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Ischia Film Festival: John Turturro among Eduardo, Berlusconi, Transformers and Elena Ferrante

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The actor and filmmaker, IQOS Innovation Award of this edition, of this love to Naples and the comeback of the mythical bowling player Jesus Quintana


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[Ischia, 26th June 2017] At the 15th edition of Ischia Film Festival is John Turturro’s day. The “must have” actor of Coen brothers and Spike Lee tonight will receive, from the hands of the artistic directors Michelangelo Messina and Boris Sollazzo, the IQOS Innovation Award, while the public will enjoy a nice chat between the American actor and filmmaker and the movie critic and journalist Gianni Canova. A repetition of the amazing meeting of Turturro with the press of this morning, in which he traveled through part of its career, but he has, especially, revealed what are the plans for the future, in the spirit of IQOS Innovation Award, that more than a prize to the career is a prize for an approaching future.

Actually, there is a lot in the future of John Turturro, starting from a project very entrained by the actor. “Some years ago I spent lot of time working hard for an adaption of Questi Fantasmi by Eduardo De Filippo, an artist that I truly admire. I had to put it aside for a period but now it is taking shape again. I already have some fixed tasks to do, but this is a movie that may happen soon, also because I think it is a present story.” Another bond with Naples, city that Turturro celebrated in its movie Passione, presented tonight to the public of Ischia Film Festival. “I don’t think I’m an expert of Naples, but there’s something I got. It’s a special location, full of talented people, and I find it great that Naples culture is celebrated around the world thanks to the HBO transposition and production of the four romances by Elena Ferrante, which I read and appreciated”. Naples is mentioned by Turturro also when talking about Italian cinema. “I watched in New York Indivisibili byEdoardo De Angelis, I found it to be a wonderful movie and I would love to work with the two main actress, outstanding. I love also Paolo Sorrentino, Matteo Garrone, of course I would be pleased to shoot a movie with them, as well as it would be great to act together with Toni Servillo”.

A question on the political situation in the United States couldn’t be missed, and here again Turturro does not forget Italy. “Trump’s victory is driven by many factors, but one of the strongest motivation I strongly believe is to be attributed to the success of reality tv, and in Italy you know what I mean, given that one of our previous prime minister has used the same methods of showman”.

Coming back to cinema, in the next film he will direct, Turturro will also play the role of the character made famous by the Coen brother in The Big Lebowsky: the bowler Jesus Quintana. “Actually he’s a character that already existed and I created it for a comedy. I finally manage to reacquire the rights, it was really difficult, and I put it in a completely different story. The film is a remake of Going Places and is about how men can be stupid with women. Besides me, the film stars are Bobby Cannavale, Susan Sarandon, Audrey Tatou, Sonia Braga and Christopher Walken as a cameo. The film is finished and its premiere will probably be at the Venice International Film Festival”

John Turturro is also one of the character of the fifth episode of Transformers, bestselling in the weekend in Italy. At the question why taking part of this chapter of the saga, the actor has pragmatically answered: “I have a family, and with Transformers I can afford to shoot the small movies I love”.

Ischia Film Festival 2017 is supported by MiBACT – General Direction for Cinema, SIAE and Campania region, with the contribution of Philip Morris Italia and Bayer Italia.Thanks also to our technical sponsors: B:rent, Alilauro, MedMar, Cantine Antonio Mazzella, Negombo Poseidon, Ambrosino, Ceramiche Mennella, Euro Test Service, Carlone.



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