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BERLINALE 2009 EFM / Italy

The Italians at the market

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The Italians at the market

Italian sales agents are focusing on quality over quantity in their line-ups at this year’s European Film Market of the Berlin Film Festival (February 5-15).

The Adriana Chiesa Enterprises slate features Maria Sole Tognazzi’s break-up drama The Man Who Loves [+see also:
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, which opened last year’s Rome Film Festival; Paolo Benvenuti’s historical film Puccini e la Fanciulla, presented out of competition at Venice 2008; the road movie Athens-Istanbul by Greece’s Nikos Panayotopoulos; and the restored and partially re-edited version of 1975 cult musical Yuppi Du, directed, produced by and starring Adriano Celentano.

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RAI Trade is bringing Matteo Rovere’s Bad Girls [+see also:
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; Pupi Avati’s Giovanna’s Father, featuring Italian Shooting Star 2009 Alba Rohrwacher (see interview); Maurizio Scaparro’s L'Ultimo Pulcinella [+see also:
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; and Pinuccio Lovero: Sogno di una Morte di Mezza Estate by Pippo Mezzapesa, a small, Beckett-esque documentary that closed the Critics Week sidebar of last year’s Venice fest.

Ripley's Film offers another low-budget Venice title, from Venice Days: Stefano Tummolini’s One Day in a Life [+see also:
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, just back from Sundance.

Also low-budget is the surprise hit of 2008, Mid-August Lunch [+see also:
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, the debut feature by Gianni Di Gregorio, co-screenwriter and assistant director of Gomorrah [+see also:
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. The film, produced by Matteo Garrone and his company Archimede, is being sold by UK-Italian Fandango Portobello Sales.

Paola Corvino’s Intramovies is at the Berlinale with another acclaimed feature debut, Federico Bondi’s Mar Nero, recently released at home after picking up awards at Locarno, Villerupt and Denver; Frankie, The Womanizer [+see also:
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, Czech director Jan Prušinovský’s story of a married, women-crazed psychiatrist; WWII title Tobruk by Czech director Václav Marhoul; and Vinko Bresan’s Croatian film Will Not Stop There, about a young Croatian veteran whose life changes after spotting a women he knew from the war in a porn film.

The Minerva Pictures line-up includes Fine Pena Mai by Davide Barletti and Lorenzo Conte and Gianfranco Pannone’s Il Sol dell'Avvenire, a documentary on Red Brigade terrorism of the 1970s that sparked controversy when it was backed by the Ministry of Culture.

Numerous Italian films are also being handled by international companies, such as Galantuomini [+see also:
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by Edoardo Winspeare (France’s Coach 14) and Michele Soavi’s Il Sangue dei Vinti [+see also:
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(by the California-based The Little Film Company). The latter, based on the Giampaolo Pansa novel, also sparked controversy for its political content.

The French/Italian co-production in competition, François Ozon’s Ricky [+see also:
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, and Eden Is West [+see also:
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by Costa Gavras, a French/Greek/Italian title showing out of competition, are being sold respectively by Le Pacte and Pathé. Meanwhile, Germany’s Beta Cinema is offering two feature debuts: Uberto Pasolini’s Machan [+see also:
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and Marco Pontecorvo’s Pa-Ra-Da [+see also:
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.

Lastly, Celluloid Dreams is handling the latest film by Oscar-winning director Gabriele Salvatores, Come Dio Comanda [+see also:
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, as well as Marco Bellocchio’s Vincere [+see also:
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, still in post-production.

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(Translated from Italian)

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