Movie NIGHTLIFE by Simon Verhoeven hoards Awards at the 17th Monte-Carlo Film Festival of Comedy

The Awards Ceremony took place on Saturday 10th October

The 17th edition of the Monte-Carlo Film Festival of Comedy, the prestigious kermesse dedicated to comedy, conceived and directed by Ezio Greggio, ends on Saturday, October 10th, with a big success and always following the security anti-Covid measures.

The jury, led by the two times Academy Award winner Nick Vallelonga and composed by the eclectic Sabrina Impacciatore, the Dutch actress Lotte Verbeek and the talented Spanish actress Maggie Civantos, has chosen the Palmares. 

The German Nightlife by Simon Verhoeven has won the awards as best movie, best direction, the public award and the special mention for the cast ensemble. The movie narrates the story of the bartender Milo who meets the woman of his dreams Sunny in a fateful moment and arranges to go on a date. Everything seems to be running smoothly, but when Milo‘s chaotic friend Renzo turns up, the romantic evening escalates into an absolutely mad chase through Berlin‘s nightlife pursued by some underworld thugs. However, nothing will shake Milo and Sunny‘s love if they can survive this date.

Best actress Candelá Pena for the movie La Boda de Rosa directed by Icìar Bollain for her extraordinary performance of a woman about to turn 45 who realizes that she’s always lived her life to serve everyone else. So she decides to leave it all behind and take charge of her life and fulfil her dream of starting her own business. 

The award for best actor goes to Nando Paone for Il ladro di Cardellini by Carlo Luglio. In the movie he plays Pasquale Cardinale, an elder ranger, who spends his days between alcohol and video poker in the Campania countryside. To settle the debts he organizes a scam of 200 white pure goldfinches, replacing them with common ones, but it will not end as expected.

The award for best short film goes to the French Cash Stash by Enya Baroux & Martin Darondeau.

Special Awards at the evening Gala at the Grimaldi Forum directed by Ezio Greggio: the Monte-Carlo Film Festival Award to Maggie Civantos, Sabrina Impacciatore and Andrea Morricone, to the French film director Patrice Leconte goes the Career Award, the Award as Future Leader Under 30 goes to the italian actor Alessio Lapice and another great Italian actor, Nino Frassica, wins the King of Comedy Award. This year the Legend Award goes to the president of the jury Nick Vallelonga.

The Monte-Carlo Film Festival of Comedy, in collaboration with EFG Bank ( Monaco), has always been held under the High Patronage of S.A.S. Prince Albert II de Monaco and of the Italian Embassy. Radio Monte Carlo is the Festival’s official radio. Marlú is media partner.

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“The show must go on, cinema is alive, let’s get back to cinema”, this is the message launched from Monte-Carlo Film Festival of Comedy

The prestigious Cinematographic Festival  conceived and directed by EZIO GREGGIO. President of the jury the two times winner of the Academy Award director NICK VALLELONGA with SABRINA IMPACCIATORE, MAGGIE CIVANTOS, LOTTE VERBEEK

The 17th edition of the Monte-Carlo Film Festival of Comedy, the cinematographic kermesse conceived and directed by Ezio Greggio, started on monda 5th october, in the total respect of all the security measures, with “Un Triomphe”, a movie, out of competition, directed by Emmanuel Courcol. 

During the press conference held on tuesday october 6th at Monte-Carlo Fairmont Hotel in the presence Ezio Greggio and the entire jury it has been launched the omen to start to laugh together again, emphasizing the importance of smiling and sharing. The imperative is to respect the rules in order to be able to finally stay together again. “The Show must go on! I wish to launch a call to all the world authorities to find a solution to let people go to cinemas” declared the creator and director of the Kermesse  Ezio Greggio.  The President of the Jury Nick Vallelonga also affirmed “After so many months in isolation we need to go back to life and recreate aggregation respecting all the security rules.”.

The jury will attend a lot of screenings of Italian, French and international movies in competition and for the first time this year the jury will judge also auteur short films in run for the Short Comedy Award. One of the most awaited films to be watched is the World Premiere of “The Comeback Trail” directed by George Gallo with Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, Zach Braff e Kate Katzman who will be host at the festival. 

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The jury of 17th Monte-Carlo Film Festival

President of the jury the worldwide renowned director Nick Vallelonga with Sabrina Impacciatore, Nastassja Kinski, Maggie Civantos, Lotte Verbeek. From the 5th to the 10th of October at Grimaldi Forum Monaco

A jury with a prevalence of women this year for the 17th edition of the Montecarlo Film Festival of Comedy, the prestigious event conceived and directed by Ezio Greggio which will be held from the 5th to the 10th of October at the headquarters of the Grimaldi Forum of the Principality of Monaco.

