The Italian Almanac

George Clooney

Italian Movies - October 6

Italy lover and part-time resident George Clooney will be honored at an Italian film festival in Los Angeles. Clooney, who spends much of the year at his villa on Lake Como and has been fulsome in his praise of Italy's "laid-back" lifestyle, will receive an award for supporting Italian movie-making.

The Cinema Italian Style Festival, which runs from October 6 to 16, will showcase established directors like Gabriele Salvatores, Pupi Avati and Giovanni Veronesi along with directors who have yet to find an American audience, such as Roberto Faenza and Giuseppe Piccioni.

It will also include classics of Italian Cinema, like Vittorio De Sica s Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni and De Sica's Neorealist milestone Shoeshine. An unexpected bonus for aficionados of Italian cinema will be Michelangelo Antonioni's lost documentary on modern China, Chung Kuo-China (1972).

The fest, now in its second year, opens with Veronesi's comedy Manual of Love, No.1 at the Italian box office this year, and winds up with Avati's jazz-themed So When Are The Girls Coming?. Cristina Comencini's drama Don't Tell, Marco Tullio Giordana's immigration-themed Once You Are Born and Academy Award-winner Salvatores' off-beat thriller Quo Vadis Baby? are expected to be top draws.