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Pinocchio (2019) International Teaser Trailer: Roberto Benigni is Geppetto & Brings a Wooden Puppet Boy to Life

Pinocchio International Trailer Matteo Garrone‘s Pinocchio (2019) international teaser trailer has been released by 01 Distribution and stars Roberto Benigni, Marine Vacth, Marcello Fonte, Gigi Proietti, and Massimiliano Gallo. Plot Synopsis Pinocchio‘s plot synopsis: “Live-action adaptation of the classic story of a wooden puppet named Pinocchio who comes to life.” Cast Pinocchio also stars Paolo Graziosi, Federico Ielapi, Rocco Papaleo, [...]

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First Teaser Trailer for Matteo Garrone's New Italian 'Pinocchio' Movie

The wooden boy returns again. From the director of Roman Summer, Gomorrah, Reality, Tale of Tales, and Dogman comes a new take on... Pinocchio. Wait - for real? Yep. Garrone is finishing up a new Pinocchio movie that is scheduled for release on December 25th, Christmas Day, this year in Italy - but has no other release dates set yet. This new take on the story originally published in Carlo Collodi's novel of the same name is staying true to that book, telling a more grounded story rather than going all out with fantastical elements. Roberto Benigni (who previously directed his own Pinocchio film in 2002) stars as Geppetto, Federico Ielapi as Pinocchio, with a cast including Marine Vacth, Marcello Fonte, Gigi Proietti, Davide Marotta, Massimiliano Gallo, Rocco Papaleo, and Massimo Ceccherini. We all know that Guillermo del Toro has been working on his own version of this story, but
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“A Dog That Had a Lot of Stress in His Life”: Dog Trainer Massimo Perla on Dogman

Matteo Garrone’s Dogman, a deceptively simple story of a professional dogsitter’s attempt to achieve recognition among gangsters in a small Italian town, reminds me of the great “art-house” films I watched when I was a teenager: The Magician, La Strada, Bicycle Thief, Black Orpheus. A spare story grows and builds and pushes itself until it swells to the bursting point and then: suspension. Viewers are forced to meditate on what they have watched, as all of the mini-scenarios that have built it gain their own weight. Marcello (Marcello Fonte) is friends with Simoncino (Edoardo Pesce), a small-time crook; Marcello is […]
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“A Dog That Had a Lot of Stress in His Life”: Dog Trainer Massimo Perla on Dogman

Matteo Garrone’s Dogman, a deceptively simple story of a professional dogsitter’s attempt to achieve recognition among gangsters in a small Italian town, reminds me of the great “art-house” films I watched when I was a teenager: The Magician, La Strada, Bicycle Thief, Black Orpheus. A spare story grows and builds and pushes itself until it swells to the bursting point and then: suspension. Viewers are forced to meditate on what they have watched, as all of the mini-scenarios that have built it gain their own weight. Marcello (Marcello Fonte) is friends with Simoncino (Edoardo Pesce), a small-time crook; Marcello is […]
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Italian Movies in the Pipeline

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A comic book about a chameleon-like master thief done as a live-action movie, a reinvention of the Spaghetti Western and a manhunt thriller with a Hollywood A-list cast are among buzz titles by Italian directors in various stages expected to soon be hitting the international festival circuit and, more important, entering the global movie market. Besides a shift toward genre moviemaking, they reflect a more international mindset while remaining firmly rooted in the Italian cinema canon.

Born To Be Murdered

Luca Guadagnino is producing this English-language manhunt thriller directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino (“Antonia”), toplining John David Washington and Alicia Vikander as a couple vacationing in Greece who become enmeshed in a tragically violent conspiracy. Pic also boasts “Call Me by Your Name” lenser Sayombhu Mukdeeprom and editor Walter Fasano, as well as Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. In production.

Bad Days

Twins Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo, who made a
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Italian Shingles Take Up Global Cause

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With most top Italian production companies — Cattleya, Wildside and Palomar — now owned by non-Italian players, and Italian pubcaster Rai also increasingly thinking internationally, cinema Italiano is striving to break out of national confines more than ever.

