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Minerva Pictures at Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna with four titles showcased!

14 June 2024

Bologna opens the gates to a cinephile paradise with the 38th edition of the Il Cinema Ritrovato festival, taking place in the shadow of the Two Towers from June 22nd to 30th. This year, Minerva Pictures will again be present with four titles in the lineup!

The festival kicks off on Tuesday, June 25th at 3:15 PM at Cinema Europa with Pietro Germi’s Guerra 1915-18 (an episode from Amori di mezzo secolo, 1954), as part of the Pietro Germi retrospective, Pietro Germi, the Uncomfortable Witness. “Among directors of his generation, although not seeking to stand out as an auteur and staying true to a popular vocation, Germi is among those who have focused not only on the perfection of scripts but also on the strength of staging, the power of constructing a frame, a scene, a rhythm,” (from the Il Cinema Ritrovato program, curated by Emiliano Morreale).

On Wednesday, June 26th, a 9:45 PM appointment in Piazza Maggiore is set for the presentation of the new 4K restoration of Antonio Pietrangeli‘s La visita (1963), featuring a magnificent Sandra Milo. The introduction will be provided by Sergio Castellitto, President of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. The screening will precede a selection of recently restored Lumière films, presented by Thierry Frémaux (Institut Lumière). The restoration is a collaboration between CSC-Cineteca Nazionale and Minerva Pictures.

On Thursday, June 27th at 4:45 PM at Cinema Modernissimo, we will present the national premiere of the restored 4K version of Slap the Monster on Page One (1972), directed by Marco Bellocchio and starring Gian Maria Volonté, with the director in attendance. Presented at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes Classics section, the restoration, realized by the Cineteca di Bologna in collaboration with Surf Film, Kavac Film, and Minerva Pictures, will return to cinemas across Italy from July 4th with 01 Distribution and Minerva Pictures.

The programming sponsored by Minerva Pictures concludes on Friday, June 28th at 2:30 PM at Cinema Arlecchino with the 4K restoration of Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971), by Robert Bresson. Inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky’s White Nights, the work was presented at the Directors’ Fortnight of the 24th Cannes Film Festival.

See you in Bologna from June 22nd to 30th!

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Kassovitz’s “La Haine” on the box office podium: success for the 4K restoration 30 years after its release

24 May 2024

Minerva Pictures and Rarovideo, in collaboration with Cat People Distribuzione, bring Mathieu Kassovitz‘s La Haine back to the big screen in a restored 4K version, 30 years after its original release. The film, starring Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, and Saïd Taghmaoui, and winner of the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995, quickly reached the box office podium. Released in theaters on Monday, May 13, the restoration took third, second, and again third place in the following days at the Italian box office.

The film’s restoration was also enthusiastically received during the special previews held on Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3, at Cinema Troisi in Rome. The three dedicated screenings, which featured director Mathieu Kassovitz and the musical group Colle der Fomento, sold out within hours of the tickets going on sale.

The film’s run will continue through the end of May, reaching a total of over 205 theaters across Italy.

The film tells the story of the suburbs of large cities for the first time, focusing on twenty-four hours in the lives of three protagonists with seemingly irreconcilable characters, who must react to the challenges of a complex and suffocating social context, still relevant 30 years later. From the beginning, La Haine established itself as a true intergenerational cult classic, becoming one of the fundamental titles in contemporary hip hop imagery, including in Italy.

This year, Rarovideo, the editorial division of Minerva Pictures, which has been digitally present for years with Rarovideo Channel on Prime Video and The Film Club, celebrates its 25th anniversary. The restoration of La Haine is just the first of many initiatives that will accompany this significant milestone.

The film covers twenty-four hours in the lives of Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Koundé), and Saïd (Saïd Taghmaoui), three friends from the Parisian banlieue following clashes between law enforcement and civilians, after which a local boy, Abdel, is left in critical condition due to violent police abuses. The three, filled with rage and holding a gun, contemplate how to seek justice.

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Minerva Pictures goes to Cannes 77

6 May 2024

Everything is ready for the upcoming Marché du Film, scheduled in Cannes from May 14th to 22nd, coinciding with the 77th edition of the Film Festival. As every year, Minerva Pictures will participate in the highly anticipated market with its Sales, Co-production, Acquisition, and Digital teams, and with a stand at the Italian Pavilion located in Riviera A6.C1.

The following members will be present in Cannes:

Gianluca Curti – President & CEO

Andrea Curti – Board Member – Buyer

Giorgio Curti – Board Member – Digital

Ilaria Ricci – Buyer

Monica Ciarli – Head of International

Stefano Ricci – Head of Digital

Giuditta Giuffrida – Sales and Acquisition Assistant

Bianca Giacalone – Digital and Sales Assistant – Library

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La Haine premieres at Cinema Troisi in a restored 4K version with director Mathieu Kassovitz!

23 April 2024

On Thursday, May 2nd, and Friday, May 3rd, La Haine makes its absolute premiere at Cinema Troisi in Rome in a restored 4K version. The director, Mathieu Kassovitz, will present the film in person on both evenings!

Minerva Pictures and Rarovideo Channel, in collaboration with Cat People, are bringing La Haine (1995) by Mathieu Kassovitz back to the big screen, thirty years later, in an exclusive 4K restored version. Starring Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde, and Saïd Taghmaoui, this film is a true intergenerational cult classic and won the Palme d’Or for Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995. The film uniquely portrays urban life in major cities, focusing on twenty-four hours in the lives of three protagonists with seemingly irreconcilable personalities who must navigate the challenges of a complex and suffocating social context, which remains relevant even thirty years later. Right from the start, La Haine established itself as a seminal work in contemporary and Italian hip-hop culture.

Ahead of its theatrical release starting May 13th (theater listings coming soon on www.catpeople.it), don’t miss the opportunity to rediscover La Haine in its absolute premiere at Cinema Troisi in Rome, with three dedicated screenings and two special guests: director Mathieu Kassovitz and the music group Colle der Fomento!

Check out the schedule!

Thursday, May 2nd
7:30 PM first screening followed by a Q&A session with director Mathieu Kassovitz, moderated by journalist Martina Barone
10:00 PM
second screening introduced by director Mathieu Kassovitz

Friday, May 3rd
8:00 PM screening introduced by director Mathieu Kassovitz alongside Colle Der Fomento, moderated by author Matteo Corradini

Note: The screenings will be in the original language with subtitles.

Tickets are available at www.cinematroisi.it Don’t just hear about it—experience it!