Wednesday, 21 November 2012




Luce Cinecittà and the American Cinematheque announced today that legendary filmmaker brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani  will receive this year’s Cinema Italian Style Award. Each year, the prize is awarded to a person who has promoted exchange between the Italian and international film industry. Previous recipients include George Clooney, Penelope Cruz, Terry Gilliam, Vittorio Storaro, Milena Canonero, John Turturro and Douglas Kirkland. The 2012 edition of the Cinema Italian Style festival will take place in Los Angeles, November 13-18, 2012, showcasing classic Italian films and contemporary productions.

The Tavianis latest, award-winning film, CAESAR MUST DIE, will open the festival where the directing duo will be presented with the Cinema Italian Style award. Their new film is a drama about inmates in an Italian prison who are staging Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar.” The latest collaboration from the Tavianis won the Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival and is also the official Italian entry for the 85th Academy Awards.

“Paolo and Vittorio Taviani are undisputed icons of international cinema who, over five decades, have created a body of work that exemplifies their extraordinary craftsmanship and determination as writers and directors “With CAESAR MUST DIE, the Tavianis have triumphantly reasserted their eminence among modern Italian directors, and it is our distinct pleasure to honour and celebrate their immense talents.”  Roberto Cicutto, CEO Luce Cinecittà.

In addition to the Taviani brothers, a slew of Italian filmmakers and stars will attend screenings at this year’s festival: Ivan Cotroneo (screenwriter, I Am Love and director Kriptonite!), Michele Riondino (actor, Steel), Carolina Crescentini (Actor, The Entrepreneur), Andrea Bosca (actor, Magnifica Presenza) and Paola Minaccioni (Actor, Magnifica Presenza).

"The American Cinematheque is honored to continue our long partnership with Luce Cinecitta to bring Cinema Italian Style to Los Angeles,” says Rick Nicita, Chairman of the American Cinematheque. “Joining with the Consulate General of Italy, Los Angeles,  the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Trade Commission in Los Angeles, the Cinematheque is able to present the best of Italian Cinema to an enthusiastic southern California audience and continue the important cultural exchange world cinema encourages." ,” Rick Nicita, Chairman of the American Cinematheque

Cinema Italian Style 2012 also announced CIS DOC – a special evening dedicated to Italian documentaries. The line-up includes HANDMADE CINEMA, LA GUERRA DEI VULCANI (BERGMAN & MAGNANI: THE WAR OF VOLCANOES), and VOI SIETE QUI (YOU ARE HERE). The screenings will start at 7.00 pm on Friday, November 16 at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles.

Cinema Italian Style is produced by Luce Cinecittà and the American Cinematheque, with support from The Italian Ministry of Culture – Film Department and the Italian Trade Commission Los Angeles, Pinko, Baci Perugina,Rossano Ferretti, Alberto Moretti, E.LM.A. and Vhernier.

Under the auspices of The Consulate General of Italy, Los Angeles and in collaboration with The Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles.

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