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L.A. - Italia opens amid unprecedented success (February 17, 2013)



L.A. - Italia opens amid unprecedented success (February 17, 2013)

As part of the Year of Italian Culture in the United States , the Consulate General of Italy presented on February the 17th  the 8th edition of the Los Angeles, Italia – Film, Fashion and Art Fest, produced by Istituto Capri nel Mondo.
Introduced by ICM’s chairman Pascal Vicedomini, Consul General Perrone made opening remarks right before the screening of Gladiators of Rome in 3D by Iginio Straffi.

In illustrating the meaning and the content of the Year of Italian Culture in the US the Consul General underlined the special place held by cinema in the rich program of events scheduled for 2013 in LA in cooperation   with the Italian Cultural Institute. He then introduced the Chairman of the Italian Trade Commission  Riccardo Monti who greeted the attendees and underscored the commitment by Italian Institutions to uphold and promote the valuable economic and industrial resource that cinema represents for Italy.

Los Angeles, Italia

HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Italy came to Hollywood Sunday night, kicking off the eighth annual Los Angeles-Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest. Actor Al Pacino was honored at the festivities.
Pacino accepted the first Los Angeles-Italia award from his good friend Larry King. The honor is for Pacino's long and successful career in show business.
"It's a lifetime achievement thing," he said. "A legend, OK I accept, I've been around long enough to accept that," he said.
Pacino's signature roles include a couple of classics: "The Godfather" and "Scarface."
"It's interesting to come and there's no film opening, it's just a festival that I have films in, and so I guess that's a little different, it's a little more tempered," he said.
While Pacino didn't put his modesty aside, former co-star Paul Dooley had no problem tooting the actor's horn for him.
"He's one of America's greatest actors," said Dooley. "Like De Niro in that if there's a movie around they're going to want them, especially if it's their type of movie."
Pacino rarely walks a red carpet, but he appeared in part to honor his Italian heritage. He even said goodbye, Al Pacino style.
"Arrivederci, ciao, see you later!" he said in his best Italian accent.
Los Angeles-Italia will honor Quentin Tarantino on Tuesday. If you'd like to attend the festival, there will be movie showings free of charge all day and all night through Feb. 23 at the TCL Chinese Theatre.