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GERARD BUTLER CONQUERS THE PUBLIC AND ITALIAN CRITICS. HE IS HOLLYWOOD'S LATEST SEDUCER. WE ARE NOW AWAITING "THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA," BY JOEL SCHUMACHER, IN THEATRES THIS CHRISTMAS

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Ischia 8/20/2004 At thirty-four years old, with a powerful physique, and
with the face of a scoundrel in "Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life," with
Angelina Jolie, he is the new favorite of female moviegoers around the
world: Gerard Butler, who has made the transition from unsuccessful lawyer
to Hollywood sex-symbol. At the latest Ischia Global Fest he has already
conquered the public and critics, who are now waiting to see if he passes
the next test of his talent with "The Phantom of the Opera," for director
Joel Schumacher, the American director who has chosen him over Antonio
Banderas and John Travolta for the part of Andrew Lloyd Weber's classic,
well-known character. After a vacation with some friends at the Regina
Isabella Hotel & Spa, Gerry is flying to London to prepare for his next
film, in which he will play a legendary Viking.

We are also awaiting "Dear Frankie" - to be distributed worldwide in
mid-October by Miramax International. Gerry is certainly keeping busy!

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LAUREUS SPORTS AWARDS 2004 TO BE SHOWN IN ITALY ON RAIUNO ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 17; PASCAL VICEDOMINI TO CO-HOST WITH JOHN MC ENROE AND RACHEL HUNTER FOR THE ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL GALA

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LONDON, August 9, 2004 -- From the Cultural Center of Belem in Lisbon, the annual classic event of worldwide sports awards will be telecast in Italy. The show includes Italian motorcyclist Valentino Rossi, nominated for Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, and Italian motor racer Alessandro Zanardi, nominated for World Comeback of the Year.

The presentation ceremony for the Laureus World Sports Awards took place May 10, 2004. Formula 1 racer Michael Schumacher of Germany was named the World Sportsman of the Year and Austrian Alpine skier Hermann Maier was selected World Comeback of the Year. Two Italian teams were nominated for team of the year: AC Milan, winner of soccer's Champions League title, and the Ferrari Formula 1 racing team. The honor, however, went to the English rugby team.

The fifth edition of the Laureus World Sports Awards, presented by the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be telecast in Italy on August 17 at 11:30 p.m. The show was recorded May 10 at the Cultural Central of Belem, on the coast near Lisbon.

The telecast for Italy has been entrusted for the fourth time in five years to journalist Pascal Vicedomini (in photo with Clarissa Burt and Lionel Richie at Laureus 2003). This year, it is on Raiuno with Federica De Denero. In 2000, it was on Stream TV with Yvonne Sciò, and in 2002 and 2003 on Raidue with the Brigliadori and Clarissa Burt, respectively.

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FROM CHINA TO HOLLYWOOD: ISCHIA GLOBAL 2004 PRESENTS THE TOP EVENT OF THE ITALIAN SUMMER CINEMA SEASON, COMPLETE WITH STARS, FILMS, INTERNATIONAL LEADERS AND SEMINARS ON VITAL TOPICS

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ISCHIA GLOBAL FILM & MUSIC FEST
PROGRAM 2004
Sunday, July 11

19:30 Inaugural toast - Museum Angelo Rizzoli  Lacco Ameno
Inauguration of the Far East Film Fest with Nicola Bono, Undersecretary, Cultural Assets and Activities

20:15 Cinema Delle Vittorie  Stars meet the public of Forio d'Ischia

21:00 Hotel Regina Isabella, Lacco Ameno  Screening of opening film Passages by Yang Chao (China); mention of honor to the Cannes Festival; the director will participate

To follow screening
Gala at Regina Isabella - supper and presentation of Ischia Awards to:
- Julie Taymor, USA director
- Dante Ferretti, set designer
- Mattia Sbragia, actor
- Rosalinda Celentano, actress
- Luca Lionello, actor


Monday, July 12
10:00 Conference on "CHINA: new horizons for the Italian cinema "
Welcome:
Giancarlo Carriero, president of the Ischia International Academy of Art
Carl Fuscagni, president, Cinecitt Holding
He introduces: Pascal Vicedomini, producer, Ischia Global 2004
Participants:
Yang Chao, director
Yang Zhigang, actor
Han Feng, distributor
Sabrina Baracetti, Artistic Director, Far East Film Festival
Roberto Bessi, Buskin Film, producer and distributor
Giovanni Gallops President A.I.P.
Anna Maria Palermo, Associate Professor of Chinese Literature, Faculty
of Letters and Philosophy, Universit degli Studi L'Orientale
Maria Ruggeri, expert on Chinese cinema

Conclusion:
Nicholas Bono, Undersecretary, Cultural Assets and Activities


12:30 Session with Julie Taymor and Dante Ferretti, recipients of Ischia Arts Awards 2004
13:30 Luncheon

