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Published October 26, 2014 by Tony

FAVIJ, an Italian boy rewarded


He’s the first Italian to win this award and few Italian people know him, aside from a mass of teenagers who love video games. This is Lorenzo Ostuni, a nineteen year old from Turin who with the nickname ” Favij ,” about three years ago, started sharing on YouTube tips and impressions about video games. On his channel, on YouTube, you find his videos taken by webcam while he plays with his console. Jokes, bad words, jokes, smiles, grimaces and things like that do not follow a script and do not even have a real content, but with an exciting rhythm given by a good post-production editing. Probably, other players liked his outburst while playing, and those who followed him in just three years have exceeded one million (1.2 million subscribers). Nearly as many as those that our RAI national channel has. The visualizations generated by Favij channel are around 280 million, while here a famous telefilm series gets an audience of about 6 million!


By regulation, Google rewards Youtubers whose videos have over a million of subscribers, and for that, a few days ago, Lorenzo received the Golden Button, a big button-shaped plate 24-carat gold. But in the meantime, some companies already are knocking on his door, like Sony for a TV commercial.
Like Lorenzo says, “What could be more beautiful than turning a playful passion into a profitable business?”



Published February 11, 2013 by Tony


alessandro siani

Alessandro Siani (Naples, September 17, 1975) is an Italian comedian, actor, voice actor, writer and now also director.

His real name is Alessandro Esposito and he took the stage name of Siani, inspired by the last name of the Neapolitan journalist Giancarlo Siani murdered by the Camorra, whose case had echoed to the news at the national level for many years, though the comedian has no kinship. It is not known the reason of this choice, nor is it due to the content of his comedy, which does not touch the burning issues of organized crime, but only trace sweetened stereotypes of Naples today.
Alessandro Siani made his debut in 1998-99, during a transmission on a Neapolitan broadcast called Telegaribaldi.  In 2003 he became one of the most popular comedians in Campania thanks to the hilarious show “Bulldozer” on one of the national channel and by various sketches performed at theatre, from which some DVD-video sprang.  In 2006 he starred in the film “Ti lascio perché ti amo troppo” (I’m leaving you because I love you too much), by Francesco Ranieri Martinotti, in the same year he was among the actors of the film “Christmas in New York”, with Christian De Sica, Elisabetta Canalis and Sabrina Ferilli. And At Christmas 2007 he returned to cinema together Christian De Sica and Michelle Hunziker with the film “Christmas in cruise”. In 2010 the film “Benvenuti al Sud” (Welcome to the South), sees himself as the protagonist together the comedian and actor Claudio Bisio. The film was a huge success both the public and the critics.
In 2011, Siani published his first book “Un Napoletano come me” (A Neapolitan like me)  that looks like a declaration of love to his city, Naples. But it is also an amusing statement, in the noble tradition of Neapolitan comedy. The success led him to publish another book the following year, “Non si direbbe che sei napoletano” (You would not think that you are Neapolitan), where the Neapolitan comic shows how the life of a Southern going to Northern Italy is a continuous slalom between stereotypes and prejudices. In this book, Siani talk about the novelties that an immigrant encounters when decides to move to the North: a path of continual discoveries and pleasant surprises that the autor deals with wit and humor.
On January 18, 2012 “Benvenuti al Nord” (Welcome to the North),  was the sequel of the prior movie.
This month, his directorial debut with the film “Il principe abusivo” (The Prince abusive), set in Naples where between actors are Christian De Sica and the Neapolitan Serena Autieri.

Eclectic humour, Alessandro Siani is a full-blooded comedian, able to decline his talent in the most different ways: acting in theatre, television and film. Perhaps all this is because of his birthplace, Naples a land of extraordinary comic tradition.
Through Siani’s comic sense comes out his conflicting love towards his fellow citizens. To understand and fully appreciate his comedy, the spectator should (unfortunately) be Neapolitan, even if Alessandro can be understood by any Italian.
Among Neapolitans, many of his jokes have become a
catch phrase and in his first book he recounts the taste of his city and explains what it means to be born and live in Naples. The performer accompanies us in traffic where on a scooter are in five, and when the police stops them, asking why they are three on the scooter, they say, ” Scusateci, gli altri due nun so’ voluti veni’ ” (excuse the other two could not come).  Or on the bus where the controller is heard by a passenger who has a ticket expired the day before: “Azz, e tu mò vieni?” (Darn, and do you come now only?)
Naples is a wonderful city, which reacts always with joy (even the elderly do, like his grandmother who, hearing about ‘wombs for rent’, puts on her stomach the written “Fittasi” (for rent). And when his grandfather did the same thing on his crotch, she then added: “Yes, but to be restored!” Alessandro Siani gives us a unique and exhilarating portrait of this world by its ancient philosophy, made of sun, smiles and… “cazzimma”  (a purely Neapolitan term indicating craftimess + malice).

