‘Daughter of Mine’ Trailer: Summer in Sardinia Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

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Strand Releasing has unveiled the trailer for “Daughter of Mine,” Laura Bispuri’s follow-up to her debut feature “Sworn Virgin.” The filmmaker’s sophomore effort finds her reteaming with Alba Rohrwacher, sister of director Alice, for another story about a young woman in a difficult situation. Watch the trailer below.

Here’s the premise: “10-year-old Vittoria’s summer will be one of two mothers to challenge, to hate, to love and to forgive. Shy Vittoria has a close relationship with her loving good mother Tina. But their quiet Sardinian life will be upset when the young girl discovers that local party girl Angelica is her birth mother. When Angelica is forced to move away because of financial troubles, she asks to become acquainted with Vittoria. Tina agrees, comforted by the idea that the woman will soon be leaving town. Searching for something deep and inexplicable, Vittoria and Angelica spend more
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January 8th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Purge: Season One, Hell Fest, 8Mm, Let The Corpses Tan, Castle Rock Season 1

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Hello, readers, and welcome to a new year of releases! We may already be well into the month of January, but this is our first official weekly Blu-ray and DVD recap of 2019, since last week was a quiet one on the home media front, and we already have a ton of titles to get excited for this Tuesday. If you happened to miss Hell Fest when it was in theaters last year, you can now catch up with Gregory Plotkin’s slasher on various formats, and as far as recent genre series are concerned, the first seasons of both The Purge and Castle Rock are making their way home tomorrow as well.

Scream Factory is kicking off another great year of releases with the Nic Cage thriller 8Mm, and Scorpion Releasing has put together a special edition Blu for Blind Date that cult fans are going to want to pick up.
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #33. Portrait of the Girl on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) – Céline Sciamma

Portrait of the Girl on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)

French director Céline Sciamma ends her five year hiatus from directing with her fourth project, Portrait of the Girl on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu), which will reunite her with Adele Haenel, who starred in Sciamma’s 2007 debut Water Lilies. The project will be Sciamma’s first period piece after delivering a trilogy of films which dealt primarily with explorations of how gender and sexuality defined parameters for adolescents. The project will also feature celebrated Italian actress Valeria Golino. Veronique Cayla (Nymphomaniac: Vol.…
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U.S. Trailer for Laura Bispuri’s ‘Sworn Virgin’ Follow-Up ‘Daughter of Mine’

After her acclaimed debut Sworn Virgin, director Laura Bispuri returned last year with Daughter of Mine, which stars a trio of actresses: Valeria Golino, Alba Rorwacher, and impressive newcomer Sara Casu in an exploration of nature of motherhood in a variety of forms. One of the best 2019 films we’ve already seen, the U.S. trailer has now arrived via Strand Releasing ahead of a February release.

Ed Frankl said in his review, “While Daughter of Mine, unlike Bispuri’s previous work, isn’t what haughty critics would call an Lgbt text, it does consider a how a family of two mothers operates –with largely absent male figures–and comes to nuanced and unexpected conclusions.’

See the trailer and poster below.

10-year-old Vittoria’s summer will be one of two mothers to challenge, to hate, to love and to forgive. Shy Vittoria has a close relationship with her loving good mother Tina.
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The 50 Best 2019 Films We’ve Already Seen

We don’t want to overwhelm you, but while you’re catching up with our top 50 films of 2018, more cinematic greatness awaits in 2019. Ahead of our 100 most-anticipated films (all of which have yet to premiere), we’re highlighting 50 titles we’ve enjoyed on the festival circuit this last year (and beyond) that either have confirmed 2018 release dates or are awaiting a debut date from its distributor. There’s also a handful seeking distribution that we hope will arrive in the next 12 months. U.S. distributors: take note!