15:30 1st International Symposium on Music of Film
Welcome:
Nicola Bono, Undersecretary, Cultural Assets and Activities
He introduces Leonardo De Amicis
Participants:
Elliot Goldenthal, USA (Oscar winner)
John Debney, USA
Lucio Godoy Tobar, Spain
Manuel De Sica, Italy
Fred Buongusto, Italy
Bungaro, Italy
Pacifico, Italy
Mario Rosini, Italy
Veruska, Italy

20:15 Cinema Delle Vittorie - stars meet the public of Forio d' Ischia

20:45 Cinema Excelsior - stars meet the public of Ischia Porto

21:00 Hotel Regina Isabella, Lacco Ameno, screening of "Laws of Attraction" by Peter Howitt (U.K.)

To follow screening
Gala at Villa "La Costa" Forio d' Ischia: supper by invitation
Presentation of Ischia Music Awards 2004
- Elliot Goldenthal, USA (Oscar winner)
- John Debney, USA
- Lucio Godoy Tobar, Spain
- Manuel De Sica, Italy
- Fred Buongusto, Italy
- Bungaro, Italy


Tuesday, July 13

10:30 Conference on "USA ITALY: Passion of Comedy  reflections by creators of comedy films
Introductions:
Carlo Macchitella
Moderator:
Nancy Meyers, USA director
Participants:
Carlo Verdone, Italy, actor-director
Stanley Tucci, USA, actor-director
Leopoldo Mastelloni, actor
Enrico Lucherini, press agent


13:30 Luncheon

16:30 Session with Nancy Meyers and Carlo Verdone, recipients of Ischia Awards 2004
20:15 Cinema Delle Vittorie - stars meet the public of Forio d' Ischia

20:45 Cinema Excelsior - stars meet the public of Ischia Porto

21:00 Hotel Regina Isabella, Lacco Ameno, screening of "It' s all about love  the forces of destiny" by Thomas Vinterbergh (Denmark)

To follow screening:
Gala at Hotel Mezza Torre: supper and presentation of Ischia Awards
- Nancy Meyers, USA, director
- Carlo Verdone, Italy, director
- Enrico Lucherini, press agent, Italy

23:00 Hotel Regina Isabella, Lacco Ameno of Ischia, screening of "La moglie dell'avvocato" by Im Sangsoo  Luce Institute


Wednesday, July 14

10:30 Conference: ITALY, THE BEST LOCATION ON EARTH TO PRODUCE FILMS
Cooperation by Film Commissions Cut Producers' Costs
Welcome:
Giancarlo Carriero, president, Ischia International Academy of Art
He introduces: Alexander Voglino
Participants:
Marco Boglione, Turin-Piemonte Film Commission
Giorgio Fossati, Turin-Piemonte Film Commission
Luigi Rossini, Lazio Film Commission
Nazareno Re, Marche Film Commission
Luca Barbaresci, Calabria Film Commission
Lidia Rizzo, Catania Film Commission
Mimmo Melis, Sardinia Film Commission
Antonio Petruzzi, President, Capri in the World Institute
Rino Piccolo, Campania Film Commission
Coordinator:
Michele Calise

13:30 Luncheon

16:00 Presentation of the sound track of the film "The Terminal" by Steven Spielberg

16:30 Session with Stanley Tucci, Luca Barbareschi and Eva Herzigova, recipients of Ischia Awards 2004

20:15 Cinemas Delle Vittorie  stars meet the public of Forio d' Ischia

20:45 Cinema Excelsior  stars meet the public of Ischia Porto

21:00 Hotel Regina Isabella, Lacco Ameno, screening of "Killing Words" by Laura Mana (Spain)

To follow screening:
Gala at Hotel Miramare  Sant' Angelo: supper and presentation of Ischia Awards
- Stanley Tucci, USA, actor-director
- Luca Barbareschi, USA, actor-director


Thursday, July 15

12:00 Session with Val Kilmer, recipient of Ischia Award 2004
13:30 Luncheon

16:30 Conference: Putting a product on the big screen marketing and communication in product placement
Welcome:
Giancarlo Carriero, president, Ischia International Academy of Art
He introduces Pascal Vicedomini, producer, Ischia Global 2004
Participants:
FOR THE CINEMA
Alexander D' Alatri, director, Italy
Pappi Corsicato, director, Italy
Ilaria Borrelli, director, Italy
Mick Davis, director, U.K.
Fulvio Lucisano, producer, Italy
Luciano Martino, producer, Italy
Philippe Martinez, producer, U.K.
Andrà Djoui, producer, France
Jack Gilardi, agent, USA
Roberto Di Russo, President, RAI TRADE

