Italian films at the Cannes fest

A look at projects journeying to the Croisette

“My Brother Is an Only Child” (Mio Fratello e Figlio Unico)
Daniele Luchetti
Cast: Elio Germano, Riccardo Scamarcio
Plot: A micro-tale of Italy’s troubled years in the late ’60s and ’70s, viewed through the prism of a politically divided family. Screens in Un Certain Regard.
Sales: ThinkFilm Intl.

“One Hundred Nails” (Cento Chiodi)
Director: Ermanno Olmi
Cast: Raz Degan, Luna Bendandi
Plot: Young theology professor retreats from complex university life to an abandoned farmhouse on the banks of the River Po.

“A Dinner for Them to Meet” (La cena per farli conoscere)
Pupi Avati
Cast: Diego Abatantuono, Vanessa Incontrada, Violante Placido, Ines Sastre, Francesca Neri
Plot: Three stepsisters arrange a matchmaking dinner for their depressed father, a jaded TV star whose career has seen better days.
Sales: Adriana Chiesa Enterprises

“Flying Lessons” (Lezioni di Volo)
Francesca Archibugi
Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Andrea Miglio Risi
Plot: Coming-of-age tale about two spoiled rich kids from Rome who head off to India, where chance meeting with Italian aid worker changes their lives forever.
Sales: TF1 Intl.

“Little Boy Red” (Rosso Malpelo)
Pasquale Scimeca
Cast: Stefano Accorsi, Margherita Buy, Pierfrancesco Favino, Ennio Fantastichini
Plot: Adaptation of Giovanni Verga tale about a young boy forced to work in mines around Sicily’s Mount Etna following his father’s death.
Sales: Adriana Chiesa Enterprises

“Maradona the Hand of God” (Maradona la Mano di Dio)
Marco Risi
Cast: Marco Leonardi, Julieta Diaz
Plot: Diego Maradona biopic charting Argentine soccer legend’s turbulent life from childhood to present day.
Sales: Adriana Chiesa Enterprises

“Night Bus”
Davide Marengo
Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Valerio Mastandrea
Plot: A beautiful female hustler and a depressed bus driver thrown together by a series of coincidences find themselves embroiled in a series of murders.
Sales: Intra Movies

“Saturn in Opposition” (Saturno Contro)
Ferzan Ozpetek
Cast: Stefano Accorsi, Margherita Buy, Pierfrancesco Favino, Ennio Fantastichini
Plot: A group of fortysomething friends — who enjoyed carefree lives in the ’80s and ’90s — finds themselves in the midst of crisis.
Sales: Films Distribution

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