Sergio Navarretta Talks to That Shelf About Disney and Pixar’s Luca and the ICFF Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival

Ahead of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival’s 2021 Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival, Sergio Navarretta talks to That Shelf about his role as the ICFF’s President of the Jury, the success of S.N.A.P. Films Inc.’s The Cuban, which opened the 2020 Lavazza Drive-In, and the ICFF pre-festival screening of Disney and Pixar’s Luca, the animated film’s Canadian premiere.

Read all about it here.

Sergio Navarretta’s Toronto Star Column

Sergio Navarretta wrote an exclusive column for the Toronto Star, talking about his connection to Italy and how the country has impacted his life and work.

You can read his column here.

Alessandra Piccione Featured in OptiMYz Magazine’s 2021 Power Women Issue

Alessandra Piccione has been selected as one of OptiMYz Magazine’s Power Women for 2021.

With ‘perseverance’ being her power word in the profile, Alessandra discusses her inspiring journey thus far, including how she’s overcome obstacles in her career.

Alessandra and the amazing women featured have reached levels of success in their careers and lives that allow them to elevate women and change the world. Their stories are special, impactful, and necessary.

Read all about Alessandra and her inspiring journey of perseverance in OptiMYz Magazine’s Power Women issue wherever you buy your magazines.

Alessandra Piccione’s The Cuban Script Now Part of the Academy’s Core Collection

As part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Margaret Herrick Library, Alessandra Piccione’s script for The Cuban has been selected to be featured in the permanent Core Collection in the renowned library.

The script joins other notable works in the library, contributing to a collection of scripts for produced films that serves as an invaluable resource for students, writers, actors, and filmmakers, among others, as per the Academy.

Visit the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science to learn more about the Margaret Herrick Library and its vast collection of esteemed works.

Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. and Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo star in The Cuban.

Louis Gossett Jr., Shohreh Aghdashloo to Star in Drama ‘The Cuban’

Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. and Shohreh Aghdashloo are starring in The Cuban, an indie coming-of-age drama from S.N.A.P. Films Inc. and director Sergio Navarretta.

The film, shooting in Brantford and Brant County in southern Ontario through mid-May, also stars Degrassi: Next Class actress Ana Golja, Giacomo Gianniotti, and Lauren Holly.

The Cuban portrays a young Afghan immigrant named Mina (Golja) who starts her first job at a nursing home when an unexpected friendship with Luis, a Cuban resident with dementia, reignites her love of music and changes her life.

Gossett Jr. will play the nursing home resident, Luis, and Aghdashloo a former doctor who pushes her niece, Mina, to go to medical school.

Navarretta and Alessandra Piccione will produce alongside Golja and Taras Koltun. Ryan Kimel and Paul Golini. Aghdashloo will executive produce, in association with 920 Films.

Gossett Jr. is repped by Zero Gravity Management, Aghdashloo is repped by CAA, and Golja is repped by The Kohner Agency and David Dean Management.

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Enrico Colantoni

Enrico Colantoni and David Cubitt topline Sergio Navarretta comedy

Enrico Colantoni and David Cubitt have boarded The Colossal Failure of the Modern Relationship, a sex comedy from director Sergio Navarretta (Looking for Angelina).

Krista Bridges and Brooke Palsson are also part of the ensemble cast for a comedy about cheating couples on a tour of the honeymoon capital of the world.

Written by Alessandra Piccione, The Colossal Failure of the Modern Relationship is produced by Toronto-based Platinum Image Film and shooting on location in Ontario’s Niagara Lakes region.

In a statement Navarretta said, “I love the idea of exploring serious issues that plague modern relationships against the lush, gorgeous backdrop of wineries and vineyards.”

Breakthrough Entertainment has picked up the distribution rights to the indie pic.