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ISCHIA FEST EMBARKS TO RUSSIA/ANSA. SISTER FESTIVALS WITH THE MOSCOW FILM FEST, INAUGURATION WITH PICCIONI'S FILM

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(ANSA)  MOSCOW, JUNE 18  The Russian cinema will be at the center of this year's edition of Ischia Global Fest, scheduled for July 10 on the island and presented today in Moscow for the capital city's event: the prestigious film festival which is now the sister festival to the upcoming event on Ischia, inaugurated appropriately yesterday with the acclaimed screening of Giuseppe Piccioni's "La vita che vorrei".

Partially to return the favor, the Global Fest will open in July  framed by the beautiful beach of the Regina Isabella  with the latest work of influential post-Soviet director Aleksei Uchitel, "Dreaming of Space", which is one of the frontrunners for the competition of the Moscow Film Fest.

In Moscow was the president of Cinecittè Holding, Carlo Fuscagni, president of the Ischia International Arts Academy, Giancarlo Carriero, and the producer of the Global Fest, Pascal Vicedomini, alongside the president of Mosfilm, Karen Shakhnazarov, to present the schedule for the Ischian event along with the list of other illustrious directors from the great Russian school to be in attendance: from Andrei Konchalovsky  who will be honored with an award entitled in honor of Luchino Visconti  to Stanislav Govorukhin and Shakhnazarov, who have all been invited to the island along with their most recent films. On the schedule, with Siberian model Natasha Stefanenko acting as Godmother to the festival, there is also a screening of a new film version of and Quiet Flows the Don, starring Rupert Everett, F. Murray Abraham, and Ben Gazzara  recently assembled from the incomplete elements filmed by the late Oscar winner Sergei Bondarchuk, as taken from the novel by Mikhail Sholokhov. Also among the screenings will be the premiere of the latest film by Aleksandr Strizhenov, "180 and Higher", which is an example of the brilliant comedy of the new Russian cinema.

One must also mention the upcoming festival�s homage to the Russian dance, with the public screening of film-ballet shot on location at Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet Theatre, along with a memorable exhibition of soloist Andres Liepa in Igor Stravisky's "The Firebird". (ANSA).

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LEGENDARY DIRECTOR NORMAN JEWISON TO - TWO TIME OSCAR WINNER - IS TO RECEIVE THE �REGINA ISABELLA LEGEND AWARD" DURING THE COURSE OF THE GRAND GALA ON JULY 15

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Ischia 5/28/05  Director and producer Norman Jewison, who has already been honored in Hollywood with a Lifetime Achievement Oscar (The second statuette of his career), will be at Lacco Ameno of Ischia on July 15 to receive the Regina Isabella Legend Award.

The popular Canadian artist ("Jesus Christ Superstar" ,"Moonstruck" , "Only You") will also be at the center of the final International Symposium of the six planned for the festival�s third edition.

The announcement was given by the president of the Ischia International Arts Academy, Giancarlo Carriero, who will fly to Moscow on June 18 with the founder and producer of the festival, Pascal Vicedomini, to present the event and, more importantly, to cement the connection between the Campania festival and its sister celebration, the Moscow Film Festival. We are a Global Fest because the material ranges through every country and continent, with respect for diverse ethnicities, states Carriero.

Regarding Norman Jewison, the North-American auteur is considering filming an English language remake of Silvio Soldini�s �Bread and Tulips,� following up thirty previous films which gathered forty-six Oscar nominations and 12 statuettes. His career began in the sixties in television, prior to moving to the cinema where he directed six films before winning an Oscar for the police drama, "In The Heat of the Night." From there he created works such as the musicals "Fiddler on the Roof" (1971) and "Jesus Christ Superstar" (1973), the cult classic "Rollerball" (1975), "F.I.S.T." (1978), "Agnes of God" (1985) and "Monstruck" (1987), the comedy that won three Oscars. In 1994 he filmed "Only You" (Partially shot in Italy between Rome and Positano) and in 1999 he filmed "Hurricane," starring Denzel Washington.

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OSCAR WINNER COMPOSER JAN KACZMAREK AND PRODUCER TONY RENIS TO RECEIVED THE WILLIAM WALTON AWARD FOR 2005 IN THE ISLE OF ISCHIA

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altIschia 5/07/2005 Composer and music producer Tony Renis, along with his Polish colleague, Jan Kaczmarek  Oscar winner in 05 for the original score of Finding Neverland will receive the William Wolton Award '05 for producer and composer of the year, respectively, at Ischia's Regina Isabella Hotel. During the course of the same day the two stars will be featured together in the Kimbo Music Symposium, together with New Zealand's Graeme Revell (Considered the newest contemporary genius of film music, having completed 76 soundtracks, including Ridley Scott's 'Kingdom of Heaven' and Robert Rodriguez's 'Sin City'), American Jon Briol, and Italians Andrea Guerra, Teo Teardo, and Edoardo Bennato, the superstar of Italian rock who is often present on film soundtracks.

