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ISCHIA ARTS AWARDS HAS BEEN PRESENTED TO DANTE FERRETTI AND JULIE TAYMOR AT OPENING EVENT OF ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST - JULY 11 AT REGINA ISABELLA RESORT

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ISCHIA, Italy � The great art director Dante Ferretti, pride of the Italian cinema for such films as �Gangs of New York� and Martin Scorsese�s upcoming �The Aviator,� and the brilliant director Julie Taymor (�Titus,� �Frida�) has been honored on the inaugural evening of the Ischia Global Film and Music Fest July 11 at the Regina Isabella Hotel in Lacco Ameno on the Italilan island of Ischia.

The prizes to Ferretti and Taymor are part of the effort of the Ischia International Academy of Art to honor the work of world leaders in the film arts. The program of Ischia 2004 is on the official website at www.ischiaglobal.com

Ferretti has been working most recently on Scorsese�s set in Canada where he has reconstructed the private study of the mythical Howard Hughes for the megaproduction about the life of the pioneering but eccentric mid-20th Century aviator and industrialist. The film, starring Leonardo Di Caprio as Hughes, is scheduled for release in December. RAI Cinema has acquired the distribution rights for Italy.

This summer the Italian art director is bringing his talents to the set of Brian de Palma�s �The Black Dahlia,� the fictionalized version of the shocking 1947 Los Angeles murder of starlet Elizabeth Short. Based on a book by James Ellroy, the film�s leading woman will be Scarlett Johansson (�Lost in Translation.�)

Early in his career before going to the United States, Ferretti worked on films of Italian greats Pier Paolo Pasolini and Federico Fellini. His Pasolini credits include "The Decameron" 1971; "The Canterbury Tales" 1972; "The Arabian Nights" 1974; and "Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom" 1975. He joined Fellini on "Orchestra Rehearsal" 1978; "City of Women" 1980; "And the Ship Sails On" 1983; "Ginger and Fred" 1986; and "The Voice of the Moon" 1990.

His first American film was Scorsese�s "The Age of Innocence" in 1993. After �Interview with the Vampire� for Neil Jordan in 1994, he reunited with Scorsese for �Casino� 1995, �Kundun� 1997 and �Gangs of New York� 2002. He has received six Oscar nominations, four David di Donatello awards, and the 1999 Cinecitt� Award.

Julie Taymor, a student of Jacques Lecocq, is one of the world�s most innovative and wide-ranging directors. She was the creative force behind Broadway�s �The Lion King,� has directed operas and Shakespearean plays, designed costumes and written lyrics. She moved to the film world in 1999 with �Titus,� based on a violent Shakespeare play, followed by �Frida,� winner of two Oscars and a Golden Globe. One of the Oscars was for the sound track by Eliott Goldenthal, who will participate in an Ischia Fest symposium on music in films.

Taymor has won numerous other stage awards, and was the recipient of a prestigious MacArthur �genius� grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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A QUEEN OF HOLLYWOOD, NANCY MEYERS, WILL ATTEND THE ISCHIA FEST TO RECEIVED TWO SPECIAL AWARDS; AWARD FOR HER WORK IN SCREENPLAY AND DIRECTION IN FILMS.RAI CINEMA COLLABORATES TO SET UP SPECIAL FORUM

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altCannes, May 20, 2004 - A queen of the cinema, American Nancy Meyers, will join the hosts of honor for the 2nd Ischia Global Film & Music Fest to be held July 11-16, 2004, at the Regina Isabella Resort & Spa in Lacco Ameno on the island of Ischia, off Naples, Italy.

The extraordinary comedy screenwriter, producer and director has major credits from such films as "Private Benjamin," "What Women Want," "Baby Boom" and "Father of the Bride." She will receive an Ischia Special Award named in honor of Luchino Visconti during a preview ceremony on July 13 in the garden of the Colombaia, the last residence of Visconti, the grand master of the Italian cinema.

