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.