Childhood candor and resilience are seamlessly wedded with adultlike pragmatism in the affecting young leads of "The Last Cold Days." Directing duo Bolat Kalymbetov and Bulat Iskakov pack a poetic…
A Japanese schoolgirl unwittingly sets off a catastrophic chain of events in 26-year-old Shinobu Yagushi's appealingly off-kilter debut, "Down the Drain." Rough-edged, unpredictable black comedy…
A pleasurable reflection on everything and nothing, "I Dream of My Friends" is right up there in minimalist heaven. Story of a strong, silent Euro dude's four ambivalent, inconclusive encounters over…
Reviewed at Thessaloniki Film Festival (New Horizons section), Greece, Nov. 10, 1993. Running time: 60 MIN.
Miramax looks to be in a distinctly Disney frame of mind with its Stateside pickup "Me Let's Hope I Make It," a winsomely bittersweet schoolroom lark whose social dissection is colored with disarming…
In chronicling the buildup to the assassinations of anti-Mafia crusader Giovanni Falcone, his wife and fellow judge Paolo Borsellino last year, director Giuseppe Ferrara delivers an earnest and…
Caro Diario (Dear Diary). Prod.: Sacher Film. Dir.: Nanni Moretti. Cast: Moretti, Renato Carpentieri. Auto-biopic about illness that struck actor-helmer Moretti. Skedded release: November.
Italian sales companies aren't turned off by the lack of an official market at the grande dame of European film festivals. With most international territories elusive to all but a handful of Italo…
When the Italian economy took a tumble last fall and joined the world's recessionites, the movie industry screamed that the sky was falling. Now, however, the gloom merchants are biting their tongues.
With a tighter selection this time around, the programmers of the Venice fest's Italian Panorama sidebar are confident that less is definitely more.