Italian cinema goes back to the big screen in Hollywood from April 18th to 24th for the 16th Los Angeles Italia Festival, the first event to take place physically at the Chinese Theatre, and online on the American platform Eventive.org (30 features) and MyMovies.it (53 shorts, 30 documentaries, 10 features), putting our cinema on the spotlight just before the Oscar ceremony (April 25th).

This year’s presidents are Oscar-winner Nick Vallelonga (Green Book) and producer Andrea Iervolino. The festival is promoted under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the support of the Ministry of Culture (Cinema Directorate General), Intesa Sanpaolo, and MovieItaly.net.

Honorary President and AMPAS member Tony Renis states: “2021 is the year of rebirth. We want to convey this feeling of redemption from our traditional event in Los Angeles, the world’s capital city of entertainment, with its iconic theatre, on the eve of the greatest prize: the Academy Awards.”

Pascal Vicedomini, founder and producer of the festival, adds: “Despite the sorrow of this difficult moment, the Istituto Capri nel Mondo is proud to be the first to reopen cinemas, and more specifically, to reopen US theatres with Italian cinema. This year we must give up on red carpets, parties, and music events, but a few filmmakers will present their works anyway.”

The access is free of charge (max 100 people upon reservation). All panels and award ceremonies will be made available on the festival’s YouTube and social media channels. Opening film will be The Life Ahead with Edoardo Ponti and Diane Warren in attendance. Online, the opening will be with Andrea Morricone and flutist Andrea Griminelli paying tribute to Ennio Morricone. The program includes films like Matteo Garrone’s Pinocchio and The Man Who Sold His Skin, Tunisian film starring Monica Bellucci and nominated as Best International Film.