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Monica Bellucci star in 16th Los Angeles Italia Festival

Actress among Tunisian film stars, nominated for an Oscar

Monica Bellucci’s star will shine once again in Hollywood on the eve of the Oscars during the 16th Los Angeles Italia Festival. The actress is among the protagonists of the film ‘The Man Who Sold His Skin’ by Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania which will be presented, in honor of Bellucci, the day after the inauguration of the festival on Sunday 18 April. category “Best International Film” (winning it in the duel with the Italian ‘Notturno’ by Gianfranco Rosi).

 Already awarded in Venice Orizzonti for Best Male Interpretation to Yahya Mahayni and subsequently with the Edipo Re award for inclusion, ‘The Man Who Sold His Skin’ proposes Monica Bellucci in the role of the alter Soraya in a context of ‘contemporary artists’ and of political refugees. The protagonist of the film, therefore, is a young Syrian who flees to Lebanon and dreams of Europe. ” A particularly intense Bellucci brings the feminine charm of cinematic Italy to the Oscars this year, which unfortunately suffers from the lack of nomination for the legendary Sophia Loren for ‘Life in front of itself’ “says Marina Cicogna, co-founder of LA, Italy who adds “And our Festival gives space to a precious, original film, directed by an award-winning Tunisian author, whom we want to reward for having strongly wanted our Monica in the cast”. During the opening day of the event, the tribute to Ennio Morricone, the award to Diane Warren, Laura Pausini and Nicolò Agliardi for the best song of the year ‘Io si – Seen’ from the film by Edoardo Ponti, the limelight for Matteo Garrone and his ‘Pinocchio’ team (double Oscar nominations for costumes by Massimo Cantini Parrini and for make-up by Mark Coulier, Dalia Colli and Francesco Pegoretti) and awards to directors Filippo Meneghetti (for Due, a French film ) and Marco Pontecorvo for ‘Fatima’ with Harvey Keitel. Now in its sixteenth edition, promoted with the Mic (Dg Cinema) and Intesa Sanpaolo, the festival founded and produced by Pascal Vicedomini, is promoted by the Capri Institute in the world also with the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the participation of Rai Cinema, Rai Com, Rainbow, Medusa, Iervolino Entertainment, Isaia, as well as the Consulate General of Italy in LA, the Ice and the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles. Photo Gigi Iorio / News Press

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