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Marco Bellocchio’s “Slap the Monster on Page One” Returns to Theaters in Restored 4K Version!

13 June 2024

We are excited to announce the return to cinemas of Slap the Monster on Page One (1972), directed by Marco Bellocchio and starring Gian Maria Volonté, in a 4K restoration by the Cineteca di Bologna. Recently presented at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes Classics section, the film received applause and a standing ovation. It will be shown in cinemas starting July 4th by 01 Distribution in collaboration with Minerva Pictures and will be available for a preview on June 27th at the Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna.

This version was restored in 4K by the Cineteca di Bologna, in collaboration with Surf Film, Kavac Film, and Minerva Pictures, under the supervision of Bellocchio himself; the original film and sound negatives were digitized by Augustus Color and restored at the L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory.

Featuring Gian Maria Volonté in the role of chief editor Giancarlo Bizanti, Slap the Monster on Page Onetells a story that crosses a series of real events,” wrote Gian Piero Brunetta in his History of Italian Cinema, “that shook the country’s conscience in those years. From references to the first terrorist episodes, like the bombs at the Milan Trade Fair of 1969, to black chronicle events (the death of Milena Sutter), to episodes of urban guerrilla warfare or traumatic events such as the Piazza Fontana massacre, the death of the anarchist Pinelli, or that of publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli.” The film, Brunetta continues, “has the ability to convey a sense of social tension, rising ideological temperature, and a blind and ruthless fight among various organized, institutional, and spontaneous forces.

Alberto Moravia summarized the plot of the film in L’Espresso: “A newspaper enjoys a reputation as an objective, impartial, independent, enlightened organ of information. Nevertheless, or perhaps for this very reason, it is a mendacious façade behind which hides an owner who fully aware defends the interests of power groups and a cynical director ready for all compromises. It happens that just on the eve of elections, the opposition attacks the financial groups that use the newspaper. Alarmed, the owner calls Bizanti, the director, and asks him to divert the public’s attention from the real track represented by the newspaper’s financiers, towards the false track of some apolitical news event. Precisely, in those days, a young girl, Maria Grazia Martini, was found raped and strangled in a meadow on the outskirts. An anonymous letter sent to the newspaper promises information about the killer. Bizanti wastes no time and eagerly creates the diversion of the monster. Bizanti is lucky. He frames the author of the letter, a jealous poor woman, and extracts from her the name of the alleged assassin, a protest movement boy. Bizanti had not hoped for so much: here is the monster and, moreover, politically positioned on the left. At this point, however, a young editor, Roveda, does not feel like following the director in his imaginative reconstructions.

Goffredo Fofi, co-screenwriter of the film along with Sergio Donati, collected in his Il cinema italiano d’oggi (1984) the testimony of Marco Bellocchio: “The making of ‘Slap the Monster on the Front Page’ had started with Sergio Donati as screenwriter and director. By mutual agreement, he and the producer had judged that Donati was not yet able to take on directing, so Franco Committeri set out to find someone to take over the film. I accepted because I was interested in an experience of this kind; to jump on a moving train, to see what could be done as strictly professional work, and also to transform the film, which was a thriller about the world of Milanese journalism, into a politically edged film. I dragged Fofi along with me and together we very quickly rewrote the screenplay day by day, while shooting. The settings remained, almost all the actors remained, but new roles were added, including the fundamental one of Laura Betti, and the story became completely different.

Goffredo Fofi himself recalled: “My model was Fritz Lang’s small American films. A quick story that showed the functioning of power within the mass media starting from a case of political manipulation that was modeled on that of Valpreda.

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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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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!

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Minerva Pictures and Rarovideo bring Mathieu Kassovitz’s ‘La Haine’ back to cinemas in a restored 4K version!

11 April 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, thirty years after its original release. Starring Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, and Saïd Taghmaoui, the film won the Palme d’Or for Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995. It explores urban life in major cities through the intense twenty-four hours in the lives of three friends with seemingly irreconcilable personalities, as they confront the challenges of a complex and suffocating social environment that remains relevant three decades later. From the outset, “La Haine” became a cross-generational cult phenomenon, pivotal to the contemporary and Italian hip-hop culture.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Rarovideo, the digital editorial division of Minerva Pictures, known for its presence on Prime Video and The Film Club. The restoration of La Haine is just one of many initiatives celebrating this milestone.

Twenty-four hours in the lives of Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Koundé), and Saïd (Saïd Taghmaoui), three friends from the Parisian banlieue who face the aftermath of clashes between law enforcement and civilians, which leave a neighborhood boy, Abdel, critically injured due to police brutality. Armed with anger and a gun, the three contemplate how to achieve justice.

The list of theaters that will start showing La Haine from May 13th can be found on www.catpeople.it.