The 64th Locarno Film Festival will fete Japanese comedy superstar Hitoshi Matsumoto, whose new pic "Scabbard Samurai," will launch internationally from its 8,000 seat open-air Piazza Grande venue.
The Arab Spring, which spread from Tunisia and Egypt, to Libya and beyond, has unleashed the biggest political upheaval the region has seen in more than half a century.
Nanni Moretti's compassionate comedy "Habemus Papam," about a panicked newly elected pontiff, is the top contender for Italy's Nastri d'Argento (Silver Ribbon) prizes, the country's oldest film nods.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" will open Italy's 41st Giffoni Film Festival, the unique children's event with 3,300 kids from 40 countries as jurors.
Ten works by Italian master Roberto Rossellini, including his neo-realist classic "Rome Open City," will be digitally restored for DVD distribution, and special festival presentations.
Prominent Nigerian director Jeta Amata ("The Amazing Grace") will dig deep into the corrupt practices of pharmaceutical multinationals in Africa in "Journeys of One," an ambitious English-language…
The upcoming Venice Film Festival is shaping up as an especially strong edition, with a slew of hot titles secured more than three months in advance of its Aug. 31 start.
Tunisian director Mourad Ben Cheikh started shooting his timely documentary "No More Fear" -- which unspools in Cannes as a special screening on Friday -- on Jan. 14, the day President Zine…
Italian state film entity Istituto Luce and Argentina's national film outfit, Incaa, have unveiled the first projects selected to tap into the joint fund they launched at the latest Latin American…
Italian first-time director Alice Rohrwacher takes a swipe at the Catholic Church's indoctrination in the country's south in her Directors' Fortnight entry, "Corpo Celeste." But the scathing drama…