On the occasion of the Cannes Festival, the Ischia International Academy of Arts announced its additions of American producer Lawrence Bender and Italian-American star actor Stanley Tucci. Bender has produced all of director Quentin Tarantino's films from "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction" to "Kill Bill" volumes 1 and 2. He has twice been nominated for Oscars. Tucci is a co-star of "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers," just introduced at Cannes, and �Terminal,� the latest work of Steven Spielberg to be seen at the 2004 Venice Film Festival in September. Tucci also was a star of the famous film, �Big Night.�

THE CHINESE CINEMA LIVES

"This year the slogan of Ischia Global is �The Chinese Cinema Lives,� demonstrating that all good cinema does not come just from Hollywood, Europe or Bollywood," Giancarlo Carriero, president of the Ischia International Academy of Arts, told a press conference at the Club Italia on the Croisette.

After dedicating last year's first edition (co-produced with the Luce Institute) to the Indian cinema, the Ischia Global Fest 2004 aims its spotlight at the Chinese cinematographic industry with a review of both new and old works of directors known internationally. This portion of the festival is being developed in collaboration with the management of the Udine Far East Festival

The Films and the Premieres
The final program of the festival will be announced July 5 in Rome at the press center on via dell'Umilta'. It comprises, at the moment, of film previews distributed from Buena Vista, Columbia, Luce Institute, 01 Distribution, IIF, Lucky Red, Sharada, Movie Web and Minerva, which is presenting for the first time in Italy the film directed and interpreted by Asia Argento, �Ingannevole e' il cuore piu' di ogni cosa.� Other additions will be announced later. The festival also will review the best Italian films of the first half of 2004; hold galas for the presentation of Ischia Awards and the Premio Isabella Rizzoli, an honor initiated by film producer Marina Cicogna in the memory of Angelo Rizzoli, the great producer who spent so many of his years on Ischia; and host programs on cinema, music from films, product placement, and distribution of summer films.

Among prizes to be presented at Ischia will be honors to three Italian co-stars of Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ"--Rosalinda Celentano (Satan), Matteo Sbragia (Caiphus, the high priest) and Luca Lionello (Judas, the traitor).

On July 16, the Ischia Fest will pay tribute to Italian-American Jack Valenti, who is retiring after 38 years as president of the Motion Picture Association of America and is the American film industry's leading voice in Washington, D.C. He is returning to Ischia for the first time in 25 years.

THE SYMPOSIA OF THE CINEMA

The popular writer/producer/director Nancy Meyers, who has worked with such global superstars as Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, will preside over the 1st International Symposium on Scenes in the Cinema. This event, promoted in collaboration with RAI Cinema, also will include directors Marco Ponti, Sergio Rubini, Domenico Starnone, Mark Bellocchio and Paolo Virz�.

The symposium on music from film will feature Oscar-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal
(`Frida '); John Debney, composer of the sound track for "The Passion of the Christ;� the new star of Brazilian music, Seu Jeorge ("The City of God" and �The Life Acquatic�); Oscar nominee Manuel de Sica ("Giardini dei Finzi Contini" ), the son of renowned director Vittorio de Sica; and Andrea Guerra, a top screen composer for nearly 15 years most recently honored with a David di Donatello award for "La Finestra di Fronte".

ISCHIA GLOBAL, A CERTAINTY OF THE ITALIAN CINEMA

"With its original formula for focusing on new markets and total creativity, and thanks to the unparalleled natural location on the Green Island, the Ischia Global Fest already is among the international film and music events of great interest and world-wide prestige," said Giancarlo Carriero, president of the Ischia International Academy of Arts. "This established event of the Italian cinema from its first edition has welcomed world-wide participation of industry stars like Dennis Hopper, F. Murray Abraham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Shekhar Kapur, Peter Greenaway, Anita Ekberg, Stefania Sandrelli and opera singer Andrea Bocelli "



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ISABELLA RIZZOLI PRIZES TO BE AWARDED AT ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST ON JULY 16 AT THE REGINA ISABELLA HOTEL & SPA IN ITALY

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Cannes, May 20, 2004 � Two scholarship prizes dedicated to the memory of Isabella Rizzoli will be presented at the 2nd Ischia Global Film & Music Fest July 11-16 to deserving students of the Scuola Nazionale di Cinema.

