Photo: Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Nick Vallelonga and Silvia Chiave (General Consul of Italy in LA)
Photo: Nick Vallelonga, Peter Farrelly and Brian Hayes Currie.
ACCORDING TO THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER:
‘GREEN BOOK’ TO RECEIVE LA, ITALIA SOLIDARITY AWARD ON FESTIVAL’S CLOSING NIGHT. NICK VALLELONGA and BRIAN BURIE WILL BE ATTENDING THE EVENT AT THE TCL CHNESE THEATRE – Friday Feb 22 – 7pm
A LONG LIST OF OSCAR® NOMINEES TO BE FETED AT THE ANNUAL ITALIAN EVENT INCLUDING DIRECTOR ADAM McKAY as well as NICHOLAS BRITELL, TERENCE BLANCHARD, MARK SHAIMAN, SCOTT WITTMAN, LUDWIG GORANSSON, JOHN OTTMAN, NINA HARTSTONE, JOHN WARHURST AND TALAL DERKI – TO GRACE THE RED CARPET
LOS ANGELES, February 20 — The 14th edition of the Los Angeles, Italia Festival will present “Green Book” with its 2019 ‘Solidarity Award’ with screenwriters Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie on hand to accept it during the Festival’s closing night ceremonies February 22 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood.
Leading the list of honorees, according to festival founder-producer Pascal Vicedomini, are:
· The writer-producer-director Adam McKay, whose film “Vice” has been nominated for eight Academy Awards® including Best Picture of the Year, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell) and Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams), will be presented with the festival’s ‘Filmmaker of the Year Award.’
· Matteo Rovere, whose latest movie “The First King,” produced by Groenlandia with the financial support of Intesa Sanpaolo, is the festival’s closing night film. He will also be presented with LA, Italia’s ‘Filmmaker of the Year Award.’
· The ‘LA, Italia Cult Music Award’ is going to composer Nicholas Britell, a Best Original Score Oscar-nominee for “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
· Composer Terence Blanchard, a Best Original Score Oscar-nominee for “BlacKkKlansman” will receive the ‘LA, Italia People Award.’
· Nominees Marc Shaiman, composer of the “Mary Poppins Returns” Original Score and songs and lyricist Scott Wittman, with whom he co-wrote the lyrics for the film’s Best Original Song, “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” have been named recipients of the 2019 ‘LA, Italia Family Award.’
· Ludwig Goransson, whose Academy-nominated Original Score for “Black Panther” will receive the ‘LA, Italia Global Award.’
· Syrian director Talal Derki will be given the ‘LA, Italia Peace Award’ for his Academy Award nominated Documentary Feature “Of Fathers and Sons.”
· The ‘LA, Italia Excellent Award of the Year Award’ is going to the “Bohemian Rhapsody” Editor John Ottman and sound editors Nina Hartstone and John Warhurst.
· Twin sisters Marianna and Angela Fontana will be honored as ‘Breakout Italian Actors of the Year.’
· Alessandro Preziosi and Maria Grazia Cucinotta will receive the ‘IIC Los Angeles Creativity Award’ presented by the Italian Institute of Culture.
The 14th annual L.A., Italia Fest, chaired by former TV Academy CEO Hayma Washington, with the noted Italian actress-producer Maria Grazia Cucinotta (“Il Postino”) and the director and producer Iginio Straffi, the founder and CEO of Rainbow S.p.A., as well as the creator of its most famous program, the Winx Club TV series, serving as presidents, began February 17thwith a star-studded array of Italian, Italian-American and international artists participating in the weeklong celebration showcasing the best of Italian culture. The Festival was dedicated to the iconic Italian-American filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in celebration of his 80th birthday and it also focused on the Italian region of Matera which has been designated the 2019 European Capital of Culture with the U.S. premiere of “Mathera,” directed by Francesco Invernizzi and Vito Salinaro. Coincidentally, Matera happens to be where Coppola’s family has its roots.
The closing ceremonies will be followed by the US premiere of Matteo Rovere’s “Romulus & Remus – The First King” produced by Groenlandia with the financial support of Intesa Sanpaolo, it is the incredible journey of how two brothers created Rome into one of the world’s greatest empires. Rovere and the film’s leading actor Alessio Lapice will be in attendance.
Three additional films that have been produced with the financial support of Intesa Sanpaolo were shown at this year’s event: “Modalità Aereo” by Fausto Brizzi (producer Casanova Multimedia), “Mia Martini – Io sono Mia” by Riccardo Donna (producer Casanova Multimedia) and “I Moschettieri del Re” by Giovanni Veronesi (producer Indiana Production).
Acknowledged by the media since 2006 as one of the most exciting Italian film events in the world, L.A., Italia is presented by the Capri in the World Institute under the auspices of the Italian Consulate General in Los Angeles with the ongoing support of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ANICA, the Italian Trade Commission and the Italian Cultural Institute/Los Angeles, as well as Intesa Sanpaolo, Rainbow, Campari, Isaia, Rai Com and Rai Cinema, Medusa, Mediaset Italia, the Ambi Group and TaTaTu.
“The event honored Italian and American artists alike as part of our ongoing effort to build bridges between our two great countries,” Vicedomini and Festival honorary chair Mark Canton said, adding: “The caliber of this year’s guests and movies were a testament to how many people from both sides of the Atlantic share this same goal.”
L.A., Italia’s sister festivals are the Capri-Hollywood International Film Festival, which takes place each December, and the Ischia Global Film & Music Festival, which takes place each July.