House of Film’s star studded “Behind the White Glasses” is an Official Selection/ In Competition in Venice and it is covered by The Hollywood Reporter


Only four women have ever been nominated for best director at the Academy Awards. Italian director Lina Wertmueller was the very first. She made history in 1977 with her film Seven Beauties, which picked up four nominations in total. Wertmueller helped pave the way for other women directors, including Jane CampionSofia Coppola, and Kathryn Bigelow, who finally took home the statuette in 2009 for The Hurt Locker.

At 87 years ago, Lina Wertmuller still commands a room. She hushed a talkative room with one shout of “Silencio,” before speaking with THR on a new documentary about her life, Behind the White Glasses. The film, from Italy’s Studio Universal, is directed by newcomer Valerio Ruiz.

The documentary delves into Wertmueller’s immense life, from the time she served as Assistant Director on Federico Fellini’s 8 ½ , to her rich career as a groundbreaking director of more than 30 films. Appearances by her friends and collaborators in the film include Sophia LorenHarvey KeitelMartin ScorseseRutger Hauer and Nastassja Kinski.

And no film about her would be complete without Giancarlo Giannini, who starred in many of her films including Seven Beauties, for which he scored an Oscar nomination for best actor, Love and AnarchySwept Away, and The Seduction of Mimi

On finally having a film about herself made, Wertmueller was not so impressed: “It’s not as much fun as making a film on other people’s lives. Someone who does this job does so mostly out of curiosity… and my life is not that curious. (laughs) It’s more curious to tell the story of your life.”

When asked how she feels to be one of just four women ever nominated for the best director category in all its years of existence, she simply responded, “Is that true?”

“Prizes are like butterflies, colorful butterflies that fly away,” she continued. “I don’t believe in prizes much.”

She remembers the experience well, however, as she was in the middle of filming A Night Full of Rain starring Giannini and Candice Bergen: “That night I was shooting a film in San Francisco so I flew to the Oscars and then at 6am when I flew back I made myself a plate of spaghetti for breakfast.”

On why her winning hasn’t paved the road for more recognition for female directors, she responded, “Because there are too many men on the judging committee, in the Academy Awards and all commissions in general.

But she believes that the solution is a twofold street: “It’s about opportunity, but also it depends on the women, if they are good directors.”

Ruiz started as an assistant director for Wertmuller on her TV movie Mannaggia alla miseria!, leading to the documentary. “She doesn’t teach,” said Ruiz of working with the famed director. “But the most important thing I learned from her is that film should always entertain, to create a close relationship with the audience.” House of Film is handling worldwide sales.




Ava B. Represented House of Film at the Mel Brooks Achievement Award Gala

Ava B. represented House of Film at the Mel Brooks Achievement Award Gala. The circle of friends included Ed Saxon, the producer of "The Silence of the Lambs", Jeffrey Berry & John DeVincent of E-moneyadvisor, Rhonda Kilstein, manager and Rodney Taylor, cinematographer.


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House of Film and D Street Media Group reach deal for U.S. release of "Jail Caesar" 

CANNES - House of Film and D Street Media Group are excited to announce that they have reached an agreement for the U.S. release of Jail Caesar, a remarkable and unique film about the early life of Julius Caesar. Ava B. of House of Film closed the deal with Dexter Davis of D Street Media Group.

Jail Caesar reveals the tumultuous story of one of history's foremost personalities from the confines of three high-security prisons across the globe.  The select cast of celebrated classical actors is led by Sir Derek Jacobi and John Kani, and joined by hundreds of prisoners, some taking leading parts. Produced by Alice Krige, the film premiered in Cannes with a high-profile screening and cocktail.

D Street Media Group is a privately backed media company that was founded in 2003 to serve the growing need for a truly independent film production and distribution company.  While involved in the development and production of films for the international market, they are also focused on acquiring European films for North America.

House of Film is a dynamic worldwide sales agency, growing and succeeding from timely acquisitions, innovative services, and tireless sales efforts.  Based in Beverly Hills, the company is earning a reputation for accomplishing the impossible.  An early Tribeca Film partner, House of Film has a diverse collection of films, linked by quality and strength of content. "At House of Film we are constantly searching for new, creative ways to monetize and distribute films," says Ava B., president and founder of House of Film.

House of Film is present at Berlinale, MIPTV, Cannes, MIPCOM, Toronto, and the American Film Market. Since its launch, House of Film has given market premieres to dozens of movies. House of Film also distributes a portfolio of more commercial titles under the Maison Noir brand.


Ava B Interview at SEEFest