury You’ (Exclusive)

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New Italian Cinema Standouts Comprise Female-Led Western ‘My Body Will Bury You’ (Exclusive)
Four female Italian bandits known as “Le Drude” are the protagonists of “My Body Will Bury You” a Sicily-set revenge drama/Western set in 1860 that is among standout titles presented to prospective buyers and sales agents during the Rome Mia market’s What’s Next Italy showcase.

This second feature by Alessandro La Parola, whose bittersweet comedy debut “E se domani” won some prizes and critical accolades, is loosely based on the director’s research about the period when Garibaldi in his effort to unify Italy invaded Sicily, then a lawless territory where gangs of female rebels formed. Footage of the film (pictured) revealed a genre-bender that mixes period costumer, Western, and action tropes. The trigger-happy killer among the four fierce women — who have joined forces to avenge cruelties that they, and others, have been subjected to — is played by Sicilian actress Margareth Made who emerged in Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Baaria.
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'Love And Bullets', 'A Ciambra' triumph at Italy's David di Donatello awards

'Love And Bullets', 'A Ciambra' triumph at Italy's David di Donatello awards
In a ceremony dominated by gender inequality speeches most of the awards went to box office disappointments.

The Manetti brothers’ Love And Bullets won five prizes at the 62nd David di Donatello awards – Italy’s equivilent to the Oscars – after starting the evening with 15 nominations.

The musical crime comedy, which first premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival, was awarded for best film, best actress in a supporting role, best score, best original song and best costumes.

Susanna Nicchiarelli’s Nico, 1988, which also premiered in Venice winning the Orizzonti competition, got four awards; best original screenplay, best sound, best make-up and best hairdressing.
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'Love And Bullets', 'A Ciambra' triumpth at Italy's David di Donatello awards

'Love And Bullets', 'A Ciambra' triumpth at Italy's David di Donatello awards
In a ceremony dominated by gender inequality speeches most of the awards went to box office disappointments.

The Manetti brothers’ Love And Bullets won five prizes at the 62nd David di Donatello awards – Italy’s equivilent to the Oscars – after starting the evening with 15 nominations.

The musical crime comedy, which first premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival, was awarded for best film, best actress in a supporting role, best score, best original song and best costumes.

Susanna Nicchiarelli’s Nico, 1988, which also premiered in Venice winning the Orizzonti competition, got four awards; best original screenplay, best sound, best make-up and best hairdressing.
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2018 Best Animated Feature Oscars Predictions

There are three locks for a nomination: “Coco,” “The Breadwinner” and “Loving Vincent.” The question is in a very weak year what two films will round out the field. If the branch turned their nose up at the first “Lego Movie” will they really embrace “The Lego Batman Movie”? “Ferdinand” was incredibly late to the party, but could it sneak in? [Posted Jan. 1]

Frontrunners

Coco

The Breadwinner

Loving Vincent

The Lego Batman Movie

“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”

Almost there

The Boss Baby

Despicable Me 3

“Ferdinand”

Longshots

“The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales”

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

“Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie”

“Cars 3”

Cinderella the Cat

The Emoji Movie

Ethel & Ernest

The Girl without Hands

“In This Corner of the World”

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Moomins and the Winter Wonderland

“My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea”

“Napping Princess”

A Silent Voice

Smurfs: The Lost Village

The Star
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Venice 2017. Lineup

ZamaThe programme for the 2017 edition of the Venice Film Festival has been unveiled, and includes new films from Darren Aronofsky, Lucrecia Martel, Frederick Wiseman, Alexander Payne, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Abdellatif Kechiche, Takeshi Kitano and many more.COMPETITIONmother! (Darren Aronofsky)First Reformed (Paul Schrader)Sweet Country (Warwick Thornton)The Leisure Seeker (Paolo Virzi)Una Famiglia (Sebastiano Riso)Ex Libris - The New York Public Library (Frederick Wiseman)Angels Wear White (Vivian Qu)The Whale (Andrea Pallaoro)Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh)Foxtrot (Samuel Maoz)Ammore e malavita (Manetti Brothers)Jusqu'a la garde (Xavier Legrand)The Third Murder (Hirokazu Kore-eda)Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (Abdellatif Kechiche)Lean on Pete (Andrew Haigh)L'insulte (Ziad Doueiri)La Villa (Robert Guediguian)The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro)Suburbicon (George Clooney)Human Flow (Ai Weiwei)Downsizing (Alexander Payne)Out Of COMPETITIONFeaturesOur Souls at Night (Ritesh Batra)Il Signor Rotpeter (Antonietta de Lillo)Victoria
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Venice 2017 Lineup Includes ‘Zama,’ ‘Lean on Pete,’ ‘Mektoub,’ ‘Brawl In Cell Block 99,’ and More

On the heels of the Toronto International Film Festival announcement earlier this week, Venice Film Festival have now delivered their full lineup and while there’s no Terrence Malick as rumored, there’s a plethora of highly-anticipated titles. Along with the previously-announced opener Downsizing and the expected Suburbicon, mother!, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, there’s Lucrecia Martel’s Zama, Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete, Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color follow-up Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno, and Brawl In Cell Block 99, the latest film from Bone Tomahawk director S. Craig Zahler.

Also in the lineup is Errol Morris’s Netflix crime drama Wormwood, Paul Schrader’s First Reformed, Frederick Wiseman’s Ex Libris – New York Public Library, Hirokazu Koreeda’s The Third Murder, Takeshi Kitano’s closing night film Outrage Coda, Michaël R. Roskam’s Racer and The Jailbird, the Kirsten Dunst-led Woodshock,
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Full Line-Up For Venice Film Festival 2017 Announced

The full line-up for this year’s Venice Film Festival has been announced.

Festival director Alberto Barbera announced the films for the 74th year of the festival with a slate of potential Oscar contenders amongst those on show.

Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, which stars Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Laura Dern and Jason Sudeikis will have the honour of opening this year’s festival.

Darren Aronofsky brings his eagerly-anticipated horror film Mother!,which stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem and Ed Harris, while George Clooney will also head back to Italy with Suburbicon, a film co-written with the Coen Brothers.

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, starring Michael Shannon, Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer, will also screem before showing across the pond at the Toronto International Film Festival days later.

Here’s the full line-up for the festival, which takes place from Aug. 30 to Sept. 9, 2017.

Full Lineup

Competition

Human Flow,
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Venice Announces 2017 Lineup, Including ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Suburbicon,’ ‘mother!,’ and Many More

Venice Announces 2017 Lineup, Including ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Suburbicon,’ ‘mother!,’ and Many More
Will 2017 be the year that Venice gets its king-making mojo back? After a steady run of debuting recent best picture winners — from “Spotlight” to “Birdman” — the festival missed out on last year’s big winner, “Moonlight,” which bowed at Telluride. This year’s lineup is a promising one, and while it’s still very early in the process, it’s difficult not to pick through today’s announcement of the festival’s slate and not search for the big contenders.

As was previously announced, the festival will open with Alexander Payne’s social satire “Downsizing,” starring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig. The festival will also play home to the premiere of the Netflix original “Our Souls at Night,” as part of their planned tribute to stars Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. Annette Bening will lead the competition jury, ending an 11-year succession of male jury chiefs.

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