That evening, then, will bring forth the Grand Musical Gala at Ischia's Miramare di Sant'Angelo, at the end of a day honoring the legend of the great English composer William Walton, author of innumerable soundtracks and, perhaps more importantly, an honorary citizen of the Green Island during the final days of his life.

Elias Cesari, a.k.a. Tony Renis, previously the winner of a Golden Globe in '99 (The same year that brought Oscar nominations to his colleagues, David Foster and Carole Bayer Sager), as well as a David di Donatello Award for the song 'Christmas in Love'(Performed by the young American artist Renee Olstead and used by Aurelio De Laurentiis for the soundtrack of the popular film of the same name), will return in high style to Ischia, where he did some of his earliest acting and worked with Angelo Rizzoli, the artist's "Pygmalion"who changed his name and enhanced his image. Jan Kaczmarek, meanwhile, has received great satisfaction in the year that has seen him honored among the greatest names in Hollywood for his musical commentary for the film biography of the author of Peter Pan, starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. For information visit www.ischiaglobal.com or write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

ISCHIA GLOBAL HONORS MICHAEL RADFORD AS "EUROPEAN DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR." THE DIRECTOR OF "IL POSTINO" AND "THE MERCHANT OF VENICE" WILL BE RECOGNIZED ON JULY 13 AT THE REGINA ISABELLA

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Ischia 5/28/2005 - Michael Radford has been recognized as the European Director of the Year  through the assignment of the Ischia, Europe  Imi San Paolo Award. The recognition will be given on July 13 on the Green Island within the environment of the third edition of the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest. Having gone to the Oscars in 1996 with 'Il Postino' starring Massimo Troisi, and having recently directed Al Pacino in 'The Merchant of Venice' Radford has announced that in 2006 he will shift direction by shooting an adventure film entitled "Puss'n Boots' "This is a prize for the talent and above all the consistency of a true ambassador of the European cinema, as demonstrated through 'The Merchant of Venice' which was a model for international co-production and co-distribution states the President of the Ischia Global Fest, Giancarlo Carriero, recalling the optimal work done by Radford with the Italian assistance of the Luce Institute and producers Edvige Fenech and Luciano Martino.

The other artists confirmed for the Ischia Global Fest include Lifetime Achievement Oscar winner Norman Jewison, director\producer Taylor Hackford (Who was nominated this past year for 'Ray'), and Andrei Konchalovsky who, together with a group of Russian colleagues and producers, will demonstrate the connection between the Italian festival and its sister festival, the Moscow Film Festival.

The third edition of the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest will include international premieres, a festival of the best films of the recent season, symposia on the entertainment industry and meetings between the stars and the public at the Forio and the Port of Ischia. The celebration is produced by the Ischia International Arts Academy in collaboration with the Regina Isabella Hotel & Spa, the Imi San Paolo, the Chamber of Commerce of Naples, and the support of the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities and the Region of Campania.

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TAYLOR HACKFORD COMES FROM THE OSCARS TO ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST WITH THE MYTH OF RAY CHARLES, RECEIVING THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

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Ischia, Italy 05/ 03/2005 - Director and producer Taylor Hackford will be in Italy soon to receive an award in honor of his career at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest, following his creation of the film event of the year 'Ray' which was nominated for several Oscars in 2005 and brought Jamie Foxx the statue for best actor.

Eleven films and each one a success: Taylor Hackford, the wizard of the film camera and the box office, has created films such as 'An Officer and a Gentleman' with Richard Gere 'The Devil's Advocate' with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves 'Proof of Life' with Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe, and finally his latest masterwork  'Ray'

At sixty years of age, and husband to celebrated actress Helen Mirren ('Calendar Girls' 'Gosford Park'), Hackford will be one of the stars of the third edition of Ischia Global, underscoring the extraordinary connection between the cinema and music. Beyond shooting the biography of Ray Charles, with whom he created a profound, amicable rapport over several years, Hackford paid tribute to his friend after his death only several weeks after the end of shooting, with the television program 'Genius: A Night for Ray Charles' bringing to the special stars of film and music including Tom Cruise, Elton John, Quincy Jones and Bruce Willis. But his connection to the world of music goes back to his beginnings: he began his career in the entertainment industry working at KCET, Los Angeles public television network, which was among the first in America to bring audiences unedited rock concerts.

Among the many successful films directed by Hackford, for which he also acted as producer, is another biography: 'White Nights' on the life of famous Russian ballerina Mikhail Baryshnikov. After he won the Oscar in 1979 for the short  'Teenage Father' he truly began his brilliant career in 1982 with 'An Officer and a Gentleman' winner of the Oscars for Best Original Song and Actor in a Non-Leading Role, which he followed with  'Against All Odds' 'Everybody's All American' 'Bound by Honor' and 'Proof of Life'. In 1997 he won a special Oscar for the restoration of the previously unedited documentary 'When We Were Kings' on the life of Cassius Clay.

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