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ADRIEN BRODY AT CANNES ANNOUNCES ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST WITH ASSANTE, KAPUR, TONY RENIS AND STARS OF BOLLYWOOD

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Cannes (May 20) - The 2003 Oscar winner for best actor, Adrien Brody, joined a star-studded cast at Cannes to formally announce the first holding of the Ischia Global Music & Film Fest this coming July 13-18 on the spectacular Italian island off Naples.

Brody, Indian director Shekar Kapur, Emmy-winning actor Armand Assante, Producer Tony Renis and leaders from the Indian film capital of Bollywood participated in an Ischia press conference at the Italian Pavilion of the Cannes Film Festival. The Ischia festival, co-produced by the International Academy of Art of Ischia and the Luce Institute, will be centered around the Hotel Queen Isabella in the island town of Lacco Ameno d'Ischia.

One focus of the festival will be the relationship between music and film. Brody, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of The Pianist, said �the cinema and music have the same power. The films would not be same without music to transmit the emotions and to make to link various worlds. This enormous power I discovered making The Pianist. I could not have less music. I always want to have more.�

In addition to the tie between film and music, a major festival topic will be the Bollywood phenomenon, with previews, reviews, discussions and the participation of personalities' of the Indian cinema such as tycoon Subhash Ghai, producer Bobbi Bedi and many stars.

�Many ask me what is the difference between Bollywood and Hollywood,� Ghai said. �Hollywood is like being in a great supermarket, organized, where you know what to buy. Bollywood is like being in a chaotic bazaar, where much is disorganized but also of great variety.�

Joining in announcing the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest were the general executive manager of Istituto Luce, Luciano Sovena, and the president of the Ischia International Art Academy, Giancarlo Carriero. They said the festival will recapture Ischia�s golden years of the 1950s through 1970s that were led by the fabled producer, Angelo Rizzoli, and visitors such as Charlie Chaplin. International production will return to the island with the American film Modigliani by Andy Garcia. Sovena said the festival will be an occasion for other movie-making deals with producers of the world. Variety, the prestigious magazine of the Global film industry, is one of the special co-operators of the upcoming festival.


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ARMAND ASSANTE, SHEKHAR KAPUR and TONY RENIS IN CANNES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS CONFERENCE OF THE 2003 ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST

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Cannes, France (May 17) � Italianamerican actor and Emmy Award winner Armand Assante, Indian director and producer Shekhar Kapur together with Italian producer and Golden Globe winner Tony Renis will be a key participant today, Monday, May 19 in the first press conference of the new Ischia Global Film & Music Fest. The press event will be held at the Italian Pavilion of the ongoing Cannes Film Festival at 3:30 p.m. (15:30)
Assante, Kapur and Renis will be joined by the executive general manager and the president of the Luce Institute, Luciano Sovena and Andrea Piersanti; the president of the International Academy of Art in Ischia, Giancarlo Carriero, and critic Tonino Pinto. They will speak about the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest to be held on the Green Island off Naples July 13-18, 2003. The Ischia Global Fest builds on the fabled era of Angelo Rizzoli and Luchino Visconti, and will restore to Ischia the lustre of its artistic and cultural golden years of the mid-20th Century that attracted cinema stars from around the world.
"Angelo Rizzoli would surely have appreciated the efforts of the Carriero family and the administrators of the Luce Institute on behalf of Ischia and its image,� said Renis. The Ischia festival will focus on the Queen Isabella Hotel in Lacco Ameno d�Ischia, the locale of the 1966 film Ischia, Operazione Amore.
�Our event will be one magical combination between entertainment and deepening the popular knowledge of our cinema,� said Luciano Sovena. �The history and the artistic tradition of the Green Island have been unjustly neglected. Rizzoli was a shining leader of the film industry. We are convinced that he would have shared our ideas and above all our goal to bring to the height of history this true pearl of the Mediterranean.�
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TONY RENIS IN CANNES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT Of THE ITALIAN EVENT OF THE SUMMER (On Monday MAY 19th - 3.30 p.m.)

