August 31, 2008

Italian Films Basking in Spotlight at Festival

Italian filmmaking has been struggling to find its sweet spot since the Dolce Vita days of the 1950s and 1960s, but the Venice Film Festival lineup suggests it might be making a comeback.

Ferzan Ozpetek's "A Perfect Day" was the first of four Italian films vying for the Golden Lion to make its premiere at Venice on Saturday. Based on an Italian novel, the movie is a tragic tale of domestic violence set in present-day Rome against the backdrop of two social strata, the increasingly precarious working class and the political class.

The film was produced by Domenico Procacci, who also did the international hit "Gomorra," which won second place at Cannes this spring. But Procacci said there is no formula for worldwide success.

"Today it is very difficult to predict if a film will have a broader audience," Procacci told a news conference Saturday.

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