Rai Cinema presented today, Friday 25 November, in the context of 40th Turin Film Festivalthe new Price list 01 Distribution 2022-2023. The managing director illustrated the titles of the new season Paul Del Broccowhich introduced the new price list with a reflection on some topical issues of the film industry.
«A bright list – he defined it – because cinema in theaters illuminates cities, urban spaces, but above all it illuminates our lives, enriching them from a cultural, social and intimate, personal point of view». Below is a detailed summary of the points touched upon by Del Brocco in his speech.
1) COLLECTIONS – THE SITUATION TODAY
Let’s start on a positive note: the indicators are encouraging and mark a progressive and sensitive return of the public to the hall.
Another positive fact is that in the upper part of the Cinetel ranking, in recent months we have found Italian cinema several times. I am referring to the results of The strangeness by Roberto Andò, de The hummingbirdfrom The shadow of Caravaggio, from Dantede The lord of the ants And Diabolik which just came out.
I think that the joint arrangement of the Venice Film Festival with the Rome Film Fest has also generated added value and contributed to restoring the public’s sense of confidence in cinema in theaters and in particular in Italian cinema.
Takings that are not yet at the pre-pandemic level, but which allow us to be confident for the future and which above all confirm an indication: quality cinema is recognized and appreciated, and it is again producing interesting numbers in theaters. Like Rai Cinema we continue to invest in the cultural and industrial system of Italian cinema.
We have produced a lot in this period, with two clear objectives in mind: the first, to keep faith with our main mandate, which is to invest and support the industrial and cultural reality of the cinema system. The second is that we are and remain convinced of one thing: that quality comes from quantity.
2) ARE TOO MANY MOVIES PRODUCED?
To this question, which comes from box office data that doesn’t fully meet expectations, I don’t think it’s a “right” or “wrong” answer. To these arguments, while legitimate and useful for reflection, I reply that if in the past we hadn’t produced small films by unknown young people and we hadn’t cast our nets into the sea of possibilities, we wouldn’t have discovered talents like Alice Rohrwacher, Susanna Nicchiarelli, the D’ Innocenzo, Jonas Carpignano, Andrea Pallaoro, Pietro Marcello and many others. Producing and encouraging production has raised new young authors and new producers, has given them the means to put themselves to the test, to continue on their path, to strengthen themselves. As a public service we have a greater responsibility than private operators. Each company has a research and development sector and always find new directors, new talents, new producers, new workers.
Today we are navigating in different waters compared to just a few years ago and the market requires us to reflect deeply, because many titles fail to have decent results in theaters and not all of them manage to land on the platforms and receive the right visibility.
Therefore, it will also tend to be useful for us to make a more stringent selection. We have already begun, in part, by concentrating more resources on films with big budgets and with a more solid production structure: arthouse, quality films, the size of The hummingbird, The shadow of Caravaggio, The strangeness, and among those not released The chimera, The conversion, Finally the dawn, I captain, Commanderworks to which the public seems to respond more positively because they are perceived as events to be experienced in theaters.
Of course, this does not mean that we will stop supporting first films or small productions. It means that even more we will have to focus on the shot quality.
3) LEGISLATIVE INTERVENTIONS
The latest cinema law has given enormous results and unexpected fruits for the entire audiovisual sector. Resources have increased considerably and without the fundamental action of the government today we would see the closure of many production companies with consequences for employment. But now we have to go one step further, because urgent action is needed on the simplification of the access procedures to the various forms of financing deriving from the cinema law.
Another urgency of the cinema system is the release for the current year and the extension for the years to come of the tax credit at the distribution. Many producers and distributors have exposed themselves economically to a commitment by the MIC, the government then fell and that decree is not yet operational for the year 2022. It would be enormous economic damage for everyone and also a disincentive to release the Italian films in the coming months, if this does not happen in a tight time frame.
Another theme that needs to be defined is that of windows. I want to reiterate that it is necessary to have a clear rule, whatever it may be, but which represents a certainty. It is evident that the public’s choices whether or not to go and see a film in theaters depend on various factors, but I am convinced that a certain and unambiguous indication of the period of exclusivity for theaters for all films could have a significant influence over time .
The signals arriving from the USA clearly speak of a gradual rethinking of the windows policy and whoever had been instrumental in the decision to reset the period between the theatrical release and the first of the subsequent exploitations, is now gradually reversing the trend.
David Zaslav, CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, as reported by Deadline writing about a recent call with shareholders, said that the time of chasing subscribers at all costs is over, and the change at the top of Disney with the sudden return of Bob Iger gives a lot to think about in this sense. Perhaps it is a business model that has not achieved the desired results, even if the platforms remain a key market. If integrated into the restaurant business, of course, they represent an important node for the growth of the industry.
Finally, on the analysis of the box office shares of Italian cinema, I would like to point out that in the last year the theatrical market lacked blockbuster directors such as Verdone, Ozpetek, Muccino, Ficarra and Picone committed to making original products for the platforms and Checco Zalone who has decided to take a break to devote himself to a long theatrical tour.
