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Italian Entertainment Industry Reacts to Far-Right Election Victory

Italy, and all of Europe, awoke Monday to a new political reality after far-right politician Giorgia Meloni claimed victory in Italy’s snap elections. With nearly all the results in, Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party, a group with neofascist origins, secured the biggest share of votes. Her far-right coalition, which includes the League, headed by Matteo […]

Oscars: Italy Picks ‘Nostalgia’ as International Feature Category Submission

Italy has picked Nostalgia, a Naples-set drama from director Mario Martone, as its best international feature Oscars submission. The film, a modern-day adaptation of the Ermanno Rea novel, premiered to critical acclaim in Cannes this year. It stars Pierfrancesco Favino as Felice Lasco, who returns to his old neighborhood in Naples after 40 years of […]

Venice: Italian Film Industry “Must Prioritize Quality” Over Quantity to Solve Current Box Office “Crisis”

A few weeks ago, in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera spoke about a possible crisis looming for the Italian movie industry if it continues to value quantity over quality. “The [Italian] movies we selected [this year] are great, in some cases excellent. However, it doesn’t seem to […]

After Paul Haggis Arrest, New Italian Film Fest He Helped to Launch Tries to Move Forward

“The show must go on,” Silvia Bizio told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday, speaking by phone from the town of Ostuni in southern Italy, where Allora Fest, a new film festival led by the veteran Italian journalist in partnership with the Italian art critic Sol Costales Doulton, had just wrapped its first day. Roughly 48 hours […]

Paul Haggis Arrested in Italy on Sexual Assault Charges

Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis (Crash) was detained Sunday in the southern Italian town of Ostuni on charges of sexual assault and aggravated personal injury, according to multiple reports in the Italian media and a statement by the public prosecutors of the nearby city of Brindisi. A young woman, who has since been identified as a […]

‘Hand of God’ Helmer Paolo Sorrentino Among Honorees Set for LA-Italia Awards

This Sunday night, several Italian filmmakers who will spend the following Sunday at the Oscars as nominees — among them The Hand of God writer/director Paolo Sorrentino, Luca director Enrico Casarosa and Cyrano costume designer Massimo Cantini Parrini — will be feted at the opening ceremony of the 17th Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival. After a year off […]

Italian Holocaust Memoir Adaptation Gets a Screenwriter (Exclusive)

Italian screenwriter Luca Manzi has boarded Siamo Qui, Siamo Vivi (We Are Here, We Are Alive), the movie adaptation of an Italian Holocaust memoir from indie producer Arman Julian. Manzi, creator of the Boris TV series, will join Avigayil Kelman as screenwriter on the period drama now in pre-production ahead of a 2023 shoot in […]

How to Rent the Italian Villas Featured on ‘Succession’ Season 3

When the Roy family and their associates travel to Italy on season three of Succession, their obsessions and machinations play out against grand old-world tableaux, thanks to three magnificent villas that get substantial screen time. In the eighth episode of the hit HBO show, “Chiantishire,” Roman Roy (Kieran Culkin) meets up with tech entrepreneur Lukas […]

Toronto: Arman Julian to Develop Italian Holocaust Memoir as Movie (Exclusive)

Indie producer Arman Julian has secured the film rights to Siamo Qui, Siamo Vivi (We Are Here, We Are Alive), a true-life account by writer Roberto Mazzoli based on the diaries of Dr. Alfredo Sarano during World War II in Italy. Julian will develop the Holocaust-era movie adaptation as a likely 2023 European co-production. “Aided […]

Telluride Awards Analysis: Paolo Sorrentino Could Put Italy Back in the Oscar Hunt with ‘The Hand of God’

No country in the world has birthed more winners of the best international feature Oscar — formerly the best foreign language film Oscar — than Italy, with 14. However, all but one of those wins happened many years ago. Indeed, in the 21st century, Italy’s only win in the category came eight years ago, with […]

Pascal Vicedomini on 25 Years of Bringing Hollywood to Italy and Vice-Versa

This past Wednesday night, near the top of an island paradise located 20 miles off the coast of Naples, on the picturesque grounds of a 16th-century castle once occupied by Michelangelo, dozens of Italian actors, musicians, models, influencers, government officials and paparazzi — all dressed to the nines — along with a handful of Hollywood […]