Over 100 Deals at the Italian Screenings
Held in Naples in the first weekend of July, the 14th edition of the Italian Screenings represent the only film market entirely dedicated to Italian cinema. And Naples brought good luck to Italian productions: 31 films screened, 19 world premieres, 16 world sales company, and 100 buyers from Asia, North and South American, Europe, Middle East, and Australia.
Almost 100 deals have been signed or are currently under negotiation. This is an exciting number that help understand the key role Italian cinema has now worldwide. However, it’s complicated to sketch an exact profile of which films have sold better because buyers’ choices, also depending on their origins, are truly eclectic. Art-house films sell, but comedies too. Films are sold in the US as well as in Russia.
The Italian Screenings are organised by the Filmitalia department of Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, in collaboration with Unefa – Italian Union of Film Exporters, that considers this event as a key moment for the promotion of Italian cinema abroad.
A Pasolinian Caravaggio. After 7 Minutes starring Ambra Angiolini, Fiorella Mannoia, Maria Nazionale, and Ottavia Piccolo, Michele Placido is preparing his new film focusing on Caravaggio. Working title is Nel buio la tua luce (lit. In the dark, your light).
At this year's David di Donatello, the game is between Manetti Bros' Love and Bullets with 15 nominations and Ferzan Ozpetek's Naples in Veiles with 11. Gianni Amelio's Holding Hands, Paolo Genovese's The Place and Susanna Nicchiarelli's Nico, 1988 follow with 8 noms, then Jonas Carpignano's A Ciambra with 7.
Realized by Luce Cinecittà in collaboration with Anica and the support of General Directorate for Cinema, Ministry of Economic Development and Ice, the Italian Pavilion in Berlin is a homage to light and creative vitality.
A new project is in the making in New York for James Ivory after the Oscar-nominated script of Luca Guadagnino's Call Me by Your Name. Once again, Ivory is collaborating with an Italian director: Michele Diomà, 35, born in Naples but based in Manhattan.
Director Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil's Backbone) will be the president of the International Jury of the Competition at the 75th Venice International Film Festival (August 29 – September 8, 2018), which will assign the Golden Lion for Best Film as well as other official awards.