Cinema Italian Style to Honor Late Italian Producer Dino De Laurentiis
ROME – Dino De Laurentiis, the legendary Italian film producer who died last year at the age of 91, will be the centerpiece of this year’s Cinema Italian Style event to be held next month in Los Angeles, organizers announced Thursday.
The six-day event, which will take place mostly at the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, and at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, will feature screenings of classic Italian films and contemporary productions. It will get underway Nov. 10 -- the one-year anniversary of De Laurentiis’ death -- with an event at the cultural center focusing on incentives for filmmakers to shoot in Italy through the end of 2013.
But films are the centerpiece of the event, with the historic Egyptian Theatre and the Aero Theatre venues hosting a series of films that includes recent productions Nanni Moretti’s Habemus Papam, an off-beat tale of a newly-elected pope and his atheist therapist that was nominated for the Palme d’Or in Cannes this year; Noi Credevamo (We Believed), a historical drama from Mario Martone and an in-competition film in Venice last year; Quando la notte (When the Night), the controversial drama from Cristina Comencini that caused a buzz in Venice this year, and Emanuele Crialese’s Sicilian immigration story, Terraferma, which is Italy’s official nominee for the next foreign language Oscar.
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Crialese is expected to make the trip to Los Angeles, his second appearance at the event following the successful screening of Nuovomondo (Golden Door) in 2006. At a briefing Thursday, Crialese said that being invited to the event is a major honor for Italian filmmakers.
“It’s an amazing event to have this kind of lineup pulled together in the world wide capital of the film industry,” he said.
Even in the context of the screenings of new films and the film incentive event, the focus on De Laurentiis is at the heart of the event. De Laurentiis, who produced an astonishing 300 films in a career that started in the 1930s and who won two Oscars, is best known for his works on Federico Fellini’s La Strata from 1954, 1957’s Nights of Cabiria, and David Lynch’s Blue Velvet from 1986.
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In Los Angeles, De Laurentiis will be honored with a screening of the 1939 classic Batticuore (Heartbeat), in which he had a role as a young actor, his second film ever. The restored version of the film will screen at the Egyptian Theatre, where it originally screened when it first came to Los Angeles in 1940.
The event will also screen part of the documentary Dino, un amore per il cinema (Dino, a love for cinema). De Laurentiis even left his mark on the event’s official poster, which shows King Kong -- De Laurentiis co-produced the 1976 version of the film, which starred Jessica Lang -- hanging off the side of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of Italy’s most recognizable landmarks.