Cagliari. Forte Village, Filming Italy Sardegna Festival 2nd edition 13th – 16th June 2019

It was presented today in Cannes by Tiziana Rocca in the presence of Eva Longoria who will open the Festival on June 13th together with Maria Giuseppina Troccoli, director of the Cinema and Audiovisual section of the MiBAC Cinema Direction, Chiara Sbarigia APA General Manager, Roberto Stabile, Head ANICA International Department, Steven Gaydos, Executive Vice President, Variety Executive Editor, Guglielmo Marchetti, President and AD Notorious Pictures and Giorgio Viaro, Best Movie Director, the 2nd edition of Filming Italy Sardegna Festival directed by Tiziana Rocca, to be held from 13 to June 16 at Forte Village and at the UCI Cinemas of Cagliari. At the presentation also Annabelle Belmondo and Catrinel Marlon respectively godmother of opening and closing of Filming Italy Sardegna Festival and Madalina Ghenea godmother of the evening of solidarity.

"A second edition in the sign of doubling and sustainability. Double the halls, with the Crystal Cinema and the large Arena of Forte Village open to all for free. The films on the program multiply with a schedule of about 30 titles in a selection that also includes 5 works chosen by Variety, in the Festival's artistic committee – emphasizes Tiziana Rocca -.

Because we want to offer the public of Filming Italy Sardegna Festival, especially the one of young people, films in preview but also documentaries, short films and TV series with the aim of bringing the new generations ever closer to the big screen.

We will open with a great author like Brian De Palma and his "Domino" and for the previews dedicated to the TV series we will also have that of an episode of the series "Hunt for the thief", the new TV series in 10 episodes, produced on a world scale from Viacom International Media Networks Southern and Western Europe, Middle East and Africa and Viacom International Studios Latin America.

In this edition we also wanted sustainable development as a common thread to counter the unconditional exploitation of environmental resources. We believe that the entertainment world can also help support a cause of such vital importance.

It will therefore be an ecological and zero-impact Festival with a green carpet and many other surprises. Also the Awards realized by Maestro Gerardo Sacco will be in a special edition with eco-sustainable materials ".

The opening film of the Festival and the Italian premiere will be Domino directed by Brian De Palma, partly shot in Sardinia, with actors such as Nicolaj Coster-Waldau and Carice Van Houten (both protagonists of Game Of Thrones).

Domino will be released in Italian theaters on June 27th distributed by Eagle Pictures and follows the story of Christian (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau), a cop from Copenhagen who, in a world devastated by terror and suspicion, seeks justice for the murder of his colleague for hand of Imran, an ISIS soldier.

The event, dedicated to Cinema and Television, conceived and produced by Tiziana Rocca this year will again take place in collaboration with APA, the Audiovisual Producers Association chaired by Giancarlo Leone and with the general direction of Chiara Sbarigia with the support of Forte Village and in collaboration with UCI Cinemas and with the Patronage of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, the Municipality of Cagliari, ANICA and the Costa Smeralda Consortium.

Many people present in Sardinia during the 2019 edition and among the first names announced in Cannes stand out those of Francesca Archibugi, Paola Cortellesi, Claudia Gerini, Riccardo Milani, Madalina Ghenea who will be the godmother of the solidarity evening scheduled for June 15th.

Among the internationals, Eva Longoria will inaugurate the event on June 13 in Forte Village. Longoria became popular with Desperate Housewives and is currently involved in the pre-production of her debut behind the camera with the 24-7 comedy she performed and also produced with Paul Feig and we will soon see her in Dora and the lost city of James Bobin a family that in the cast together with the actress sees the presence of Benicio Del Toro, Michael Peña; in the dramatic Sylvie by Eugene Ashe; and in Jamie Foxx's All-Star Weekend comedy again with Benicio del Toro and with Gerard Butler and Robert Downey Jr ..

Two panels will be presented in collaboration with APA, DG Cinema MiBAC, Italy for Movies, ANAC, ANICA, ANEC, ITA: "MOVIEMENT: CINEMA IS NOT HOLIDAY" and "THE APPEAL OF THE ITALIAN AUDIOVISUAL PRODUCT IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET" to which the major Italian and international producers and broadcasters will participate.

"Our idea is to be one of the supporters of the newborn Moviement that aims to bring the audience to the theater 12 months a year – says Tiziana Rocca -. Through our Festival we would like to promote and present what will be the films of the summer season through the festival audience. Not only cinema but also TV series and moments of reflection on the Italian audiovisual industry with producers and institutions ".

"It is a sincere and sincere pleasure to extend to all present my personal and Sardinian greetings that I represent on the occasion of such a prestigious and important event as the Cannes Film Festival.

