Italy finds joy at Cannes Director’s Fortnight


PARIS: After disappointment at being left out of the main competition at Cannes next month, three Italian films were included in the Director’s Fortnight contest held alongside the prestigious cinema showcase.

Italian cinema great Marco Bellochio, 76, saw his latest film Fai Bei Sogni (Sweet Dreams) chosen to open the increasingly prized sidebar competition, after being snubbed in the Palme d’Or selection.

The film about a boy coping with the death of his mother is his first to be shown at Cannes since Vincere (To Win) was shown in the main competition in 2009.

The other two Italian films are Fiore by Claudio Giovannesi, set in a juvenile detention center, and La Pazza Gioia (Like Crazy)—about two patients who escape a mental institution.



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