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Italian Cinema succeeds in New York

Willem Dafoe, Giada Colagrande, Matteo Garrone – ph SGP

Spectacular opening for the event “Italian Film, 21st Century-Style: A tribute to Rai Cinema” act to celebrate and promote the Italian cinema in the USA.

The first screening on Friday night in New York at the MoMA was Tale of Tales, the new Matteo Garrone’s masterpiece, with Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and Toby Jones. Afterwards, a special dinner with a spectacular view of Manhattan at the Rainbow Room, all neatly organized by Sally Fischer and with big guests such as Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon, Antonio Monda and Italian movie star Valerio Mastandrea.

IMG_7327 (1)On Saturday morning at the Italian Culture Institute took place a very interesting debate between Antonio Monda and the Italian film director Matteo Garrone, about the role of Italian cinema in the World, with an emphasis on the need to create a balance between art and industry, in order to produce and offer more high quality and competitive films abroad, sold worldwide.

Matt Daillon, Valerio Mastandrea – ph SGP

In the afternoon at the Florence Gould Theater it was the turn of Don’t Be bad, another masterpiece of Italian cinema, by late Claudio Caligari, on top of the best Italian films of 2015. The film was very acclaimed among the Italian and American audience in the theater, showing a high level of acting of the two protagonists, Luca Marinelli and Alessandro Borghi, worthy of standing ovations. Valerio Mastandrea, producer of the film, was then involved in a Q & A attended by Sally Fischer, where he explained the interesting dynamics of the particular production process of this film, combined with the extraordinary and at the same time dramatic history of the director Claudio Caligari, who passed the way before the film was completed. Valerio told how the passion for what you love can sometimes be stronger and more powerful than a disease.

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Don’t be bad – ph SGP

Italian cinema is finally back on track and Rai Cinema is taking a leading role in this change, establishing itself as the only real Italian Studio, like the Major Americans like Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox etc.

di Gabriele Scarfone

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