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CINEMA ITALIAN STYLE 2009 opened with the U.S. premiere of The Offical Italian Entry for Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards® 2009, Giuseppe Tornatore’s (OSCAR winning director for “Cinema Paradiso”) BAARÌA, which opened this year’s Venice Film Festival. Legendary director Tornatore will be in Los Angeles for the premiere. Each year CINEMA ITALIAN STYLE brings a piece of Italy to Los Angeles, offering some of the finest contemporary Italian films and documentaries which have made an impact in both Italy and abroad.

On Monday Nov. 9th film industry’s executives and media members packed the Pacific Room at the Le Marigot Hotel in Santa Monica for a panel discussion on contemporary Italian cinema and filmmaking, followed by the presentation of CIS 2009’s program and a look at the important role that the Italian Film Commission is playing in assisting filmmakers’ intent to utilize the spectacular settings of the Italian peninsula. Roberto Cicutto, President of Cinnecittà Luce, Silvia Bizio, CIS Artistic Director, and Carlo Angelo Bocchi, Director of the Italian Film Commission, were introduced by the Consul General of Italy Nicola Faganello. Directors and actors of this year’s CIS featured films also attended the event, spending the evening mingling with the enthusiastic crowd.

On Tuesday evening the official festival program kicked-off in glitzy fashion with the U.S. premiere of the official Italian entry for Best Foreign Movie for the ‘09 Academy Awards®, “Baarìa”. Academy Award winner for “Cinema Paradiso” and “Baarìa”’s director Giuseppe Tornatore was joined by the film’s talented lead actors, Francesco Scianna, Margareth Madè. The place was the historic Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, where “Baarìa” was screened. Fans and guests filled the Egyptian’s courtyard to catch a glimpse of the action on the red carpet, with many well known talents, from Hollywood, Italy or other countries, there to celebrate Cinema Italian Style and show their support for the pivotal cultural and artistic exchange provided by the film series. The 600+ seat theatre was sold out, as fans of Italian movies anxiusoly waited to see the mentioned Tornatore’s epic drama. The evening ended with a lush dinner prepared by Chef Giacomo Campiotti at Trastevere Restaurant on Hollywood and Highland, while the eclectic sound of Jimmy Gimelli and his band Subway to Venus provided lively musical entertainment.

On Wednesday evening the local Italian Cultural Institute, in Westwood, hosted the “grand opening” of the exhibit “Homage to Classic Italian Cinema” by famous photographer Douglas Kirkland. The exhibit features black and white as well as color photo recreations of legendary scenes taken from Italian film classics, with today’s Italian best known actors posing as models in the roles made famous by Sofia Loren, Marcello Matroianni and Silvana Mangano, among the others. The show, courtesy of Vanity Fair Italy, will run at the same Cultural Institute through November 27th

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