The Band comes marching through
by Gabriele Barcaro
20/03/2008 - Preceded by the release of Questa notte è ancora nostra [trailer] by Paolo Genovese and Luca Miniero (which Buena Vista International released Wednesday on 450 screens), four new European titles are hitting Italian screens in the next two days, two of which are Italian.
Released early (by 01 Distribution on 440 screens today), Colpo d'occhio [trailer] (“Quick Glance”) by Sergio Rubini affirms the collaboration between Cattleya (currently one of the most thriving local productions companies) and actor Riccardo Scamarcio, after the success of Ho voglia di te, My Brother Is an Only Child and Romanzo Criminale.
Istituto Luce is distributing Carmine Amoroso’s Cover Boy: l'ultima rivoluzione on five screens. This second feature was marked by numerous production problems: shot in 2005, it is coming out two years after premiering at the RomeFilmFest and after winning a number of international awards.
For younger audiences, Lucky Red offers The Fox and the Child [trailer] (280 screens), the new film by Luc Jacquet following his Oscar-winning The March of the Penguins [trailer]. This newest film is not a documentary but a fable on the friendship between man and nature, narrated in Italian by Ambra Angiolini.
The last European title (by co-production, between France, Israel and the US) is Eran Kolirin’s The Band [trailer], a melancholy and surreal comedy about the arrival of a small policeman’s orchestra from Alessandria, Egypt to a tiny village in Israel. Lauded and awarded at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, the film is being released by Mikado on 37 screens.
Rounding out the releases are two US titles: Mark Waters’ fantasy film The Spiderwick Chronicles (Universal) and 27 Dresses by Anne Fletcher (20th Century Fox).
(Translated from Italian)