The Image Book (Jean-Luc Godard; Jan. 25)

Another miraculous, meticulously feat of cinematic collage, The Image Book finds the French New Wave icon continuing his boundary-pushing editing techniques, both in video and sound (to see this at Alice Tully Hall during New York Film Festival was something truly special). Rory O’Connor said in his Cannes review, “Split into five sections of various lengths titled Remakes,
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #68. Dernier amour – Benoît Jacquot

Dernier amour

French director Benoît Jacquot returns to period filmmaking with his 25th feature, Dernier amour (Casanova). Reuniting with Vincent Lindon, who also starred in Jacquot’s The School of Flesh (1998), Keep It Quiet (199) and his 2015 remake of The Diary of a Chambermaid, the cast is also comprised of Stacy Martin, esteemed Italian actress and director Valeria Golino, and Sri Lanka’s Antonythasan Jesuthasan. Produced by Kristina Larsen for Les Films du Lendemain and Jean-Pierre Guerin for Jpg films, the project is also notably co-produced by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.…
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #69. Last Words – Jonathan Nossiter

Last Words

For his fourth narrative feature, Us based filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter embarks on the long-gestating Last Words, a French-Italian co-production through Paris-based Doc & Films International, Paris-based Serge Lalou with Films d’Ici, and Donatello Palermo from Rome-based Stemal Entertainment. The sci-fi pre-apocalyptic affair lines up an equally diverse cast including Nick Nolte, Stellan Skarsgard, Valeria Golino, Alba Rohrwacher, and Charlotte Rampling (who previously starred in Nossiter’s Signs & Wonders in 2000 and Rio Sex Comedy in 2010). Nossiter won the Grand Jury Prize in Sundance with his 1997 debut Sunday. He competed in Berlin with 2000’s Signs & Wonders and his globalization/wine documentary Mondovino was selected for the Cannes competition in 2004.…
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Official Us Trailer for Italian Coming-of-Age Drama 'Daughter of Mine'

"Were you there when I was born, Daddy?" Strand Releasing has debuted a new official Us trailer for the Italian indie drama Daughter of Mine, which first premiered in competition at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, and stopped by a number of other festivals around the world. The coming-of-age film tells the story of a young girl torn between two mothers, one who raised her with love and her careless biological mother, who tries to claim her back. A story of imperfect motherhood and inextricable bonds, struggling with overwhelming feelings and dealing with wounds. Valeria Golino stars as Tina, with a cast including Alba Rohrwacher, Sara Casu, Udo Kier, and Michele Carboni. It's a very moving film about a young girl growinf up fast by deciding what's best for her, with rave reviews from a few critics. Check it out below. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for
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Revamped Marrakech film festival announces line-up, jury, honorary awards

Revamped Marrakech film festival announces line-up, jury, honorary awards
Festival to kick off with Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate.

The Marrakech International Film Festival (Nov 30-Dec 8) has revealed its 2018 line-up, jury and honorary awards.

The Moroccan festival has been running since 2001, but took a year off in 2017 to “reflect on its editorial line”.

The competition line-up features 14 films from first or second-time directors. Six of the films competing for the Marrakech Etoile d’Or (or the Gold Star) are directed by women. Among the line-up is Sudabeh Mortezai’s Joy, Kent Jones’ Diane and Eva Trobisch’s All Good.

The festival opens with a gala screening of
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Dakota Johnson, Lynne Ramsay Among Marrakech Film Festival Jury; ‘Roma’, ‘Green Book’ Among Galas

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The 17th Marrakech International Film Festival (Nov 30 – Dec 08) has set a jury comprising Suspiria star Dakota Johnson, Indian actress Ileana D’Cruz (Barfi!), Lebanese filmmaker and visual artist Joana Hadjithomas (I Want To See), Brit director Lynne Ramsay (We Need To Talk About Kevin), Moroccan director Tala Hadid (House In The Fields), French director Laurent Cantet (The Class), German actor Daniel Brühl (Rush) and Mexican director Michel Franco (April’s Daughter). As previously revealed, director James Gray will serve as jury president.

A total of 80 films will unspool at the festival, with Julian Schnabel’s Van Gogh biopic At Eternity’s Gate among gala screenings and also the festival’s opener. Other galas include Roma, Green Book and Capernaum while special screenings include Wildlife, Her Smell and Birds Of Passage. The official competition, galas and special screenings are listed below.

The festival will also feature tributes to Robert DeNiro, Robin Wright,
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Cairo Film Festival Undergoes Radical Revamp

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The Cairo Film Festival, for its 40th edition, is reinventing itself.

With Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy at the helm who, at 43, is its youngest president, the oldest fest in the Arab and African worlds is undergoing a radical revamp in a major effort to get its mojo back after a decade of decline due to the country’s post-revolution turbulence.

