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18th Monte-Carlo Film Festival de la Comédie

The 18th edition of the Monte-Carlo Film Festival de la Comédie has begun, the event conceived and chaired by Ezio Greggio, which takes place from 31 May to 5 June 2021 in the Principality of Monaco.The presentation press conference took place at the Monte-Carlo Fairmont Hotel

The winners of this edition will be decided by the jury chaired by Raoul Bova, flanked by the French actress Sara Forestier, by the actors Giacomo Ferrara and Mario de la Rosa, and by the director and film critic Mario Sesti,

Guests at the press conference will also be two Hollywood stars, American actors, directors, screenwriters and producers Chazz Palminteri, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the gala on Saturday 5 June, and Nick Vallelonga, two-time Oscar winner for the film Green Book and jury president of the Monte-Carlo Film Festival last year.

The long-awaited grand finale is for the awards ceremony, on the occasion of the traditional Gala scheduled for Saturday 5 June at the Grimaldi Forum and during which Ezio Greggio, together with numerous cinema and TV guests, will award this year’s winners. Already confirmed the Movie Legend Award 2021, awarded to Chazz Palminteri nominated for an Oscar as supporting actor for Woody Allen’s Bullets on Broadway and recently appeared in Godfather of Harlem. Lifetime Achievement Award to Micaela Ramazzotti, multiple nominated for David di Donatello and winner of the David di Donatello for La prima cosa bella. The conductor par excellence, Giancarlo Magalli, Ezio’s longtime companion in Striscia la Notizie, will also participate in the Gala evening, behind the most famous counter of Italian TV Enzo Iacchetti, the Brazilian actress and model Desirée Popper, and Antonia Truppo, Francesco Di Leva, Giovanni Esposito, protagonists of the new comedy Benvenuti a casa Esposito, which will have its world premiere at the Monte-Carlo Film Festival on Friday 4 June. Elisa Isoardi, the charming Elisabetta Gregoraci, the former footballer Claudio Marchisio and the actress, presenter and writer Rocio Munos Morales, who will receive the Monte-Carlo Award for her female excellence, as a woman, mother, writer and empowerment model. During the evening, the idol of teenagers, released by X Factor and then established among the New Proposals of the Sanremo festival in 2020, Leo Gassmann, will perform with his new single “Down”.

Photo Gigi Iorio/ News Press

The main purpose of the Monte-Carlo Film Festival is the promotion and dissemination of the various genres of comedy through film premieres in competition and out of competition. A unique showcase on the international scene for a genre loved by the public but usually considered “minor” by critics, which thanks to the review conceived by Ezio Greggio and the late maestro Mario Monicelli (co-founder of the Festival) has actually re-evaluated the comedy also in other international festivals

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