Magazine article Screen International

Bruni's Scialla! to Open Venice's Controcampo Italiano Section

Magazine article Screen International

Bruni's Scialla! to Open Venice's Controcampo Italiano Section

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In other festival news, Luigi De Laurentiis award jury to include Frank Roos, Aleksei Fedorchenko, Charles Tesson, Serra Yilmaz and Carlo Mazzacurati.

The Venice film festival has announced screenwriter Francesco Bruni's Scialla! a title which means "chill" in Roman slang will open the festival's Controcampo Italiano section that is dedicated to new trends in Italian cinema. Bruni's directorial debut will certainly attract the industry here: his last job was writing the screenplay for Italy's Oscar contender The First Beautiful Thing, directed by Paolo Virzi.

The film is a father - son tale focusing on a fatherless youth and a childless professor set in Rome. The picture stars strong local actors Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Barbara Bublova and emerging actor Vincio Marchioni, touted by the local industry and slated as one of the top emerging actors local in Screen's Italy Territory Report in April. Rome-based Cattleya's Francesca Longardi described Marchioni as "a powerful actor with a strong theatre background, a real discovery."

Scialla! Is produced by IBC Movie with Rai Cinema.

Actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta will also present her short Il Maestro, which will open the section's short competition is inspired by her own grandfather and features Il Postino actor Roberto Scarpa.

Director Roberta Torre, as previously announced, will preside over the jury. …

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