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The city of Florence on Thursday honored director James Ivory with its highest civilian honor, the Fiorino d’Oro, during 30-year anniversary celebrations for his film A Room With a View. The Cinema Odeon held a gala screening afterward with the director and castmembers Helena Bonham Carter and Julian Sands.
Florence’s Mayor Dario Nardella called Ivory “a great ambassador for cinema,” saying the film was “a real act of love towards Florence, and Florence embraces the maestro again today.”
In the movie, based on the novel by E.M. Forster, a young Englishwoman (Bonham-Carter) tours Italy during the Edwardian era with her older cousin (Maggie Smith). She meets a free-spirited man (Sands) at a hotel in Florence and once back in England must decide between him and a wealthy suitor, played by Daniel Day-Lewis.
The film was nominated for eight Oscars in 1987, including for best picture and best director. It won three in total for best adapted screenplay, best art direction and best costume design.
Ivory continues to work often in Italy. He recently finished producing The Aspern Papers in Venice, based on the Henry James novel, starring Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. He also wrote the screenplay for Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s coming-of-age film Call Me by Your Name.
A Room With a View anniversary celebrations will continue throughout the weekend, with events including a talk with Ivory at the British Institute and an Ivory film retrospective at Cinema La Compagnia.
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