Each prize is worth 6,000 Euros to students of the school, presided over by Francisco Alberoni and directed by Caterina D�Amico.

Isabella Rizzoli, granddaughter of the producer and entrepreneur Angelo Rizzoli, died tragically on July 19, 1987.

�She was a sensitive, curious girl of the world and a lover of people and the cinema,� remembers her godmother, Marina Cicogna, producer and ambassador of Italian cinema.

�With these acknowledgments, we want to be near the more shining young people, helping them to learn their extraordinary trade and to become the future artists of the world of the cinema,� said Ms. Cicogna.

The festival will be held on the Green Island of Ischia, off Naples Italy.


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ISCHIA GLOBAL 2004 PRESENTATIONS AT CANNES BY PRESIDENT CARRIERO AND CEO OF CINECITTA HOLDING USAI, U.K. DIRECTOR MICK DAVIS, AND THE LUCE INSTITUTE'S CEO SOVENA AND OSCAR WINNER MARINA CICOGNA

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(ANSA) - CANNES, May 20 - After dedicating last year�s first edition to Indian cinema, the Ischia Global Fest on July 11-16, 2004, aims its spotlight on the Chinese cinema industry with previews and retrospectives of the most important directors, Giancarlo Carriero, president of the Ischia International Academy of Art, announced at the Italy Club during the Cannes Film Festival.

Ischia festival producer Pascal Vicedomini announced three of the hosts for the event on the Green Island off Naples: Nancy Meyers, screenwriter of many American films including such stars as Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton; and actor Stanley Tucci, who portrays Stanley Kubrick in �The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,� just premiered at Cannes.
Meyers will preside over an Ischia seminar on film scenes, sponsored by RIA Cinema. She will receive the Ischia Special Award in the memory of Luchino Viscont� at a ceremony on July 13 in the garden of the Colombaia, the longtime residence of Visconti.

The Ischia Fest will also preview Italian and other foreign films, feature gala events for the presentation of Ischia Awards and the Isabella Rizzoli Prize; and conduct seminars not only on film scenes, but also on music from film, product placement, and summer film distribution.

Among prize winners already announced are three Italian stars from Mel Gibson�s �Passion of the Christ� -- Rosalinda Celentano (Satan), Matteo Sbragia (Cephus, the high priest) and Luca Lionello (Judas, the traitor). The symposium on music from film will feature Oscar-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal (Frida); John Debney, composer of the sound track of �The Passion of the Christ;� the new star of Brazilian music Seu Jeorge; and Manuel de Sica and Lucio Godoy.



FILM ON MODIGLIANI COULD GO TO VENICE
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CANNES, 20 MAG - After directing Andy Garcia in �Modigliani,� which could be selected for the Extension of the Venice Film Festival, director Mark Davis will turn to a new project, �Dorian,� an adaptation of Irish novelist Oscar Wilde�s �A Portrait of Dorian Gray.�

Davis announced the project at the Cannes Film Festival, and said he would be participating in a presentation at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest July 11-16 on the island off Naples. The Scottish director has already chosen for Dorian Gray, the 29-year-old Ryan Philippe, who played Sebastian in Roger Kumble�s �Cruel Intentions.� Davis� cast for �Dorian� also will include Penelope Cruz and Hugh Grant.

Davis was in Cannes to introduce �Modigliani� to international buyers. The film was co-produced by Luce Institute and Buskin Film. Davis said of Italy, �Your earth is a such an inestimable treasure of art and artists that I cannot do less than to think of Italy for every new plan. I am content being here to celebrate the realization of a dream (�Modigliani�) that I had announced, just in this same context, 12 months ago. Now I have in mind a plan on the great violinist Paganini, but in the meantime I will turn to my longtime obsession of Dorian Gray, and goodness knows that it will not end without involvement of Italian actors ".

