A top 10 list with the new Italian movies in 2015 and the best Italian movies of 2014 & 2013. From funny comedies, to Italian romantic movies & horror movies in cinema and out on DVD or Blu-ray in 2015. The Italian art house releases that you have to see this year.
Top 12 best Italian movies up to 2015
In 2013 Grande Belezza made sure that the world is once again watching Italy when it comes to quality cinema. But Sorrentino is not the only Italian filmmaker out there that deserver our attention. In recent years Nanni Moretti, Matteo Garrone, Marco Belocchio have proven that art houses should also be displaying their films. Luck has it that in 2015 all these filmmaker are coming with new titles, including Paolo Sorrentino.
In the Future (2015) by Paolo Sorrentino
Sorrentino is returning with a new project this year. And he is returning to his English language cinema ways, in line with previous films like This Must be the Place with Sean Penn. In the Future (Italian title:La giovinezza ), starring Michael Caine and Rachel Weisz, is about two old friends vacationing in the Alps. One of them is a retired conductor, but someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again.
The Tale of Tales (2015) by Matteo Garrone
That other film festival darling, Matteo Garrone, is also leaving Italian language cinema behind and goes for an English language title this year. Still most famous for Gomorra, the director now takes on the book “Tale of Tales” by Giambattista Basile, the famous author of 17th century Neapolitan tales, and intends to turn it into a film. The film is scheduled for release in Italy in May 2015.
L’ultimo Vampiro by Marco Bellocchio
Another new vampire film is coming our way. And for some reason it feels like the Italian language and vampires go together swimmingly. I am not quite sure if it actually will be about vampires though. More on this as soon as we know more.
Margherita (2015) by Nanni Moretti
Italian actor and director is coming with ‘Margherita’ aka Mia ‘Madre’ in 2015, a drama film featuring Margherita Buy. Not much is known yet, but we are very interested.
Pretor (2014) by Giulio Base
Yet another Italian comedy for 2014. This one, ‘The Pretor’ is based on the the novel ‘Il Pretore di Cuvio’ by the famous Italian author Piero Chiara. It is directed by Giulio Base who is mainly known for the popular Italian detective series ‘Don Matteo’ (2004-2011).
Il Ragazzo Invisible (2014) by Gabriele Salvatores (2014)
A big budget film that is being described as an Italian sci-fi or fantasy movie is currently filming and is up for release in 2014.
Niccolò Machiavelli il Principe della politica (2014) by Lorenzo Raveggi
Raveggi is known for directing and producing Italian historic movies. This one will be about one of the most famous Italians of all time, Niccolo Machiavelli. It will depict the story of the infamous chancellor of the Florentine republic, who was also the author of the internationally well-known book “The Prince”,
Other interesting Italian movie releases of 2014:
– L’amore, il sole e l’altre stelle, a comedy by Marco Bonini (2014)
– La prigione di Bobbio by Marco Bellochio (2014)
The big Italian director of the moment, Sorrentino, is filming a series of short films taking place in Brazil in Rio eu te Amo (2014)
Reality (2013) – A great new comedy drama by the director of the acclaimed Italian film ‘Gomorra’
Matteo Garrone’s first film after the huge success of the Italian Mafia/Gangster movie ‘Gomorra’ in 2008. It has already won the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Festival. It will premiere in the UK on 22 March 2013. Not as great as Gomorrah, but I have high hopes for his above mentioned 2015 film The Tale of Tales.
Io e te (2012)
After nine years the excellent and famous Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci (From great classic Italian movies like ‘The Last Emperor and Il Conformista’) is back with Me and You (Io e te). It was released in October in Italy, but in most European countries it will be displayed in cinema’s around February. It is a lovely Italian romantic movie – a drama about a young guy who tells his parents he is on a skiing trip, but actually stays at home in the basement. Naturally, there is also a beautiful Italian girl involved.
La Migliore Offerta (2013) – Great new romantic movie by Sicilian Guiseppe Tornatore
From the director responsible for our number 1 top European (and Italian) movie ‘Cinema Paradiso’. A new Italian romantic movie about an eccentric art auctioneer, and his obsession with a rich heiress & collector. It has already been released on 1 January 2013 and was received very well. It looks very much like an American production – this is no surprise as it is a Warner Bros production with an International cast, like Australian Geoffrey Rush (A King’s Speech).
La Grande Belezza (2013) – Another one of the new Italian comedy films in 2013
La Grande Belezza will be released in Italian cinema on 11 April 2013. It is a new Italian movie by the talented modern Italian film-maker Paolo Sorrentino, who besides being one of the Judges at the Cannes Film festival in 2012, is famous for great political movies like ‘Il Divo’ and also for his international film ‘This Must be the Place’ (2011) with American actor Sean Penn. La Grande Belezza is about ‘a journalist who bitterly recollects his passionate, lost youth’. It shows a great portrait of modern-day Rome. We will update this with a trailer as soon as it comes out.
- Un giorno devi andare – Drama film | Release date: 28 March
- Twelve – New Italian horror movie in 2013 by director of video-games and short Italian films, Daniele Misischia
More recent Italian films on DVD and Blu-ray
We have also looked at other recent years of Italian cinema. Find out which Italian movies of 2012 and 2013 are out on DVD or Blu-ray in 2014/2015. Or inspect the other Europe film release in New movie releases of 2015 in European Cinema.
Continue New Italian Movies of 2012
Here is our selection of the greatest Italian movies for the year 2012. Some are already out, others are about to be released this year. The best Italian movies of Italian cinema in 2012. It proves to be a very good film year for Italy. The release dates are when they come out in Italy. Trailers shall follow as soon as they are out.
We have highlighted three in particular. The others Italian films we also highly recommend. (see below)
Venuto El Mondo – Into the World
- Directed by Sergio Casetellitto
- Cast: Penélope Cruz, Emile Hirsch and Mira Furlan
- Release Date: 9 November 2012
This Drama film by actor, but now director Sergio Castelitto is starring Penelope Cruz sets in Sarajevo. It’s about a single mother who takes her son to Bosnia and shows him where her father died in the Former Yugoslavia – Bosnia wars.
Trailer of Venuto El Mondo:
Io e Te – Me and You
- Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
- Cast: Tea Falco, Jacopo Olmo Antinori and Veronica Lazar
- Release Date: 9 May 2012
The Great Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci returns 10 years since his last motion picture. We know him from the all-time Italian classics Novecento, Il Conformista and so many more. Now he made a movie about a very introvert young teenager who spends all his time in a basement while his parents think he is on a skiing trip.
The trailer is finally out. UK Version.
- Directed by Matteo Garrone
- Cast: Claudia Gerini, Ciro Petrone and Nunzia Schiano
- Release Date: 2012 – to be determined
The follow-up to the instant Italian success Gomorrah. We were very impressed by this great film of 2008, and cannot wait to see his next film. It is currently in post-production but is scheduled to be released in 2012. It revolves around a family obsessed with reality tv. They await their father being picked for a spot on the Italian Big Brother show.
Update: The title has been changed to ‘Reality’. Here is the trailer:
Italian Movies of 2012 list – our recommendations
TITLE | RELEASE DATE
- Immaturi – Il Vaggio – The Immature by Paolo Genovese | Release date: 04-01-2012
- Cesare deve morire – Caeser must die | Release date: 02-03-2012
- Romanzo di una strage – Story of a Slaughter by Marco Tulli Giordana (The best of Youth) | Release Date: 30-03-2012
- Diaz – Don’t clean up this blood | 13-02-2012
- Tutti I Santi Giorni – all the holy days | TBA