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Los Angeles – Mario Martone to receive Career Award

Film director Mario Martone will be presented with a career award at the Italian Institute of Culture in Los Angeles as part of the 11th “Los Angeles Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest”. The festival, held under the auspices of the Italian Consulate and organised by the Capri in the World Institute with the Italian Trade Agency (ICE), will be held at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood from Feb. 21 to 27.
The institute’s director, Valeria Rumori will present the famous Italian film director with a sculpture entitled “Il Tondo”, made by Tuscan artist Mauro Staccioli. The work was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, is part of the Gori Collection – Fattoria di Celle and was displayed on the institute’s patio.
Mario Martone has directed 15 films since 1985. The first to be screened, “Morte di un matematico napoletano” (“Death of a Neapolitan mathematician”), won the Special Jury Prize at the 49th Venice Film Festival in 1992. “L’amore molesto” (“Nasty Love”) competed in the 1995 Cannes film Festival while “Noi credevamo” (“We Believed”) won several awards in Italy in 2010, and was among the films competing for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice film Festival. His latest work “Il giovane favoloso” (“Leopardi”) entered the official competition at the 71st Venice Film Festival in 2014. Martone made his debut in the theatre as a stage manager, working with the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.

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