Lee Daniels, Paul Haggis and Rob Reiner Among Ischia Fest Attendees
ROME – The Italian pop singer Zucchero, Brazil and The Fisher King director Terry Gilliam, music producer Clive Davies, and Bad Lieutenant director Abel Ferrara will be among the guests at the 10th Ischia Global Film & Music Fest, organizers announced Monday.
Also on tap, Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy, which stars Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, and John Cusack in a controversial thriller about a newspaperman who returns to his home town in Florida to investigate the case of a death row inmate. The film, which organizers announced Monday will open the Ischia event, will officially screen for the first time anywhere since its world premiere in Cannes in May.
The Italian premiere of Stephen Frears’ comedy Lay the Favorite -- the story of a group of 50-something men involved with an attractive woman in her 30s -- and a special screening of Berlin Golden Bear winner Cesare deve morire (Caesar Must Die) from brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani are also on tap. Cesare deve morire, which recounts the story of a prison acting troupe that performs William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, will be a precursor to the presentation of the Ischia legend award to the Taviani brothers.
Other highlights: a lifetime achievement award to actor, writer, and producer Rob Reiner, an Ischia legend honor to actor Rutger Hauer, and Ischia Music Legend prize to "I Will Survive" singer Gloria Gaynor, and a roundtable program that includes an encounter from director Paul Haggis and another with Reiner and actress Virginia Madsen.
Paula Wagner and Rick Nicita are honorary chairs of the event.
The ten-year-old Ischia event is not a competitive festival, but it makes up for that with a packed schedule and high-wattage star power.
The festival, which takes place on the picturesque island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, gets under way Saturday and concludes July 15.