This means bigger budgets and auteurs turning toward genre — in particular, crime movies and biopics.

Marco Bellocchio’s Cannes competition entry “The Traitor,” which follows Tommaso Buscetta, the first high-ranking member of Cosa Nostra to break the Sicilian Mafia’s oath of silence, is case in point, with an auteur taking on a genre pic.

Buscetta is played by local A-lister Pierfrancesco Favino, who will next be seen as disgraced late Italian socialist prime Bettino Craxi in upcoming biopic “Hammamet,” directed by veteran auteur Gianni Amelio. The title refers to the Tunisian seaside city where Craxi fled from Italian justice in the 1990s after being indicted for massive corruption.

Italian cinema no longer stems “from self-contemplation,
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Italy’s Minerva Ups Sales With ‘Dogman’ Actor Marcello Fonte’s New Pic (Exclusive)

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Italy’s Minerva Pictures is ramping up its sales side, having acquired international distribution rights to veteran auteur Gianni Amelio’s anticipated “Hammamet,” a biopic of disgraced late Italian prime minister Bettino Craxi. It’s also taken rights to period drama “Aspromonte,” starring Marcello Fonte, winner of last year’s Cannes best actor award for “Dogman.”

“Hammamet,” which portrays Craxi’s final years in the Tunisian seaside villa where he fled from Italian justice, stars Pierfrancesco Favino, who will be in Cannes as the lead actor of Marco Bellocchio’s competition title, “The Traitor.” Now shooting, “Hammamet” is produced by Pepito Prods. and Rai Cinema. Amelio’s previous features include “Lamerica”; “Stolen Children,” which took the Cannes Grand Prix; and “The Way We Laughed,” which won Venice’s Golden Lion.

“Aspromonte” is helmed by Mimmo Calopresti, whose first feature, “The Second Time,” competed in Cannes. Fonte stars as a poet
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‘Dogman’ Review: Revenge, Served Italian and Off the Leash

‘Dogman’ Review: Revenge, Served Italian and Off the Leash
The angry canine is bearing its teeth, barking loudly and ready to bite. Marcello (Marcello Fonte), however, isn’t the least bit phased. A dog groomer who plies his trade in a small beachside town in Southern Italy, he has the ability to calm the angriest of hounds; despite the quaint little storefront business he runs, he’s earned the nickname “Dogman.” Marcello’s loves his daughter (Alida Baldari Calabria), the scuba-diving trips they take off the coast and his weekly evening soccer games. For a little extra cash, he
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Interview: Marcello Fonte – Dogman

We witnessed a bridge with Italian cinemaʼs past with the pair of comp offerings in Cannes last year. Along with Happy as Lazarro, there are definite strands to Italian Neorealism found in Matteo Garroneʼs Dogman. A four person mounted screenplay, the central character here both figuratively and symbolically, addresses the monkey on the back. The puppy eyed protagonist is played by Marcello Fonte (who once had an uncredited part in Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, who directed his feature debut Asino vola and ended up showcasing it in Locarno back in 2015 , and has a string of important film roles with Corpo Celeste, Dogman (for which he won Bet Actor in Cannes) and has reteamed with Garrone for Pinocchio.…
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‘Dogman’ Film Review: Good Man Goes Bad in Muscular Italian Drama

‘Dogman’ Film Review: Good Man Goes Bad in Muscular Italian Drama
There’s a common screenwriter trick called “saving the cat” — a well-trodden shortcut to build instant sympathy for your protagonist by having them show kindness to an animal. Pay attention and you’ll see it everywhere, but nowhere more audaciously than in Italian director Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman.”

Early in the film, small-town dog groomer Marcello (Marcello Fonte) learns of an animal in dire straits, a poor dog stuffed into a freezer by pair of nervous house burglars. How does Marcello learn this distressing information? Why, he’s the burglar’s getaway driver, and once he drops them off he turns right around to break into the house anew in order to save the pooch.

(Fret not, he succeeds.)

