You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Italy Picks ‘Don’t Be Bad’ As Its Foreign-Language Oscar Candidate

ROME – Italy has selected recently deceased helmer Claudio Caligari’s “Non Essere Cattivo” (“Don’t Be Bad”), a Pasolini-esque look at contempo low life on Rome’s outskirts, as its candidate film for the foreign-language Academy Award.

The gritty drama set during the 1990’s in Ostia, on the outskirts of Rome, in the world of synthetic drugs, cocaine, fast cars and nightclubs, bowed in Venice recently as a special event. Shepherded as a passion project by Italo actor Valerio Mastandrea, pic is produced by Kimerafilm, TaoDue Film, Rai Cinema, and Andrea Leone Films.

“Bad” has been on release since its Venice launch via Good Films in Italy where it has not performed that well, having grossed under $300,000 in three weeks, albeit on just a few screens. It features an ensemble cast comprising Luca Marinelli, Alessandro Borghi, Silvia D’Amico, Roberta Mattei.

Rai Com is handling international sales.

Caligari is a cult helmer whose three features also include heroin dependancy drama “Amore Tossico” (1983) and crimer “The Scent of the Night,” starring Mastandrea, which premiered in 1998 in Venice. Caligari died of cancer in May aged 67.

The selection committee appointed by Italo motion picture association Anica chose “Bad” over several other titles which unlike Caligari’s film already have U.S. distribution in place, such as Nanni Moretti’s “My Mother,” and Laura Bispuri’s “Sworn Virgin.”

Italy’s more high-profile pics from Cannes this year, Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” and Matteo Garrone’s “The Tale of Tales” were automatically excluded because they are in English.

After the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approves this year’s proposed foreign-language Oscar contenders, a select committee will whittle the submissions down to a short list of nine titles. Another committee then selects the five nominations which will be announced January 14. The 2016 Oscars will be held Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.


More Film

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    'Bohemian Rhapsody,' 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Among Cinema Audio Society Winners

    Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the Cinema Audio Society’s top prize for sound mixing at Saturday night’s 55th annual CAS Awards. The film is Oscar-nominated for sound mixing this year along with “Black Panther,” “First Man,” “Roma” and “A Star Is Born.” In a surprise over heavy-hitters “Incredibles 2” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Wes [...]

  • Oscars Placeholder

    Make-Up and Hair Stylist Guild Applauds Academy's Stance on Airing Every Oscar Winner

    Rowdy boos were followed by triumphant cheers at the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards on Saturday in Los Angeles, as the Hollywood union touched on a week of controversy over a reversed decision to hand out four Oscars during the show’s commercial breaks. Hair and makeup was one of the four categories that would [...]

  • Marvelous Mrs Maisel Vice

    'Vice,' 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Lead Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Winners

    Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice,” starring Oscar nominees Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell, won two awards at the sixth annual Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Saturday night. The film won for best period and/or character makeup as well as special makeup effects. “Mary Queen of Scots” received the prize for period [...]

  • Bette Midler

    Bette Midler to Perform on the Oscars (EXCLUSIVE)

    Bette Midler will perform “The Place Where Lost Things Go” at the Oscar ceremonies on Feb. 24, Variety has learned. Midler, a longtime friend of composer-lyricist Marc Shaiman, will sing the song originally performed by Emily Blunt in “Mary Poppins Returns.” The song, by Shaiman and his lyricist partner Scott Wittman, is one of five [...]

  • Olmo Teodoro Cuaron, Alfonso Cuaron and

    Alfonso Cuarón Tells Why His Scoreless 'Roma' Prompted an 'Inspired' Companion Album

    Back around the ‘90s, “music inspired by the film” albums got a bad name, as buyers tired of collections full of random recordings that clearly were inspired by nothing but the desire to use movie branding to launch a hit song. But Alfonso Cuarón, the director of “Roma,” is determined to find some artistic validity [...]

  • Berlin Film Festival 2019 Award Winners

    Berlin Film Festival 2019: Nadav Lapid's 'Synonyms' Wins Golden Bear

    Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s “Synonyms,” about a young Israeli man in Paris who has turned his back on his native country, won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale on Saturday. The Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize went to François Ozon’s French drama “By the Grace of God,” a fact-based account of the Catholic Church [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content