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ITALIAN MOVIE CULTURE SALUTES THE 2003 RIZZOLI AWARD TO "THE TULSE LUPER'S" AUTHOR. AND THE ACADEMY AWARD TV DIRECTOR LOUIS J.HORVITZ ANNOUNCES THE 2004 OSCAR GALA

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Lacco Ameno d'schia, Italy (July 14) - Director Peter Greenaway who is in Italy to
accept a top Award at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest, on Sunday called for
the entertainment industry to break away from old-fashioned technologies
that are gravely handicapping the production and distribution of films.

"The great days of the cinema are over" declared Greenaway. "We have to
reinvent the cinema? in order to survive and grow with the future advances
in technological innovations.

He said the cinema as we have known it over the decades ?died in September
of 1983 when the remote control was introduced to the world.? As soon as
that happened, he said, entertainment became an interactive experience,
while the cinema remained for the most part a passive medium.

?Cinema needs entrepreneurs who have vision. We have to break away from
the 120-minute straight jacket,? he told reporters attending the Ischia
Film & Music Fest which runs through Friday off the coast of Naples.

Greenaway was awarded an Angelo Rizzoli Prize for the festival for his work
in getting eight European nations to cooperate in the making of the film
?The Tulse Luper Suitcases.? The film, which has many technical
innovations, will be distributed in Italy in September.

For the past 21 years Greenaway has worked with Dutch producer Kees
Kasander. ?At the beginning, he told me that he would support my film
career as long as I didn?t want three Elizabeth Taylors on an aircraft
carrier with a farm full of pigs.?

Greenaway?s ?The Tulse Luper Suitcase? was screened at Cannes. Luciano
Sovena, general executive of the Luce Institute, a co-producer of the
Ischia festival, said the film ?was revolutionary in contrast to its
competitors, but perhaps it was too brave to gain the Golden Palm or other
acknowledgements.?

Greenaway said that today?s films are seen 75 per cent on TV, 20 percent on
DVD and only 5 per cent in the theater. He is working on new digital
technologies for internet and DVD distribution.

Louis J. Horvitz, director of the last seven Academy Awards, traveled to
the Green Island to accept an honorary award and to screen the American
Film Institute?s salute to Robert De Niro, which he produced in Los
Angeles. In his remarks, Horvitz agreed with Greenaway?s pleadings for the
industry to investigate new and innovative technologies in the areas of
production and distribution.

?It is important to understand that the opportunities in outlets, such as
cable televison, is 100 times more today than six or seven years ago,?
Horvitz said. ?For example, in the United States, there are 500 different
outlets to view what you want to see.? The challenge therefore, he said,
is for the promoters to get across to the potential audience when the
production will be aired, on what station, the date and the time.

Horvitz, who is Cuban, studied filmmaking at UCLA in Los Angeles

Bollywood’s Kabir Bebi returns to Ischia—the First Star to Arrive On the Island for the Global Film and Music Fest; Greeted by Academy President Carriero

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Lacco Ameno d’Ischia, Italy (12 luglio) --Kabir Bedi, the Bollywood star leading the return of Golden Age greats to the Ischia Global Film and Music Fest, said on his arrival Saturday that “to work in the new Indian cinema is fantastic. It is creative anarchy, not the bureaucracy of Hollywood.”

The international superstar talked about the Bollywood that has become one of the world’s great cinema factories with more than 800 films a year being produced. He is Bollywood’s most popular star in Italy because in the 1970s, early in his career, he played the character Sandokan in a wildly popular TV series that was produced in Italy.

He is the first of many stars to return to Ischia for this week’s festival on the Green Island off Naples. A major focus of the festival is the phenomenon of Bollywood. Many other on-camera and behind-the-camera leaders of the Bombay film community will attend.

Bedi said he soon will be in Sicily to star in an updated Sandokan film being co-produced with Gherardo Pagliei and The Luce Institute —“I hope the first of a long series. I will interpret myself, an actor loved in Italy and loved above all by the young Sicilian daughter of a boss. We have already made the inspections. Sicily is a fantastic place and to work with the Italians is optimal thing. We are very similar. You are creative and freer than the Americans, less rigid and more ready to launch an adventure.” He went on to criticize the Hollywood film community as a stifling entertainment industry where it takes years to launch a project—if it ever gets off the ground--unlike Bombay where the process is fast and relatively easy.

