Los Angeles, Italia dedicated to Zeffirelli
The 13th edition of the Los Angeles, Italia - Film Fashion and Art Fest
will be dedicated to Franco Zeffirelli
, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his Romeo and Juliet
(1968). The event, taking place one week prior to the Academy Awards ceremony, promotes Italian cinema and its protagonists by hosting screenings and galas at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Based on William Shakespeare's tragedy, starring Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey (both Golden Globe winners) and with a soundtrack composed by Nino Rota, the film was a major success in the US, where it scored 40 millions at the box office and won two Oscars (Best Cinematography to Pasqualino De Santis, and Best Costumes to Danilo Donati). The film also got the Golden Globe as Best Foreign Film in English Language, and Zeffirelli was nominated as Best Director at the Oscars. Marina Cicogna, board member of the Istituto Capri nel Mondo, states: "We are organizing a big tribute in Los Angeles for Zeffirelli, including a retropective and an exhibition. Zeffirelli is an Italian character who is loved all over the world, and in the US in particular his works are synonimous with Italian culture and beaty."
Touring over 15 Portuguese cities - including Lisbon, Porto, and Coimbra - the 11th Festa do Cinema Italiano will start on April 4. The program includes over 40 films - features, documentaries, and shorts - to be screened for the first time in Portugal.
The event takes place from March 7 to 11 and represents an invaluable opportunity for Italian films to be discovered by the local press and audience.
Until February 11, "From Venice to Moscow", celebrating its 9th edition this year, will present 8 Italian features and 3 shorts from the 74th Venice International Film Festival. Directors Sebastiano Riso (A Family) and Silvio Soldini (Emma) will attend the event.
From December 15 to 19, the Mostra de Cinema Italià is back to Barcelona with the aim of promoting the best Italian cinema of the last year. The opening film is Manetti Bros' Love and Bullets