I Films e le Coproduzioni italiane al TIFF 2014
Sono 13 i film e le coproduzioni italiane in concorso al 39° Toronto International Film Festival. Vediamo nel dettaglio quali sono.
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA – ITALY – FRANCESCO MUNZI – “Black Souls” (Anime Nere)
A former narcotics trafficker now living peaceably in the Calabrian hills is drawn back into his family’s drug-trade dynasty by his impetuous teenage son, in this darkly elegant gangster drama.
Director: Francesco Munzi. Country: Italy. Orig. Work Title: Anime Nere. Year: 2014. Language: Italian. Premiere Status: International Premiere. Runtime: 103 minutes. Producer: Olivia Musini, Luigi Musini. Production Company: Cinemaundici, Babe Films, Rai Cinema. Principal Cast: Marco Leonardi, Peppino Mazzotta, Fabrizio Ferracane, Anna Ferruzzo, Giuseppe Fumo, Stefano Priolo, Vito Facciolla, Cosimo Spagnolo, Barbora Bobulova. Screenplay: Francesco Munzi, Fabrizio Ruggirello, Maurizio Braucci. Source Author: Gioacchino Criaco. Cinematographer: Vladan Radovic. Editor: Cristiano Travaglioli. Sound: Stefano Campus. Music: Giuliano Taviani. Production Designer: Luca Servino.
SHORT CUTS CANADA PROGRAMME 6 – CANADA/ITALY – RAHA SHIRAZI – “Fire” (Fuoco)
Following Water in director Raha Shirazi’s short-film trilogy, Fire offers a study in light as it follows village men who slowly congregate and pass torches to share the flame. Celebrating a ritual from Iranian culture, this beautifully composed film draws power from its illuminating landscapes and the elemental brilliance of its subject.
Director: Raha Shirazi. Country: Canada/Italy. Year: 2014. Language: No Dialogue. Premiere Status: World Premiere. Runtime: 12 minutes. Rating: STC. Producer: Fulvia D’ottavi, Raha Shirazi. Production Company: B5 Productions. Screenplay: Raha Shirazi. Cinematographer: Beppe Gallo. Editor: Emanuele Svezia. Sound: Riccardo Spagnol. Production. Designer: Leanne Mackay.
MASTERS – POLAND/ITALY/RUSSIA – KRZYSZTOF ZANUSSI – “Foreign Body” (Obce Cialo)
A dashing young Italian in Poland finds himself caught between two women — a novitiate nun and a ruthless corporate ladder-climber – in this lacerating vision of contemporary Poland from master filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi.
Director: Krzysztof Zanussi. Country: Poland/Italy/Russia. Year: 2014. Language: Polish/English/Italian/Russian. Premiere Status: World Premiere. Runtime: 117 minutes. Executive Producer: Janusz Wachala, Paolo Maria Spina, Marina Tomniuk. Producer: Krzysztof Zanussi, Janusz Wachala, Irena Strzalkowska. Production Company: Tor Film Production, Revolver SRL. Principal Cast: Riccardo Leonelli, Agnieszka Grochowska, Agata Buzek, Weronika Rosati. Screenplay: Krzysztof Zanussi. Source Author: Krzysztof Zanussi. Cinematographer: Piotr Niemyjski. Editor: Milenia Fiedler. Sound: Maria Chilarecka. Music: Wojciech Kilar. Production Designer: Joanna Macha.
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS – ITALY – STEFANO SOLLIMA – “Gomorrah”
The first two episodes of a twelve-part television series based on Italian journalist Roberto Saviano’s gripping exposé of the Camorra, which was previously adapted into the award-winning 2008 feature film by Matteo Garrone.
Director: Stefano Sollima. Country: Italy. Premiere Status: North American Premiere. Runtime: 120 minutes.
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS – ITALY – SAVERIO COSTANZO – “Hungry Hearts”
A young married couple in New York City engages in a fateful struggle over the life of their newborn child, in this eerie, claustrophobic suspense drama from Italian director Saverio Costanzo (Private, In Memory of Me, The Solitude of Prime Numbers).