FOR THE COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Armando Bianchini, general secretary AltaGamma
Luca De Meo, marketing director, Lancia
Francesco Moneta, president, Egg-Allaxia
Gianni Oliosi, communications director, BMW Italy
Gianluca Isaia, president Isaia & Isaia
Sergio Di Sabato, Kimbo
Conclusions:
Alessandro Usai, director general, Cinecittà Holding
Coordinator:
Fabio Fabbi, Cinecittà Holding

20:15 Cinema Delle Vittorie  Salute to the public of Forio d' Ischia

20:30 Cinema Excelsior  Salute to the public of Ischia Porto

21:30 Hotel Regina Isabella, Lacco Ameno Screening of  Fear X by Nicholas Winding Refn (Denmark)

To follow screening:
Gala at Bagni Teresa: supper and presentation of Ischia Awards
- Val Kilmer, USA, actor
- Fulvio Lucisano, Italy, producer
Tribute to Jim Morrison and The Doors

Friday, July 16

11:30 Session with Gerald Butler, recipient of an Ischia Award

12:30 Press conference

13:30 Luncheon

16:00 Session with Don Johnson, Martin Richards and the Blues Brothers Band, recipients of Ischia Awards 2004, and students of the Center for Experimental Film, recipients of the Isabella Rizzoli Prizes, with Marina Cicogna and Ljuba Rizzoli

20:15 Cinema Delle Vittorie  Salute to the public of Forio d' Ischia

20:30 Cinema Excelsior  Salute to the public of Ischia Porto

21:30 Hotel Regina Isabella, Lacco Ameno  Screening of "Havana Nights  Dirty Dancing 2 by Guy Ferland (USA)

To follow screening:
Gala at Hotel Regina Isabella: supper and presentation of Ischia Awards
- Martin Richards, producer
- Don Johnson, actor
- Leopoldo Mastelloni, actor
- Ilaria Borrelli, director
- The Blues Brothers Band.

And delivery of the Prizes Isabella Rizzoli 2004



THE ISCHIA AWARDS 2004

Ischia Legend Awards
Val Kilmer, from the unforgettable Jim Morrison of "Doors" to Phillip of Macedonia with Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie in Oliver Stone's "Alexander", an extraordinary career in a continuous rise, rich in interpretations of great intensity.
Martin Richards, producer of world-wide impact who transformed "Chicago," the extraordinary musical comedy of Broadway, into a film that won six Oscars.

Ischia Regina Isabella Awards In the name of Luchino Visconti
Nancy Meyers, director and screenwriter, American queen of comedy with films that earned hundreds of millions of dollars such as "Something's Gotta Give" and "What Woman Want."
Enrico Lucherini, king of the Italian press agents, whose career of more than 40 years has contributed to many of the major events of the Italian cinema and its stars.

Ischia Life Time Achievment Awards
Stanley Tucci, Italian-American actor and director, an authentic star who is the protagonist of Tom Hangs in Steven Spielberg's Terminal, which will open Venice 2004.
Giuliana De Sio, cinema and stage actress whose talent and great artistic sensibility win the praise of important festival directors.
Don Johnson, for the career in television and films of the popular star of Miami Vice

Ischia Video Commercial Award
Alessandro D'Alatri, for the recent Barilla campaign. Author of the big comedy success "Casomai" and of original and high-quality advertising campaigns.

Ischia Awards  Neapolitan in Mondo
Ilaria Borrelli, a young writer, director and Neapolitan actress, authentic talent as testified to by her work from Naples to New York in the comedy "Mariti in affitto" with Maria Grace Cucinotta, Alexander Gassman and Brooke Shields.
Leopoldo Mastelloni, a natural talent with innumerable appearances in theatre, television and cinema; an extraordinary ambassador of the Neapolitan culture.

Ischia Awards - Discoveries of the Year
Mattia Sbragia, Luca Lionello and Rosalinda Cementano, for their magnificent international interpretations in "The Passion of the Christ," directed by Mel Gibson, the film event of the year that has divided and spoken to the world.

Ischia Awards - Producer of the year  Cinema
Fulvio Lucisano, a major Italian player whose new film "Rispondimi" marks the screenwriting debut of Susanna Tamaro. The film, starring Licia Maglietta and Urbano Barberini, aspires to Venice and already is regarded as a sure hit throughout Italy.

Ischia-William Walton Music Awards
The Blues Brothers Band, ten extraordinary musicians who form the mythical band from the cult film that starred the late John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. They continue to tour the world entertaining fans of the great blues music tradition.

Ischia Music Awards - Producer of the year  Music
Francesco Sanavio, producer and manager, for his many years handling the European tours of the late Ray Charles.