Hefzy, who is known internationally for the steady stream of edgy top notch titles birthed by his Film Clinic shingle — most recently Cannes standout “Yomeddine,” which is Egypt’s current candidate for the foreign-language Oscar — is the first Cairo fest chief chosen from within the country’s film industry ranks. Since being appointed in March he has been working incessantly in tandem with respected critic and academic Youssef Sherif Rizkalla, who remains the fest’s artistic director.

Eight months later, the signs of renewal are visible. Starting from a reconfiguration
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Film News Roundup: ‘Lego Batman’ Director Chris McKay Tackles ‘Jonny Quest’ Movie

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Film News Roundup: ‘Lego Batman’ Director Chris McKay Tackles ‘Jonny Quest’ Movie
In today’s film news roundup, Chris McKay is attached to direct “Jonny Quest,” Greg Berlanti is directing a Rock Hudson movie, documentary “The Last Race” gets an early release, and Valeria Golino is honored.

Director Attachments

Chris McKay, director of “The Lego Batman Movie,” is attached to helm a live-action “Jonny Quest” movie for Warner Bros.

Producers are Rideback’s Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich along with Adrian Askarieh of Prime Universe. Daniel Alter will executive produce.

“Jonny Quest” first appeared as an animated sci-fi series in 1964 through Hanna Barbera. The narrative focused on an 11-year-old boy, his sidekick Hadji, his scientist dad, secret agent Race Bannon, and pet bulldog, Bandit. The show led to several series and TV movies.

Richard Donner, Dwayne Johnson, and Robert Rodriguez have been involved in development of a “Jonny Quest” movie for the past two decades. McKay is also attached to direct the live-action “Nightwing” for Warner Bros.
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Now That La Film Fest Is No More, AFI Fest Is More Important Than Ever — and These 10 Movies Prove It

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Now That La Film Fest Is No More, AFI Fest Is More Important Than Ever — and These 10 Movies Prove It
Now that the Los Angeles Film Festival is no more, AFI Fest is more important than ever. It was the premier event of its kind even before its crosstown rival announced its permanent closure late last month, but now that it’s the only game in town, it’s unmissable. This year’s edition of the last major festival of the calendar year comes with a handful world premieres — “On the Basis of Sex,” “Mary Queen of Scots,” and “Bird Box” — and a robust slate of offerings from the likes of Berlin, Cannes, and Venice.

AFI Fest’s strength has always been the way it eschews world premieres in favor of high-quality films that premiered elsewhere on the festival circuit; Jacqueline Lyanga, whose eight-year tenure as Festival Director came to an end this summer, likened it to an “almanac of the year in cinema.” With that in mind, seek out
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Simon Baker, Callan Mulvey, Jack Thompson reach ‘High Ground’

Simon Baker in ‘High Ground.’

Simon Baker, Callan Mulvey, Jack Thompson, Aaron Pedersen and newcomer Jacob Jnr Nayinggul are starring in High Ground, a 1930-set action-thriller directed by Stephen Johnson.

Inspired by true events and scripted by Chris Anastassiades, the frontier Western is shooting in Kakadu Park and Arnhem Land, produced by Maggie Miles, Yothu Yindi co-founder Witiyana Marika, Johnson, David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin.

Baker plays Travis, a bounty hunter and former soldier who enlists the help of Gutjuk (Nayinggul) a young Aboriginal orphan, to track down the most dangerous outlaw in the Territory – his uncle. During the manhunt a secret is revealed which ultimately pits them against each other.

Thompson is Moran, the head of the police outpost, with Mulvey as Ambrose, a police officer who fought with Travis in World War One, and Petersen as a lethal black tracker from Queensland.

The cast also includes Caren Pistorious as Claire,
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AFI Fest Heavy On Oscar Contenders In World Cinema Sidebar

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AFI Fest Heavy On Oscar Contenders In World Cinema Sidebar
AFI Fest’s World Cinema section unveiled Tuesday includes seven films that have been officially submitted for the Foreign Language Film Oscar, from Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum and Matteo Garrone’s Dogman to Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away and the Cannes Palme d’Or-winning Shoplifters by Hirokazu Kore-eda. Directors in the slate include Jafar Panahi, Jia Zhang-ke, Hong Sang-soo, Olivier Assayas, Carlos Reygadas, László Nemes and Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

The lineup includes 28 titles from 27 countries. The fest runs November 8-15 and opens with the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic On the Basis of Sex and closes with Josie Rourke’s Mary Queen of Scots. In the mix too are a host of gala presentations featuring Bird Box, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Widows, Green Book and Destroyer. The latter pic will be screened as part of a tribute to its star Nicole Kidman.

