Italian state film entity Istituto Luce is starting the country's first national school dedicated to documentary-making, headed by Mimmo Calopresti, helmer of the Steven Spielberg-produced holocaust…
Former Locarno fest chief Irene Bignardi has been appointed prexy of FilmItalia, Italy's promotional body for film exports.
Italian B-movies -- that distinctive genre of gory, garish, and stylish pics that did killer biz for decades, before going dormant in the early 1990s -- have been reawakened by Quentin Tarantino.
A bevy of American pics, including 11 world preems, will unspool at the 63rd Venice Film Festival. Among five Yank entries vying for the Golden Lion is "The Fountain," Darren Aronofsky's romantic…
The Venice Film Festival has overlooked U.S. pics in favor of mostly European fare -- including many first works -- in its Venice Days sidebar, announced Tuesday.
The world preem of Brian De Palma's James Ellroy adaptation "The Black Dahlia" will open the 63rd Venice Film Festival in competition on Aug. 30. Based on the 1947 L.A. murder of aspiring actress…
U.S. helmer/scribe Dito Montiel's Queens-set memoir "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," will be among seven first features unspooling at the Venice Intl. Film Festival's 21st Critics Week. Protag…
The European Union is challenging the legality of Italian TV laws passed by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. The European Commission on Wednesday fired off a missive to Italo prime minister…
U.S. investment firm State Street Global Investments has bought a 25% stake in Italo TV production company Lux Vide. Restructure is intended to boost the international profile of the religious skein…
Forging Teutonic ties, Rome's nascent RomeFilmFest, which runs Oct. 13-21, has set up Oct. 17 as German Day to showcase a crop of Teuton pics to international buyers and the public.