2020 Filming Italy L.A. Honors Rosario Dawson, Jacki Weaver, Chelsea Winstanley and more

The fifth edition of Filming Italy, created and directed by Tiziana Rocca, Agnus Dei and Valeria Rumori, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles, Filming Italy – Los Angeles held from January 20 – 22 at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Los Angeles and the Harmony Gold Theater will be honoring Academy-Award nominated actress Jacki Weaver (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK), Academy Award Best Movie nominee JOJO RABBIT producer Chelsea Winstanley, award-winning actor Winston Duke (BLACK PANTHER), actress Jessica Marie Garcia (Netflix’ On My Block), award-winning actress Claudia Gerini (Netflix’ Suburra), as this year festival edition ambassador.

Winston Duke
Winston Duke

Other highly anticipated guests include award-winning director Maria Sole Tognazzi as well as numerous Italian and international actors, directors and producers who will receive awards during the festival. Filming Italy awards presenters will include award-winning actress Rosario Dawson and actor/model Jason Lewis.

Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson

2020 Filming Italy Lifetime Achievement Award: Jacki Weaver (SILVER LININGS BOOK)

2020 Filming Italy Best Producer Award: Chelsea Winstanley (JOJO RABBIT)

2020 Filming Italy Pomellato Award: Rosario Dawson (RENT)

2020 Filming Italy Best Actor Award: Winston Duke (BLACK PANTHER)

2020 Filming Italy Best Documentary Award: Nana Ghana (LA WOMAN RISING)

2020 Filming Italy Spotlight Award: Jessica Marie Garcia (ABC How to Get Away With Murder)

2020 Filming Italy Region Lazio Award: William Baldwin (Syfy The Purge)

2020 Filming Italy Women Power Award: Jackie Cruz (Netflix Orange Is The New Black) and Maria Sole Tognazzi

2020 Filming Italy Best Movie Magazine Award : Claudia Gerini (Netflix Suburra)

2020 Filming Italy Women’s Impact Power: Steven Gaydos, Variety

2020 Filming Italy Sport Award: soccer player Alessandro del Piero

202 Filming Italy Music Award: Romina Arena

2020 IIC Los Angeles Creativity Award for Claudia Gerini (Netflix Suburra) and Maria Sole Tognazzi

The 2020 Filming Italy Women’s Power Impact award will be given to Steven Gaydos, Executive Vice-President at Variety for his continuous efforts to highlight women’s accomplishments across the Variety platform.

Steven Gaydos
Steven Gaydos

New this year is the collaboration with Women in Film, TV & Media Italia. Started in Los Angeles WIF has sustained women working in the film industry and behind the camera since 1973. Today there are WIF organizations all over the world working for a more equitable industry through outreach programs, incentive and legal support. WIF Italia is delighted to continue this work and present two short films by the writer/directors Valentina Bertuzzi and Giulia Steigerwaldt. Both films were presented at the Festival di Roma in the section “Alice in the City” and represent the power of the Italian female narrative.

The Regione Lazio will present the new competition “Lazio Cine-International” which has already co-financed major international co-productions between cinema companies in Lazio and abroad. The competition has the objective of strengthening the competitiveness of film production companies and a closer collaboration with foreign producers and offers more international visibility to tourist destinations in Lazio.

“Lazio Cine-International” is managed by Lazio Innova and is financed by European funds; in 4 years it has co-financed over 70 film and television in Rome and Lazio. Applications for the new 2020 competition can be sent by registered mail from January 15 through February 13 after registering on the platform GeCoWEB. All information is available at www.lazioinnova.it and www.lazioeuropa.it.

Many Italian films will have their US premiere, including Il cinema è una cosa meravigliosa (Cinema is a wonderful thing)a docufilm by Antonello Sarno dedicated to the comedic director Carlo Vanzina, who passed away last year.

Other films in the program are Il primo Natale (The First Christmas), a comedy directed and starring the Sicilian comedians Ficarra e Picone with Massimo Popolizio and Roberta De Mattei. The two protagonists go back in time to the birth of Jesus.

Fellini fine mai (Fellini Never ending) by Eugenio Cappuccio, about the Maestro and his native Rimini, will be screened on the occasion of Fellini’s centenary. The celebrations will also include the digital exhibit Pages from The Book of Dreams curated by Cineteca – Archivio Federico Fellini of the City of Rimini, and the exhibit Food in Federico Fellini’s Drawings organized by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles in collaboration with Dipartimento di Cultura – Regione Emilia Romagna and Casa Artusi. (on view at the Institute through February 15, 2020.)

L’uomo del labirinto (Into the Labyrinth) is a dramatic thriller directed by Donato Carrisi, with Toni Servillo and Dustin Hoffman, that recounts the kidnapping of a thirteen-year old and his awakening after 15 years in the hospital.

Il giorno più bello del mondo (The Most Beautiful Day in the World) directed and starring the Neapolitan comedian Alessandro Siani and Stefania Spampinato. The film tells the story of a failing theater owner who receives an inheritance from a distant relative, two children. One with the power of telekinesis.

Cetto c’è, senzadubbiamente directed by Giulio Manfredonia, is the final chapter of the comedic trilogy starring Antonio Albanese as the corrupt politician Cetto La Qualunque.
Viaggio sola (A Five Star Life) this dramatic film directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi recounts a story of choices, courage and freedom. The actress Margherita Buy won her fifth David di Donatello award for the film.

The TV series, Medici: The Magnificent. Power and Beauty by Christian Duguay, now in its third season is an Italian and English language show created by Frank Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer, describes the rise of the Medici family.

The fifth episode of the second season of Suburra will also be presented. It is the first original Italian television show distributed by Netflix and follows the stories of politicians, criminals and everyday people in Rome.

The IIC Los Angeles Creativity Award isa n acknowledgment of the Italian excellency in the world in every creative sector. The award is an original piece of work by iconic fashion designer Emilio Cavallini.

ANICA has been with Filming Italy since the first edition, thanks to the support of President Rutelli: “It is always immensely satisfying when Italian cinema, together with its protagonists, reaching an international public” highlights Roberto Stabile, ANICA International Relations Manager.

This year, Filming Italy – Los Angeles begins a partnership with Italy for Movies, the national portal for locations and production incentives by MiBACT. Operated by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà in collaboration with theItalian Film Commissions. Italy for Movies is available also as an app available in digital stores.

Lazio Innova, part of the Regione Lazio, returns as a partner to Filming Italy with Direzione Cinema del MiBACT, APA (Associazione Produttori Audiovisivi) and ANICA.

Through promoting Italian film productions, Filming Italy – Los Angeles – highlights to Hollywood and the US public different aspects of the Italian cinema industry, such as set locations and professionalism that contribute to an appreciation of Italian cinema globally.

Created and organized by Tiziana Rocca, Agnus Dei and Valeria Rumori, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles, Filming Italy – Los Angeles promotes Italy as a cinematographic set and a bridge between Italian and US cultures. The festival, under Tiziana Rocca’s artistic, direction is presented under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles.

The Festival will be held on January 20 & 21 at the Harmony Gold Theater and at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura on January 22.

Giorgio Viaro, Director of Best Movie, will present the Filming Italy Best Movie Award.
Among other awards to be presented, Vice President of the Regione Lazio, Daniele Leodori will receive a proclamation from the City of Los Angeles.

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