11th Edition of Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival
On Monday, the Club of Foreign Residents of Monaco (CREM) welcomed Ezio Greggio, Founder and President of the Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival to unveil their plans for the upcoming 11th edition that will run for February 18-22, 2014 in several venues in the Principality: Theatre des Varietes, CREM and the Auditorium Rainier III. Attendance will be open to the public free of charge, so mark your calendars for some days of pure fun. The festival counts with the high patronage of HSH Prince Albert, endorsed by the Monaco Italian Embassy, and under the sponsorship of the Swiss BSI Group with their Monaco branch founded in1987, plus the support of other important partners like Ferrero, Radio Monte-Carlo, Zelos and many others.
A cast of well known personalities
The festival’s mission is to encourage comedy filmmaking as a vital and influential art form. The well known Italian film writer and director Lina Wertmuller is the President of the festival’s Artistic Committee, and the jury will be presided by the internationally acclaimed Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, three times Oscar winner (Apocalypse Now, Reds and the Last Emperor). Since its inception in 2001, the festival has evolved into a huge popular event accessible to all, ensuring those who want to get into the game have every opportunity to develop their skills. Through the years famous personalities from all over the world have participated adding to the quality and allure of this festival; Alberto Sordi, Gina Lollobrigida, Claudia Cardinale, Silvana Pampanini, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Nino Manfredi, Leslie Nielsen, Ursula Andress, Elsa Martinelli, Jean-Claude Brialy, John Landis just to name a few. Now entering the second decade Ezio Greggio promises a memorable festival not to be missed.
An invitation to laugh
Comedy allows to explore subject matters in a way that no other genre can or ever will, as it allow us to say the things our audience wishes the world would proclaim without fear. As the film festival circuit is highly exclusive and favors experimental and dramas, supporting a forum for Comedy festival paramount. The best comedy films will be screened in Monaco and there will be special events, exceptional avant premieres, and apart from the presence of French, Italian and Spanish comedies there will also be Russian films of high quality projected outside the competition. The festival will close on Saturday, February 22 with the Awards Ceremony at the Auditorium Rainier III, transmitted live by Italian Canale 5 and other channels. This star-studded event will honor the festival winners as well as the international Jury presided by Vittorio Storaro, the VIP guests as well the man of the house Ezio Greggio accompanied Elena Semikina, a Canadian actress and documentary film producer who was crowned Miss Universe Canada 2010. The celebrations will culminate with an exclusive Gala Dinner at the Hermitage Hotel.
And the winners were…
The comedy directed by Javier Ruiz Caldera entitled “Tres Bodas de Mas” (Three more weddings) received the prize for Best Film and Best Actress Imma Cuesta. While the Best Director, Best Actor and the Special Jury Prize for Photography went to the German film “Fack ju Gohte” of Bora Dagtekin. The prize for the Best Production was awarded to the Russian film “Of the Devil”. The Best Comedy of the year “Sole a Catinelle” written and interpreted by Checco Zalone and produced by Pietro Valsecchi for Taodue that will be recompensated with the prize of the Festival Ezio Greggio. The Career Prize were awarded to Vittorio Storaro and Lina Wertmuller and the Special Prizes for Carol Alt, Alessandro Siani, Neri Marcore and Arcadiy Goubovich.
As Victor Borge well said “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”
Photos courtesy of MCFFC-2014