Naples is a postcard not mailed, crumpled, abandoned in the bottom of the boot that expects one thing, a mayor, a postman who dusts it a bit and mail it all over the world. [A. Siani]

alessandro siani

Here are some Siani gags (in Neapolitan), I will try to translate them into English for you.

<<I went to the grocery store to buy a mozzarella… “how much does a mozzarella cost?”, “€ 20 per kilo!”,  “20 EVEN!”, “ Yes, but if you squeeze it the milk comes out”, “uaaaaaaa for € 20 should come out champagne!”>>

<< My girlfriend told me one day: “My dear, the doctor told me that I need to take a week at sea, one at lake and another in mountain… where do you take me first??” , “to another doctor!” >>

<<The  Neapolitan navigator…. “I have installed it in my car, I typed the road and on the display I got the message: Get  down and Ask!” >>

<< My grandfather is really ignorant. One day he went to a museum and sat down on a chair. The guard approached him and said, “Get up please, this chair is of Louis XIV.” My grandfather said, “and when he comes I will get up!”
One day in the street, a beggar came to the grandfather and said, “look, I’m three days I do not eat.” And my grandfather said, “and you have to force yourself, it is pity to throw food!“>>

<< A woman goes into a sex shop and says to the clerk: “Excuse me, I want that red vibrator hanging there” – The clerk replied, “I am sorry, I can not give it, that’s the fire extinguisher!”>>

I can not even draw a veil over what people say. I finished the clothespins!

Caesar Must Die

Published September 26, 2012 by Tony


After long and complex discussions, the selection committee, established at ANICA on behalf of the Academy Award, has selected the Italian film that will compete at the Oscars in America. This is the movie ” Cesare deve morire” (Caesar Must Die) directed by the veteran and venerable duo of Paolo and Vittorio Taviani and that was selected over a short list of nine other films announced by ANICA. Thus, the film, that already won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, will fly to Hollywood hoping to be in the final, among the five competitors, for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Since 1998, after the triumph of Roberto Benigni, only in 2005 an Italian film reached the final.
Cesare deve morire” is unusual because the cast includes no professional actors, using actual prison inmates. In fact, the movie tells the story of some inmates, at a high-security prison in Rome, preparing for a public performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. In this film, Taviani brothers explore the complex relationship between life and art where during the preparation of comedy the actors themselves and viewers – many of them mafiosi serving life sentences for murder and drug-related crimes –  frequently comment and talk about their feelings.  Interesting the sentence an inmate confides to another : <Ever since I discovered art, this jail cell has truly become a prison>.
The Hollywood Reporter critic David Rooney, who reviewed this film in Berlin, said: <a stimulating marriage between theater and harsh reality>.
Good luck!


GLBT Film Festival

Published April 29, 2012 by Tony

Turin International Film Festival on Homosexual Themes


[Click on to see the beautiful Festival trailer]

In 1981 Ottavio Mai and Giovanni Minerba decided to stage their own rebellion against mainstream movies where homosexual “characters” were always relegated to marginal roles and/or to offensive stereotypes. Their opposition took the form of their first film, shot in video, “Dalla vita di Piero”, well received at ‘Festival Cinema Giovani di Torino’ (Turin’s festival for young film-makers), and then presentedWe Were Here at several international festivals. So the seed of the “Torino International Film Festival on Homosexual Themes” (GLBT Film Festival), entitled “Da Sodoma a Hollywood” (From Sodom to Hollywood), was planted and now arrived at its 27th edition. This year the festival was held April 10 to 25, and in this edition, among other events, different “focus themes” and ‘in-depth-examinations’ as “The Last Taboo” the hot topic of relationship between homosexuality and sports, and the topic “Forever Young“, which includes a series of films by young directors who are investigating the issue of sexual identity through the adolescents world and their hard coming out, as “Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho”,  “Uniformadas” by irene Zoe Alameda or the well-known “Tomboy” directed by Céline Sciamma, Hua Wei Meithat through a light and charming touch, talks about the drama of sex childhood confusion.
Despite the exiguous budget and the refusal of the local region (right-side politic orientation) to subsidize the initiative, this year have been screened 140 films during the festival.
The section “Gay in pantofole” (gay in slippers), has been opened by a documentary that throbs of humanity. A Danish film by Nola Grace Gaardmand shot in the Philippines and entitled  “Home for The Golden Gays”, a refuge for elderly homosexuals alone and abandoned. A blend of moving stories and lives on the edge.
The festival also adhered to the day against