Ischia Music & Film Awards
John Debney, great American composer and author of the sound track for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ.
Lucio Godoy, Spanish musician, for the sound track of the film Non ti muovere by Sergio Castellitto.
Bungaro for the song "Beautiful Eyes", featured in the film "Lo No " by Simona Izzo and Ricky Tognazzi.

Special Awards - Friends of Ischia
Elliot Goldentthal, composer and winner of an Oscar for the sound track of Frida.
Carlo Verdone, director and actor, a symbol of the shining quality of Italian cinema.
Yang Chao, for 30 years an extraordinary director whose Passages won the acclaim of critics and the public at the recent Cannes Film Festival.
Luca Barbareschi, actor, director, eclectic artist, and extraordinary interpreter of 'Chicago,'musical comedy of the year..

Ischia Special Fashion Awards
Gerald Butler, the new star of the world-wide cinema, the lead in Richard Donner's recent thriller fantasy "The Timeline" and soon to be the Phantom in the film adapatation of the Broadway hit, 'Phantom of the Opera.'.
Eva Herzigova, after a shining career as a top model, comes to the international screen as the wife of Picasso in Mike Davis' 'Modigliani' and soon will begin work in another Davis film, a remake of 'A Portrait of Dorian Gray.'

Ischia Arts Awards
Dante Ferretti, a great production designer and pride of the Italian cinema in the world, who has designed for such films as 'Gangs of New York,' and is creating the sets for 'Aviator,' the new Martin Scorsese film about Howard Hughes.
Julie Taymor, brilliant director of theatre and cinema, whose powerful works include "Titus" and "Frida."


PREVIEWS 2004

"Passages" by Yang Chao (China) BUSKIN  Luce Institute
Mention of honor at the Cannes Film Festival, where it was introduced in the section a certain regard. A road movie where two young people from the provinces escape to pursue an impossible dream. Yang Chao, with some 30 years of acclaimed work, will introduce the film on opening night of the Ischia Global Fest

"Laws of Attraction" by Peter Howitt (UK) RAI 01  Cinemas Distribution
Romantic comedy with Pierce Brosnan and Julienne Moore. Two lawyers with different styles come against each other in a divorce case between two famous people with an Irish castle at stake. Romance ensues. Italian release in August 2005.

'It' s all about love'  the forces of the destiny" of Thomas Vinterbergh (USA) DNC
First American production for the Danish director who has collected world-wide acclaim with 'Festen.' It is a thriller set in the near future with Hitchcockian overtones. Joaquin Phoenix comes from Poland to New York to divorce Claire Danes after a long separation, but his love rekindles as she faces bad trouble. Sean Penn co-stars. Italian release July 16.

"Killing Words" by Laura Mana (Spain) Luce Institute
A new thriller from the Spanish director now well recognized for her talents. A young woman psychiatrist is imprisoned in a wine cellar where her only diversion is a chilling video in which a man confesses to being a serial killer. Is he the one holding her prisonere? Stars Dario Grandinetti ('Parla con lei').

"Fear X" by Nicholas Winding Refn (USA) Sharada
A psycho-drama thriller. When John Turturo's wife is killed in a seemingly random incident, he is driven by mysterious visions to discover the true circumstances of her murder. Also stars Debora Kara Unger.

"Havana Nights ' Dirty Dancing 2' by Guy Ferland (USA) CDI
Sequal to the original 'Dirty Dancing' sensual dancing and Latin rhythms of this romantic comedy come together in Cuba at the time of the Castro revolution. An American girl is torn between staying or returning home. Produced by Lawrence Bender, the long-time associate of director Quentin Tarantino. Extraordinary sound track by Hector Pereira

"One Last Ride" by Tony Vitale (USA) ep
Produced by Ang Lee and with an international cast including Chazz Palmentieri, this film from Tony Vitale is the history of a man trying to keep his gambling compulsion from destroying his life.


SYMPOSIA OF THE ISCHIA GLOBAL FILM & MUSIC FEST

Five sessions will address major issues in international cinema and music covering innovations in the world-wide market, perspectives for the cinema industry and production in Italy after the legal change. To Ischia come Oscar winners, producers, distributors, directors, stars, managers, critics, experts and representatives of show business interests world-wide to point the way for the future of entertainment.

Monday, July 12, 10:00, Regina Isabella
"CHINA: new horizons for the Italian cinema "
Chinese films have bewitched festivals around the world. They are increasingly showing themselves in the international market. Italy is now watching China closely for new investment and co-production opportunities. Ischia will reflect on the future of this market in the Far East and on how Italy can be active there.

Monday, July 12, 15:30, Regina Isabella
1st International Symposium on Music from Film
From the phenomenon of electronic piracy to the new technologies for the production and the distribution of sound tracks and music from film, leading world composers are faced with choices between artistry and the experience of the market.

