Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

After a long and intense career between cinema, theatre and opera, Italian director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96 in Rome.

Pedro Almodóvar Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

Pedro Almodóvar will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement for directors at the 76th Venice International Film Festival (August 28 – September 7, 2019).

Francesco Bruni to open Nuovo Cinema Italia

Francesco Bruni’s Friends by Chance will open the 19th edition of Nuovo Cinema Italia, the festival of Italian cinema taking place in Vienna from June 13th to 19th

Ginevra Elkann’s debut feature to open Locarno

Ginevra Elkann’s debut feature Magari will open the 72nd edition of the Locarno Film Festival. Closing film is To the Ends of the Earth by Japanese director Kurosawa Kiyoshi.

Italian Doc Fest: first edition in Moscow

Organized by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture, the first edition of Italian Doc Fest will be held in Rome from June 18 to 20. 

Bellocchio, Garrone and Rohrwacher in the running for Best Director at the Italian Golden Globes

The Foreign Press Association in Italy has announced its list of nominees with the award ceremony set to take place on 19 June in Rome.

Bellocchio and Favino at the Shanghai Film Fest

Marco Bellocchio and Pierfrancesco Favino will fly to China for the 22nd edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival (June 15-24). With them, an artistic delegation of unprecedented proportions: a record-breaking number of 21 Italian films have been selected for the festival, with 23 talents attending the event.

Gabriele Muccino shooting “The Best Years”

Shooting for Gabriele Muccino’s upcoming The Best Years has just started in Rome and will continue for nine weeks. The film stars Pierfrancesco FavinoMicaela RamazzottiKim Rossi Stuart and Claudio Santamaria as well as Nicoletta Romanoff and Emma Marrone.

Honorary Oscar to Lina Wertmüller

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that its Board of Governors voted to present a Honorary Award to Italian director Lina Wertmüller