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JEAN CLAUDE VAN DAMME WILL ATTEND EUROPEAN PREMIERE OF HIS NEW ACTION FILM �HELL� at ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST - THURSDAY, JULY 17th

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Lacco Ameno d'Ischia (July 10) Action superstar Jean Claude Van Damme confirmed from Los Angeles that he will participate in the European premiere of his newest film, Hell, on Thursday, July 17 at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest.
"It will be an unforgettable evening," said a delighted Giancarlo Carriero, president of the International Academy of Art of Ischia, co-producer of the festival being held July 13-18 on the Green Island off Naples. On the night of the premiere at the Regina Isabella Hotel & Spa, Van Damme will be awarded an Ischia Lifetime Achievement Award for his charismatic international career as actor and martial arts expert, said Pascal Vicedomini, the festival organizer.
�Jean Claude Van Damme is not only a most popular world-wide star, but a fascinating personage who we will be thrilled to coronate as the King of Lacco Ameno, said Carriero. �With this award we want to emphasize his sparkling career.
The star was born in Belgium in1960 as Jean-Claude Van Varenberg. He studied ballet for five years, and also is a classical music fan. As a teen he excelled in martial arts and became European middleweight champion of the European Professional Karata Association. He took his spectacular whirling kick skills to the cinema in 1984 and hit stardom four years later in �Bloodsport,� where he played the part of martial arts champion Frank Dux. His 30 films completed to date include two in the �Universal Soldier� series, �Lionheart,� �Double Impact� and two in the �Street Fighter� series. His thrilling skills have also enjoyed great popularity in several action hero video games.
As the festival opening nears this weekend, organizers and workers are working around the clock to complete a special 20-meters-high screen and other stage and presentation structures for the prestigious previews and international superstars who will attend.
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ISCHIA GLOBAL TO HONOR AMERICAN LEGEND DENNIS HOPPER OF 'EASY RIDER' FAME

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Lacco Ameno (July 8)  Dennis Hopper, a Hollywood living legend for roles from Easy Rider to Apocalypse Now, will be honored with an Ischia Legend Award during the Ischia Global Film & Music Festival July 13-18 on the island off Naples, Italy.

Hopper, considered one of America's top 100 film stars for a career spanning half a century, will accept his award July 16 at the Regina Isabella Hotel, the festival headquarters.

Hopper�s resume of 145 films as an actor and seven as a director began while he was an adolescent with work in the �50s television series �Medic.� He first hit the silver screen in a James Dean film, Rebel Without a Cause. He also worked with Dean in Giant, but real notoriety came with Easy Rider in 1969, where he directed Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson after friends raised $400,000 to make the film he wrote with Fonda based on a Terry Southern novel. The alternative film was perfect for its times and became a huge success, winning two Oscar nominations.

In the 1971, Hopper had the hit The Last Movie. It won a nomination at the Venice Film Festival.

Other Hopper successes included Francis Ford Coppolla�s Apocalypse Now in 1979, David Lynch�s Blue Velvet in 1986 and his direction of Colors in 1988 with Sean Penn and Robert Duvall. Hopper just finished The Keeper with Asia Argento.

ISCHIA NEWCOMER AWARDS TO THE SPANISH VANESSA INCONTRADA AND THE ITALIAN NERI MARCORE' FOR THE PUPI AVATI'S

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Lacco Ameno (July 7) - Vanessa Incontrada and Neri Marcorè have been selected to receive Ischia Newcomer Awards for the film Cuore Altrove. The honors will be presented Thursday, July 17 at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest that runs July 13-18 on Ischia, the island off Naples.

The musical work of these two star pupils of Antonio Avati was also recognized at the Cannes Film Festival this spring. The two are some of the new talent of European cinema that will be celebrated at the festival.

The event is co-produced by the Luce Institute and the International Academy of Art of Ischia. Giancarlo Carriero, president of the Academy, lauded the �high moral values� promoted in the film and its music. Avati has had an extraordinary career as a producer.

At its opening ceremony July 13, the festival will bestow a Legend Prize on Stefania Sandrelli for her more than 40 years of success in film and on television.

A principal focus of the festival will be Bollywood, the rising cinema community in Bombay, India. Indian director Shekhar Kapur, Indian actor Kabir Bedi and numerous other Indian film leaders will attend. The Indian and Italian cinema industries recently signed a co-production agreement.