Let’s talk, excluding Zalone, in the worst case scenario of around 25/30 million euros of non-collection.
4) PREVIEWS OF NEW RAI CINEMA PRODUCTIONS
Finally, a preview of three films currently in production:
CAPTAIN by Edoardo De Angelis
LUBO by Giorgio Rights
FINALLY DAWN by Saverio Costanzo
Here is the complete list of the Rai Cinema 2022-2023 price list
- THE FABELMAN
DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg
CAST: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Paul Dano
PRODUCTION: Amblin Entertainment
- THROUGH FRIENDSHIP
DIRECTOR: Alessandro Siani
CAST: Alessandro Siani, Max Tortora, Matilde Gioli
PRODUCTION: Italian International Film with Rai Cinema
- MIXED BY ERRY
DIRECTOR: Sydney Sibilia
CAST: Luigi D’Oriano, Giuseppe Arena, Emanuele Palumbo, Francesco Di Leva, Cristiana Dell’Anna, Adriano Pantaleo, Chiara Celotto, Greta Esposito, Fabrizio Gifuni
PRODUCTION: Greenland with Rai Cinema
- THE PALACE
DIRECTOR: Roman Polanski
CAST: Oliver Masucci, Fanny Ardant, John Cleese, Joaquim De Almeida, Luca Barbareschi, Milan Peschel, Bronwyn James, Fortunato Cerlino, Mickey Rourke
NATIONALITY: Italy, Switzerland, Poland, France
PRODUCTION: Èliseo Entertainment with Rai Cinema, Cab Production, Lucky Bob, RP Productions, in collaboration with Agent Double
5. JOHN WICK 4
DIRECTOR: Chad Stahelski
CAST: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne
PRODUCTION: 87 Eleven Entertainment
- THE RETURN OF CASANOVA
DIRECTOR: Gabriele Salvatores
CAST: Toni Servillo, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Sara Serraiocco, Natalino Balasso, Alessandro Besentini, Bianca Panconi
PRODUCTION: Indiana Production with Rai Cinema, BA.BE Productions and EDI Italian Digital Effects
- THE SCARLET SAILS
DIRECTOR: Pietro Marcello
CAST: Juliette Jouan, Raphaël Thiéry, Noémie Lvovsky, Louis Garrel, Yolande Moreau
NATIONALITY: France, Germany, Italy
PRODUCTION: CG Cinéma, Avventurosa with Rai Cinema in co-production with Match Factory Production, Arte France Cinéma, ZDF with the participation of ARTE, Les Films du Losange
DIRECTOR: Guy Nattiv
CAST: Helen Mirren, Camille Cottin, Ed Stoppard
PRODUCTION: Embankment Films
- THE SON
DIRECTOR: Florian Zeller
CAST: Anthony Hopkins, Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby
NATIONALITY: USA, France, United Kingdom
PRODUCTION: Big Indie Pictures
DIRECTOR: Ivano De Matteo
CAST: Edoardo Leo, Milena Mancini, Greta Gasbarri
PRODUCTION: Lotus Production, a Leone Film Group company, with Rai Cinema
- KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON
DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese
CAST: Robert DeNiro, Leonardo DiCaprio
PRODUCTION: Appian Way
DIRECTOR: Michael Mann
CAST: Adam Driver, Shailene Woodley, Penelope Cruz, Sarah Gadon, Patrick Dempsey
PRODUCTION: Forward Pass
- I CAPTAIN
DIRECTOR: Matteo Garrone
CAST: Seydou Sarr, Moustapha Fall
NATIONALITY: Italy, Belgium
PRODUCTION: Archimede with Rai Cinema and Pathé, in co-production with Tarantula
- THE SUN OF THE FUTURE
DIRECTOR: Nanni Moretti
CAST: Margherita Buy, Silvio Orlando, Barbora Bobulova, Mathieu Amalrich, Nanni Moretti
NATIONALITY: Italy, France
PRODUCTION: Sacher Film, Fandango with Rai Cinema, Le Pacte
- THE CONVERSION
DIRECTOR: Marco Bellocchio
CAST: Barbara Ronchi, Fausto Russo Alesi, Paolo Pierobon, Fabrizio Gifuni, Filippo Timi, Leonardo Maltese, Enea Sala
NATIONALITY: ITALY, France
PRODUCTION: IBC Movie, Kavac Film with Rai Cinema and Ad Vitam
- THE CHIMERA
DIRECTOR: Alice Rohrwacher
CAST: Josh O’Connor, Carol Duarte, Isabella Rossellini, Alba Rohrwacher
NATIONALITY: Italy, Switzerland, France
PRODUCTION: tempest with Rai Cinema in co-production with Amka Films Productions, Ad Vitam Production and Neon
- PHYSICAL EDUCATION
DIRECTOR: Stefano Cipani
CAST: Angela Finocchiaro, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Raffaella Rea, Sergio Rubini, Claudio Santamaria
PRODUCTION: Paco Cinematografica with Rai Cinema and Luce Cinecittà in co-production with Agresywna Banda
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