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Vanessa McMahon

Vanessa is a novel writer, screenwriter, rep and a film producer. She shares her discoveries and film surprises. :-)



How Tasty Was My Little Italian?

Penso Un Sogno Cosi...

This dark drama with an ironic almost Caravaggio-esque twist at the end
calls to mind certain images-

Titus (1999) when the failed Roman would-be emperor served the
queen's sons to her on a plate- literally!;

Hannibal (2001), when Dr. Lecter eats the brain of his rival Ray
Liotta-ewe!; and, last but not least, an old

Brazilian movie about native Tupi anthropofagia, How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman (1971).


Why do such gory cannibalistic images come to mind in such a subtle
romantic drama? Well, you'll have

to watch this new fantastic film by Marco de Luca and stay to the end to
find out! It's a mystery!

-by Vanessa McMahon


On -A Dream Like That-

During a one-on-one interview with the cast of -Penso Un Sogno Cosi
(I Think a Dream Like That)- actors Paolo Stella and Marina Rocco
discuss their experience working with director Marco de Luca on this
film. First of all, as the film was made for a mere 9,000euros, they
explained that the payment for working on this film was passion and
passion only. They worked for the good of the film and their belief in
it, most days not even having enough for food. "One day", Marina laughed
while explaining, "we had one meat ball between the five of us! That's
how starving we were!" Paolo and Marina explained that apart from the
normal films and TV projects they work on, this one was refreshing
because they had no producers breathing down their neck on how to make
the film. In this, they were truly free to express themselves
creatively; hence, for them this was a true independent film. Watch this
film and you will detect another thing that makes it a true indie work;
there is a strange secret waiting at the end. Is it a dream? Is it

Watch the whole interview with director Marco de Luca and actors Paolo
Stella and Marina Rocco.

Interview by: Vanessa McMahon; camera by Rollo Ross of Getty Images

Penso Un Sogno Cosi.

view film trailer here:


See Fest21 red carpet interview:      


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I Dream a Dream Like That

"This was a surprising and very good independent film coming from Italy. Penso Un Sogno Cosi, I think of a dream like that... which leaves the viewer stunned and amazed by the end. From a melodrama to a thriller this film delivers and promises to travel far in festival circuits for its originality and having beat great odds." -Bruno Chatelin 

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