The Luce Institute will produce discussion programs on strategies for European co-productions and on new digital resources for the Italian film industry.

The festival also will include previews, galas, conventions and other prize awards. The event is in part intended to recapture the Ischia glory years of the 1950s through 1970s, when producer and publisher Angelo Rizzoli led film production on the island and many notables from the cinema and political worlds visited regularly. Some prizes are being awarded in honor of Rizzoli.

ISCHIA GLOBAL FILM & MUSIC FEST TO ANNOUNCE SCHEDULE AT NEWS CONFERENCE IN ROME ON MONDAY, JULY 7, AT 12 NOON

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Roma ( July 3 ) - The phenomenon of Bollywood and its players will be the focus of the inaugural Ischia Global Film & Music Fest to be held July 13-18 on the Green Island off Naples.

A news conference to announce the festival schedule will be held Monday, July 7, at noon at the Foreign Press Center in Rome, Via dell'Umilt�.

Director Shakhar Kapur and actor Kabir Bedi are among the numerous Bollywood leaders participating in the festival, which will be headquartered at the Queen Isabella Hotel in the Ischia town of Lacco Ameno. The International Academy of Art of Ischia and the Luce Institute are co-producing the week of previews, awards, galas and discussion groups on major industry topics. Luce Institute is coordinating sessions on strategy for European co-productions and new worldwide digital resources for the Italian cinema.

The festival will recapture the island�s golden years of entertainment from the 1950�s to the 1970�s, when producer and publisher Angelo Rizzoli and director Luchino Visconti made films on Ischia and hosted entertainment personalities and government leaders from around the world. Rizzoli�s daughter, Giuseppina, has led the creation of awards in the name of her father that will be presented during the festival.

India�s film industry is called Bollywood, a contraction of Bombay and Hollywood.

Participants at the news conference include:

Host of honor: Louis J. Horvits, the American who has directed the last seven Oscar telecasts and other worldwide award shows, and who will receive the Queen Isabella Prize during the festival.

Giancarlo Carriero, president of the International Academy of Art of Ischia.

Tony Renis, musical producer and composer, and vice president of
the Academy

Luciano Sovena, general executive manager of Luce Institute.

Andrea Piersanti, president of Luce Institute.

Nicholas Carraro, co-president of the jury selecting winners of the Angelo Rizzoli Prizes.

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Jazz Queen Natalie Cole to Receive Ischia � William Walton Award at Ischia Global Film & Music Fest July 14

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Lacco Ameno of Ischia, Italy (June 28) - The International Academy of Art of Ischia will honor the American Queen of Jazz, Natalie Cole, with the first Ischia � William Walton Award at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest July 13-18.

The special award in honor of her singing and acting career will be presented Monday, July 14 in the famous Garden de la Mortella, the longtime Ischia residence of Sir William Walton, the legendary English composer and musician. Members of the English royal family visited the residence as guests of Sir William and Lady Susan Walton.

Lady Susan, joined by italian manager Francesco Sanavio and Goldenl Globe winne producer Tony Renis, will present the award. Natalie Cole also is concluding a summer Italian concert tour in Naples.

Giancarlo Carriero, president of the International Academy of Art; said the �prize honors the immortal genius of Sir William and at the same time renders homage to the immense talent of singers and musicians such as the first winner, Natalie Cole, who have lived in the magical dimension of music.� The non-profit Academy is co-producer with the Luce Institute of the Ischia festival.

The daughter of jazz great Nat King Cole has won 13 Grammy Awards during her career of nearly 30 years, covering the genres of pop and blues as well as jazz. She has also starred on television and in films. She is a longtime friend of Renis, a leading supporter of the Academy.

The Global Film & Music Fest will be inaugurated on Sunday, July 13, at the Queen Isabella Hotel with a gala in which Carriero, Renis and Luciano Sovena, administrator of the Luce Institute, will greet director Peter Greenaway, winner of the Angelo Rizzoli Audiovisual Prize; Louis J. Horvitz, longtime director of the annual Oscar telecast; Indian star Kabu Bedi; and Stefania Sandrelli, longtime Italian and global film star.

Luce Institute also is organizing as part of the festival programs on �Strategies for European Co-Productions� and �New Worldwide Digital Resources for the Italian Cinema.� Leading European producers and distributors have confirmed their attendance at these sessions.

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