It’s been quite a year for Italian master Nanni Moretti. His most recent film, “We Have A Pope,” weathered considerable Vatican controversy last year and ended up atop Cahiers du Cinema’s 2011 list, and this spring he will head the Cannes jury. The director behind “The Son’s Room,” which won the Palme D’Or in 2001, will cap the year off this weekend with appearances at with La Vita e Cinema, Moretti’s first New York career retrospective.
Never a crossover success in the United States, Nanni Moretti has nonetheless long been one of Europe’s most consistent and successful filmmakers. He began in 1976 with his Super-8 feature “I Am Self-Sufficient,” in which he played the lead role, and had his biggest early success with “Ecce Bombo,” which started off his long relationship with the Cannes Film Festival. Since then, his prominence has allowed him to make many of cinema’s great comedies, all of which eloquently mesh autobiography, domestic humor and political satire. It’s only fitting that the retrospective falls on April Fool’s Day; Moretti is one fool deserving of a holiday.
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