ISCHIA FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GEORGE CLOONEY FOR “THE AMERICAN”
Foreign Award goes to the movie shot in Abruzzo
Ischia Film Festival gave the Foreign Award to the movie “The American”, directed by Anton Corbijn and played by George Clooney. Shot in Abruzzo and freely inspired by the novel of Martin Booth “A Very Private Gentleman”, the movie tells the story of a cunning murderer who, after the tragic end of a job in Sweden, decides to give up his life of crime and move to a village in the middle of Italy.
The chosen settings are mainly Abruzzo, at Castel del Monte, Castelvecchio Calvisio, Calascio and Sulmona.
Clooney expressed his wish to shoot in the Aquila province to help the region after the terrible earthquake in April 2009. The Foreign Award is given annually to foreign movies (in production or post-production) that have paid tribute to the Italian territory and the “Italian product” as well as the Italian culture and landscapes. The award is granted in cooperation with APE, (Association of Executive Producers), demonstrating the important link between cinema and territory in the production. In previous editions of the Festival, the Foreign Award was granted to “The Passion” by Mel Gibson, “Angels and demons” by Ron Howard, “The life aquatic of Steve Zissou” by Wes Anderson and “007 Casinò Royale” by Martin Campbell.