The last thing the world needs is another film festival. But the Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams, which took place Aug. 15-23, is something else.
Back in April 2007, as a prelude to the proposed merger of her Paris-based sales company Celluloid Dreams with Blighty's HanWay Films, Hengameh Panahi pronounced the business of festival films dead.
The capital of Russia's war-torn republic of Chechnya is not a place usually associated with glitz and glamour, but, as part of a putative "normalization" process, the city was host to the first-ever…
With a fresh new four-year mandate, Marco Mueller finally has a chance to burnish his legacy on the Lido and take it to a higher plateau.
Italy's trumpeted cinematic resurgence, following its Cannes double whammy with nods for "Gomorrah" and "Il Divo," is likely to get a reality check in Venice.
In 1975, a strange Venice-set film titled "Yuppi du," directed by Italo pop star and one-time Elvis impersonator Adriano Celentano, who co-starred with a half-naked Charlotte Rampling in the film…
The world's oldest film fest is getting new digs. Last year, a big Dante Ferretti-designed wrecking ball was symbolically placed on the red carpet in front of the Palazzo del Cinema, and this year…
Few directors meriting the rank of "world-class" have seen their critical fortunes tossed about as often as 77-year-old Italo helmer Ermanno Olmi, who will receive a Golden Lion for Lifetime…
Circa May 2008, the Rome Film Festival seemed on the brink of collapse, weakened by civil warfare within the Eternal City, where Mayor Walter Veltroni, who had started the ambitious event in 2005…
The Rome Film Festival, in its third edition, is, understandably, still struggling to define its identity. But since its inception, besides exuding a populist, metropolitan feel, the Eternal City…
New Cinema Network, launched in 2006, has yielded a solid set of "go" pictures.