Cinema Italian Style: New Films from Italy at the Egyptian Theatre, October 3 and at the Aero Theatre, October 4-8

Presented in association with Cinecitta’ Holding, the Italian Ministry of Culture and American Cinematheque with the Italian Film Commission, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Consulate

October 3 at the Egyptian Theatre

October 4– 8 at the Aero Theatre

Los Angeles, CA – The American Cinematheque, Cinecittá Holding and the Italian Film Commission present Cinema Italian Style: New Films from Italy at the Egyptian Theatre, October 3 and at the Aero Theatre, October 4-8. Continuing in the glorious tradition of such filmmakers as Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni and Roberto Rossellini (whose 100 years anniversary is celebrated this year), contemporary Italian cinema remains among the most vibrant and unpredictable anywhere in Europe, examining and celebrating Italy in both ancient and modern, pastoral and urban.

Curator of Cinema Italian Style and La Repubblica correspondent Silvia Bizio, with Italian Actress, Producer and Style Icon, Jo Champa, who has starred in several distinguished Italian movies including Ettore Scola's La famiglia and Massimo Troisi's Le Vie Del Signore Sono Finite, will be the host of the film series, which celebrates the best of contemporary Italian cinema.

This year’s six days showcase of the best and most challenging in new Italian filmmaking includes the two Italian movies in competition at the 2006 Venice Film Festival: The Golden Door by Emanuele Crialese and The Missing Star by Gianni Amelio; other titles include: Mario’s War by Antonio Capuano; Anche Libero Va Bene by Kim Rossi Stuart; Night Before Finals by Fausto Brizzi; My Father by Egidio Eronico, Italian Dream by Sandro Baldoni, , Quijote by Mimmo Paladino, La Febbre by Alessandro D’Alatri and the documentary Viva Zapatero by Sabina Guzzanti

The honorary committee of Cinema Italian Style includes host Jo Champa, Bernardo Bertolucci, Dino and Martha De Laurentis, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas, Jim Gianopulos, Anjelica Huston, Sherry Lansing, Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti, Dante Ferretti, Rick Nicita, Pietro Scalia, Dante Spinotti and Harvey Weinstein. The Cinema Italian Style Innovator Award, bestowed last year on George Clooney and Rick Nicita, will be offered this year to Valeria Golino and American personalities distinguished in their collaboration with Italian cinema.

Last year’s film series included the Oscar nominated Don’t Tell by Cristina Comencini, plus other titles such as Romanzo Criminale, Once You Are Born and Manual of Love.

On October 2nd Cinema Italian Style III will be preceded by a performance of Dreaming the Sea by Dario D’Ambrosi in the Sala Rossellini of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Screenings begin on Tuesday, October 3, at American Cinematheque’s legendary Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, continuing October 4 - 8 at Aero Theater in Santa Monica. The films will be shown again at the Lloyd Bridges theatre of UCLA during the following week. UCLA will also host seminars and discussions among students and Italian filmmakers.

Bulgari, one of the sponsors of Cinema Italian Style, will host a VIP party in their Beverly Hills boutique on October 4th.

On Thursday, October 5th the Italian Film Commission, together with Cinema Italian Style, will host the distributor lunch - a networking event aimed to create and strengthen working relationships between Italian filmmakers and the Entertainment Industry.

Italian singer Peppe Servillo will be the guest of honor for the closing ceremony of Cinema Italian Style on October 8th. Peppe Servillo plays the role of Quijote, alongside Lucio Dalla’s Sancho, in the film "Quijote" by Mimmo Paladino an original reinterpretation of Cervantes' novel, which will be shown as in the Horizon section of the Venice Film Festival.