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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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ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST WILL HONOR THE TALENTS OF SBRAGIA, LIONELLO AND ROSALINDA CELENTANO, STARS OF MEL GIBSON�S CONTROVERSIAL AND RECORD-SETTING THE PASSION OF CHRIST

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ROME (Italy) -- Major stars of Mel Gibson�s controversial film, �The Passion of The Christ,� which is a triumph at the Italian box office and in the USA, will be honored by the Ischia International Academy at the Global Film & Music Fest to be held July 11-16 on the island of Ischia in Italy.

Ischia International Academy of Art has announced that it will honor the three Italian stars of the film that has drawn world-wide attention and some charges of anti-Semitism: Mattia Sbragia for his intense interpretation of the high priest Ciaphus, Luca Lionello for his alarming portrayal of the traitorous disciple Judas, and above all, Rosalinda Celentano for her amazing transformation by Gibson into Satan.

Applauded as �pride of the Italian cinema,� the trio will receive special prizes for artistic merit on July 11 at the Regina Isabella Hotel as part of the weeklong Ischia Global Film & Music Fest. Giancarlo Carriero, president of the Academy, told a gathering at the Hotel de Russie in Rome that the honors are for �an extraordinary interpretation as part of a large international cast that enriches the Italian cinema and its interpreters with new prestige.�

This year�s Ischia festival will be dedicated to the cinema of China, following last year�s homage to the Bollywood film industry of India. A special prize already has been announced for Jack Valenti, the Italian-American who is retiring after 38 years as president of the Motion Picture Association of America and one of the most influential lobbyists in Washington, D.C.

Mattia Sbragia has been in the arts scene for some 30 years in theater, cinema and television. He has worked with great Italian directors from Cervi and Bolognini to Avati. He has participated in international productions under directors like Frankenheimer (�The Year of the Gun�), Jewison (�Only You�) and Ivory (�The Golden Bowl�).

Rosalinda Celentano, 29, the stately daughter of the beautiful couple Adriano Celentano and Claudia Mori, always has been distinguished for the courage and the non-conformity of her artistic choices in creations from music (Sanremo 1990) to the cinema, where she made her debut with Pino Quartullo (�Le donne non vogliono pi��), then on to �The Good Pope� and now to the most difficult role of �The Passion of The Christ.� Her devil has made her face famous all over the world. She also is a painter. Some of her paintings appeared, along with her, in �The Sin Eater� (titled �The Order� in the USA), a 2003 film from Brian Helgeland starring Heath Ledger.

For Luca Lionello, son of Oreste Lionello and one of the best Italian dubbers (he has been the Italian language screen voice of Jude Law, Vincent Perez and Alan Cox), the role of Judas has been his occasion to rise from a long career in the film and television ranks to great public notice.
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ISCHIA 2003 AWARD WINNER F. MURRAY ABRAHAM WORKING ON NEW FILM WITH LEGENDARY SOPHIA LOREN AND FAMED DIRECTOR LINA WERTMULLER

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