Tuesday, July 13, 10:30, Regina Isabella
"USA  ITALY: Passion of Comedy - Reflections by creators of comedy films
From the Italian comedies of Carlo Verdone to the masterpieces of American Nancy Meyers, the tastes of both Italian and American fans of escapist movies are changing.

Wednesday, July 14, 10:30, Regina Isabella
ITALY, THE BEST LOCATION ON EARTH TO PRODUCE FILMS - Cooperation by Film Commissions Cut Producers' Costs
The more important Italian regional Commission Films speak about their experiences. From area economic development by creating local capabilities in professional film crews to the role of promoting advertising investments for film, to the promotion of Italian locations for filming, they discuss how Italy can provide ideal sites and facilities for international productions.

Thursday, July 15, 16:30, Regina Isabella
Putting a Product on the Big Screen  Marketing and Communication in Product Placement
The new Italian cinema law opens to cinema producers and exporters the opportunity to work with corporate marketers and communicators in placing products in films. This new revolution will be discussed in depth by leaders from both sides of the product placement business.


CHINA, THE NEW POPULAR CINEMA
FIVE PREVIEWS IN COLLABORATION WITH THE NEAR EAST FILM FESTIVAL

After 2003's first edition examined the film production of Bollywood, the Ischia Global Fest aims its spotlight this year at the Chinese market and its most interesting products, previewing five films that are brand new to Italy. These original films showcase the new Chinese popular cinema that is little seen outside China, but reveals much about the people, changes, humor and other characteristics of that fast-evolving immense country. The films are:

MY BITTERSWEET TAIWAN by Zheng Dongtian (China 2004, 90 minutes)

A LOVE OF BLUENESS by Huo Jianqi (China 2002, 96 minutes)

WHEN RUOMA WAS SEVENTEEN by Zhang Jiarui (China 2003, 89 minutes)

PRETTY BIG FEET by Yang Yazhou (China 2002,103 minutes)

GONE IS THE ONE WHO HELD ME DEAREST IN THE WORLD by Ma Xiaoying (China
2002, 95 minutes)

Among the hosts of the review will be actor Yang Zhigong, star of "When Ruoma was Seventeen".

The review has been accomplished in collaboration with Far East Film Festival of Udine, which held its seventh edition this spring. It is the only Italian festival dedicated to contemporary Asian film production, and shows each year the innovations of the cinema of the Far East.

The Far East Festival Film also has provided its Gallery To Far East Festival" to Villa Arbusto. The gallery includes 30 images from recent productions of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, The Philippines, Japan, Singapore and Thailand. These images further demonstrate the tastes and interests of the emerging Far East market.

William Walton Prize to the Blues Brothers Band

The legendary Blues Brothers Band will receive the prestigious William Walton Award on the concluding evening of the 2nd Global Film & Music Fest at a presentation dedicated to the memory of Ray Charles, who died June 10, 2004. The band became famous in the 1980 John Landis cult film, The Blues Brothers, that starred John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. They also participated in a sequel, Blues Brothers 2000, and have toured the world bringing the blues to new audiences. The presentation on July 16 will be at the Regina Isabella Hotel.

Ray Charles had a role as himself in The Blues Brothers. Participating at the presentation will be American producer Martin Richards (Oscar winner for 'Chicago') and Francesco Sanavio, who for some 30 years traveled with Charles arranging his European tours. The Walton prize, presented last year to Andrea Bocelli, will be presented by Lady Susan Walton, widow of the great English musician who chose Ischia as their residence.

The Blues Brothers Band of 10 musicians includes four of its original members. They gained a triple platinum record for Briefcase Full of Blues. The band will be led at Global Fest by founder Steve The Colonel Cropper, one of the living legends of rock. Among the band members are Lou "Blue Lou" Marini (sax), Alan "Mr. Fabulous" Rubin (trumpet), "Smokin" John Tropea (guitar) Anthony "Rusty" Cloud (keyboards), Eric "The Red" Udel (bass), Clint "The Cannon" De Ganon (drums), Rob "Honeydripper" (voice and harmonica), and Eddie Knock on Wood Floyd, special vocal guest.

In the film, Ray Charles had a featured cameo in which he sang 'Shake Your Tailfeather' with the Blues Brothers. Another cameo starred Fats Domino performing I'm Walkin.


Isabella Rizzoli Prizes and scholarships marking her memory go to the best students of the Experimental Center of the National Film School

Two scholarships of 6,000 Euros each will be presented along with Isabella Rizzoli Prizes to two of the most deserving students of the Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia/Scuola Nazionale di Cinema, presided over by Francesco Alberoni.

The Prize will be awarded on July 16 at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest at the Regina Isabella Hotel by Marina Cicogna. The Prize is dedicated to the memory of Isabella Rizzoli, daughter of the producer and entrepreneur Angelo Rizzoli, who died tragically in 1990. She was a sensitive, curious girl of the world who loved life and young people. Her mother, Lijuba, and godmother, Marina Cicogna, offer the award as an opportunity to help two young future artists find their way in the cinema world.

