LA Italian Film, Art & Fashion Fest - The Spotlight is on for Al Pacino & other Italian Figures in Hollywood


When it’s time to celebrate art, fashion & film, italians know how to do it the BIG way. The passion for these 3 elements in life are very much qualified when Italia it’s on board. Do you know how much power Italy has in Hollywood today?

It was Hollywood that gave a new outlook to the Italian culture and their carefree lifestyle through popular films such as Fellini's La Strada and La Dolce VitaDe Santis' Bitter Rice and DivorceItalian Style. It was the Italian film directors who stirred America's emotions. Overall, the Italian lifestyle appealed to the average moviegoer who began to copy that style right away when the feedback was received. During the 50’s and 60’s, Italy's style icons were largely responsible for America's fashion. These people included models, movie stars, fashion designers, auto makers and formula one drivers. The trend was so strong that, if a fashion item was made in Italy, and if the fashion designer's logo or brand name ended with a vowel (i.e., i or an o), then it was certain that the average American would buy it. And that’s the italian style I’m talking about; the one that translate passion over entitlements in all aspects.

For a week in February, film creators geared up for the year’s best Italian films at the annual Los Angeles Italia, held each year at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Past Italian filmmakers honored including Dario ArgentoFrancesca Lo SchiavoSergio Corbucci, and Dante Ferretti. 

Academy Award® nominees Robert De NiroJennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell were honored with individual awards for their critically acclaimed work in Silver Linings Playbook at the 8th edition of the Los Angeles, Italia – Film, Fashion and Art FestivalRussell, who wrote and directed Silver Linings Playbook, received the Director of the Year Award on Sunday, February 17th during the festival’s opening night ceremonies.

Two-time Oscar® winning actor and nominee De Niro, who portrays Pat Sr. in the film, was the recipient of theL.A., Italia – Actor of the Year AwardJennifer Lawrence, who plays Tiffany in the film and has established herself as one of Hollywood's most prominent actresses, recipient of the L.A Italia – Actress of the Year award

L.A., Italia took place from February 17th through the 23rd, the week preceding the Oscars. The festival was produced by founder Pascal Vicedomini and chaired by Italian-American talent manager and film executive Rick Nicita, with producer Martha De Laurentiis serving as president and producer Mark Canton serving as honorary chair. Madalina Ghenea, Italian-Romanian supermodel and actress was Mistress of Ceremonies.

L.A., Italia 2013 featured screenings of approximately 40 of the most acclaimed Italian contemporary movies, documentaries and video-concert performances, along with photographic exhibitions, conferences and artistic moments that promoted excellence in Italy’s entertainment sector, fashion and traditions. Among the many additional Festival highlights: Honoring Academy Award winning actor Al Pacino with the inaugural Jack Valenti – L.A., Italia Legend Award; a tribute to director and producer Iginio Straffi, the creator of the phenomenal, highly popular animated characters Winx, as well as the upcoming movie “Gladiators of Rome 3D” which will be released in the USA later this year by Paramount. 

It was a perfect night full of excitement, well respected actors, italian fashion and culture. We saw my old italian friends and made many new ones. Looking forward to many italian nights like this one. It was an honor to share such a great night with talented people. One of my favorite highlights: there were also conferences with students from the AFI (American Film Institute) and the USC School of Cinema-Television.


Ps; live life italian style!

Photos Curtesy of Winston Burris

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