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Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone has been appointed president of the jury for the sixth edition of the International Rome Film Festival. Morricone will be joined on the jury by Italian ballet dancer Roberto Bolle.
Festival president Gian Luigi Rondi and artistic director Piera Detassis made the announcement in Rome.
The festival takes place Oct. 27 – Nov. 4. The remainder of the international jury will be announced at a later date.
The top prizes at the festival are the Marc’Aurelio Award for best film, best actor, best actress, and the Marc’Aurelio Grand Jury Prize.
Morricone has received countless awards during his career, including an Oscar for lifetime achievement, the Leopard of Honor at the Locarno Film Festival, the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival, and numerous Golden Globe awards. Recently, he received the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm, Sweden’s Nobel Prize for music. He has also been nominated for numerous Academy Awards.
Bolle emerged as an international ballet success at a very young age, was the lead dancer at the Teatro alla Scala, and was the first Italian dancer to be named principal dancer with New York’s American Ballet Theatre. Bolle has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 1999 and, in 2009, was invited to participate in the Social Forum in Davos as a Young Global Leader.
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