This year's winners will be introduced to the press by Marina Cicogna on July 16 at 16:00 at the Hotel Regina Isabella. That evening, they will receive their awards along with other award winners Martin Richards and the Blues Brothers Band.


Sound Tracks and Music Awards

The Terminal
In advance of the Venice showing of Steven Spielberg's The Terminal,  Stanley Tucci, a star of the film, will present its sound track at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest 2004. Tucci plays an airport official opposite Tom Hanks, a traveler stranded at an airport when his nation's government collapses.

The sound track was written by three-time Oscar-winning composer John Williams, who composed sound tracks for the Star Wars and  Indiana Jones  series.

Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights
Produced by Lawrence Bender, the longtime collaborator with director Quentin Tarantino on such films as  Kill Bill,  this extraordinary film brings to the Italian screen lively Latin music, a joy of living, and Cuban sexiness. The sound track of  Havana Nights, directed by Guy Ferland, includes the more authentic and popular rhythms of the Caribbean island. It was scored by Heitor Pereira.

Special Awards - Friends of Ischia
Elliot Goldentthal, composer and winner of an Oscar for the sound track of  Frida.

Ischia Music & Film Awards
John Debney, great American composer and author of the sound track for Mel Gibson's  The Passion of the Christ.
Lucio Godoy, Spanish musician, for the sound track of the film Non ti muovere  by Sergio Castellitto.
Bungaro for the song "Beautiful Eyes", featured in the film "Lo No " by Simona Izzo and Ricky Tognazzi.

Prizes honoring the careers of Manuel De Sica and Fred Buongusto


ISCHIA GLOBAL FILM & MUSIC FEST 2004

Organization
ISCHIA INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ART

In collaboration with
REGINA ISABELLA HOTEL & SPA
With
CINECITTà HOLDING
LUCE INSTITUTE
A.I.P.
RAI TRADE

With the support
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, INDUSTRY, HANDICRAFT AND AGRICULTURE OF NAPLES
COMMUNITY OF THE ISLAND OF ISCHIA

Media Partners
OFFICIAL RADIO KISS KISS NETWORK
IL GOLFO
TELEISCHIA



Official Carriers
RENAULT FILIALE NAPOLI
CANTIERI DI BAIA

Transportation
TRAGHETTI POZZUOLI
MEDMAR

Partners
CINEMECCANICA
LOTTOMATICA
CALGARO GIOIELLI
SAN PAOLO IMI  BANCO DI NAPOLI
IMPERATORE TRAVEL
MASSIMO BOTTIGLIERI
PIETRATORCIA
MEZZATORRE RESORT & SPA

Also Collaborating
FAR EAST FILM FESTIVAL, Udine
EGG, Milan




PROGRAM OF THE FILM SCREENINGS

SUNDAY, JULY 11

Regina 21:00 Passages by Yang Chao - Buskin Luce Institute

Vittore 18:30 Totò Sapore by Maurizio Forestieri  Medusa (anim.)
21:00 Frida by Julie Taymor - Seen Buena
23,00 The Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson - Eagle

MONDAY, JULY 12

Regina 21:00 Laws of Attraction by Peter Howitt - 01 Distribution

Vittore 18:30 Pontormo by Giovanni Fago  Eagles Picture
21:00 Io No by R.Tognazzi and S.Izzo - FOX
23:00 When Ruoma was Seventeen by Zhang Jiarui; CHINESE REVIEW; actor Yang Zhigong will participate

Excelsior 18:30 Non ti Mouvere by Sergio Castellitto  Medusa
21:00 Under the Tuscan Sun by Audrey Wells  Buena Vista
23:00 Brivido di Sangue by Po Chih Leong - IIF


TUESDAY, JULY 13

Regina 21:00 It' s All About Love by T.Vinterberg - DNC
23:00 La Moglie dell'Avvocato by Im Sangsoo  LUCE Institute

Vittore 18:30 Love Returns by Sergio Rubini - Warner Bros
21:00 Something's Gotta Give by Nancy Mayers - Warner Bros
23:00 Mariti Affitto by Ilaria Borrelli - Medusa

Excelsior 18:30 Andata e Ritomo by Marco Ponti  01 Distribution
21:00 L'amore e Eterno Finche Dura by Carlo Verdone - Medusa
23:00 Together by Wong Kar-Wai IIF

WEDNESDAY, JULY 14

Regina 21:00 Killing Word by Laura Mana LUCE Institute

Vittore 18:30 Che ne sara di noi by Silvio Cuccino - FilmAuro
21:00 La Rivincita di Natale by Pupi Avati - Medusa
23:00 My Bittersweet Taiwan by Zheng Dongtian; CHINESE REVIEW

