Exclusive: Trailer For Rosa Karo's Award Winning 'The Italian Key'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
November 9, 2011 11:54 AM
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While you probably already know the familiar names of the big films that have conquered Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Venice and TIFF this year, there are plenty more films that journey their way city to city, country to country, festival to festival charming audiences and picking up accolades that don't quite get the same attention as their starrier competition. But they are definitely worth tracking down, and one such film is Rosa Karo's "The Italian Key."

The feature film debut by the Finnish director, "The Italian Key" was shot in the small Italian village Cabella Ligure (where Karo lives when she's not in Los Angeles), and tells the story of Cabella (the lovely newcomer Gwendolyn Anslow), whose Uncle Max dies, leaving her with titular key. She travels to Italy where falls in with three sisters and a ghost, and begins to uncover her past while looking ahead to the future. "The Italian Key" has picked up an armload of awards, appearing in eleven film festivals and walking away with fourteen trophies including Best Film, Best Script and Best Music among them.

Unfortunately, the film is without U.S. distribution, but hopefully that will change very soon. In the meantime, check out the trailer and poster for the movie below. It opens in Finland on December 16th.

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27 Comments

  • Ingemar Johansson | November 11, 2011 10:56 AMReply

    Roosa you have done a beautiful film here! And Toumas, the music is great.
    I listen to the music everyday in my cottage:)
    Good luck on the premiere. I hope i can fly over to Helsinkki.

  • Chris | November 11, 2011 3:40 AMReply

    Looks AMAZING!!!

  • Elle Favorule | November 10, 2011 9:34 PMReply

    Awesome!! love it!!

  • jenny | November 10, 2011 12:29 PMReply

    This looks really amazing! so excited for it! :)

  • Cathy | November 9, 2011 11:55 PMReply

    Incredibly beautiful! Intriguing...I can't wait to see beyond the trailer!

  • Paula Rhodes | November 9, 2011 11:29 PMReply

    Wow! Looks beautifully shot and I love the idea of the story. Where is it playing next?

  • Mike | November 9, 2011 10:24 PMReply

    Looks gorgeous, from the trailer it comes off as a subtler take on A Good Year, swapping France for Italy.

  • Edward | November 9, 2011 6:58 PMReply

    ... And I'm happy to say that I'm personal friends with most of the cast, as well as Rosa and Tuomas - congratulations on a job well done!
    www.edwardsaugstad.com

  • Edward | November 9, 2011 6:57 PMReply

    ... And I'm happy to say that I'm personal friends with most of the cast, as well as Rosa and Tuomas - congratulations on a job well done!
    www.edwardsaugstad.com

  • Jim | November 9, 2011 5:01 PMReply

    Such a wonderful atmosphere! I really like how the places and tiny things tells you the story and how it's not all about action. It does carry you into a different and beautiful world! Can't wait to see it!

  • Martina | November 9, 2011 4:58 PMReply

    I was one of the lucky ones to see this sweet story with an amazing cinematography and the most beautiful music on the big screen! Innocence, fun, mystery, everybody will find something for the soul. Going right to the Heart!!! :)

  • SARI | November 9, 2011 4:49 PMReply

    I just saw another trailer for this film in front of Aki Kaurismaki's "Le Havre" movie here in Finland. We seem to be lucky, it's coming to theaters in December here! Will for sure check it out, I've had enough of ugly and depressing movies for a lifetime... I think I'm not alone!

  • josh | November 9, 2011 4:39 PMReply

    Very intriguing plot. Not my usual bailiwick, but might have to venture forth and check this film out.

  • x | November 9, 2011 4:30 PMReply

    What beautiful work ~ cannot wait to see it!

  • Ryan | November 9, 2011 3:54 PMReply

    The cinematography is breath taking. I'd love to be able to see this in the theater.

  • Liz | November 9, 2011 3:39 PMReply

    Shot so beautifully!

  • J$ | November 9, 2011 2:56 PMReply

    Really incredible. Looks beautiful.

  • Ann-Marie | November 9, 2011 2:34 PMReply

    Absolutely gorgeous trailer... Glad to see someone is still shooting in the glorious Merchant-Ivory style and isn't doing "found footage" in their garage and backyard with dim lights and wobbly camera. These girls are super beautiful while not at all within the barbie stereotype. That's probably why the movie doesn't have distribution but here's hoping that someone can think outside the box and bring these little European gems to the theaters here in the U.S.

  • Paul | November 9, 2011 2:49 PM

    Ann-Marie, you are so right! It's a breath of fresh air to see a story without giant explosions and helicopter crashes.

  • PKswede | November 9, 2011 2:29 PMReply

    Beautiful cinematography!!!

  • Sabine | November 9, 2011 2:21 PMReply

    Fantastic shots and interesting story! Looking forward to watch the whole movie!

  • Mariana Groparu | November 9, 2011 2:03 PMReply

    The trailer it is really good and the movie Seems to Be Even Better. I did not
    Understand whay it is unfortunately That the movie dont have U.S. distribution.
    It is working very good whitout it.
    Iam looking for to wach the movie without U.S. distribution.

  • Stephan Rumhorst | November 9, 2011 1:53 PMReply

    yeah, reminds me of that movie too, great shots in the movie.... when will it be on screen in germany??

  • Kelly | November 9, 2011 1:51 PMReply

    I LOVE this trailer!!! The film looks beautiful and cinematic. I can not wait to see it on the big screen.

  • Yugo Swede | November 9, 2011 1:48 PMReply

    Wow! It looks great!!! I can't wait to see it!! When is it again???

  • Chandler | November 9, 2011 1:34 PMReply

    Reminds me of "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants".

  • Paul | November 9, 2011 1:33 PMReply

    What a remarkable trailer! The visuals were stunning. Where/When can I see this film?

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