Here’s the full World
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Venice Film Review: ‘The Summer House’

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Venice Film Review: ‘The Summer House’
There are precious few things we know about Valeria Bruni Tedeschi after watching her film “The Summer House” that we did not know before. But here’s one: The writer-director-star understands how her detractors perceive her. And so unfolds an early scene that seems designed to head the inevitable criticisms off at the pass: At a financing meeting for her new film, director Anna (Bruni Tedeschi) faces a panel of nonplussed producers who complain that her next project is the same as all her others and that her screenplay is “fragile.”

The scene is an amusingly brittle comedy of manners with the director, as ever, gamely ready to cast herself as the ditz. But it is also pointedly metatextual and has credibility-laden documentary guru Frederick Wiseman in it, gnomically sitting on the panel looking as baffled to be there as we are to see him. For a moment it seems like Bruni Tedeschi,
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Toronto: Rai Com Takes World Sales on New Gabriele Salvatores Film (Exclusive)

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Toronto: Rai Com Takes World Sales on New Gabriele Salvatores Film (Exclusive)
Oscar-winning director Gabriele Salvatores is set to shoot a road movie with the working title “Don’t Be Afraid If I Hug You,” which involves a father and his autistic son on the run. Pic stars Italian A-listers Claudio Santamaria (“They Call Me Jeeg”) and Valeria Golino.

Rai Com has boarded and will kick off world sales in Toronto. Salvatores’ new pic will start shooting this month.

Based on a widely translated bestseller by Italy’s Fulvio Ervas — which was inspired by a true story — “Don’t Be Afraid” is penned by Umberto Contarello (“The Great Beauty”). Santamaria will play a boozing lounge singer who accidentally intersects with his teen autistic son, whom he has never met before. He has an epiphany and decides to hit the road with him in an attempt to fight his son’s autism. They are chased by the boy’s mother (Golino) and her husband.
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75th Venice Film Festival: Les Estivants (The Summer House) Movie Review

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75th Venice Film Festival: Les Estivants (The Summer House) Movie Review
Title: Les Estivants (The Summer House) Director: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi Cast: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Pierre Arditi, Valeria Golino, Noémie Lvovsky, Yolande Moreau, Laurent Stocker de la Comédie Française, Riccardo Scamarcio, Bruno Raffaelli de la Comédie Française, Marisa Borini, Oumy Bruni Garrel, Vincent Perez, Stefano Cassetti, Xavier Beauvois. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi keeps making the same film, […]

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Doc & Film boards 'Last Words' with Nick Nolte, Charlotte Rampling and Alba Rohrwacher (exclusive)

Doc & Film boards 'Last Words' with Nick Nolte, Charlotte Rampling and Alba Rohrwacher (exclusive)
Set in 2085, the end-of-the-world drama is directed by Jonathan Nossiter.

Doc & Films International has boarded sales on Us director Jonathan Nossiter’s end-of-the-world, 2085-set drama Last Words, starring Nick Nolte, Charlotte Rampling, Alba Rohrwacher, Stellan Skarsgard and Valeria Golino.

The long-gestating project, which was first unveiled at the Les Arcs Coproduction Village in 2016, unfolds against the backdrop of a near-future world devastated by ecological disasters and conflicts, where there have been no human births in over a decade.

A handful of survivors respond to a mysterious call to meet up in Athens. The feature’s narrator Jo, a 17-year-old boy of African origin,
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'The Summer House' ('Les estivants'): Film Review | Venice 2018

'The Summer House' ('Les estivants'): Film Review | Venice 2018
Franco-Italian actor-director Valeria Bruni Tedeschi continues her series of semi-autobiographical films with The Summer House (Les estivants). The multihyphenate here keeps things even closer to home than usual, not only casting her own mother as her character’s mother again but also her own daughter as her character’s offspring, with actress and pal Valeria Golino playing her sister (in real life, the former first lady of France, Carla Bruni). On top of that, Bruni Tedeschi actually plays a filmmaker who is trying to work on the screenplay of her next project. But she keeps getting sidetracked by the family members ...
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