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Pleasant Lacco (May 13) � Producer and song-writing legend Tony Renis will be a key participant on Monday, May 19 in the first press conference of the new Ischia Global Film & Music Fest. The press event will be held at the Italian Pavilion of the ongoing Cannes Film Festival at 3:30 p.m. (15:30)

Renis will be joined by the executive general manager and the president of the Luce Institute, Luciano Sovena and Andrea Piersanti; the president of the International Academy of Art in Ischia, Giancarlo Carriero, and critic Tonino Pinto. They will speak about the Ischia festival to be held on the Green Island off Naples July 13-18, 2003. The Ischia festival builds on the fabled era of Angelo Rizzoli and Luchino Visconti, and will restore to Ischia the lustre of its artistic and cultural golden years of the mid-20th Century that attracted cinema stars from around the world.

"Angelo Rizzoli would surely have appreciated the efforts of the Carriero family and the administrators of the Luce Institute on behalf of Ischia and its image,� said Renis. The Ischia festival will focus on the Queen Isabella Hotel in Pleasant Lacco, the locale of the 1966 film Ischia, Operazione Amore.

�Our event will be one magical combination between entertainment and deepening the popular knowledge of our cinema,� said Renis. �The history and the artistic tradition of the Green Island have been unjustly neglected. Rizzoli was a shining leader of the film industry. We are convinced that he would have shared our ideas and above all our goal to bring to the height of history this true pearl of the Mediterranean.�


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BOLLYWOOD And ITS STARS TO ISCHIA GLOBAL FILM & MUSIC FEST JULY 13-18, 2003

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Lacco Ameno (May 5) - The Hotel of Queen Isabella returns to the world stage this summer when it hosts the first annual Ischia Global Film & Music Fest.

The event July 13-18 is promoted by the International Academy of Art in Ischia with the sponsorship of Pleasant Lacco, a town of 4,000 on Ischia, the Green Island in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Naples. Stars of Italian and international show business will join to celebrate and explore the relationship between film and music.

Part of the festival will explore the phenomenon of Bollywood, the Indian subcontinent’s answer to Hollywood. Indian film personalities to be featured at Ischia are directors Shekhar Kapur (The Four Feathers and Elizabeth), Ratnan Hands and Ashwariya Rai; and actors Kabir Bedi and Vivek Oberoi. Some 800 films of love and songs are born every year in Bollywood. These Technicolor dreams play to millions of spectators scattered in the world from Kabul to London to Manila. Critic Tonino Pinto says the colorful and imaginative contemporary Indian film style is a natural for this festival exploring links between the cinema art and new musical trends. There is much curiosity in Italy and world about the enormously productive phenomenon of Bollywood.

The president of the International Academy of Art, entrepreneur Giancarlo Carriero, launched the plan to restore the island of Ischia to the worldwide preeminence it enjoyed during its Golden Era. Producer Angel Rizzoli and director Luchino Visconti lead the event. Responsible for the artistic supervision of the project are producer Tony Renis, actor Franco Nero, and director and choreographer Franco Miseria, together with singer-songwriter Edoardo Bennato, actor and director Giulio Base, and producer Giuseppe Pedersoli. Production managers are Tonino Pinto and Tiziana Rocca.

Technical revolutions in audiovisual production, on-line entertainment and even presentations via the new Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service (UMTS) also will be explored at the festival.

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LOUIS J. HORVITZ, DIRECTOR OF OSCAR� TELECASTS, WILL SPEAK AT ISCHIA FILM FESTIVAL

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Lacco Ameno (May 3) � Louis J. Horvitz, director of the last seven Oscar telecasts and of an upcoming tribute to legendary actor Robert De Niro, will be honored with a special prize at the first annual Ischia Global Film & Music Fest.

Horvitz also will speak during the festival July 13-18 on innovations in the entertainment industry. He is the king of live event telecasts, directing events ranging from Emmy and other award shows to the halftime entertainment at American professional football�s Super Bowl and tributes to icons such as De Niro and actor Tom Hanks. He has directed more than 6,000 hours of programming and won three Emmy awards.

Portions of Horvitz� American Film Institute salute to De Niro will be shown at Ischia. Giancarlo Carriero, president of the International Art Academy of Ischia, said the presence of Horvitz demonstrates the high level of show business players that the worldwide festival is attracting in order to analyze transformations of the industry and the global phenomena of entertainment on the internet and new universal mobile telephones.

The festival will devote substantial time to the relationship between music and cinema as seen through numerous film musicals. Film previews and retrospectives, as well as live performances, discussions and award presentations, also will be featured at the festival.

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