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Rome Film Festival 2023: lifetime achievement awards to Isabella Rossellini and Shigeru Umebayashi

Rome Film Festival 2023: lifetime achievement awards to Isabella Rossellini and Shigeru Umebayashi

While waiting for the complete official program of the eighteenth edition of the event to be announced, the names of the recipients of the lifetime achievement awards have been revealed. Here are all the details.

There are two i’s Lifetime Achievement Awards which will be assigned during the eighteenth edition of the Rome Film Festival: they will go to Isabella Rossellini and to the Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi.
This was announced by the Artistic Director of the Festival Paola Malanga con Gian Luca FarinelliPresident of the Cinema per Roma Foundation, e Francesca ViaGeneral Director.
The Rome Film Festival 2023 will take place from 18 to 29 October 2023 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone.
Here’s what the official press release says:

Isabella Rossellini is a multifaceted and non-conformist artist, daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini: the Festival will celebrate her creative talent through a meeting with the public and a retrospective of works in which she has been the protagonist as a filmmaker, screenwriter and actress of extraordinary value. Alongside some successes as world-famous performers (from Blue Velvet by David Lynch to Death Becomes Her by Robert Zemeckis to The Chimera by Alice Rohrwacher), the public will be able to discover or rediscover the series she directed about the world of animals (Green Porno, Seduce Me and Mammas), which combine brilliant irony and scientific rigour; admire the documentary My Dad Is 100 Years Old by Guy Maddin, which she wrote and starred in to celebrate the centenary of the birth of her father; see her debut on television again in Renzo Arbore’s “L’altra Domenica”. Her works on the program also include Stromboli (Land of God) by Roberto Rossellini, the director’s first film shot with Ingrid Bergman, and Autumn Symphony by Ingmar Bergman, the last film starring Bergman. The Festival will also present A Season with Isabella Rossellini by Marian Lacombe, a documentary set between the set of The Chimera and Mama Farm, the regenerative agriculture company that Isabella Rossellini founded in 2013 in New York State and has been running for ten years with passionate determination.

Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi is the author of some of the most iconic soundtracks in the history of world cinema. His work, which sits at the confluence of Eastern and Western music, is unique, vibrant and intense. Thanks to an original and absolutely recognizable style, Shigeru Umebayashi collaborates, among others, with extraordinary filmmakers such as Wong Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love, 2046, The Grandmaster), Zhāng Yìmóu (The Forest of Flying Daggers, The Forbidden City ) and Yuen Woo-ping (True Legend, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny). A much loved author internationally, Umebayashi has also worked on the films A Single Man by Tom Ford, Hannibal Lecter – The Origins of Evil by Peter Webber and, in Italy, with Roberta Torre (Black Sea) and Marco Simon Puccioni (Like the Wind ).
Shigeru Umebayashi will be the protagonist of a meeting with the public; spectators at the Film Fest will also be able to rediscover some cult films such as In the Mood for Love.

In recent days it had also been widespread the official image of the 2023 Film Festivalwhich we propose below and which is a great tribute Anna Magnani, one of the greatest and most beloved actresses of Italian and international cinema, who passed away fifty years ago. The image shows her smiling and surrounded by photographers during the press conference held in 1956 after winning the Oscar® for her extraordinary performance in the film The tattooed rose in Daniel Mann. Anna Magnani, who shows the camera a handkerchief on which a rose is depicted, was the first Italian actress to obtain the prestigious recognition awarded by the Academy. The Rome Film Festival thus remembers a strong, determined and fascinating woman, an unforgettable symbol of our cinema in the world.