Newly minted greatest actor Oscar winner Brendan Fraser is headed to the Gulf of Naples, Italy, for the Ischia International Movie & Music Competition, the place he will likely be honored as International Actor of the Yr, the fest introduced on Saturday.
“We’re proud to welcome to Ischia Brendan Fraser, an ideal artist and man who symbolizes rebirth and redemption,” competition founder and producer Pascal Vicedomini mentioned in an announcement.
Fraser, who garnered career-best critiques final yr for The Whale and is related to one other awards hopeful this yr, Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, will likely be feted on July 15.
On that very same date, the fest will current Rob Marshall, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker most just lately behind this yr’s live-action model of The Little Mermaid, with its Luchino Visconti Legend Award. Diane Warren, the hit-machine songwriter who collected an honorary Oscar final yr and hopes to lastly be awarded a aggressive this season for her Flamin’ Scorching tune ‘The Hearth Inside,’ will obtain the William Walton Legend Award. (The enduring music producer Clive Davis will likely be current the latter honor.)
Different notables who will likely be on the bottom on the fest: administrators Bille August, Catherine Hardwicke and Michael Radford; actors Christopher Abbott, Clara McGregor, Tim Blake Nelson, Lewis Pullman, Tye Sheridan and Alex Wolff; producers Avi Lerner and John Lesher; writers Bobby Moresco and Nick Vallelonga; singer Sofia Carson, who carried out Warren’s nominated tune “Applause” on the Oscars earlier this yr; and lots of Italian artists.
The occasion’s twenty first version will run July 9-16 and will likely be ceremonially presided over by filmmaker Jim Sheridan, producer/activist Trudie Styler and singer/songwriter Tony Renis, all veterans of the fest. It would additionally function screenings (some 2 hundred titles, free to the general public, together with the opening night time world premiere of the revenge-thriller Double Soul, the final movie of the late actor Julian Sands); grasp lessons (together with one taught by performing coach Bernard Hiller); and panel discussions (on topics just like the impression of synthetic intelligence on tradition).