Ischia Fest to Honor Lily Collins for Work in New Netflix Film 'To the Bone'
The film will have its European premiere at the fest.
The Ischia Global Film and Music Festival will present the European premiere of To the Bone on July 15. Star Lily Collins will be on hand to accept the festi's rising star award at the Regina Isabella’s outdoor theater by the sea. Co-star Alex Sharp will also be honored with Ischia's breakout actor award.
To the Bone, which originally debuted at Sundance and was picked up by Netflix, stars Collins as Ellen, a young girl with anorexia, with Sharp playing her confidante. Keanu Reeves also stars as the doctor who challenges Ellen to face her disease head-on. Marti Noxon wrote and directed the film, inspired by her own struggles with anorexia. AMBI Group’s Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi produced alongside Bonnie Curtis, Karina Miller and Julie Lynn.
"To the Bone poignantly deals with a subject that affects so many young women in our society and highlights two very talented young actors — Lily Collins and Alex Sharp — who are indeed rising stars on the world stage,” said the festival's honorary chair Mark Canton.
Netflix circles back to Ischia after Ted Sarandos met with the Italian film industry there in 2015 before officially launching the streaming service in the country in October of that year.
“After much controversy at the Cannes Film Festival over the participation there of movies meant directly for streaming rather than playing in cinemas, we are glad to announce the return of Netflix to Ischia and to continuing the debate on this important topic,” said festival director Pascal Vicedomini.
“This is also a chance to reintroduce Ted Sarandos and the great global players that will be attending our festival to the many production opportunities of Campania and Italy in general.” Netflix will launch its first Italian-language series, Suburra, later this year.
The Ischia Global Film and Music Festival takes place July 9-16 off the coast of Naples.