Incest Movie Is Italian Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Entry

incest movie Don't Tell Giovanna MezzogiornoIncest movie Don't Tell with Giovanna Mezzogiorno is Italy's Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award entry.

Cristina Comencini's incest-themed movie La Bestia nel cuore / Don't Tell (literally, “The Beast in the Heart”), starring Venice Film Festival winner Giovanna Mezzogiorno, has been chosen to replace Saverio Costanzo's Private as Italy's entry for the 2006 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had rejected Private on the grounds that it had been filmed in a language other the Italian - Costanzo's film is set in the Middle East, and its dialogue is mostly in Hebrew, Arabic, and English. Italy's potential second choice for the Oscars, Giovanni Veronesi's Manual of Love / Manuale d'amore, was removed from consideration by the filmmaker himself.

Don't Tell is the story of a troubled woman (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) who tries to come to terms with her past, which includes a dysfunctional family and forced incest. Also featured in Cristina Comencini's psychological drama are Alessio Boni, Luigi Lo Cascio, Angela Finocchiaro, Giuseppe Battiston, and Stefania Rocca.

Don't Tell: Shot in Italy 'with many Italian actors'

“I believe my film may be the right one to represent Italy at the Oscars,” Comencini, daughter of director Luigi Comencini (Bread, Love and Dreams / Pane, amore e fantasia), was quoted as saying in La Repubblica. “… Part of me is unhappy that Private was deemed ineligible, but on the other hand I was happy that I was back in the running and that my film has been selected. … I'm happy that I'm representing Italy with a film shot in Italy, with many Italian actors.”

Ninety-one countries were invited to submit films for consideration for the 2006 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The nominees in every category will be announced on January 31, 2006. The winners will be revealed during the course of the March 5, 2006, ceremony at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.

Giovanna Mezzogiorno Don't Tell photo: Philippe Antonello / TF1 International.

Norwegian film series

To celebrate Norway's independence centenary, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater will present the 29-film series A Luminous Century: Celebrating Norwegian Cinema between Nov. 12–19. The series was organized in collaboration with the Norwegian Film Institute, with the support of the Consulate General of Norway in New York.

The series consists of samples from the Norwegian film output from the early 1920s to the present, including Gunnar Sommerfeldt's 1921 drama Markens Grode / The Growth of the Soil (Nov. 13, Sun., 1:30pm), adapted from Knut Hamsun's novel; Olle Nordemarand's Academy Award-winning 1950 documentary about the sea expedition of Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, Kon-Tiki (Nov 20, Sun., 1:30pm; Nov 27, Sun., 2:45pm); Edith Carlmar's 1959 drama Ung Flukt / The Wayward Girl (Nov. 12, Sat., 7:15pm; Nov. 22, Tue., 1:30pm), starring 20-year-old Liv Ullmann in her first film role as a defiant young woman in love (Ullmann will introduce the film at the Nov. 12 screening); and an updated adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's En Folkefiende / An Enemy of the People (Nov. 19, Sat., 9:00pm; Nov. 21, Mon., 1:00pm) directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg (Insomnia).

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