Writer-director Jonas Carpignano completes his Calabrian trilogy with A Chiara, an enthralling drama about a teenage girl coming to terms with her family’s role in the mafia, which won the Europa Cinema Label at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. With a documentary-like authenticity, this is a touching, powerful film with a lyrical visual palette...

Amazon Studios has unveiled a new high-concept Italian original movie featuring pop star Laura Pausini, who recently collaborated with Diane Warren to perform the Oscar-nominated theme song “Io Sì” (Seen) for Sophia Loren-starrer “The Life Ahead.”  The still untitled film, which has begun shooting, is being helmed by Ivan Cotroneo, who is among Ita...

Come enjoy a movie under the stars at our annual Little Italy Summer Film Festival every Saturday night of the Summer.  The Little Italy Summer Film Festival is presented by the Little Italy Association and Cinema Little Italy. The movies are screened at the Amici Park Amphitheater (W. Date & State Streets). These amazing Italian films, complete wi...

Raffaella is no more. For everyone "la Carrà", with the accent on the last a, as she emphasized to David Letterman in an interview in 1986. On July 5, 2021 died the most important woman in the history of Italian entertainment, by far, who for decades exported the best face of our country abroad. It is no coincidence that she was particularly succes...

Crescenzo Notarile, ASC, AIC, was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., by Italian immigrant parents who were artists; his father was a painter and a famed art director, and his mother was a sculptor and interior designer. After studying filmmaking at New York University and the New York Institute of Technology, where he earned a BFA, Crescenzo worked as a PA...

Filmmaker Jonas Carpignano rounds out his Calabrian trilogy with Directors’ Fortnight entry A Chiara, the story of a 15-year-old girl who learns some hard truths about her close-knit family when her father disappears. Carpignano stopped by Deadline’s Cannes Studio to talk about making the film and his experiences in Gioia Tauro, Italy, where each o...

When Almanac Weekly last caught up with Columbia County-based filmmaker David McDonald in early 2019, he was looking for backers to make a movie out of his screenplay Ella the Ungovernable. It was a juicy story about the horrific period in 1933-34 when 15-year-old Ella Fitzgerald was an inmate at the New York Training School for Girls in Hudson whe...

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere will present Cinema Sotto Le Stelle 2021 — its 11th annual Outdoor Italian Film Festival — that’s back this year on the lawn with the “beautiful view” of New York Harbor. The films will be shown most Tuesday evenings from July 13 through Sept. 28, with screenings to begin at 8 p.m. — around sunset....

Sylvester Stallone turns 75 on July 6, 2021. To celebrate, Wonderwall.com is going all the way back to the beginning of an unlikely story: Italian American kid fights his way up from the streets to become a box office superstar. Keep reading to relive Sly’s life and career in photos from “Rocky” to “Rambo” and everything in between… Michael Sylvest...

Raffaella Carrà, the Italian singer, dancer, actress and popular television host, has died aged 78. Carrà died on the afternoon of 5 July following an illness that she kept private, announced her former partner and long-time collaborator Sergio Japino. "Raffaella has left us" - said Japino - "She went to a better world, where her humanity, her unmi...