Also participating with Davis were Marina Cicogna, and representatives of Cinecitt� (director Usai), Luce Institute (administrator Sovena) and AIP (administrator Bassi). (ANSA).

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CANNES, May 20 (Adnkronos) � A film of director Liu Bingjian will be the first co-production of the Luce Institute in China, general executive manager Luciano Sovena announced at the Cannes Film Festival as he introduced the second edition of the Ischia Global Fest to be held July 11-16.

"On Ischia in the next month of July, the Luce Institute wants to organize an important convention on the new perspective of co-production with China, in which the director Liu Bingjian also will take part,� said Sovena. �It is our intention to promote exchanges between the two countries, not only co-producing films but sending our directors and others to China, and inviting Chinese directors to work in Italy. We at Luce Institute think this will be very interesting from both the economic and cultural points of view, and that the Ischia Global fest will be just the place to analyze it".

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OSCAR WINNERS AND POP-STARS � INCLUDING GOLDENTHAL, DEBNEY, SEU JEORGE AND DE SICA � WILL BE AT THE REGINA ISABELLA (ISCHIA, ITALY) IN JULY FOR THE 1st INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON MUSIC FROM FILM

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Ischia (03/05/2004) � Fighting piracy and retaining the artistic rights of young composers will be central topics of the 1st International Symposium on Music from Films being held as a special event of the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest July 11-16, 2004, at the Regina Isabella Hotel on the Italian island of Ischia. (www.ischiaglobal.com).
Attendees scheduled to visit the Green Island for the event include Oscar-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal ('Frida'); John Debney, author of the sound track for �The Passion of the Christ;� the new star of Brazilian music, Seu Jeorge; Manuel de Sica; Andrea Guerra and many other composers for the European cinema.
During the festival, the Ischia International Academy of Art will present The William Walton Award, an honor named for the late renowned British composer, that went to tenor Andrea Bocelli in 2003.
The symposium will focus on the musical issues, trends and creative innovations used in new productions.
Among the prestigious attendees will be composer Elliot Goldenthal, 50, from New York, author of sound tracks film hits such as �Batman and Robin,� �Heat-la Sfida', �Interview with the Vampire�, �Alien 3�, �Michael Collins� and several collaborations with Neil Jordan. In 2003 he gained an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the best original sound track with �Frida," the film story of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, directed by Julie Taymor. He was also nominated for an Oscar for the song �Burn It Blue� from the same film.
John Debney, author of 50 sound tracks of Hollywood productions (from the series �Spy Kids� and �Scary Movie,� to �Dragonfly�) is a fervent Catholic who collaborated closely with Mel Gibson on the sound track for �The Passion of the Christ.� Critics have hailed the music as a high point of the film.
The musician and actor Seu Jeorge (�The City of God�) is one of the most innovative artists of Brazil. Jeorge is working with brilliant director Wes Anderson on �The Life Aquatic,� a film starring Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston and Willem Dafoe that will premiere in December 2004. It is a comedy about the misadventures of a deep-sea explorer, and is filmed in part in the Gulf of Naples. Jeorge interprets a fisherman who sings a David Bowie hit in Portuguese.
Italian representatives invited to the symposium include Manuel De Sica (an Oscar nominee for �Il Giardino dei Finzi Contini', Andrea Guerra, Stefano Mainetti, Claudius Simonetti, Paul Bonvino (collaborator with Gabriel Muccino) the Bennato brothers, Bungaro and many others.
The Ischia Global Fest is dedicated this year to the Chinese cinema. Awards already have been announced for three Italian actors *Sbragia, Lionello and Celentano) who starred in �The Passion of the Christ.�
On July 16, tribute will be paid to Jack Valenti, who is retiring after 38 years as president and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America and one of the most influential persons in Washington, D.C.

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