ITALIAN MOVIE AWARD International Film Festival | X Edition | New York Awards Ceremony
December 10th 7:00 pm | The Paley Center For Media | 25 W 52nd St. Manhattan, New York, NY 10019 USA
New York, December 14th 2018
The long journey of the ITALIAN MOVIE AWARD International Film Festival ended yesterday in New York, in the prestigious The Paley Center For Media in Manhattan.
Many guests and important actors from Italy were expected and the final result went well beyond expectations. Little considered by the Italian institutions of the big apple, the young director Carlo Fumo was able to organize an event in style: in the name of culture and aimed at the diffusion of Italian cinema abroad. Italian Movie Award aims to become the most important Italian film festival abroad. President Carlo Fumo is convinced that he chose “The Future” as the theme of the 2018 edition, remembering how the first edition was organized in a small town in the inland of Irpinia, in the province of Salerno. That village is called Valva and in its territory there is not even a cinema.
“We started from an unknown place for love and passion for the cinema, after five years we arrived in a historic city like Pompeii and now we celebrate the tenth year in the heart of the big apple.This is the demonstration that if you work with humility you can achieve great results, they tried to stop us in many ways, even here in NYC, but all this strengthens us.The falls have taught us to get up again and the future is on our side, because we are young and the history of this festival, the extraordinary result of this evening are the testimony that everyone can make it “.
The evening, conducted by the very nice Diana del Bufalo and the irreverent Luca Abete, was full of great cinema. Very long applause from the public during the moments in memory of Ennio Fantastichini and Bernardo Bertolucci. Among the many names that took place on stage the one by the director Paolo Genovese, awarded the “Radici” award, who told his New York adventures during the filming of some scenes of the film “Tutta Colpa di Freud” and the victory at the Tribeca Film Fest with “Perfect Unknowns”. Genovese has also unveiled that his next film will be shot entirely in New York. Important “Best Tv Series” award for the TV series of Sky “Gomorra”, withdrawn for the occasion by the protagonist Salvatore Esposito, who told of the American films that inspired the famous phrases of Gomorrah and his personal dream of shooting soon a Hollywood movie. Recognition also for the actress Francesca Chillemi, who said she had recently moved to New York anticipating her future projects. The awards for “Best Actors” and “Best Actress” 2018 were awarded to Carolina Crescentini for the film “A Casa Tutti Bene” and Alessandro Borghi for the extraordinary performance of Stefano Cucchi in the film “Sulla Mia Pelle”. The moment of the evening was very exciting when the President Carlo Fumo announced the Award for the “Best Italian Film Abroad” 2018. The most important recognition of the Festival went to “Dogman” by Matteo Garrone. Among the candidates “A Casa Tutti Bene” by Gabriele Muccino, “Ammore and Malavita” by Manetti Bros, “Lazzaro Felice” by Alice Rohrwacher and “Forgive Us Our Debts” by Antonio Morabito. The “Best Short 2018″ Prize was awarded to “Bismillah” by Alessandro Grande, winner of the David di Donatello. “Best Doc 2018″ Award for “Hilter Contro Picasso and the others” by Claudio Poli with Tony Servillo as narrator in a Nexo Digital production in collaboration with SkyArteHD, and the “Best Indie 2018″ award that awards the best Italian independent film productions , assigned to the Roman Sunshine Production Present the producer Bruno Frustaci who brought the greetings of Giorgio Tirabassi previewing the trailer of his first work “The Big Jump” expected on the big screen in 2019.
An important moment was the intervention during the evening of the Ophthalmologist Mina Massaro Giordano, representing the H.H.R.O. of Philadelphia, led by Dr. Prof. Antonio Giordano for 5 years Honorary President of the Italian Movie Award. Massaro Giordano recalled the partnership with the festival and how together they are developing a futuristic scientific research, aimed at developing “Virtual Reality” for the improvement of the conditions of patients affected by some forms of cancer and degenerative diseases. The event was a great success, witnessed by the very full hall and by significant presences among the Italian-Americans present in New York.