Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Nicholas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson to star at Ischia


(By Denis Greenan).
Naples, July 12 - Nicholas Cage and Samuel L.
Jackson are among the Hollywood heavyweights bringing their star
wattage to the 11th Ischia Global Film and Music Fest this
Cage, a Hollywood veteran with credits like Raising Arizona
and Face Off to his name, and Jackson, the Pulp Fiction, Iron
Man and Django Unchained star, are arguably the headline names
at this year's event.
But many Hollywood names are slated for attendance at the
festival on the island in the Bay of Naples, which kicks off
Director Paul Haggis, who won two Oscars for the screenplay
and directing of Crash in 2007, will also be coming to the fest.
The British screenwriter and director will be presenting
his latest work, Third Person, a tale of three couples in New
York, Paris and Rome that "in many ways recalls the way Crash
tried to interweave different stories, races and classes into a
coherent story," Haggis said on his arrival this week.
"I am honoured to give Third Person its world premiere in
Ischia," said Haggis, who also wrote the screenplay for Clint
Eastwood's Oscar winner Million Dollar Baby in 2006.
He said his film, which features a star-studded cast
including Liam Neeson, James Franco, Adrien Brody, Kim Basinger,
Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde and Italy's own Riccardo Scamarcio,
known to international audiences for a cameo as a gentleman
burglar in Woody Allen's To Rome With Love, was "also an act of
love towards Italy".
American-born British director Terry Gilliam, best known
for Brazil, 12 Monkeys and Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, is
another Ischia attendee, along with Batman and Tigerland helmer
Joel Schumacher and Moulin Rouge and Great Gatsby maker Baz
This year's edition focuses on France as guest country of
honour, opening with Roman Polanski's Venus in Fur, which was
presented at the last Cannes Film Festival.
The events will kick off on Saturday with an evening in
memory of filmmaker Luchino Visconti, best known for The Leopard
(1963) and Death in Venice (1971), with Italian director Mimmo
Calopresti taking part.
There will also be advanced screenings of films such as
Turbo, an animated film starring a snail that wants to win the
Indy 500, presented by Samuel L. Jackson, who performs the voice
for one of the main characters.
The festival will include two photography exhibitions.
One is devoted to famed Italian press agent Enrico
Lucherini, which will be introduced by Academy Award-winning
filmmaker and screenwriter Giuseppe Tornatore.
Lucherini, who was advised by Sophia Loren to go into film
promotion, is credited with moving the film industry's practice
of publicity stunts up a notch with zany ideas such as inventing
a romance between Italian actress Florina Bolkan and Richard
The exhibition is called As Long As They Talk About It, 50
Years of Film Promotion.
The other photo show is devoted to Domenico Modugno, the
legendary singer and songwriter of 'Volare' fame.
It will be entitled Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu, a famous line
from the legendary ditty.

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