Excelsior 18:30 Radio West by Alexander Valori 01 Distribution
21:00 Il Trasformista by Luca Barbareschi 01Distribution
23:00 Under False Name by Roberto And - Medusa

THURSDAY, JULY 15

Regina 21:00 Fear X by Nicholas Winding Refn Sharada

Vittore 18:30 Vanilla and Chocolate by Ciro Ippolito - Warner Bros
21:00 Angels do not Fly To Casablanca by M. Asli  LUCE Institute
23:00 A Love of Blueness by Huo Jianqui; CHINESE REVIEW

Excelsior 18:30 The Hungarian Servant by G. Molteni and M. Piesco - Medusa
21:00 Wonderland by James Cox - DNC
23:00 Pretty Big Feet by Yang Yazhou; CHINESE REVIEW

FRIDAY, JULY 16

Regina 21:00 Dirty Dancing 2 - Havana Nights by Guy Ferland CDI

Vittore 18:30 Chicago by Rob Marshall - Buena Vista
21:00 Angels of Borsellino by Caesarean Rocco - CDI
23:00 One Last Ride by Tony Vitale  EP

Excelsior 18:30 Il Siero delle Vanita by Alex Infascelli 01 Distribution
21:00 The Girl Next Door by Luke Greenfield - Fox
23:00 Gone is the One Who Held Me Dearest in the World by But Xiaoying; CHINESE REVIEW

Legend:
Regina = Regina Isabella Hotel, Lacco Ameno
Vittorie = cinema Delle Vittorie, Forio d'Ischia
Excelsior = cinema Excelsior, Ischia Porto

For information:
Press Office Delev
Studio Journalists Associates De Lucia Leveque
081/2486112
fax 081/662475
mob + 39 335/6358348, +39 347-2936401

ISCHIA ARTS AWARDS HAS BEEN PRESENTED TO DANTE FERRETTI AND JULIE TAYMOR AT OPENING EVENT OF ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST - JULY 11 AT REGINA ISABELLA RESORT

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ISCHIA, Italy � The great art director Dante Ferretti, pride of the Italian cinema for such films as �Gangs of New York� and Martin Scorsese�s upcoming �The Aviator,� and the brilliant director Julie Taymor (�Titus,� �Frida�) has been honored on the inaugural evening of the Ischia Global Film and Music Fest July 11 at the Regina Isabella Hotel in Lacco Ameno on the Italilan island of Ischia.

The prizes to Ferretti and Taymor are part of the effort of the Ischia International Academy of Art to honor the work of world leaders in the film arts. The program of Ischia 2004 is on the official website at www.ischiaglobal.com

Ferretti has been working most recently on Scorsese�s set in Canada where he has reconstructed the private study of the mythical Howard Hughes for the megaproduction about the life of the pioneering but eccentric mid-20th Century aviator and industrialist. The film, starring Leonardo Di Caprio as Hughes, is scheduled for release in December. RAI Cinema has acquired the distribution rights for Italy.

This summer the Italian art director is bringing his talents to the set of Brian de Palma�s �The Black Dahlia,� the fictionalized version of the shocking 1947 Los Angeles murder of starlet Elizabeth Short. Based on a book by James Ellroy, the film�s leading woman will be Scarlett Johansson (�Lost in Translation.�)

Early in his career before going to the United States, Ferretti worked on films of Italian greats Pier Paolo Pasolini and Federico Fellini. His Pasolini credits include "The Decameron" 1971; "The Canterbury Tales" 1972; "The Arabian Nights" 1974; and "Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom" 1975. He joined Fellini on "Orchestra Rehearsal" 1978; "City of Women" 1980; "And the Ship Sails On" 1983; "Ginger and Fred" 1986; and "The Voice of the Moon" 1990.

His first American film was Scorsese�s "The Age of Innocence" in 1993. After �Interview with the Vampire� for Neil Jordan in 1994, he reunited with Scorsese for �Casino� 1995, �Kundun� 1997 and �Gangs of New York� 2002. He has received six Oscar nominations, four David di Donatello awards, and the 1999 Cinecitt� Award.

Julie Taymor, a student of Jacques Lecocq, is one of the world�s most innovative and wide-ranging directors. She was the creative force behind Broadway�s �The Lion King,� has directed operas and Shakespearean plays, designed costumes and written lyrics. She moved to the film world in 1999 with �Titus,� based on a violent Shakespeare play, followed by �Frida,� winner of two Oscars and a Golden Globe. One of the Oscars was for the sound track by Eliott Goldenthal, who will participate in an Ischia Fest symposium on music in films.

