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Milan, 26 October 2005
ITALIAN CINEMA WORLDWIDE
A selection of trailers of the most recent Italian productions, soon to be released in theatres in North and South America: this is how MEDIA Salles chose to take part in the International Day at ShowEast 2005. US exhibitors, but also those coming from Latin America, the Caribbean area and Canada, gathered at the Orlando World Center Marriott, were thus able to watch scenes from films such as Private (Saverio Costanzo), Once You’re Born (Marco Tullio Giordana), Come Into The Light (Roberto Faenza), Good Morning, Night (Marco Bellocchio), The Days of Abandonment (Roberto Faenza), Persona Non Grata (Krzysztof Zanussi), The Keys to The House (Gianni Amelio) and The Tiger and The Snow (Roberto Benigni).
And if the moderator at International Day,
Paul Hanneman, Executive Vice President of Twentieth Century Fox International,
quoting a recent survey on American audiences, commented that “young
people are demanding that the cinema be capable of telling stories”,
Elisabetta Brunella, Secretary General of MEDIA Salles, remarked that
the Italian films presented are, above all, “rich in stories, some
of which invented, whilst others taken from real life, often the rawest
of it, such as the kidnapping and assassination of the Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro (Good Morning, Night) or the murder of Don Puglisi
by the mafia (Come Into The Light). All with a narrative development
that cannot fail to attract the spectator”.
The “Networking Lunch” following the screenings, provided the opportunity for operators interested in the circulation of Italian films to meet. Participants included Cine Colombia and Procinal, the Colombian distribution and exhibition company which will be taking The Keys to The House to the big screen in December, as well as Caribbean Cinemas, which, with three screens already operating and 6 under construction in Puerto Rico, is keeping a particularly watchful eye on independent cinema.
The next stage of Italian Cinema Worldwide will be CineAsia in Beijing, from 13 to 15 December 2005.
In the page http://www.mediasalles.it/journal/ecj4special_05ing.pdf
of the MEDIA Salles’ website, the “Special ShowEast”
issue of the MEDIA Salles’ Newsletter “European Cinema Journal”
no. 4/2005, which includes the fact cards on the films screened as well
as an overview on Italian films to be released on the whole American continent.
We take the opportunity to announce that the Center in the North of Florida where ShowEast is taking place has not suffered damage from the passage of the hurricane Wilma.