John Turturro on ‘The Name of the Rose’: Politics, Celibacy and the Suppression of Women

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John Turturro and the producers of “The Name of the Rose”  unveiled their ambitious English-language TV adaptation of Umberto Eco’s murder mystery in Rome on Thursday ahead of its global rollout, which will kick off March 4 on Italy’s RAI. Producers an…

Lebanon’s Abbout Productions Teams With 4 European Co-Producers on ‘Costa Brava’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Georges Schoucair’s Beirut-based Abbout Productions has teamed up at the EFM with 4 European producers on “Costa Brava Lebanon,” a first feature set amid Lebanon’s never-ending garbage crisis to be directed by Mounia Akl who studied film at Columbia Un…

Italian Director Gabriele Salvatores Talks Upcoming Road Movie ‘Volare’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Italian director Gabriele Salvatores, who won the foreign-language film Oscar for “Mediterraneo” in 1991 and more recently helmed teen superhero franchise “The Invisible Boy” is in Berlin where sales company RAI Com is showing buyers footage of his upc…

Berlin: ‘Piranhas’ Director Claudio Giovannesi on Training Street Teens to Play Gangsters

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Claudio Giovannesi’s third feature “Piranhas,” which screens in Berlin’s competition, depicts Neapolitan teen gangsters drawing from a novel by star author Roberto Saviano whose mob exposé “Gomorrah” spawned a pluriprized movie and a game-c…

Ireland’s Brian O’Malley to Co-Direct Spaghetti Western Series ‘That Dirty Black Bag’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Irish director Brian O’Malley, who is known for gothic chillers “Let Us Pray” and “The Lodgers,” is attached to co-direct the English-language steampunk spaghetti Western series “That Dirty Black Bag”with Italy’s Mauro Aragoni. It’s set to start …

Eugenio Caballero and Alice Rohrwacher Join Doha Film Institute’s Qumra Lineup

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The Doha Film Institute has added Oscar-winning production designer Eugenio Caballero and Italian director Alice Rohrwacher to the lineup of top talents who will hold master classes and act as mentors during its Qumra event which blends creative worksh…

Palomar Chiefs On How Pact With Mediawan Will Boost Their International Firepower (EXCLUSIVE)

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Italian TV and film production company Palomar – which is at the Berlin Film Festival with Claudio Giovannesi’s competition entry “Pirhanas” – last month forged a strategic alliance with France’s Mediawan under which Mediawan to…

Incoming Berlin Artistic Director to Bring Over His Locarno Team (EXCLUSIVE)

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Carlo Chatrian, the incoming artistic director of the Berlin Film Festival, is bringing the core of his Locarno fest programming team with him when he takes up his new post in the German capital in June, Variety has learned. Set to be part of Chatrian’…