Thursday, December 30, 2010

Loose Cannons (Mine Vaganti) in Cinemas around London and UK

Loose Cannons, the new Ozpetec's movie is a good occasion to explore the historic wine towns, fishermen villages and white sand beaches of this beautiful, unspoilt region of Italy, Puglia... Salento! A nice postcard of these places, particularly you will discover the baroque wonders of Lecce and crystal clear water of Gallipoli beaches and surroundings. If you are in London and want to visit our region... just go to the nearest cinema and watch the movie.

Synopsis: Tommaso is the youngest son of the well-to-do Cantone family, who own a pasta factory in Puglia. His mother Stefania is loving but stifled by bourgeois convention; his father Vincenzo has unrealistically high expectations of his children; his aunt Luciana is an eccentric; his sister Elena a frustrated housewife; his brother Antonio works with their father at the pasta factory; and then there is his rebellious grandmother, trapped in the memory of an impossible love. All of them loose cannons in their own way...

Tommaso returns home from Rome to attend an important family dinner at which his father intends to hand over management of the family business to him and his brother, and their new associate Brunetti. Determined to assert his own personal choices, Tommaso plans to announce at the dinner that he is gay. But that evening, just as he begins to say "silence please", he is upstaged by his brother who, to everyone's surprise, reveals his own secret! Antonio is promptly disowned and father Vincenzo collapses from a heart attack.
With the family in a state of turmoil, Tommaso reluctantly steps in to run the factory with the new business partner's daughter, Alba. Despite his growing affection for the gorgeous but complex Alba, Tommaso's heart isn't in it and he misses his life in Rome. But how can he come out now and risk damaging his father's health further? A surprise visit from his friends forces some well hidden family secrets to the surface and some realisations along the way. Loose Cannons is an uproarious, uplifting and moving comedy 'al dente'.

Do not lose it ;)
24/12/10: Gate, Notting Hill, London
24/12/10: Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge
27/12/10: South Hill Park, Bracknell
31/12/10: Showroom, Sheffield
01/01/11: Chichester Cinemas, New Park
02/01/11: City Screen, York
02/01/11: Glasgow Film Theatre
07/01/11: National Media Museum, Bradford
07/01/11: Zeffirellis Ambleside, Cumbria
14/01/11: Dundee Contemporary Arts
14/01/11: Watershed, Bristol
17/01/11: Lighthouse, Wolverhampton
18/01/11: Abbegate Picturehouse, Bury St Edmunds
21/01/11: Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
24/01/11: Robert Burns Film Institute
01/02/11: Cornerhouse, Manchester
05/02/11: Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
09/02/11: Ipswich Film Theatre
11/02/11: Chapter Cinema, Cardiff
15/02/11: Stoke Film Theatre
16/02/11: Warwick Arts Centre
22/02/11: Everyman, Reigate, Surrey
23/02/11: Plough Arts Centre, Torrington
08/03/11: The Theatre, Chipping Norton
14/03/11: Knutsford Studio Cinema,
15/03/11: Strode Theatre, Somerset
27/03/11: Keswick Film Club, Keswick
06/04/11: Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Crew: FERZAN ÖZPETEK (Director and Co-writer) is one of Italy's top directors. Özpetek has received numerous international awards. Özpetek's directorial debut was in 1997 with Hamam (The Turkish Bath) which was presented at Cannes and became an international success. - DOMENICO PROCACCI (Producer) founded Rome based production company Fandango in 1989. Over the last 20 years films produced by Fandango have won numerous awards and participated in scores of international film festivals. Procacci has won the most prestigious Italian awards as Best Producer: the David di Donatello three times.
Screenplay by Ivan Cotroneo and Ferzan Ozpetek - Director of Photography: Maurizio Calvesi - Editor: Patrizio Marone - Composer: Pasquale Catalano - Production Designer: Andrea Crisanti - Costume Designer: Alessandro Lai - Production Supervisor: Claudio Zampetti - Line Producer: Gianluca Leurini - Production Manager: Roberto Leone -Sound: Marco Grillo - Assistant Director: Gianluca Mazzella

Cast: RICCARDO SCAMARCIO (Tommaso) is one of Italy's best known young actors. His career also continues to grow internationally, with roles in 11 Minutes based on the novel by Paulo Coelho, where he co-starred with Mickey Rourke and Vincent Cassel and a role as the near-wordless immigrant in Costa-Gavras's Eden is West in 2009. Scamarcio is currently shooting Manuale d'amore 3 (2011) dir Giovanni Veronesi with Robert de Niro, Monica Bellucci and Valeria Solarino. - NICOLE GRIMAUDO (Alba) is one of Italy's most popular actresses. She recently appeared in Ozpetek's Perfect Day and Giuseppe Tornatore's Baaria. Her latest movie Baciato dalla Fortuna by Paolo Costella will be released in 2011, co-starring Asia Argento and Alessandro Gassman.
Antonio: Alessandro Preziosi - Vincenzo:Ennio Fantastichini - Stefania: Lunetta Savino - Grandmother: laria Occhini - Aunt Luciana: Elena Sofia Ricci - Elena: Bianca Nappi - Salvatore: Massimiliano Gallo - Teresa: Paola Minaccioni - Giovanna: Emanuela Gabrieli - Young grandmother: Carolina Crescentini - Nicola: Giorgio Marchese - Domenico: Matteo Taranto - Marco: Carmine Recano - Andrea: Daniele Pecci - Davide: Gianluca De Marchi - Massimiliano: Mauro Bonaffini - Patrizia: Gea Martire - Brunetti: Giancarlo Montigelli - Antonietta: Crescenza Guarnieri

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Winter 'a good time to tour Puglia'

Piazza Sant'Oronzo at Christmas, Lecce, Puglia, Italy

Travellers who don't mind putting up with chilly weather could consider visiting the Puglia area of Italy during the winter, a season that offers a number of benefits for visitors, according to a tourism industry representative.Stefania Gatta, a spokeswoman for the Italian State Tourist Board, pointed out that coastal resorts in the south-eastern region will be much quieter during the colder months.'It will be easier to tour the region in winter and visit art cities such as Lecce and the Trulli area of Alberobello as there would not be many tourists there and prices would be low,' Ms Gatta explained.'The little towns will also be decked in Christmas decoration and you can expect to eat very well at reasonable prices.'ACI Europe recently released European aviation figures showing that Brindisi airport in Puglia welcomed 50.2% more passengers in October 2010 than in the same month last year.Ms Gatta said that more people may have been catching flights to the region in this period to get some late-summer sun.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Once again we have the pleasure to wish you Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year with our home made christmas card, for which we have to thank the sunset of Santa Maria al Bagno for inspiring us everyday.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Casa Puglia by architect Peter Pichler

Though still only 28, Peter Pichler's CV charts his progress through some of Europe's most high-profile practices, including Zaha Hadid and Delugan Meissl and the Italian's portfolio is filled with ambitious schemes, ranging from a new country house for the photographer Cellina von Mannstein to a car showroom in Bolzano.

For this casa in (Santa Maria al bagno) a small fishing village in Puglia, his brief was to turn a 14th-century fortified farmhouse into a contemporary retreat. Pichler retained the broad interior arches that are set into the hefty sandstone walls. 'The idea was to expand those arches in the exterior façade to provide light and direct access from each room towards the exterior' he said.

The patterned aluminium panels on the façade were etched using a precise water-cutting process. 'It evokes a new interpretation of the classic Arabic "linear" pattern', says Pichler, explaining how the sunlight and artificial light from within causes the structure to cast dramatic shadows, inside and out.

Written by Jonathan Bell
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