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.
The 13th edition of the Rome Film Festival (October 18-28) will celebrate Martin Scorsese, one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema, and will award him with a Lifetime Achievement Prize.
According to the German media, the Berlin Film Festival has appointed Italy's Carlo Chatrian as its new Artistic Director. Chatrian, head of Locarno since 2013, will replace Dieter Kosslick, who has directed the Berlinale since 2001.
La Biennale di Venezia and ANICA, with the Italian Institute of Culture and the Embassy of Italy, will bring a selection of Italian films from the 74. Venice Film Festival to China. The first edition of “From Venice to China – Following the Silk Road” will open on June 28th in Beijing. Two days later, it will open in Shanghai too, and will be on until July 8th.
The Italian Foreign Press Association awarded Best Actor to Toni Servillo and Luca Marinelli, Best Actress to Paola Cortellesi, and Best Comedy to Love and Bullets
The Italian director and actor is shooting his thirteenth film, which sees him starring alongside Michela Andreozzi, Elena Cucci and Caterina Murino