Italian Film Festival 2009

Traditionally something of a neglected area in Italian cinema, factual filmmaking has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years. These are the pick of the bunch.

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Mother Earth Mother Earth
Mother Earth and Pinuccio Lovero: A Midsummer Death's Dream
Citta Aperta (Country: Italy; Year: 2008; Director: Gianni Borgna)
Archival look at Rome in the post-Second World War period.
Mother Earth (Terra Madre) (Country: Italy; Year: 2008; Director: Ermanno Olmi)
An examation of the "slow food" movement and the rise of organic farming.
Pinuccio Lovero: A Midsummer Death's Dream (Country: Italy; Year: 2008; Director: Pippo Mezzapesa; Stars: Pinuccio Lovero)
The story of a cemetery attendant whose good luck is bad for business.
Valentino: The Last Emperor (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Matt Tyrnauer; Stars: Giorgio Armani, Jeannie Becker, Alessandra Facchinetti, Tom Ford, Giancarlo Giammetti, Karl Lagerfeld, Matteo Marzotto, Gwyneth Paltrow, Claudia Schiffer, André Leon Talley)
Following the style guru between his 70th birthday and his final couture show.
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Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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