Comedies, cartoons and Tornatore’s latest: Christmas cinema releases
by Vittoria Scarpa
- Among holiday season releases, Children of Sarajevo by Aida Begic, which earned a Certain Regard special mention in Cannes
Comedies, cartoons and adventures, as well as Giuseppe Tornatore’s latest film and Aida Begic’s war orphans. European releases between December 20 and January 3 will satisfy all tastes. Lovers of cynical and grotesque comedy will enjoy I 2 soliti idioti [+see also:
film profile], sequel to box office giant (grossing €11 million in 2011) starring MTV stars Francesco Mandelli and Fabrizio Biggio, once more on the big screen with their bizarre acts (distributed by Medusa). Christmas comedy lovers may have to wait until January 3 when 01 will distribute Mai Stati Uniti [+see also:
film profile], directed by Carlo Vanzina who wrote the screenplay with his brother Enrico. The film stars Vincenzo Salemme, Ricky Memphis, Anna Foglietta, Ambra Angiolini and Giovanni Vernia.
Families will be able to enjoy refined French cartoon Ernest & Célestine by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner, presented last May during Cannes’ Quinzaine des réalisateurs. In theatres with Sacher Distribuzione, the Italian version of the film uses Claudio Bisio and Alba Rohrwacher’s voices. For those of you wanting a dark side to Christmas, another cartoon option may be The Suicide Shop [+see also:
film profile], a Belgian, Canadian and French coproduction directed by Patrice Leconte (Videa-CDE). On January 3, cartoons will turn Spanish with Snowflake, the White Gorilla [+see also:
film profile] by Andrés G. Schaer, starring a white gorilla going through an identity crisis. If love is what you are looking for, romantic comedy by Oscar-winning Susanne Bier, Love is all you need [+see also:
film profile], distributed by Teodora may be just the ticket. The film, which was presented out-of-competition in Venice this year, was made in Sorrento, Italy, and stars Pierce Brosnan and Dane Trine Dyrholm.
Oscar-winner Giuseppe Tornatore’s new film The Best Offer (photo) will bring in 2013. Tornatore has been absent from the film circuit since his 2009 film Baarìa. Distributed by Warner Bros. Italia, his latest piece of work stars Australian Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Rush, playing an auctioneer (read the news story). On January 3, KitchenFilm will be releasing Children of Sarajevo by Aida Begic. The film took its first steps in the TorinoFilmLab and won a special mention during the last edition of Cannes in the Certain Regard section.
Other Christmas releases are mainly to be American: Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, long-awaited The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson (Best Director in Venice and Volpi Cup for his stars), Wreck-it Ralph and Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise.
(Translated from Italian)
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