Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
PARIS

Sorrentino, Golino lead Italian charge at Cannes

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Paris, April 18 - Italian filmmaker Paolo
Sorrentino is leading the Italian charge at Cannes this spring,
making his fifth trip to the international film festival with
his movie La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), organizers
announced Thursday.
"I thank the festival for this invitation and its
attention since the beginning of my work," he said. "Being
selected among thousands of films is already a huge honor".
Sorrentino, known for such previous Cannes selections as
This Must Be The Place (2011) and Il Divo (2008), is Italy's
sole candidate in the official competition for the top-prize
Palme d'Or.
His latest is a portrait of today's Rome that follows Jep
Gambardella, an aging culture and style journalist who
recollects when he first arrived in the Eternal City at the age
of 26 - just like Federico Fellini, whose La Dolce Vita and
Satyricon are believed to have inspired the Cannes selection.
Sorrentino's rich cast of characters range from society
ladies, ingenues, politicians, white-collar criminals and
journalists to actors, impoverished nobles, prelates, artists
and intellectuals, both real and imagined.
The cast includes Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli and Carlo
Buccirosso, plus a cameo appearance by Angelina Jolie.
Born in Naples, Sorrentino's other two Cannes films are The
Consequences of Love (2004) and The Family Friend (L'amico di
famiglia, 2006)
The Cannes Film Festival takes place May 15-26.
Joining him there is Italian actress and filmmaker Valeria
Golino, who has won a seat at the table with Miele (Honey), her
directorial debut.
Best known to English-speaking audiences for roles in Rain
Man and the Hot Shots! films, Golino will represent Italy in the
Un Certain Regard category, which runs parallel to the top-prize
Palme d'Or competition and aims to promote rising talent.
"I'm happy and content," Golino told ANSA. "I'm also proud
to be in the same festival with other Italians who are great
friends and great artists".
Golino, born to an Italian father and a Greek mother in
Naples, broke onto Rome's film scene after she was discovered by
Italian film icon Lina Wertmueller, who cast her in A Joke of
Destiny (1983) when she was still in high school.
Three years later she won the Best Actress award at the
Venice Film Festival for Storia d'Amore.
Miele is the story of a young Italian woman who devotes her
life to alleviating the pain of others, "even when they make
dramatic decisions," according to the film's synopsis.
Italy is also represented in the shorts category, with
Elena Bouryka's Meglio Se Stai Zitta (Better Stay Quiet), which
is being screened out of competition.
The short story by Bouryka, a Russian-born actress, takes
place on the wedding day of a 30-year-old woman who endures an
array of emotions - love, jealousy, and betrayal - from her
friends of the same age.
The jury at the festival will also feature an Italian,
actress and producer Nicoletta Braschi who, in addition to
starring in Johnny Stecchino (1992) and La Vita e' Bella (Life
is Beautiful, 1997) with Roberto Benigni, is also married to
him.
In 2012 the Italian film Reality, by Matteo Garrone, landed
the second prize Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival for his
film that starred prisoner-turned-film-star Aniello Arena as a
Neapolitan fisherman dreaming to be on a TV reality show.

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