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It’s a daring move that banks a lot of good will — and thankfully so, because
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Dogman Movie Review

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Dogman Movie Review
Dogman Magnolia Pictures Reviewed for Shockya.com & BigAppleReviews.net by: Harvey Karten Director: Matteo Garrone Screenwriter: Ugo Chiti, Maurizio Raucci, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso Cast: Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Alida Baldari Calabria, Nunzia Schiano, Adamo Dionisi Screened at: Dolby 24, NYC, 4/2/19 Opens: April 12, 2019 “Dogman” is the movie that won the “Palm Dog Best […]

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First Look at Roberto Benigni as Geppetto in Matteo Garrone’s ‘Pinocchio’

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HanWay Films has released a first-look image of Oscar-winning actor/director Roberto Benigni as Mastro Geppetto in the live-action version of “Pinocchio,” directed by Matteo Garrone, which has started shooting in Italy.

Garrone’s ambitious pic, which will mark Benigni’s return to the big screen after a seven-year hiatus, started principal photography March 18, with an 11-week shoot planned in Tuscany, Puglia, and the Lazio region around Rome.

Benigni, who won an Oscar for best actor in 1999 for “Life Is Beautiful,” which he also directed, last appeared in a cameo in Woody Allen’s “To Rome With Love” in 2012. In recent years, the beloved Italian showman has been active with his stage adaptation of Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” which toured in Italy and internationally.

News last October of Benigni’s casting to play Geppetto in Garrone’s “Pinocchio” came shortly after the announcement that Guillermo del Toro is making a
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Matteo Garrone's 'Dogman' wins big at Italy's David di Donatello awards

Netflix’s drama On My Skin also won three key awards.

Matteo Garrone’s Dogman won nine prizes from 15 nominations at Italy’s David di Donatello awards in Rome last night (March 27).

The drama, which first premiered at Cannes, won best picture, best supporting actor, best cinematography and best original screenplay.

Despite winning the prize at Cannes, its star Marcello Fonte missed out in the best actor category to Alessandro Borghi for his performance in Netflix’s drama On My Skin, which was eligible for the awards after it was briefly distributed in theatres. Alessio Cremonini’s drama based on
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Matteo Garrone’s ‘Dogman’ Is Big Winner at Italy’s David di Donatello Awards

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Matteo Garrone’s ‘Dogman’ Is Big Winner at Italy’s David di Donatello Awards
Matteo Garrone’s gritty revenge drama “Dogman” was the big winner at Italy’s 63rd David di Donatello Awards, the country’s equivalent of the Oscars, taking home nine trophies Wednesday night from a field-beating 15 nominations.

Somewhat surprisingly, however, the sweep did not include a best-actor prize for Marcello Fonte, who had previously won that accolade at Cannes, where “Dogman” premiered, and more recently at the European Film Awards.

“Directing is important…but without great actors you don’t go anywhere,” said Garrone, who thanked Fonte and brought him up onstage.

“I started writing this movie 12 years ago,” Garrone added. “Then, while I was waiting to shoot ‘Pinocchio,’ I actually made it, and the result has gone beyond my expectations.”

Luca Guadagnino’s coming-of-age love story “Call Me by Your Name,” which went into the race with 13 nominations, left relatively empty-handed, winning awards for best adapted screenplay and original song.
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30th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Award Winners

‘The Grizzlies’ and ‘The Biggest Little Farm’ win Audience Awards; ‘Shoplifters’ Receives Fipresci Prize; Marcello Fonte and Joanna Kulig Receive Fipresci Acting Prizes; ‘Sofia’ Receives New Voices New Visions Award; ‘Ghost Fleet’ Receives The John Schlesinger Award; ‘Carmen & Lola’ Receives CV Cine Award; ‘Dead Pigs’ Receives Ricky Jay Magic of Cinema Award; ‘Eldorado’ Receives GoE Bridging The Borders AwardAwards Brunch (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival )

The 30th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) announced this year’s juried award winners at a luncheon at the Riviera Palm Springs on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Festival, held from January 3–14, 2019, screened 226 films from 78 countries. The Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature were announced on Sunday, January 13.