Taymor has won numerous other stage awards, and was the recipient of a prestigious MacArthur �genius� grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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A QUEEN OF HOLLYWOOD, NANCY MEYERS, WILL ATTEND THE ISCHIA FEST TO RECEIVE TWO SPECIAL AWARDS; AWARD FOR HER WORK IN SCREENPLAY AND DIRECTION IN FILMS.RAI CINEMA COLLABORATES TO SET UP SPECIAL FORUM

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Cannes, May 20, 2004 - A queen of the cinema, American Nancy Meyers, will join the hosts of honor for the 2nd Ischia Global Film & Music Fest to be held July 11-16, 2004, at the Regina Isabella Resort & Spa in Lacco Ameno on the island of Ischia, off Naples, Italy.

The extraordinary comedy screenwriter, producer and director has major credits from such films as "Private Benjamin," "What Women Want," "Baby Boom" and "Father of the Bride." She will receive an Ischia Special Award named in honor of Luchino Visconti during a preview ceremony on July 13 in the garden of the Colombaia, the last residence of Visconti, the grand master of the Italian cinema.

On the occasion of the Cannes Festival, the Ischia International Academy of Arts announced its additions of American producer Lawrence Bender and Italian-American star actor Stanley Tucci. Bender has produced all of director Quentin Tarantino's films from "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction" to "Kill Bill" volumes 1 and 2. He has twice been nominated for Oscars. Tucci is a co-star of "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers," just introduced at Cannes, and �Terminal,� the latest work of Steven Spielberg to be seen at the 2004 Venice Film Festival in September. Tucci also was a star of the famous film, �Big Night.�

THE CHINESE CINEMA LIVES

"This year the slogan of Ischia Global is �The Chinese Cinema Lives,� demonstrating that all good cinema does not come just from Hollywood, Europe or Bollywood," Giancarlo Carriero, president of the Ischia International Academy of Arts, told a press conference at the Club Italia on the Croisette.

After dedicating last year's first edition (co-produced with the Luce Institute) to the Indian cinema, the Ischia Global Fest 2004 aims its spotlight at the Chinese cinematographic industry with a review of both new and old works of directors known internationally. This portion of the festival is being developed in collaboration with the management of the Udine Far East Festival

The Films and the Premieres
The final program of the festival will be announced July 5 in Rome at the press center on via dell'Umilta'. It comprises, at the moment, of film previews distributed from Buena Vista, Columbia, Luce Institute, 01 Distribution, IIF, Lucky Red, Sharada, Movie Web and Minerva, which is presenting for the first time in Italy the film directed and interpreted by Asia Argento, �Ingannevole e' il cuore piu' di ogni cosa.� Other additions will be announced later. The festival also will review the best Italian films of the first half of 2004; hold galas for the presentation of Ischia Awards and the Premio Isabella Rizzoli, an honor initiated by film producer Marina Cicogna in the memory of Angelo Rizzoli, the great producer who spent so many of his years on Ischia; and host programs on cinema, music from films, product placement, and distribution of summer films.

Among prizes to be presented at Ischia will be honors to three Italian co-stars of Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ"--Rosalinda Celentano (Satan), Matteo Sbragia (Caiphus, the high priest) and Luca Lionello (Judas, the traitor).

On July 16, the Ischia Fest will pay tribute to Italian-American Jack Valenti, who is retiring after 38 years as president of the Motion Picture Association of America and is the American film industry's leading voice in Washington, D.C. He is returning to Ischia for the first time in 25 years.

THE SYMPOSIA OF THE CINEMA

The popular writer/producer/director Nancy Meyers, who has worked with such global superstars as Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, will preside over the 1st International Symposium on Scenes in the Cinema. This event, promoted in collaboration with RAI Cinema, also will include directors Marco Ponti, Sergio Rubini, Domenico Starnone, Mark Bellocchio and Paolo Virz�.

The symposium on music from film will feature Oscar-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal
(`Frida '); John Debney, composer of the sound track for "The Passion of the Christ;� the new star of Brazilian music, Seu Jeorge ("The City of God" and �The Life Acquatic�); Oscar nominee Manuel de Sica ("Giardini dei Finzi Contini" ), the son of renowned director Vittorio de Sica; and Andrea Guerra, a top screen composer for nearly 15 years most recently honored with a David di Donatello award for "La Finestra di Fronte".

ISCHIA GLOBAL, A CERTAINTY OF THE ITALIAN CINEMA

"With its original formula for focusing on new markets and total creativity, and thanks to the unparalleled natural location on the Green Island, the Ischia Global Fest already is among the international film and music events of great interest and world-wide prestige," said Giancarlo Carriero, president of the Ischia International Academy of Arts. "This established event of the Italian cinema from its first edition has welcomed world-wide participation of industry stars like Dennis Hopper, F. Murray Abraham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Shekhar Kapur, Peter Greenaway, Anita Ekberg, Stefania Sandrelli and opera singer Andrea Bocelli "



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