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PETER GREENAWAY TO BE AWARDED RIZZOLI PRIZE AT ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST. JULY 13 FOR 'THE TULSE LUPER SUITCASES: THE MOAB STORY'

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Naples (June 18) - U.K. director Peter Greenaway will be awarded an Angelo Rizzoli e Award July 13 at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest for his work in getting eight European countries to cooperate in the making of the film Le Tulse Luper Suitcases: The Moab Story.

The Italian producers constituting the jury for the Rizzoli Prizes selected Greenaway for the film that had been introduced at the Naples Film Festival and that has many technical innovations. It will be distributed in Italy in September.

The film also was screened at Cannes, where it was �revolutionary in contrast to its competitors, but perhaps it was too brave to gain the Golden Palm or other acknowledgement,� said Luciano Sovena, general executive manager of the Istituto Luce, a co-producer of the Ischia festival.

The Rizzoli jury that selected Greenaway for the producer award was composed of Aurelio De Laurentis, Riccardo Tozzi, Domenico Procacci, Giancarlo Leone, Giampaolo Letta and Tilde Corsi, and was presided over by Marina Cicogna, past president of Italia Cinema, and Nicola Carraro, grandson of the famed publisher and producer for whom the prize is named.

Greenaway, noting that films today are seen 75 per cent on television, 20 per cent on DVD and only 5 per cent in the theater, is working on new digital technologies for internet and DVD distribution that he hopes to show at the Venice Film Festival.

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THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE�s TRIBUTE TO ACTOR ROBERT DE NIRO WILL HAVE ITS EXCLUSIVE ITALIAN PREMIERE AT THE ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST

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Los Angeles, Ca (U.S.A.) - June 13 � The American Film Institute�s tribute to actor Robert De Niro will have its exclusive Italian premiere at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest next month on the Green Island off Naples. The tribute, directed by Louis J. Horvitz, premiered recently at Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre, site of Oscar Night, with the participation of Leonardo Dicaprio, Martin Scorsese, Billy Crystal, Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster and many other friends of the Italian-American honoree. It will be on-air on Monday June 23rd "Usa Network" (http://www.usanetwork.com/specials/afideniro/ ).

Horvitz is considered the king of televised award shows from his direction of the last seven Oscar shows, Kennedy Center Honors specials, shows from Las Vegas, and the Emmy Awards. On the occasion of his participation in the Ischia festival, he will receive the Queen Isabella Award. He also will join in a program on July 14 exploring new technological resources for entertainment production. The program and festival are co-produced by the Luce Institute and the International Academy of Art of Ischia.

The festival is featuring not just Hollywood, but particularly the Bollywood cinema center of Bombay, India. The international promotion of the festival began last month at the Cannes Film Festival with the participation of Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody and Indian director Shekhar Kapur. The Ischia Global Fest 2003, as part of its dedication to Bollywood, will honor Indian actor Kabir Bedi with a Lifetime Achievement Award on July 13. Bedi will reprise his famed 1970s television role of Sandokan next year in Italy when he stars in the first Italian-Indian co-production, Sandokan in Sicily.

The Ischia festival will continue until July 18 with a variety of screenings, awards and programs. The American show business magazine Variety is associating with the International Academy of Art and Luce Institute in presenting the festival.

The feature awards will be the Angelo Rizzoli Prizes, created at the instigation of Giuseppina Rizzoli in honor of her father, the late famed producer and publisher who created the golden era of Ischid from the 1950s to the 1970s. The award winners will be selected by a jury of famed Italian producers under the chairmanship of president Marina Cicogna of Italia Cinema and Nicola Carraro, the grandson of Rizzoli.

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KABIR BEDI RETURNS TO ITALY: IN JULY TO BE AWARDED IN ISCHIA. IN 2004 WITH SANDOKAN IN SICILY: FIRST ITALIAN-INDIAN CO-PRODUCTION

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LACCO AMEMO d�ISCHIA (NAPLES, ITALY), June 7 - Indian actor Kabir Bedi, the television Sandokan of the 1970s, will return to Italy next year to reprise his role in the first Italian-Indian co-production, Sandokan in Sicily. The project is the fruit of a collaboration agreement signed recently between the two governments.

Bedi�s return to Italy will be marked by the presentation to him of an award for lifetime achievement at the first Ischia Global Film & Music Fest. The festival July 13-18 is featuring Bedi�s cinema home of Bollywood, the Hollywood of Bombay, India. Bollywood turns out some 800 films a year. The festival on the Green Island is organized by the International Academy of Art of Iscia and the Luce Institute, with the collaboration of the American show business magazine Variety.

