Last night, with a special pre-opening event, Alice nella Città welcomed the Oscar-winning actress and three Golden Globe® Angelina Jolie and the Golden Globe®-winning actress Michelle Pfeiffer to present the preview in Rome European of the new Disney movie Maleficent – Lady of Evil, in Italian cinemas from October 17th.
For the occasion, the two actresses marched along via della Conciliazione on a 90-meter carpet black & white, between Castel Sant'Angelo and the Dome of St. Peter. To welcome many fans for photos and autographs on the notes of the song "You Can't Stop The Girl" (Warner Records) by Bebe Rexha, the young American singer and composer with already several Grammy nominations.
Among the public there are also numerous faces from the show and the web including Eleonora Abbagnato, Caterina Balivo, Aldo Montano, Rossella Brescia; Paola Minaccioni, Frank Matano, Nina Palmieri, Casa Surace, Madalina Ghenea; Roberta Giarrusso, Giorgio Pasotti, Adriana Volpe, Michela Cescon, Silvia D'Amico, Andrea Bosca, Giulia Valentina, Nicole Mazzocato, Greta Menardo, and many others.
The event was preceded by a masterclass where Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer met over 100 children and ragas, film students aged 10 to 25, selected by Alice in the City. The meeting, moderated by Piera Detassis, President and Artistic Director of the Italian Academy of Cinema – David di Donatello Awards, focused on the career of the two actresses, their training, their experience on the set of Maleficent – Lady of Evil and other successes that have marked their career.
"It is important never to tire of looking for what differentiates us from others and makes us unique – said Angelina Jolie to the boys who participated in the masterclass. "The world is characterized by diversity and we become stronger when we realize it. "The world should be a more tolerant place to diversity – added Michelle Pfeiffer, – this is the spell that I would like to launch on the world".
"It was a great honor to host two actresses of the caliber of Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer for the European premiere of Maleficent – Lady of Evil – commented Daniel Frigo; Country Manager & Head of Studio Distribution; The Walt Disney Company Italy, Turkey; Israel & Greece. – “I thank Alice in the City, TIM and all the partners involved who, with their commitment and support, have made this great event possible. A special thanks also to the team of The Walt Disney Company Italia".
Directed by Joachim Rønning, Maleficent – Lady of Evil starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning; Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville and Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrid. Written by Linda Woolverton and Noah Harpster & Micah Fitzerman-Blue and based on a story by Linda Woolverton, the film is produced by Joe Roth; Angelina Jolie and Duncan Henderson, while Matt Smith, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Mike Vieira are the executive producers.
From today the pre-sales of the film are officially open Maleficent – Lady of Evil in Italian cinemas, in their related sites, on cinema.ticketone.it and https://app.powster.com/disney/mal-2/it/.
Maleficent – Lady of Evil
In the new Disney movie Maleficent – Lady of Evil, Maleficent and Aurora have to face the complexity of family ties when their streets are separated by an imminent marriage, unexpected alliances and the entry of new dark forces. The weather was kind to Malefica and Aurora. Their relationship, born of betrayal, revenge and finally love, has grown and is strong. Nevertheless there is still hatred between men and magical creatures. Aurora's marriage with Prince Philip is a reason for celebrations throughout the Kingdom and in neighboring lands, as the wedding will unite the two worlds. An unexpected encounter, however, will give life to a new powerful alliance: Malefica and Aurora will meet on opposite sides of a Great War that will test their loyalty and lead them to wonder if they can really be a family.
The Walt Disney Company
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The Walt Disney Company Italia, founded in 1938, was the first international branch of Disney in the world.
Based in Milan; stands out for its great creativity in the production of artistic, editorial and television content and operates mainly in the following business areas: television, home entertainment, cinema and licensing for consumer products.
The Disney brand has always had a strong affinity with Italian culture and in fact its perceived value in our country is one of the highest in the world.
Italians love Disney magic. This is confirmed by the very high audience figures recorded whenever a Disney film is broadcast on television and the success of the Disney brand combined with the creativity of leading Italian companies. Disney Italia is also active in the community and collaborates with schools, hospitals, museums, local organizations focusing on four areas: Community Engagement, Healthy Living; Think Creatively and Conserving Nature. Together with Medicinema and the Policlinico Gemelli of Rome; in 2016 Disney Italia inaugurated the first integrated cinema in an Italian hospital and supported with its Disney catalog. Pixar initiates "relief therapy" for hospitalized patients and their families.
The company provides support to VoluntEARS, the volunteer program in which its employees participate, which since 1983, in 42 countries, have dedicated over 7.7 million hours to this initiative. Thanks to the Disney VoluntEARS program, employees have the opportunity to donate expertise and time to bring serenity to children and families in difficulty, helping communities around the world.
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Pursuing the goal of entertaining, informing and inspiring people around the world through an unprecedented narrative power; Walt Disney Company is present in Europe; Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for over 80 years employing thousands of people in all territories and reaching the public in more than 130 countries. The iconic brands of Walt Disney Company – including Disney, Pixar, Marvel; Lucasfilm, National Geographic; FOX, FOX Sports and ESPN – involve the public in various countries in a diversified manner through cinema, TV, the web, retail trade; the Disney Stores and Disneyland Paris.
Alice in the City
Alice in the city will take place as an autonomous and parallel section of the Rome Film Festival (17-27 October 2019); presenting at the Auditorium Parco della Musica and in other cinemas of the city, a selection of absolute previews; directorial debuts and original confirmations from all over the world; betting once again on quality cinematography; with particular attention to those authors who, while working for the adult world, put themselves to the test in designing films dedicated to children; with a program that includes projections; masterclasses and meetings dedicated to the youngest, tributes and restorations with the involvement of universities and film schools.