Gabriele Salvatores will chair the 15th edition of Los Angeles, Italia – Film, Fashion and Art Fest to be held from February 2nd to 8th at the TLC Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. The classic event of Italian cinema taking place just before the Oscar night (Sunday 9th) will host a variety of Italian and international stars, and will present a rich program of premieres and retrospectives.

The festival is dedicated Al Pacino, turning 80 this year (April 25th). The Italo-American actor already attended the event in 2013, when it was awarded the Jack Valenti Award by Michele Placido and Larry King; and in 2014, to award Bono Vox and the U2 for the soundtrack of Mandela. As a tribute to the actor, LA Italia will present a program of special screenings of his unforgettable films: The Godfather (1972), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Scarface (1983), Scent of a Woman (1992), Carlito’s Way (1993), Donnie Brasco (1997), Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood and The Irishman (2019).

LA Italia 2020 has been announced by Franco Nero – Italian cinema icon and honorary vice-president of the Capri nel mondo Institute – and Pascal Vicedomini, founder and producer of the festival: “Gabriele Salvatores, awarded by Sly Stallone and Samuel L. Jackson at LA Italia 2010, is the ideal artist to chair the 15th edition of the festival. His love for our country, his support and important contribution to our culture know no border. Moreover, we are glad to celebrate Al Pacino’s 80th birthday, a unique actor who has embodied extraordinary characters, becoming one of the most appreciated artists in the world.”