Heartthrob actor Raoul Bova received award & Bogdanovich got ovation after movie premiere at Monte-Carlo Film Festival

Raoul Bova from sex symbol to respected actor

Italian actor Raoul Bova received a double prize on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, from the hands of Ezio Greggio, president of the Monte-Carlo Film Festival dedicated to Comedy. The actor received a career award, as well as a plaque from the Italian Embassy in the Principality, for contributing to enhancing the image of Italian cinema around the world.

“I really wanted to come to Monte-Carlo, where we believe to be on a real Hollywood set. I am very happy because after many years of interpreting comedy, a genre that is never taken into account, and that now thanks to this festival plays a more important role than before,” explained Raoul Bova, before talking exclusively about his future projects. He will be the protagonist of a film by Michele Placido, entitled “La Scelta” (The choice), alongside Ambra Angiolini, a beautiful love story, inspired on “L’Innesto” (The Grafting) of Luigi Pirandello. “Working with Placido was a real honor and a pleasure, he offers such suggestions and emotions, that are worth gold and that I will remember all my life”, concluded the actor.

Raoul Bova’s first role was in “Una Storia Italiana” (An Italian Story), a TV movie, and his debut in cinema was in “Piccolo grande Amore” by Carlo Vanzina, soon becoming a sex symbol. You may remember him in the film “Under the Tuscan Sun” as Diane Lane’s Italian lover. To be taken seriously he started to play in more complex movies, until Italian-Turkish director, Ferzan Ozpetek, offer him the role of Lorenzo in “Facing Windows”, where he portrays a complicated and introverted personage, that brought the respect he so much wanted.

Under the Tuscan Sun – 2003 – A writer (Diane Lane) impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.

Facing Windows – 2004 – An unhappily married woman (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) befriends an old man and spies on a handsome neighbor (Raoul Bova).

Legendary Peter Bogdanovich

Peter Bogdanovich got a standing ovation for the projection in avant-premiere in Europe of his latest movie “She’s funny that way”, on Tuesday, February 24, at the Theatre des Varietes. It Is an good-humoured film with a spectacular cast: Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Quentin Tarantino. At times ironic, the ingenious filmmaker responded to questions from the public, revealing the fragility of Audrey Hepburn, and recounting amusing anecdotes lived with Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, James Stewart and Roger Corman. His comment on the future of American cinema was rather negative: “A disaster, considering that sequels, cartoons, and  super heroes are in fashion.” 

The movie legend hosted an unforgettable cinema Master Class at the Theatre des Varietes in Monaco on Wednesday, February 25, that was really well received by the public. What a privilege to learn the tricks of the trade from this movie legend, who had a long and prolific career in Hollywood as a director, producer, film historian and critic.

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