bullying (GLSEN, Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educational Network) with two events. “Man in the Mirror” by Joel Schumacher, a short-film shot in schools, where the director of ‘Batman Forever’Romeos deals with the issue of bullying of gays or anyone thought to be homosexual. How far will someone go to prove that he is not different? And with “Private Romeo” by Alan Brown, a sort of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ all male story among academy military’s cadets. Reading “Romeo and Juliet” soon becomes an obsession for eight cadets of the Military Academy, and as in Shakespeare’s tragedy, the consequences will be dramatic. Deep and original, suspenseful and tense, the film is strengthened by brilliant acting from the cast.
In continuity with the previous edition, several movies against the problem of homophobia which ranged from the homophobia lived in weekendrepressive countries like Iran to the most insidious one of Western societies. The documentaries, in fact, have been the eye of denunciation of the festival, projecting films like:  “I am a woman now“, focused on the first changes of sex in the early 60′;  “Call Me Kuchu“, a charge to the homophobe and violent Ugandan’s reality. The mentioned “Man In the Mirror” by Joel Schumacher, then  “We Were Here” by David Weissman, that takes a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco on early 80’s, exploring how the City’s inhabitants were affected by, and how they responded to, that calamitous epidemic. Another valuableKeep the lights on documentary is “Becoming Chaz” directed by Fenton Bailey e Randy Barbato, which chronicles Chassity Bono (Sonny & Cher’s daughter) female-to-male transition.
In the section Called “Midnight Madness” we can fid the film “All About Evil“, directed by Joshua Grannell, a tribute to the American B-movies.
To be mentioned, among others: “Hua Wei Mei” (Bad Romance), by skoonheidFrançois Chang, the story of 7 young men and women and their three stories involved with heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual affairs happening in Beijing. Despite the appearance of homosexual freedom advanced in the film, it has been declared illegal in China because the presence of gay love. The movie “Romeos” directed by German filmmaker Sabine Bernardi, that forgoes stereotypes and conventions to offer an honest and humorous examination of the most basic of human conditions by a transgendered person. Besides, “Depois Do Almoco” by Rodrigo Diaz Diaz and “Lesbian Romance (Open Eyes)” by Shamin Sarif.
ParadaThere was also a section about the best GLBT film, awarded at international festivals such as “Sundance” and “Berlin”. Among the most famous, the revelation of the movie “Weekend” by Andrew Haigh, “Keep the lights on” by Ira Sachs (who won the Teddy Award 2012), and “Skoonheid” by Olivier Hermanus, that won the Queer Palm at Cannes Festival.



A novela das 8”  by Odilon Rocha, film set in Brazil in the 80s, where  a group of people live under the fierce repression of the military dictatorship. Rocha’s first film as director won the prize for the best screenplay at the Rio International Film Festival in 2011.  “Trans” by Chris Arnold (U.S. 2012), as best documentary; best short Prize for “The Lesson” by Paul Metz (Japan 2011). Special Mention for “Down Here” by Diogo Costa Amarante (Portugal 2011), that won the Festival Internacional de Cinema Gay e Lésbico de Barcelona. Prizes awarded by the Audience to: “Parada” (The Parade) by Sđrjan Dragojević, (Serbia/Slovenia/Croatia 2011); “ Call Me Kuchu“ (U.S. 2012). And as best Short Film: “Tsuyako” by Mitsuyo Miyazaki (Japan 2011).


To Rome With Love

Published March 31, 2012 by Tony



The Italian funnyman actor Roberto Benigni is working in the new Woody Allen Rome-based project, titled “To Rome With Love” (previously entitled Bop Decameron and then Nero Fiddled).
He is best known outside Italy for an exuberant appearance at the 1998 Oscars, where his tragicomedy “Life Is Beautiful” picked up three Oscars. In the past he had starred in “Il piccolo diavolo!”(The little devil”, with Walter Matthau), “Johnny Stecchino” (Johnny Toothpick), and in “Il mostro” (The Monster).
Very famous and loved in Italy, the comedian after the Honorary Doctorate in Letters from the University of Bologna, on 2007 was awarded with the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and the sequent year with the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by University of Malta.

Benigni is an improvisatory poet, lately  appreciated for his explanation and recitations of Dante’s Divina Comedy by memory, as he is a deep estimator and expert. On the other hand, he is originally from Tuscany, just the land of the famous writer.
Now, Benigni is set to make a belated return to the big screen after being cast in this new movie, written and directed by Woody Allen, getting a second chance with American audiences.
TO ROME WITH LOVE is a name selected as an homage to the eternal city of Rome where the film was shot on location last summer and still in progress.
The movie stellar cast includes Allen himself, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Alison Pill, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page.
The film is a story that follows various people life — some American, some Italian, some residents, some visitors — and the romances and adventures and predicaments they get into.
The film will be in Italian theatres on next April 20, with the title “A Roma con amore” and released in the USA on June 22, 2012.