The best of Italy at Villerupt
by Fabien Lemercier
28/10/2005 - With Annecy, it is one of two major events dedicated each year in France to Italian cinema, the Villerupt Italian Film Festival tonight starts its 28th edition. On the menu till 13th November is notably a competition of nine features with, standing out, the satirical documentary Viva Zapatero! by Sabina Guzzanti (which Haut et Court will distribute from the 21st December in French theatres) and the big box-office success in Italy The Fever (La febbre) [trailer] by Alessandro D’Alatri. Also in line Gas by Paolo Vari and Antonio Bocola, E se domani... by Giovanni La Parola, Nessun messagio in segreteria by Luca Miniero and Paolo Genovese, Apnea by Roberto Dordit, Mater Natura by Massimo Andrei, Sotto il sole nero by Enrico Verra and Onde by Francesco Fei.
This year, the festival has chosen to tribute filmmakers Davide Ferrario (see Focus dedicated to After Midnight (Dopo mezzanotte) [film focus]), Ferzan Ozpetek whose La finestra di fronte [trailer] (2003) will be released in France on the 14th December, and also to the trio Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo. Also , The Tiger and the Snow (La tigre e la neve) [trailer] by Roberto Benigni will be screened in preview and a panorama of 25 features produced between 2003 and 2005 is proposed. This section also has Don’t Tell (La bestia nel cuore) [trailer] by Cristina Comencini, Vento di Terra [trailer] by Vincenzo Marra (release in France 23rd November), Certi Bambini by Andrea and Antonio Frazzi, Il resto di niente by Antonietta De Lillo, Manuale d’amore by Giovanni Veronesi, Private [trailer] by Saverio Costanzo, Saimir [trailer] by Francesco Munzi and Once you're born you can no longer hide [trailer, film focus] (Quanto sei nato non puoi piu' nasconderti) by Marco Tullio Giordana which will be distributed in France on the 7th December.
(Translated from French)