Monday, September 11, 2006

Hooray for Romeywood

Happy Monday morning, tutti! To get your week going with a bit of star power, I feel compelled to talk about Rome’s upcoming venture into the wild world of film festivals, as well as my own little recent brush with il cinema italiano.

Buzz is building about the inaugural Rome FilmFest. Even Nicole Kidman, known lover of all things Italian, has signed on to open the fest with her film Fur, directed by Steven Shainberg. Apparently there’s quite a rivalry brewing between our neighbors to the north in Venice.

Speaking of fur, it was definitely flying in some of this article’s catty debate. Personally, I must take issue with the following excerpt regarding why in Venice the critics felt they were “roughing it”:

"It feels like we are camping here, but we have just got used to it," said Natalia Aspesi, one of Italy's leading film critics and a veteran of the Venice festival.

By contrast, Rome's choice of venues and accommodation is likely to appeal to a broader audience than the Lido crowd, although snarling traffic could prove a big headache.

Did anyone from the Rome FilmFest ask if my apartments were available? No! Vergogna! I wouldn’t have minded giving Nicole the Italian lessons she’s been saying for years she wants to take. Oh well. Maybe next year.

Who knows, perhaps Gerard Depardieu would be interested. My future hubby has recently added ‘entertainment lawyer’ to his hat rack, which is already brimming over with many and various hats of every size, shape and color. Ale has a decidedly Forrest-Gump-like talent for falling into the right place at the right moment. Plus, he’s a "Jean-oos." I won’t go into the gory details, but watch for Bastardi, coming soon to a theatre near you!

Looking disturbingly GQ in one of the pics from the above-linked article is my adorable little Italian cousin, Dario. He’s helping Ale out on the set. Mr. “Furbo” and aspiring actor had the bright idea that if he sat next to the producer he’d be sure to get photographed. Mission accomplished. Destined for stardom? Only time will tell.

I’m ready for my close-up!


African Kelli said...

Well let me be the first to say, when I start selling these novels and they turn them into movies and they are shown at the Italian film festivals, not only will I be paying top dollar to be wined and dined at your lovely apartments, but I'll be sure to have Ale fight off the paparazzi too. :)

FinnyKnits said...

HA! The photo of Dario is awesome. I, personally, will be ready for my Italian lessons in a few weeks. Granted, I don't carry the kind of clout that "Nic" does, but I promise to be a really neat houseguest. I bet she's a pig. I mean -- she has to be, right? Otherwise she's too perfect.

mad said...

I came across your blog today and after reading all your previous posts I've caught upand i'm hooked. I'm an Australian/Italian and have been to Italy many times, but only for holidays. Your post on expresso was great. As a child my father taught me how to make the perfect expresso with a Bialetti cafetiera now I too have high standaeds for my coffee.

Shelley - At Home in Rome said...

Ciao mad...
Thanks, I'm honored to have an Australian reader--see you someday in Rome!! I'll introduce you to Alberto, my hairdresser, and you can trade secrets.