Director: Saverio Costanzo. Country: Italy. Year: 2014. Language: English. Premiere Status: International Premiere. Runtime: 109 minutes. Executive Producer: Louis Tisné, Riccardo Neri, Olivia Sleiter, Chris Marsh. Producer: Mario Gianani, Lorenzo Mieli. Production Company: Wildside, Rai Cinema. Principal Cast: Adam Driver, Alba Rohrwacher, Roberta Maxwell. Screenplay: Saverio Costanzo. Source Author: Marco Franzoso. Cinematographer: Fabio Cianchetti. Editor: Francesca Calvelli. Sound: Nikolas Zasimczuk. Music: Nicola Piovani. Production Designer: Amy Williams
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA – ITALY – MARIO MARTONE – “Leopardi”
A luminously beautiful biopic of the celebrated eighteenth-century Italian poet, essayist and philosopher Giacomo Leopardi, who created immortal verse whilst struggling with a debilitating illness.
Director: Mario Martone. Country: Italy. Year: 2014. Language: Italian. Premiere Status: International Premiere. Runtime: 137 minutes. Executive Producer: Patrizia Massa. Producer: Carlo Degli Esposti, Patrizia Massa, Nicola Serra. Production Company: Palomar S.p.A., Rai Cinema S.p.A. Principal Cast: Elio Germano, Michele Riondino, Massimo Popolizio, Anna Mouglalis. Screenplay: Mario Martone, Ippolita Di Majo Cinematographer: Renato Berta. Editor: Jacopo Quadri. Music: Sascha Ring, Gioacchino Rossini. Production Designer: Giancarlo Muselli.
TIFF DOCS – ITALY/FRANCE – JONATHAN NOSSITER – “Natural Resistance”
Jonathan Nossiter follows up his hit 2004 documentary Mondovino with this profile of four radical vineyard proprietors in Italy, who are striving to produce all-natural wines in the face of market and governmental pressure.
Director: Jonathan Nossiter. Country: Italy/France. Year: 2014. Language: Italian. Premiere Status: North American Premiere. Runtime: 86 minutes. Production Company: Les Films du Rat. Principal Cast: Paula Prandini, Alberto Sordi, Giovanna Tiezzi, Stefano Borsa, Valeria Bochi, Gian Luca Farinelli, Anna Pantaleoni, Bobby Vernon, Mario Soldati, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Charlie Chaplin, Stefano Belloti, Elena Pantaleoni, Corrado Dottori. Screenplay: Jonathan Nossiter. Editor: Jonathan Nossiter. Sound: Jonathan Nossiter, Paula Prandini.
WAVELENGTHS 4: NIGHT NOON – FRANCE/ITALY/GERMANY – ANNA MARZIANO – “Orizzonti Orizzonti !”
Documenting encounters with Apulians as they confide intimate experiences, Anna Marziano’s film oscillates between black-and-white documentary neorealism and placid, Sugimoto-like seascapes.
Director: Anna Marziano. Country: France/Italy/Germany. Year: 2014. Language: Italian. Premiere Status: Toronto Premiere. Runtime: 11 minutes. Production Company: Anna Marziano, Teatri del Vento. Cinematographer: Anna Marziano. Editor: Anna Marziano.
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS – FRANCE/ITALY/BELGIUM – ABEL FERRARA – “Pasolini”
Willem Dafoe uncannily embodies the legendary Italian filmmaker, poet and novelist Pier Paolo Pasolini in this biopic from controversial director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, Go Go Tales).