Bedi, in Ischia with his English wife Niki, said: “I did not expect much interest when I saw old television film of Sandoka But it does not seem as if much time has passed. The spirit has remained the same.”

Bedi also has played a villain opposite Roger Moore’s James Bond in Octopussy “even if for me Bond will always be “Sean” Connery. I have worked a lot in Los Angeles. The role of Sandokan has opened many doors for me. In Bombay, I have done theater and much television. In the future I hope to direct.”

When Bedi arrived by boat to the Regina Isabella Hotel, headquarters of the festival, he was greeted by a group of VIP hosts and journalists, including
Giancarlo Carriero, president of the Ischia International Arts Academy.

THE ACADEMY STARTED THE FINAL COUNT-DOWN. TOMORROW THE FIRST VIP'S ARRIVAL. ON SUNDAY THE ANGELO RIZZOLI AWARD PRESENTATION. ON MONDAY THE ISTITUTO LUCE CONGRESS

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JEAN CLAUDE VAN DAMME WILL ATTEND EUROPEAN PREMIERE OF HIS NEW ACTION FILM �HELL� at ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST - THURSDAY, JULY 17th

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Lacco Ameno d'Ischia (July 10) Action superstar Jean Claude Van Damme confirmed from Los Angeles that he will participate in the European premiere of his newest film, Hell, on Thursday, July 17 at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest.
"It will be an unforgettable evening," said a delighted Giancarlo Carriero, president of the International Academy of Art of Ischia, co-producer of the festival being held July 13-18 on the Green Island off Naples. On the night of the premiere at the Regina Isabella Hotel & Spa, Van Damme will be awarded an Ischia Lifetime Achievement Award for his charismatic international career as actor and martial arts expert, said Pascal Vicedomini, the festival organizer.
�Jean Claude Van Damme is not only a most popular world-wide star, but a fascinating personage who we will be thrilled to coronate as the King of Lacco Ameno, said Carriero. �With this award we want to emphasize his sparkling career.
The star was born in Belgium in1960 as Jean-Claude Van Varenberg. He studied ballet for five years, and also is a classical music fan. As a teen he excelled in martial arts and became European middleweight champion of the European Professional Karata Association. He took his spectacular whirling kick skills to the cinema in 1984 and hit stardom four years later in �Bloodsport,� where he played the part of martial arts champion Frank Dux. His 30 films completed to date include two in the �Universal Soldier� series, �Lionheart,� �Double Impact� and two in the �Street Fighter� series. His thrilling skills have also enjoyed great popularity in several action hero video games.
As the festival opening nears this weekend, organizers and workers are working around the clock to complete a special 20-meters-high screen and other stage and presentation structures for the prestigious previews and international superstars who will attend.
Happening in happening the arrival of Van Damme to Lacco Ameno that
in these hours st� living a glad confusion for prepared to you
indispensable for the unofficial debut of saturdays the evening and
for the Grand Opening Gala of Sunday when Stefania Sandrelli is
rewarded with the Ischia Legend Award and the director Peter Greenaway
with the Angelo Rizzoli Audiovisual Award..

ISCHIA GLOBAL TO HONOR AMERICAN LEGEND DENNIS HOPPER OF 'EASY RIDER' FAME

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Lacco Ameno (July 8)  Dennis Hopper, a Hollywood living legend for roles from Easy Rider to Apocalypse Now, will be honored with an Ischia Legend Award during the Ischia Global Film & Music Festival July 13-18 on the island off Naples, Italy.

Hopper, considered one of America's top 100 film stars for a career spanning half a century, will accept his award July 16 at the Regina Isabella Hotel, the festival headquarters.

Hopper�s resume of 145 films as an actor and seven as a director began while he was an adolescent with work in the �50s television series �Medic.� He first hit the silver screen in a James Dean film, Rebel Without a Cause. He also worked with Dean in Giant, but real notoriety came with Easy Rider in 1969, where he directed Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson after friends raised $400,000 to make the film he wrote with Fonda based on a Terry Southern novel. The alternative film was perfect for its times and became a huge success, winning two Oscar nominations.

In the 1971, Hopper had the hit The Last Movie. It won a nomination at the Venice Film Festival.

Other Hopper successes included Francis Ford Coppolla�s Apocalypse Now in 1979, David Lynch�s Blue Velvet in 1986 and his direction of Colors in 1988 with Sean Penn and Robert Duvall. Hopper just finished The Keeper with Asia Argento.

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