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JJAZZ QUEEN NATALIE COLE RECEIVED ISCHIA WILLIAM WALTON AWARD AT ISCHIA GLOBAL FILM & MUSIC FEST

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altLacco Ameno of Ischia, Italy (June 28) - The International Academy of Art of Ischia will honor the American Queen of Jazz, Natalie Cole, with the first Ischia � William Walton Award at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest July 13-18.

The special award in honor of her singing and acting career will be presented Monday, July 14 in the famous Garden de la Mortella, the longtime Ischia residence of Sir William Walton, the legendary English composer and musician. Members of the English royal family visited the residence as guests of Sir William and Lady Susan Walton.

Lady Susan, joined by italian manager Francesco Sanavio and Goldenl Globe winne producer Tony Renis, will present the award. Natalie Cole also is concluding a summer Italian concert tour in Naples.

Giancarlo Carriero, president of the International Academy of Art; said the �prize honors the immortal genius of Sir William and at the same time renders homage to the immense talent of singers and musicians such as the first winner, Natalie Cole, who have lived in the magical dimension of music.� The non-profit Academy is co-producer with the Luce Institute of the Ischia festival.

The daughter of jazz great Nat King Cole has won 13 Grammy Awards during her career of nearly 30 years, covering the genres of pop and blues as well as jazz. She has also starred on television and in films. She is a longtime friend of Renis, a leading supporter of the Academy.

The Global Film & Music Fest will be inaugurated on Sunday, July 13, at the Queen Isabella Hotel with a gala in which Carriero, Renis and Luciano Sovena, administrator of the Luce Institute, will greet director Peter Greenaway, winner of the Angelo Rizzoli Audiovisual Prize; Louis J. Horvitz, longtime director of the annual Oscar telecast; Indian star Kabu Bedi; and Stefania Sandrelli, longtime Italian and global film star.

Luce Institute also is organizing as part of the festival programs on �Strategies for European Co-Productions� and �New Worldwide Digital Resources for the Italian Cinema.� Leading European producers and distributors have confirmed their attendance at these sessions.

ITALIAN ACTRESS STEFANIA SANDRELLI TO RECEIVED ISCHIA LEGEND AWARD AT OPENING GALA OF ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST JULY 13

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altLacco Ameno d'Ischia, Italy (June 25) � The legend of actress Stefania Sandrelli will be honored Sunday, July 13, at the gala opening of the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest at the Queen Isabella Hotel. The beautiful star of the Italian and worldwide cinema for more than 40 years will receive the Ischia Legend Award.

�By this prestigious acknowledgement, the International Academy of Art of Ischia emphasizes the extraordinary contribution of this queen of actresses in building the artistic and cultural memory of Italy,� declared Giancarlo Carriero, president of the non-profit Academy that is co-producing the festival.

In the latest of her more than 100 film and TV productions, Ms. Sandrelli will appear in a thriller by Portuguese master Manuel de Oliveira, starring with John Malkovich, Catherine Deneuve and Irena Papas. She also is completing the Renzo and Lucia television series.

Her first international role was in the American film Divorce � Italian Style in 1962. She has appeared in films of Italy, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Algeria, Hungary, Bulgaria and elsewhere, most of them thrillers or romances. In 2001 alone, she was in three films: Sons and Daughters, Probably Love, and The Last Kiss.

�My secret is to find proposals with the right scripts,� says Ms. Sandrelli in rethinking her 42 years of successes with artists of the great screen from Germi to Bertolucci, from Scola to Muccino. "The main reason for my emotional stability is my beautiful family. It has endured with me with great tenacity and protected me. I am convinced more than ever that the family is the sure reference point for a person in the mad run-up to fame.�

Stefania Sandrelli will join English director Peter Greenaway, winner of the Angelo Rizzoli Audiovisual Prize; Indian superstar Kabir Bedi; Louis J. Horvitz, director of the Oscar telecasts; and other international entertainment industry leaders at a news conference on Monday, July 7, at which the International Academy of Art will announce the full program of the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest.
This first edition of the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest is produced in collaboration with the Luce Institute. The Institute is organizing on the island conferences on �Strategies for European Co-productions� and �Digital World: New Resources for the Italian Cinema.� The festival was introduced in collaboration with the American show business magazine Variety at the Cannes Film Festival by Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody and Indian director Shekhar Kapur. Focus of this first edition will be on the Indian cinema of Bollywood.

Giuseppina Rizzoli, daughter of famed producer Angelo Rizzoli, created the prize in her father�s name that will go to Peter Greenaway. He was selected by a jury presided over by Nicholas Carraro, grandson of Rizzoli, and Marina Cicogna, president of Cinema Italia, and comprised of Italian film leaders Tilde Corsi, Aurelio De Laurentiis, Domenico Procacci, Giancarlo Leone, Giampaolo Letta and Riccardo Tozzi.