Director: Abel Ferrara. Country: France/Italy/Belgium. Year: 2014. Language: English/Italian/French
Premiere Status: International Premiere. Runtime: 87 minutes. Executive Producer: Costanza Coldagelli, Camille Chandellier. Producer: Thierry Lounas, Conchita Airoldi, Joseph Rouschop. Production Company: Capricci Production, Urania Pictures, Tarantula, Dublin Films. Principal Cast: Willem Dafoe, Ninetto Davoli, Riccardo Scarmacio, Valerio Mastandrea, Adriana Asti, Maria de Medeiros, Salvatore Ruocco. Screenplay: Maurizio Braucci, Abel Ferrara, Nicola Tranquillino. Cinematographer: Stefano Falivene. Editor: Fabio Nunziata. Sound: Julien Momenceau, Sylvia Moraes, Thomas Gauder. Production Designer: Igor Gabriel.
SHORT CUTS INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME 4 – ITALY – GRAZIA TRICARICO – “Persefone”
In this dark fable rendered in golden, sun-kissed images, a young diver on the coast of the Adriatic in southern Italy finds another kind of natural wonder amidst the bounty of the sea: a beautiful woman. As his strange romantic obsession grows, he withdraws ever further into silence.
Director: Grazia Tricarico. Country: Italy. Year: 2014. Language: Italian. Premiere Status: World Premiere. Runtime: 18 minutes. Producer: Elisabetta Bruscolini. Production Company: Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Production. Principal Cast: Ciro Contessa, Olga Shuldyk. Screenplay: Grazia Tricarico. Cinematographer: Sandro Chessa. Editor: Davide La Porta. Sound: Paolo Giuliani. Music: Eric Guerrino Nardin, Angela Maria Farro. Production Designer: Adriano Nacci.
WAVELENGTHS 3: TALES TOLD – ITALY – YURI ANCARANI – “San Siro”
A forensic study of Milano’s famous football stadium that builds an increasingly intense anticipation and suspense as game-time approaches.
Director: Yuri Ancarani. Country: Italy. Year: 2014. Language: No dialogue. Premiere Status: North American Premiere. Runtime: 26 minutes. Executive Producer: Marta Bianchi. Production Company: Studio Ancarani, Careof DOCVA, SKY ITALIA, MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century Arts. Cinematographer: Yuri Ancarani. Editor: Yuri Ancarani. Sound: Mirco Mencacci. Music: Lorenzo Senni, Wang Inc.
WAVELENGTHS – FRANCE/ITALY – EUGÈNE GREEN – “La Sapienza” (La Sapience)
In the long-awaited new film from French auteur Eugène Green, a brilliant architect seeks spiritual and artistic renewal during a life-changing voyage in Italy to study the work of the great 17th-century architect Francesco Borromini.
Director: Eugène Green. Country: France/Italy. Year: 2014. Language: French/Italian. Premiere Status: North American Premiere. Runtime: 100 minutes. Producer: Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Alessandro Borrelli. Production Company: Mact Productions, La Sarraz Pictures. Principal Cast: Fabrizio Rongione, Christelle Prot Landmann, Ludovico Succio, Arianna Nastro. Screenplay: Eugène Green Cinematographer: Raphaël O’Byrne. Editor: Valérie Loiseleux. Sound: Mirko Guerra. Production Designer: Giorgio Barullo.
DISCOVERY – ITALY – MICHELE ALHAIQUE – 93 – “Senza Nessuna Pietà”
A loyal Mafia enforcer becomes a hunted man when he protects a beautiful young escort from his boss’ sadistic son.
Director: Michele Alhaique. Country: Italy. Year: 2014. Language: Italian. Runtime: 93 minutes. Producer: Maurizio Piazza, Alexandra Rossi, Pierfrancesco Favino. Production Company: Lungta Film. Principal Cast: Greta Scarano, Pierfrancesco Favino. Screenplay: Andrea Garello, Emanuele Scaringi, Michele Alhaique. Cinematographer: Ivan Casalgrandi. Editor: Tommaso Gallone. Sound: Alessandro Bianchi. Music: Pierre-Alexandre (YUKSEK) Busson, Luca Novelli. Production Designer: Mariano Tufano, Sonia Peng.