Claudio Giovannesi’s Piranhas will open the 14th edition of the Los Angeles Italia Film Festival to be
held at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood from February 17th to 23rd.
The film is adapted from Roberto Saviano’s eponymous novel, and is produced by Palomar
and Vision Distribution. Before the L.A. screening, the film will premiere in
the Berlinale Competition and will be released theatrically in Italy on
February 13th. Penned by Giovanessi and Saviano, the story tells the
violent rise of a group of young criminals.
Among the protagonists of this year’s festival,
that will close the night before the Oscars, actors Alessandro Preziosi and the sisters Angela and Marianna Fontana will receive the Italian Excellence
Award. Preziosi will perform a tribute to Luigi Pirandello, besides presenting
a selection of his films, including the recent None Like Us by Volfango De Biasi. Marianna Fontana will
present Mario Martone’s Capri Revolution
and Angela Fontana Lucania by Gigi
Roccati. The screening of Lucania is an integral part of the
tribute to “Matera European Capital of Culture 2019” and to Francis Ford
Coppola, celebrating his 80th birthday this year.
Adam McKay, director of Vice (8 Oscar nominations), and Matteo Rovere, director of The
First King, will receive the Filmmaker of the Year Award, voted by the Los
Angeles Italia Film Festival and Siae. Moreover, Rovere will also present his
latest work as a producer, Simone Godano’s An
Almost Ordinary Summer, starring Alessandro Gassman, Fabrizio Bentivoglio,
and Jasmine Trinca.