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Roman Polanski will be honored with the Ischia Global Film and Music Fest’s 2017 Legend Award, its lifetime achievement honor. His new film Based on a True Story will close out the festival. Polanski’s wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, will accept the award on his behalf at the closing ceremonies on the Italian island.
Over his career, Polanski has received an Oscar, Palme d’Or and BAFTA for 2002’s The Pianist; a BAFTA and Golden Globe for 1974’s Chinatown; and a Venice Career Golden Lion, among many other honors.
Based on a True Story is a psychological thriller starring Seigner, Eva Green and Vincent Perez that originally premiered in Cannes. Polanski and Olivier Assayas wrote the script based on a novel by Delphine de Vigan. The film is being distributed in Italy by Leone Film Group.
Lionsgate also will be honored with the Studio of the Year Award and its chairman Patrick Wachsberger will receive the fest’s Global Motion Picture Executive Award during the fest’s closing-night ceremonies.
Wachsberger has shepherded hits at Lionsgate including La La Land, winner of six Academy Awards, as well as global successes including the Twilight Saga and Hunger Games films. Over his 35-year career, he has produced such movies as Bad Lieutenant, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and the Step Up series.
“We truly look forward to screening maestro Polanski’s latest film, and to honoring him, Lionsgate and our longtime friend and colleague Patrick Wachsberger,” festival founder Pascal Vicedomini and honorary chair Mark Canton said in a statement. “It will be the perfect finale to what we expect to be the best Ischia Global yet.”
The 2017 Ischia Global Film and Music Fest is set to take place off the coast of Naples from July 9-16. Other honorees this year include Lily Collins, Armand Assante and Clive Davis.
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