‘Gomorrah’ sweeps European Film Awards

Posted by · 2:29 pm · December 6th, 2008

Wow. As I said when the European Film Award nominations were announced a month ago, this year offered a pretty vintage slate of contenders. I therefore expected the honours to be spread quite widely, as is often the case with these particular awards. But it was not to be. In a spectacular sweep, Matteo Garrone’s […]

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Italy leads the charge at European Film Awards

Posted by · 6:12 pm · November 8th, 2008

Proof positive that 2008 is a banner year for Italian cinema: Matteo Garrone’s “Gomorrah” and Paolo Sorrentino’s “Il Divo,” both masterpieces of a very different stylistic ilk, lead all nominees for the European Film Awards, with five nominations apiece. Joing them in the hunt for Best European Film are “The Class” and “Happy-Go-Lucky,” which makes […]

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LONDON: “W,” “Genova,” “Il Divo” and more

Posted by · 2:06 pm · October 23rd, 2008

We’ve reached the midway point of the London Film Festival, and today’s big event is the European premiere of “W.” As I eavesdropped on assorted critics’ reactions coming out of the press screening this morning, the dominant feeling appeared to be one of pleasant surprise; I have a feeling the film may find a rather […]

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REVIEW: “Gomorrah” (****)

Posted by · 6:07 am · October 2nd, 2008

The title “Gomorrah” is at once metaphorically apt and tonally misleading. In referencing the Biblical city destroyed by God for its sinfulness, Roberto Saviano’s best-selling non-fiction posited its own setting, Naples, as some kind of present-day equivalent. A city ruled and consequently ravaged by the Camorra, the notoriously brutal crime syndicate that has reportedly been […]

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