TREVIGNANOFILMFEST, September 14-18, 2012
In September, on the shores of Lake Bracciano, near Rome, the city of Trevignano will host a new film festival, the TrevignanoFilmFest, 5 days of celebration of film, music and art. The first edition of Trevignano’s new film festival will start on September 14 and will see its last events the night of the 18th, in the beautiful and historic Cinema Palma. This year’s edition will be dedicated to school as a place for dreams, hope, emancipation and conflict and its relationship with cinema. Actors, writers, artists, musicians and many patrons of the arts will gather near the famous Castello Odescalchi where Tom Cruise has his fabulous wedding in late 2006. Opening night film will be “The First Grader” by Justin Chadwick, the true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan who defended his right to learn to read and write after the burdens of an horrific colonial past.
All this is the result of the dream of a simple man, “Nonno (Grandpa) Fabio” – a carpenter with a strong passion for film. In 1939, Trevignano was a village inhabited by 2000 people (a quarter of today’s population) along with some donkeys, sheep and chickens. One day Nonno Fabio said, “These people deserve cinematography”. He went to Rome, bought a projector made by Balilla and put it in his carpenter’s studio, thus saving it from it’s destiny of being used in a brothel for the passing troops.
The place was a success: everybody went to see the movies, even those who didn’t have money for a ticket paid with fruit and eggs. Unfortunately in 1944, whilst driving down the Cassia on his three-wheeled van, Nonno Fabio was shot and killed by an American reconnaissance plane.
His son, Fernando, continued his endeavor. In a buried container Fernando found the Balilla projector that his father had hidden in order to protect it from the war. He rebuilt the cinema and restarted the family activity. However, the competition brought by rising TV popularity forced him to close down his activities by May of 1985.
This is when young Fabio launched his great challenge: a few months later he managed to reopen the cinema as classy and sophisticated, and what seemed folly became triumph. The ‘Sala dei Palma’ (Cinema Palma) became the niche for quality films for the whole lakeside area. Not long after the Aiace Trevignano Award was founded for the best young Italian directors, recognizing talents like Gabriele Salvatores, Francesca Archibugi, Gianni Amelio and Michele Placido. In 2002 Michelangelo Antonioni decided to celebrate his 90th birthday there. The latest addition is the Trevignano FilmFest Cultural Association – of which Corrado Giustiniani is president – and the Festival itself: a presentation of the best films centered around a common theme (this year school), under the artistic direction of Silvia Bizio.
Just a personal, short note. I’m taking a pause from the painful process of packing, sitting in the company of Celestino and Violetta, my lovely birds…tomorrow I will fly to Italy, to be with part of the team of “Il turno di notte lo fanno le stelle”. Silvia will join us in few days, flying from LA to Italy with our amazing leading actress, Nastassja. Finally, after a very complicated year, we are starting to see our dream unveiled, a dream we never gave up on. With Erri De Luca words, with Edoardo Ponti’s vision, with an exceptional cast and crew, we are making the idea we always visioned, REAL, at least for the time of a movie…more to come…more to share…buonanotte or…buongiorno!
Alex O’ Loughlin on organ donation.
Now that I am so involved in the short film “Il turno di notte lo fanno le stelle”, which we are shooting the the Dolomites this July, I seem to find so many people who really care about organ donation and dedicate so much of their time to a global awareness of this important issue. The film, written by Erri De Luca and directed by Edoardo Ponti, is the story of two people who are given a new chance to life thanks to a heart transplant. So it was a pleasure the other day to find this common interest in Alex O’ Laughlin, the star of “Hawaii 5-0”, who became involved with organ donation since working on CBS’ “Three Rivers” show. I met Alex (and his co-star Scott Caan) in Los Angeles during a break from “Hawaii 5-0” which is, of course, shooting in Honolulu. “Three Rivers was pitched to me by CBS and it was such a wonderful script and premise” explains Alex. “The script was based on an real person, Gonzo Gonzales, who was at the time one of the leading heart surgeons in Cleveland Clinic. Thanks to this story I learned so much about organ donation,” Alex says. “We all know how organ donation helps save lives but I never knew about the statistics and how important it can be. I heard stories, many stories of people who received an organ transplant, connected with them. We created a team. Unfortunately the show lasted not even a full season, but it has touched many. I believe we sent a message. I am an organ donor myself.”
Alex joined the organization called “Donate Life” and dedicates as much time as he can to help spreading the word about the importance of organ donation, but being in Hawaii doesn’t make it very easy: “Being there I feel far from everything,” he says. “It’s wonderful to be in the middle of the ocean, but it makes it difficult to stay in touch with what’s going on in the mainland.
I’m still very involved with organ donation and I talk to people about it all the time.
Every year I take part of an event called Taylor’s Gift, in memory of a little girl who died in a car accident, and her parents donated her organs, and saved a bunch of lives. I hope that with time, as my profile rises, people will start to care more about what I have to say – and do more for organizations like that.”
Thanks to my friend/partner Silvia, I can go to see movies just at the “begin” of their opening to the world…this time I could not wait to see Tom Cruise in a “Rock and Roll” version…like always, when he acts in a “unique” role, he amaze me…actually, the best part of the movie is when he interprets legendary rock tracks such as Bon Jovi’s “Dead Or Alive” or “Pour some sugar on me”…almost 50, he is an amazing, hot, Rock & Roll Star!
“When Cruise started this project more than a year ago, he didn’t know whether he could really sing. “Adam Shankman, the director, asked me if I could carry a tune,” Cruise tells me later. “I said, ‘We’ll see, won’t we? This is either going to work or it’s going to be dreadful.’ ”
An extract of today press release of the Provincia autonoma of Trento:
“From the Great War of Monte Piano” to “the majestic scenery of the Dolomites of “Il turno di notte lo fanno le stelle “, from the vineyards of Trentino” wine into ” to the mountain and urban settings of” Movies Pedal “, are just some of the news that this region will host between now and the end of the year. Ten films are in fact sustained by the Trentino Film Commission which will shoot in the province between June and December
….”Il turno di notte lo fanno le stelle” is taken from an e-book Feltrinelli Erri de Luca. A story-screenplay where every beat of the heart has a sound never heard before. The short film is directed by Edoardo Ponti, and includes among its performers the writer, Nastassja Kinski and Enrico Lo Verso …
I’m always happily surprised when I have the opportunity to discover new ways to share and mix different cultures, bringing the best of this world, together.
The daughter of Ravi Shakar and amazing prodigy of the sitar, has always explored the possibilities of the classical sitar within other musical genres and traditions. For her seventh album, Anoushka Shankar sets her sights on the links between Hindu and flamenco music, and turns to producer Javier Limon, one of the most important key figure in the development of flamenco fusion in the past decade. Although her sitar playing remains the focal point of the album, she is joined by superb musicians and the results are as intriguing as they are beautiful…a great result of the power of music, from India to Spain!
LOS ANGELES — The new movie museum planned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has its architects. Renzo Piano, whose work includes the recent expansion of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Zoltan Pali, who has helped restore the Greek Theater and other buildings here, will join in building the film museum. The institution will be located in the old May Company department store next to LACMA. Under an earlier plan, the French architect Christian de Portzamparc was to have designed the museum, on Academy-owned land in the Hollywood district. But that plan collapsed as the economy softened in 2008 and was eventually replaced by current one, which calls for renovation of the 325,000-square-foot store space now known as LACMA West. Mr. Piano, who won the Pritzker Prize for architecture in 1998, also designed the building in which The New York Times is headquartered.