In Sandokan in Sicily, Bedi interprets the superstar Indians loved from the television show about the Tiger of Mompracem. The film, with an announced budget of $3 million, will include much music, in the best tradition of the Indian cinema.

Bedi recently starred in the Bollywood thriller, The Hero. To help celebrate the Ischia Lifetime Achievement Award to Bedi will be director Shekhar Kapur and some of the great Indian producers, including Subhash Ghai, Bobbi Bedi, and Dared Basu Bhattacharya.

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ADRIEN BRODY AT CANNES ANNOUNCES ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST WITH ASSANTE, KAPUR, TONY RENIS AND STARS OF BOLLYWOOD

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Cannes (May 20) - The 2003 Oscar winner for best actor, Adrien Brody, joined a star-studded cast at Cannes to formally announce the first holding of the Ischia Global Music & Film Fest this coming July 13-18 on the spectacular Italian island off Naples.

Brody, Indian director Shekar Kapur, Emmy-winning actor Armand Assante, Producer Tony Renis and leaders from the Indian film capital of Bollywood participated in an Ischia press conference at the Italian Pavilion of the Cannes Film Festival. The Ischia festival, co-produced by the International Academy of Art of Ischia and the Luce Institute, will be centered around the Hotel Queen Isabella in the island town of Lacco Ameno d'Ischia.

One focus of the festival will be the relationship between music and film. Brody, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of The Pianist, said �the cinema and music have the same power. The films would not be same without music to transmit the emotions and to make to link various worlds. This enormous power I discovered making The Pianist. I could not have less music. I always want to have more.�

In addition to the tie between film and music, a major festival topic will be the Bollywood phenomenon, with previews, reviews, discussions and the participation of personalities' of the Indian cinema such as tycoon Subhash Ghai, producer Bobbi Bedi and many stars.

�Many ask me what is the difference between Bollywood and Hollywood,� Ghai said. �Hollywood is like being in a great supermarket, organized, where you know what to buy. Bollywood is like being in a chaotic bazaar, where much is disorganized but also of great variety.�

Joining in announcing the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest were the general executive manager of Istituto Luce, Luciano Sovena, and the president of the Ischia International Art Academy, Giancarlo Carriero. They said the festival will recapture Ischia�s golden years of the 1950s through 1970s that were led by the fabled producer, Angelo Rizzoli, and visitors such as Charlie Chaplin. International production will return to the island with the American film Modigliani by Andy Garcia. Sovena said the festival will be an occasion for other movie-making deals with producers of the world. Variety, the prestigious magazine of the Global film industry, is one of the special co-operators of the upcoming festival.


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ARMAND ASSANTE, SHEKHAR KAPUR and TONY RENIS IN CANNES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS CONFERENCE OF THE 2003 ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST

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Cannes, France (May 17) � Italianamerican actor and Emmy Award winner Armand Assante, Indian director and producer Shekhar Kapur together with Italian producer and Golden Globe winner Tony Renis will be a key participant today, Monday, May 19 in the first press conference of the new Ischia Global Film & Music Fest. The press event will be held at the Italian Pavilion of the ongoing Cannes Film Festival at 3:30 p.m. (15:30)
Assante, Kapur and Renis will be joined by the executive general manager and the president of the Luce Institute, Luciano Sovena and Andrea Piersanti; the president of the International Academy of Art in Ischia, Giancarlo Carriero, and critic Tonino Pinto. They will speak about the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest to be held on the Green Island off Naples July 13-18, 2003. The Ischia Global Fest builds on the fabled era of Angelo Rizzoli and Luchino Visconti, and will restore to Ischia the lustre of its artistic and cultural golden years of the mid-20th Century that attracted cinema stars from around the world.
"Angelo Rizzoli would surely have appreciated the efforts of the Carriero family and the administrators of the Luce Institute on behalf of Ischia and its image,� said Renis. The Ischia festival will focus on the Queen Isabella Hotel in Lacco Ameno d�Ischia, the locale of the 1966 film Ischia, Operazione Amore.
�Our event will be one magical combination between entertainment and deepening the popular knowledge of our cinema,� said Luciano Sovena. �The history and the artistic tradition of the Green Island have been unjustly neglected. Rizzoli was a shining leader of the film industry. We are convinced that he would have shared our ideas and above all our goal to bring to the height of history this true pearl of the Mediterranean.�
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