#FIRSTLOOK: 2014 ITALIAN CONTEMPORARY FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW
The third edition of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival kicks-off this Thursday, June 12 and runs through Friday, June 20, 2014 throughout Toronto, Vaughan, Hamilton, Quebec City and Montreal! We had a chance to preview a couple of the Festival’s Marquee Titles including the Opening Night Gala, THE BEST OFFER which stars Geoffrey Rush, Donald Sutherland, Jim Sturgess and Sylvia Hoeks and BLAME FREUD, a Box Office Smash in Italy.
THE BEST OFFER
Geoffrey Rush delivers one of his best performances in recent years as a Master Auctioneer named Virgil who becomes obsessed with a mysterious Heiress, Claire (Hoeks), who hires him to auction off some high-end Art and Antiques. The two form an unlikely bond with the help of Robert (Sturgess), who is enlisted to take mechanical parts among Claire‘s inherited belongings, building an Automaton. All the while, Virgil’s Friend Billy (Sutherland) secretly helps him acquire a collection of Master Paintings, which could jeopardize everything he has worked for. Meticulously-stylized and undeniably suspenseful, the Film with its patient precision handling from Director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) is a fittingly prestigious kick-off to the Festival.
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Originally titled Tutta colpa di Freud, this Romantic-Comedy from Paolo Genovese, offers a light-hearted Alternative at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival. The Tale about a Father’s wish for his three Daughters to find love with only the top percentile of Men, is a celebration of love in all its forms, giving validity to the statement that love just happens. One by one we see his Daughters veer off on their own tangents, while he too finds himself falling for someone he’d never have guessed he would! The right combination of charming, scandalous and stimulating to the eyes, make Blame Freud an obvious choice to see at the Festival!
See the Trailer below:
Vittoria Puccini, Stephen Baldwin, Carlo Verdone, Paolo Genovese Nick Mancuso, Enrico Brignano and more are expected to be in attendance this year!
More on the ICFF including Tickets, Venues, Showtimes and Films here!
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