Saturday, February 27, 2010


Academy Award® winning director Quentin Tarantino will be honored at the opening of The 5th Annual Los Angeles – Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest, Sun., Feb 28, 9:45 p.m. at The Mann Chinese 6 Theatre. it was announced today by Festival Founder and Executive Producer Pascal Vicedomini.

Singled out for his commitment in promoting world cinema, Tarantino will be presented with ‘The L.A. Award 2010’ by Enzo G. Castellari, director of the original Inglorious Bastards (1978) and the inspiration for his own Inglourious Basterds, the recipient of eight Oscar nominations, including Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

In honoring Tarantino, the presentation of ‘The L.A. Award 2010’ will take place between the 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. screenings of Castellari’s Inglorious Bastards and Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. LA Italia salutes Tarantino as an ‘ambassador to world cinema,’ recognizing his achievement in creating a film whose story is conveyed in three languages, bridging film communities worldwide. Joining Castellari in the ceremony will be actor Franco Nero, the Consul General Nicola Faganello, and the Director of Italian Institute of Culture in Los Angeles, Francesca Valente. LA Italia gives special thanks to Honorary Board members and Inglourious Basterds executive producer Harvey Weinstein and producer Lawrence Bender for their role in creating this memorable evening.

“Quentin Tarantino’s incredible talent, imagination and artistry have been a constant inspiration to filmmakers worldwide,” says producer Pascal Vicedomini. “It is our privilege to present ‘The LA Award 2010’ to Tarantino while also being able to highlight the inspiration provided to him from Italian director Castellari’s work – and with back to back screenings – what a rare treat!”

The 5th Annual Los Angeles – Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest (Feb. 28-March 6) is a week of screenings, symposia and special musical events at The Mann Chinese Theatre complex at Hollywood & Highland that showcases the best of Italy’s contribution to the arts, with an authentic Italian style and spirit.

Among the many additional Fest highlights include: A salute to Grammy® winning international singing superstar Andrea Bocelli and Grammy winning producer David Foster on Mon., March 1, 6:30 p.m. at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. LA Italia will also celebrate with Bocelli as he receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, March 2, 11:15 a.m.

LA Italia presents ten US and three Los Angeles premieres of Italian feature films and documentaries, including Academy Award winner Gabriele Salvatore’s Happy Family, director/producer/screenwriter Pupi Avati’s The Youngest Son and director Luca Gadagnino’s I Am Love.

In addition to the Tarantino tribute, opening day at LA Italia will also feature the Los Angeles premieres of Enrico Mattei, The Man Who Looked to the Future, directed by Giorgio Capitani and Memories of Anne Frank, Reflections of a Childhood Friend, directed by Alberto Negrin. Enrico Mattei, which tells the story of the first Italian man in the post-war period, to believe his country could play a key rule in world affairs is produced by Lux Vide and Rai Fiction in association with Eni. The film’s star, Massimo Ghini will be in attendance. To be introduced by Oscar-winner Steven Zaillian, Memories of Anne Frank, based on a book by American writer Alison Leslie Gold, chronicles the friendship between Frank and Hanneli Goslar in Amsterdam before WWII. It is an Italian-American co-production by Fulvio Lucisano and Avi Lerner.

LA Italia will also proudly salute this year’s Italian artists who have received Academy Awards nominations, including:

• Mauro Fiore, Best Cinematography for his work on director James Cameron’s worldwide box office phenomenon, Avatar.

• Aldo Signoretti & Vittorio Sodan, Best Makeup for the Italian feature-film Il Divo, directed by Paolo Sorrentino. The two make-up artists previously garnered nominations for Apocalypto (2007) and Moulin Rouge (2002).

• Marco Beltrami, Best Original Score, The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

• Alessandro Camon, Best Original Screenplay), a shared credit with Oren Moverman, The Messenger, directed by Moverman.

• Michael Giacchino, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score for Up, directed by Pete Docter

Coinciding with the 82nd Academy Awards, The 5th Los Angeles Italia – Film, Fashion and Art Festival, chaired by Oscar-winner Bobby Moresco (Crash), is produced under the direction of Pascal Vicedomini by The Capri in the World Institute in association with CIM Group-USA, the Consul General of Italy and the Italian Institute of Culture in Los Angeles. It is sponsored and organized in collaboration Eni (the Italian multinational oil and gas company) and Rai Trade with the support of the Italian Ministry of Culture, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Italian Embassy in the USA and the Campania Region of Italy.

Italian-American screenwriter and Oscar winning director Bobby Moresco (Crash) and noted Italian producer Aurelio De Laurentiis serve as Festival Chairmen. Co-Chairs are Marina Cicogna, Franco Nero, Shaul Kuba (CIM Group) and Jack and Leslie Kavanaugh. Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated composer Tony Renis is Festival President. Joining in the festivities will be prominent members of the Los Angeles and International film communities and celebrity friends.

Screenings and programs are offered at no charge to the public – admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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