From December 9 to December 13. Locations: AERO THEATRE - 1328 Montana Ave Santa Monica, CA 90403; LOS FELIZ THEATRE - 1822 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027. Co-presented by Cinecittà. Few Italian filmmakers since Fellini have paired sumptuous visual style with piquant social commentary as effectively as Paolo Sorrentino, who also brings a barbe...

No country in the world has birthed more winners of the best international feature Oscar — formerly the best foreign language film Oscar — than Italy, with 14. However, all but one of those wins happened many years ago. Indeed, in the 21st century, Italy’s only win in the category came eight years ago, with Paolo Sorrentino‘s The Great Beauty. In t...

Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to Italian director Mario Martone’s “The King of Laughter” (“Qui Rido Io”) ahead of its world premiere Tuesday in competition at the Venice Film Festival. The film, being sold internationally by Italy’s True Colours, toplines Toni Servillo (“The Great Beauty”) as popular and prolific early 20th century Neapoli...

The Gene Siskel Film Center will present the the 22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival through April 4. The following Italian films will be screened at the festival. (Descriptions were provided by the Gene Siskel Film Center.) LORO: 2018, Paolo Sorrentino, Italy/France, 150 min. With Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci. Wednesday, March 13,...

As the envelope was opened at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd, announcing the winner of the Best Foreign Language Film – "The Great Beauty" – it was Toni Servillo who was the lead actor in the movie.   His long career as a an actor and director has culminated with this honor, to go along being named Best Actor at the 26th European Film...

Chicago Shakespeare joins the Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago to commemorate the Year of Italian Culture in America. First written and performed in Milano in 1948, Inner Voices tells the story of a man who dreams the murder of a friend so vividly that he believes the crime has actually been committed b...

by Michael Phillips   When the Italians say "cinema," it sounds better than when the Americans say it. CHEE-nay-ma. Doesn't that sound better?   Born in 1959 and widely considered to be his nation's greatest stage and screen actor, Toni Servillo is seven hours ahead of us in Chicago, Skyping from his kitchen at home in Caserta, in the...

Writers write, that's what they do. Jep Gambardella still qualifies, just barely. After the publication of his acclaimed first novel, he chose to spend the rest of his career penning Vanity Fair-style celebrity profiles. It was much easier, but far less satisfying. Gambardella belatedly realizes this holds true for all aspects of his life in Paol...

Italian cinema had a real shot to the arm recently with the triumphant Oscar win of Sorrentino's La Grande Bellezza, a beautiful and bittersweet portrait of the lives of the Roman upper crust.   This film, however, is not the first time that Director Sorrentino and Actor Servillo have worked together. In honor of their magical partnership, t...

The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago,the 49th Chicago International Film Festival, and Cinecittà Luce cordially invite you to   An Evening with Toni Servillo "Best Italian stage and screen actor of his generation" - New York Times Sunday June 23, 2013AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St) 5:30 PM Film screening of IL DIVOIn-person t...