PETER GREENAWAY TO BE AWARDED RIZZOLI PRIZE AT ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST. JULY 13 FOR 'THE TULSE LUPER SUITCASES: THE MOAB STORY'

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Naples (June 18) - U.K. director Peter Greenaway will be awarded an Angelo Rizzoli e Award July 13 at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest for his work in getting eight European countries to cooperate in the making of the film Le Tulse Luper Suitcases: The Moab Story.

The Italian producers constituting the jury for the Rizzoli Prizes selected Greenaway for the film that had been introduced at the Naples Film Festival and that has many technical innovations. It will be distributed in Italy in September.

The film also was screened at Cannes, where it was �revolutionary in contrast to its competitors, but perhaps it was too brave to gain the Golden Palm or other acknowledgement,� said Luciano Sovena, general executive manager of the Istituto Luce, a co-producer of the Ischia festival.

The Rizzoli jury that selected Greenaway for the producer award was composed of Aurelio De Laurentis, Riccardo Tozzi, Domenico Procacci, Giancarlo Leone, Giampaolo Letta and Tilde Corsi, and was presided over by Marina Cicogna, past president of Italia Cinema, and Nicola Carraro, grandson of the famed publisher and producer for whom the prize is named.

Greenaway, noting that films today are seen 75 per cent on television, 20 per cent on DVD and only 5 per cent in the theater, is working on new digital technologies for internet and DVD distribution that he hopes to show at the Venice Film Festival.

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THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE�s TRIBUTE TO ACTOR ROBERT DE NIRO WILL HAVE ITS EXCLUSIVE ITALIAN PREMIERE AT THE ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST

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Los Angeles, Ca (U.S.A.) - June 13 � The American Film Institute�s tribute to actor Robert De Niro will have its exclusive Italian premiere at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest next month on the Green Island off Naples. The tribute, directed by Louis J. Horvitz, premiered recently at Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre, site of Oscar Night, with the participation of Leonardo Dicaprio, Martin Scorsese, Billy Crystal, Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster and many other friends of the Italian-American honoree. It will be on-air on Monday June 23rd "Usa Network" (http://www.usanetwork.com/specials/afideniro/ ).

Horvitz is considered the king of televised award shows from his direction of the last seven Oscar shows, Kennedy Center Honors specials, shows from Las Vegas, and the Emmy Awards. On the occasion of his participation in the Ischia festival, he will receive the Queen Isabella Award. He also will join in a program on July 14 exploring new technological resources for entertainment production. The program and festival are co-produced by the Luce Institute and the International Academy of Art of Ischia.

The festival is featuring not just Hollywood, but particularly the Bollywood cinema center of Bombay, India. The international promotion of the festival began last month at the Cannes Film Festival with the participation of Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody and Indian director Shekhar Kapur. The Ischia Global Fest 2003, as part of its dedication to Bollywood, will honor Indian actor Kabir Bedi with a Lifetime Achievement Award on July 13. Bedi will reprise his famed 1970s television role of Sandokan next year in Italy when he stars in the first Italian-Indian co-production, Sandokan in Sicily.

The Ischia festival will continue until July 18 with a variety of screenings, awards and programs. The American show business magazine Variety is associating with the International Academy of Art and Luce Institute in presenting the festival.

The feature awards will be the Angelo Rizzoli Prizes, created at the instigation of Giuseppina Rizzoli in honor of her father, the late famed producer and publisher who created the golden era of Ischid from the 1950s to the 1970s. The award winners will be selected by a jury of famed Italian producers under the chairmanship of president Marina Cicogna of Italia Cinema and Nicola Carraro, the grandson of Rizzoli.

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KABIR BEDI RETURNS TO ITALY: IN JULY TO BE AWARDED IN ISCHIA. IN 2004 WITH SANDOKAN IN SICILY: FIRST ITALIAN-INDIAN CO-PRODUCTION

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LACCO AMEMO d�ISCHIA (NAPLES, ITALY), June 7 - Indian actor Kabir Bedi, the television Sandokan of the 1970s, will return to Italy next year to reprise his role in the first Italian-Indian co-production, Sandokan in Sicily. The project is the fruit of a collaboration agreement signed recently between the two governments.

Bedi�s return to Italy will be marked by the presentation to him of an award for lifetime achievement at the first Ischia Global Film & Music Fest. The festival July 13-18 is featuring Bedi�s cinema home of Bollywood, the Hollywood of Bombay, India. Bollywood turns out some 800 films a year. The festival on the Green Island is organized by the International Academy of Art of Iscia and the Luce Institute, with the collaboration of the American show business magazine Variety.

In Sandokan in Sicily, Bedi interprets the superstar Indians loved from the television show about the Tiger of Mompracem. The film, with an announced budget of $3 million, will include much music, in the best tradition of the Indian cinema.

Bedi recently starred in the Bollywood thriller, The Hero. To help celebrate the Ischia Lifetime Achievement Award to Bedi will be director Shekhar Kapur and some of the great Indian producers, including Subhash Ghai, Bobbi Bedi, and Dared Basu Bhattacharya.

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