Juried awards had five categories, including New Voices New Visions Award for unique viewpoints from first- and second-time directors; Schlesinger Documentary Award for first- or
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U.S. Trailer for Matteo Garrone’s Cannes Winner ‘Dogman’

Since his international break-out crime drama Gomorrah, Italian director Matteo Garrone took on reality television and famous fables. Now he’s back with another crime film with Dogman, which was Italy’s Oscar contender, however it didn’t get shortlisted by the Academy. (Perhaps they should’ve gone with the stellar Happy as Lazzaro.) Nonetheless, following a Cannes premiere (where Marcello Fonte won the award for Best Actor), it’ll now arrive in U.S. theaters this April and Magnolia has released the new trailer.

The story follows a dog groomer who gets involved with a local criminal bully and attempts to stand up to him. Giovanni Marchini Camia said in his review, “Garrone’s prowess as a director is still undeniable, and as far as nasty, gripping brutality goes, Dogman certainly delivers. If you’re looking for pulpy violence, you won’t be disappointed. Just don’t expend too
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Official Us Trailer for Matteo Garrone's Italian Mob Drama 'Dogman'

"Whatever he says, don't trust him." Magnolia Pictures has unveiled the official Us trailer for Dogman, the latest Italian drama from acclaimed filmmaker Matteo Garrone. This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year, where it won the Best Actor award. This gritty "urban western" from Italy tells a (true) story of a homicide committed by a coked-out dog groomer during the late 1980s. The story goes that this guy was just a gentle dog groomer before he got pushed into a much more violent world thanks to the local mobsters. The cast includes Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Adamo Dionisi, Francesco Acquaroli, Gianluca Gobbi, Nunzia Schiano, and Alida Baldari Calabria. I saw this at Cannes and loved it, one of my favorite films of the fest (read my full review), and I recommend it - especially for dog lovers and/or fans of contemporary Italian cinema. Opening in Us theaters this April.
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‘Dogman’ Trailer: Vengeance, Petty Crime, and Dog Grooming in an Italian Village

What starts off as a charming trailer about a dog groomer in a small Italian town soon turns into a nightmarish story of an innocent man at the mercy of a local thug. Dogman, from Gomorrah's Matteo Garrone, takes place in a seaside village where "the rule of law is survival of the fittest." However, there are also dogs! Which is ... nice! The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, where star Marcello Fonte won the award for Best Actor. Dogman was also selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language …
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‘Dogman’ Trailer: Matteo Garrone’s Italian Oscar Entry Hits Theaters In April

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Magnolia Pictures has released the first trailer for European Film Awards winner Dogman. The film, directed by Matteo Garrone, will be in theaters on April 12.

This comes after Dogman picked up two awards – European Costume Designer and European Hair and Make Up — at the European Film Awards, and Marcello Fonte won the Best Actor Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. It was also chosen as Italy’s Foreign Language Oscar submission.

Fonte stars as Marcello, a gentle dog groomer who finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship with Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighborhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello must submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.

Garrone’s Archimede produced alongside Rai Cinema’s Paolo Del Brocco, Le Pacte’s Jean Labadie, and Recorded Picture Company’s Jeremy Thomas. Garrone’s previous credits include Gomorrah, Reality and Tale of Tales,
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‘Dogman’ Trailer: Cannes Winner From ‘Gomorrah’ Director Matteo Garrone

‘Dogman’ Trailer: Cannes Winner From ‘Gomorrah’ Director Matteo Garrone
It is no secret that some filmmakers hate critics, but Matteo Garrone might be more sympathetic to the art of criticism — his father was an Italian theater critic. And critics loved him back when his epic Neapolitan crime drama, “Gomorrah,” took their breath away. His latest film, “Dogman,” may be a tougher sell. The film premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film festival to mixed reviews, earning derision from IndieWire critic David Ehrlich for what he deemed a lack of subtlety and heavy handed use of allegory.

The official synopsis reads: “In a seaside village on the outskirts of an Italian city, where the only law seems to be survival of the fittest, Marcello is a slight, mild-mannered man who divides his days between working at his modest dog grooming salon, caring for his daughter Alida, and being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino, an ex-boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood.
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