Andrea Segre: a letter to his father from a locked-down Venice

Pre-opening film of the 77° Venice Film Festival, Molecole, by Andrea Segre, is an intimate and touching movie, composed of water and memories which reappear into silence and confinement. 

Valentina Pedicini: the acts of faith of the warrior monks

Warrior monks are the protagonists of Valentina Pedicini’s latest documentary Faith, presented in the Berlin Critics’ Week after its world premiere at IDFA in Amsterdam

Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo: “Family album with horror”

“A black tale, set in a seemingly normal world were the sadism of the fathers and the rage of diligent yet desperate sons silently hatch.” This is how Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo, 31-year-old Roman twins, sum up Bad Tales – their second film following Boys Cry – presented in competition at this year’s Berlinale.

Diritti and Germano: Ligabue, one of us

An outcast since childhood, crippled, suffering from gout and rickets, quintessentially stateless, Antonio Laccabue, known as Toni Ligabue (1899-1965), went down to history for his powerful naif art that has fascinated many artists in turn. For instance, director Giorgio Diritti, who presents Hidden Away in the Berlinale competition. 

Gianni Amelio: telling the agony of a leader

It’s almost a contemporary Re Lear, Hammamet, the new film by Gianni Amelio, produced by Pepito and Rai Cinema in association with Minerva Pictures and Evolution People, theatrically released in Italy on January 9th with 01 Distribution.

Ascanio Petrini and Trump's Mexican Wall

Tony Driver, debut feature of Ascanio Petrini was presented In Competition in the Venice International Film Critics’ Week section

Phillip Noyce: “Cinecittà is an amazing place”

“Cinecittà is an amazing place, I spent two hours walking with Fellini in those studios that made the history of Italian cinema. I still remember them fondly.” This is how our conversation with Phillip Noyce starts. 

Bellocchio: “My Buscetta, a conservative traitor”

Marco Bellocchio takes part in the Cannes competition with a work of great complexity, an important and accomplished film that presents a number a very Italian anomalies: the interplay of mafia and politics, the obscene sacredness of the family, both in a biological and criminal sense. 

Mattotti enchants Cannes with the poetry of Buzzati

Paris-based Italian illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti is not new to literary adaptations. This time the challenge was to adapt Dino Buzzati for the silver screen in his animated debut feature The Bear’s Famous Invasion of Sicily.