CINEMA ITALIAN STYLE 2010 will kick-off on November 9 at the Egyptian Theatre with the U.S. premiere of THE OFFICIAL ITALIAN ENTRY – BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM at the ACADEMY AWARDS 2010, La Prima Cosa Bella (The First Beautiful Thing) by Paolo Virzì, the internationally acclaimed director of My Name is Tanino. The director and leading actress Micaela Ramazzotti will be in attendance. Passione’s helmer John Turturro and internationally acclaimed photographer Douglas Kirkland will be the recipients of this year’s Cinema Italian Style award. The CINEMA ITALIAN STYLE 2010 series runs November 9-20 in Los Angeles. Screenings will take place at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica and at the Spielberg Theatre at The Egyptian in Hollywood.
Cinecittà Luce and the American Cinematheque enrich their 15 years long partnership by presenting a selection of the finest contemporary Italian films, as well as documentaries and short films that in 2010 have made an impact on both Italian and International audiences. Many of the screenings will be followed by discussions between actors, filmmakers and the audience.
A special presentation of the CINEMA ITALIAN STYLE’s line up will take place on November 8th at the Le Merigot Hotel in Santa Monica during AFM. A networking event organized by the Italian Film Commission – a division of the Italian Trade Commission – the presentation will offer highlights of this year’s films selections and introduce the Italian actors and directors in attendance.
This year’s celebration of Italian cinema will also include the much anticipated exhibit “50’s and La Dolce Vita Style”, a unique homage to the 50th anniversary of Federico Fellini’s master piece “La Dolce Vita,” opening on November 10 at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, in Westwood with a cocktail reception. The event is presented by “Dress In Dreams” in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura under the auspices of the Italian Consulate General in Los Angeles.
The Films: La prima cosa bella (The First Beautiful Thing) by Paolo Virzì – Official Italian Entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards 2010; Baciami ancora (Kiss Me Again) by Gabriele Muccino – Shanghai International Film Festival Award winner for Best Film and Best Actress (Vittoria Puccini); 20 sigarette (20 Cigarettes) by Aureliano Amadei; La nostra vita (Our Life) by Daniele Luchetti – Best Actor Award (Elio Germano) winner at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival; L’uomo che verrà (The Man Who Will Come) by Giorgio Diritti; Basilicata Coast To Coast by Rocco Papaleo; L’amore buio (Dark Love) by Antonio Capuano; Passione (Passion) by John Turturro; I Malavoglia (The House by the Medlar Tree) by Pasquale Scimeca; La doppia ora (The Double Hour) by Giuseppe Capotondi; La solitudine dei numeri primi (The Solitude Of Prime Numbers) by Saverio Costanzo; Io, loro e Lara (Me, Them and Lara) by Carlo Verdone and Una sconfinata giovinezza (A Second Childhood) by Pupi Avati.
Cinema Italian Style is produced by Cinecittà Luce and The American Cinematheque; supported by: the Italian Ministry of Culture-Film Department and The Italian Film Commission – a division of the Italian trade Commission; under the auspices of: The Consul General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles; with the generous contribution of: Valentino, Alitalia, Regione Toscana, Toscana Promozione and the participation of E.L.M.A. .(European Languages and Movies in America)