As President of the Region I express my warmest congratulations for having succeeded in bringing to Sardinia an important event of cinema, culture, art and entertainment, which will involve young people, and I also hope the territories of the interior, promoting our Island internationally and in particular in European and overseas markets. I am sure that the great personalities and the representatives of the cinematographic Majors will be able, during their stay in Sardinia, to visit some symbolic places of our land as, among all, the nuragic palace of Barumini and the Museum of Cabras where the Giants of Mont'e Prama.

Our wonderful region can manifest itself to the stars and the experts in all its extraordinary beauty and charm, and the traditional hospitality of Sardinian citizens will make the stay of the artists, organizers and journalists even more pleasant and full of memories that will remain indelible in memory ". Thus the greeting of Christian Solinas, President of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia

"We are extremely proud to host and support, for the second time, the Filming Italy Sardegna Festival, which will bring in South Sardinia and in our resort film premieres, film festivals and TV series, in the presence of the big movie stars. – underlines Lorenzo Giannuzzi CEO and General Manager of Forte Village -.

We strongly believe that culture and entertainment are fundamental tourist attraction elements, able to stimulate important synergies and international collaborations and we are sure that this important event will contribute to promoting, in the world, the enchanting beauty of Forte Village and this wonderful corner of Sardinia.

A heartfelt thanks goes to Tiziana Rocca, for having conceived and carried out this very important project, which in just two years is becoming more and more established as an unmissable appointment with the extraordinary world of cinema and television and to the Sardinia Region for the precious support granted ".

Next to the screenings of films and TV series there will be sections: CONVERSATION CON which includes meetings with Festival guests who will dialogue with the public and the press; NANNI LOY AWARD designed by Antonello Sarno that pays tribute to one of the greatest talents of our cinema and among the great innovators of television; CHARITY the section dedicated to a charity operating in the social field; ACCADEMIA CINEMA, the section dedicated to young students who this year can count on the presence of as many as 300 children coordinated by Professor Massimo Arcangeli, Professor of Italian Linguistics at the University of Cagliari. The University of Cagliari, the Convitto Nazionale of Cagliari with the Liceo Ginnasio G.M. Dettori and the association "La Parola che non muore" contribute to the overall project with a series of initiatives. Godmother of the Academy is Anna Safroncik.

From this year NOTORIOUS PROJECT will be presented at the Festival: a competition to discover the new talents of Italian cinema. Notorious Pictures S.p.A., with the partnership of Filming Italy Sardegna Festival and Best Movie, and with the recognition of the General Directorate for Cinema of the MiBAC, kicked off a project aimed at favoring the emergence of young talents of Italian cinema. The winner of the NOTORIOUS SHORT short film section is Tiziano Russo director of the short film “The forbidden man” announced today at Cannes. The award ceremony for the winners of the three sections SHORT, SCRIPT and STORY will take place during the festival in the presence of the director and screenwriter Massimiliano Bruno, as a juror.

On the occasion of the presentation event in Cannes, Werner Herzog was awarded the "Filming Italy Award Cannes", the award given during the most important international festivals to personalities from the world of culture and entertainment. "The Filming Italy Award was born 5 years ago with the aim of promoting Italian and international cinema in Italy and abroad by bringing different cultures into contact – underlines Tiziana Rocca, creator of the Award and Festival -. We are very honored to deliver it to Werner Herzog, one of the greatest exponents of the New German Cinema and the author of memorable works such as "Aguirre, furore di Dio" or "The enigma of Kaspar Hauser" which received the Grand Prize at Cannes in 1974 of the Jury and “Fitzcarraldo” which in 1982 won the Best Director Award at the French festival ”.

The guests of the first edition: Cristina Comencini, Paola Cortellesi, Stella Egypt, Sarah Ferguson, Joanne Froggatt, Paolo Genovese, Josh Hartnett, Sylvia Hoeks, Veronika Logan, Riccardo Milani, Paola Minaccioni, Gabriele Muccino, Violante Placido, Ella Purnell, Rodrigo Santoro , Marisa Tomei, Nat Wolff.

The Filming Italy Sardegna Festival enjoys the patronage of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia; of the Municipality of Cagliari, of the Costa Smeralda Consortium and of the United States Embassy in Italy
Institutional Partners: ANICA, Luce Cinecittà, General Directorate for Cinema of the MiBAC, University of Cagliari, Ass. La Parola which does not die.

Media Partners:, Best Movie, FRED Fim Radio, Rai Cinema Channel, Supercinema, Variety.
In Partnership with Alitalia, Damilano.
Sparkling Partner: Ferrari
Technical sponsors: Crystal Couture

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