The famous Italo American actor will receive the Ischia Film Festival recognition on June 26
[Ischia, June 14] John Turturro will be awarded the IQOS Innovation Award: the Ischia Film Festival recognition for Lifetime Achievement is issued by IQOS from 2017, to support excellence and the experimentation of new forms of filmmaking. It will be awarded to the famous actor of Italian origin on the occasion of the 15th Ischia Film Festival, on June 26.
John Turturro is one of the greatest American actors of the last 30 years. From his debut (not accredited) with Martin Scorsese in Raging Bull, Turturro shared the set with the best authors. Spike Lee gave him the lead role in Do the Right Thing. Right afterwards, the Coen brothers chose him for Miller's Crossing, starting a long history of memorable interpretations, namely the devilish bowler Jesus Quintana, in The Big Lebowski, who will soon knock down pins again in Going Places, a new film directed by Turturro himself.
There is no better place than the Festival to launch the IQOS Innovation Award, which aims to recognize the true innovators, the game changers, the personalities who reinvented themselves in their sector, who are ahead of the times. Innovation and change are some of the key values of IQOS’ philosophy. IQOS produces a groundbreaking technology that heats tobacco instead of burning it, thanks to which Philip Morris International is revolutionizing at a global level a traditional sector that remained unchanged for centuries.
Ischia Film Festival already awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award, now IQOS Innovation Award, to the Oscar laureate and set designer of the James Bond saga Ken Adam, to the Master of lighting Vittorio Storaro, to extraordinary filmmakers as Abel Ferrara, Amos Gitai and Margarethe Von Trotta, to great Italian authors of the caliber of Giuliano Montaldo and Pupi Avati and to the late Pasquale Squitieri, to whose memory, this year, the festival dedicates a deserved retrospective.
John Turturro has just turned 60 and he doesn’t have time to rest. Last year he embraced a new television adventure with an extraordinary series, The Night of, in the role of the lawyer John Stone, gaining his second nomination for the Golden Globe lifetime achievement award, after the one for Quiz Show by Robert Redford. This New Yorker from Brooklin never lacked recognition. He was celebrated in Cannes for his interpretation and his direction of the film Barton Fink, where he was awarded the Caméra d'Or for the best debut film, Mac, in 1992.
John Turturro is a complete artist: he is also a musician, a singer and a dancer. He is passionate about Italy and above all Napoli, that he celebrated in his documentary Passione, a love declaration to the city and its music tradition. It is thus natural that the paths of Turturro and Ischia Film Festival cross. It will happen during the evening of June 26, when the actor and director, with the festival artistic directors Michelangelo Messina and Boris Sollazzo, will meet the festival audience at the Assunta Cathedral in the Aragonese Castle. After the conversation, the documentary Passione will be screened to celebrate the relationship between Turturro and Italy, that reached its highest point at the collaboration with Nanni Moretti in My mother. The homage to John Turturro will be completed with Romance and Cigarettes, a musical romantic comedy film that features Kate Winslet and the late James Gandolfini, and a surprise that will be announced soon.
The event is part of the tight schedule of Ischia Film Festival, the only international film exhibition devoted to locations. In 2017, more than 90 works from 4 continents will be screened, there will be 4 international competition sections (feature films, documentaries, short films and Denied Location with documentaries and short films), 3 side sections out of competition, presenting the best of Italian and international cinema of the last cinematographic season, and many rerospectives/prospectives, including one dedicated to television seriality and to the role of Sky in the innovation of the cinematographic narration on the small screen. Overall, nearly 7,000 minutes of projection are scheduled and thousands of people are expected during the seven days of festival – from June 24 to July 1 – with 5 open air theaters in the wonderful venues of the Aragonese Castle.
Ischia Film Festival 2017 is supported by MiBACT – Cinema General Direction, SIAE and Campania Region, with the contribution of Philip Morris Italia and Bayer.