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6 PH films in Udine

Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo

Six Filipino movies will be screened at the 16th Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy (April 25 to May 3): Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo’s “Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita,” Jun Robles Lana’s “Mga Kuwentong Barbero,” Chito Roño’s “Badil” and “Shoot-to-Kill: Boy Golden,” Jerrold Tarog’s “Sana Dati” and Siege Ledesma’s “Shift.” Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Chris Evans on starting ‘Avengers 2,’ retiring

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“Everything!” Chris Evans exclaimed when we asked what he was looking forward to about shooting “Aven-gers: Age of Ultron,” in our chat before he left for the set in South Korea. “It’s nice to see those guys again—the whole crew. It’s nice to know that you are making something good. I have been part of plenty of movies where you start filming and you [wonder], is this going to be good? It’s not easy to make good movies. If it were, there would be a lot more of them.

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Mad men, lonely hearts and cigarettes in Venice film fest

Actor Scott Haze, left, and director James Franco pose for photographers on the red carpet for the screening of the film Child Of God at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival held from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7, in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. AP

From deranged anti-heroes to lonely hearts, tattoos and cigarettes, here are some of the themes which have emerged so far from this year’s Venice Film Festival.

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Clooney, Bullock space thriller opens Venice film fest

Actors Sandra Bullock and George Clooney arrive to promote their film Gravity at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival held from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7, in Venice, Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Azia)

Hollywood high-rollers George Clooney and Sandra Bullock kicked off the Venice film festival on Wednesday with a harrowing space drama that opens a line-up flush with gloomy tales.

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Amanda Knox won’t return to Italy for murder retrial

Amanda Knox waves to supporters as she makes her first appearance at SeaTac Airport after arriving in Seattle following her release from prison in Italy on October 4, 2011. AFP FILE PHOTO

American Amanda Knox will not return to Italy for a retrial – due to begin next month – for the 2007 death of her British roommate, her lawyer said Sunday.

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Bullock, Clooney to open 70th Venice Film Festival

Venice Biennale president Paolo Baratta arrives for the Venice Film Festival's press conference in Rome on Thursday, July 25, 2013. The 70th edition of the festival will run from the August 28 to Sept 7. The techno-thriller "Gravity" starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in outer space will open the festival.  AP PHOTO/ANDREW MEDICHINI

The Venice Film festival will launch with a bang this year as the techno-thriller “Gravity” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in outer space opens the 70th edition of the world’s oldest festival, organizers announced Thursday.

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Bullock, Clooney to open Venice film fest with ‘Gravity’

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. AFP

Hollywood heavyweights Sandra Bullock and George Clooney will open the Venice film festival next month with their new movie “Gravity” where they play two astronauts on an ill-fated mission.

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‘Thy Womb’ in Italy

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Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” will be screened at the 11th Asian Film Festival, to be held in Reggio Emilia, Italy, from April 6 to 11. Mendoza told the Inquirer it wasn’t the first time for a movie he made to be featured in this fest.

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Heard: PH musical Italy-bound

EUGENE Domingo and Ogie Alcasid in “I Do Bidoo”

Filmmaker Chris Martinez looks forward to the screenings of his movie “I Do Bidoo Bidoo” at the Far East Film Festival, set in Italy from April 19 to 27. “Udine is the first festival I attended in 2004, for (Jeffrey Jeturian’s) ‘Bridal Shower’ which I wrote. I’m excited to see how the Italians would react [...]

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“I do Bidoo Bidoo” will compete at the Far East Film Festival to be held in Udine, Italy from April 19 to 27. The movie musical, directed by Chris Martinez, is also vying for top honors at the Osaka Asian Film Festival, set in Japan next month. The Osaka website described “I Do Bidoo” as “exuberant.” “With pleasant pop tunes (of the Apo Hiking Society), the film colorfully depicts the families’ mixed feelings” over the impending marriage of teeners.

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Italian senator lauds La Aunor and Mendoza

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BRILLANTE Ma. Mendoza directed Nora Aunor and Bembol Roco (center) in “Thy Womb.”

There was no translation needed.   Asked to describe Filipino actress Nora Aunor, Italian Senator Goffredo Bettini said in French: “Magnifique! Magnifique!”   When talk turned to Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza, Cristina Moricca, the interpreter tasked to help the Philippine Daily Inquirer, once again took a break. Bettini waxed rhapsodic. Unequivocally, he said: “Mendoza [...]

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From ‘Caesar Must Die’ to spaghetti western fete

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“CAESAR Must Die” melds documentary and drama, and gives Shakespeare a “jolting currency.”

If it were a meal, this year’s edition of Moviemov: Italian Cinema Now would be a banquet.

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