The personalities named to take part to the Jury of the 17th edition of one of the most important festivals dedicated exclusively to comedy, along with the President, the 2 times Academy Award winner Nick Vallelonga (“Green Book”, “Kingdom of the Blind”, “The Man with One eye is King”, “Choker e Stiletto”), are the talented Sabrina Impacciatore ( “A casa tutti bene”, “La passione di Cristo”,“L’Ultimo Bacio”), the eclectic Maggie Civantos ( “Vis a Vis”, “Le ragazze del Centralino”) and the Dutch actress winner of the Pardo D’Oro Award as best actress Lotte Verbeek (“Nothing Personal”,“I Borgia”, “Outlander”, “Blacklist”).

Meanwhile the first part of the competition of the Festival of Comedy of Monte Carlo, one of the most important festivals dedicated exclusively to comedy which has obtained an increasing success worldwide with public and critics has been completed: in the short films section have been selected 5 auteur short films on the Filmfreeway platform, now in the shortlist to win the Short Comedy Award which will reward the best short film. 

The finalist titles are : Snake Oil directed by Remy Archer (UK),That no one knows directed by Martin Guggisberg (Switzerland), The Line directed by Tim Butcher (UK), Cash Stash directed by Martin Darondeau and Enya Baroux (France),Green Lake directed by Emanuele Daga (USA).

Ezio Greggio, “We are proud of having a womanly Jury this year along with the President Nick Vallelonga, who I appreciate a lot. The new edition of the festival will be held in the full respect of the rules for the Covid emergency control which is unfortunately still running, but we are sure that this year the festival even if a little different will be a special edition“. 

The event, in collaboration with EFG Bank ( Monaco), has always been held under the High Patronage of S.A.S. Prince Albert II de Monaco and of the Italian Embassy. Radio Monte Carlo is the official radio of the Festival which thanks Ezio Greggio’s commitment and the pitied Maestro Mario Monicelli (co-founder of the Festival), has evaluated comedy even in other international festivals such as Cannes, Rome and Venice.

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The 17th edition of the Monte Carlo FIlm Festival de la Comédie, conceived and directed by Ezio Greggio, was scheduled from 20 to 25 July, but was postponed to 5-10 October, always at the Grimaldi Forum of the Principality of Monaco, to ensure fully conducting it safely.

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President of the jury of the 17th edition confirms Nick Vallelonga twice an Oscar award for the film “Green Book”, actor, screenwriter, producer and director also of “Kingdom of the Blind”, “The Man with One Eye is King”, ” Choker and Stiletto “. This year, moreover, the Monte Carlo Comedy Festival considered among the most important and significant film festivals exclusively dedicated to comedy and which over the years has gained increasing success from audiences and critics worldwide, is renewed by introducing a new section entirely dedicated to short films. It will be called Short Comedy Award and is reserved for directors, actors, producers who make short film comedies. All information and registration are accessible through “Filmfreeway”, one of the largest international festival sites.

Ezio Greggio says: “The 17th edition is officially postponed from 5 to 10 October, in compliance with the rules for limiting the emergency still in progress, since we are confident and hopeful that for those dates we can guarantee the conduct of the Festival. In addition, this year, given that in July there are no conditions for a normal festival, in short, we are going for a long time, so I decided to add the “short films”. We add a competition entirely dedicated to them, commonly called “shorts”, with a prize for the Best Film that will participate in this section. There will be a selection committee which includes directors, actors, professional festival selectors, journalists. The last 5 films will be seen by the official Jury of the Festival which will decide the winner ”.

The event, in collaboration with EFG Bank (Monaco), has always taken place under the High Patronage of S.A.S. Prince Albert II of Monaco and the Embassy of Italy.

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The 17th edition of the Monte-Carlo Film Festival de la Comédie, created and directed by Ezio Greggio, initially scheduled from April 20 to 25 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, ensures a postponement of the dates from July 20 to 25 due to the world’s health emergency.

Nick Vallelonga and Ezio Greggio

President of the jury for the 17th edition will be Nick Vallelonga, winner of two Oscar for the film “Green Book”, actor, screenwriter, producer and director of “Kingdom of the Blind”, “The Man with One Eye is King”, ” Choker and Stiletto “.

The Monte-Carlo Film Festival is considered one of the most important and significant film festivals devoted to comedy. Over the years, it has enjoyed increasing success with audiences and critics around the world.

Ezio Greggio says: “We are living in a very delicate moment of our existence, fighting a real war against the Covid-19 and it is by staying united that we will be able to start again stronger than ever, and it is in this optic that we work at our Festival. “

The event, in collaboration with EFG Bank (Monaco), has always been organized under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and the Embassy of Italy.

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For the public, it will be a new and unique experience, to live for more than 90 minutes without interruption and without animals.

TILT is an extraordinary contemporary circus show, to which are added music, dance and theater. All freely inspired by the hit movie Ready Player One by Steven Spielberg.

Artistic director of the show is a world star: Anatoliy Zalevskyy. Considered a living legend of the free-body acrobatic discipline, acclaimed around the world also with Cirque du Soleil and winner of the coveted Golden Clown at the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo, he will also perform on stage in his famous White Act.

The performers of TILT are 24 incredible artists, selected by Le Cirque World’s Top Performers, the company that, with the first ALIS show, was a resounding success with more than 175,000 spectators. Today, more than 75 stars from around the world are part of Le Cirque World’s Top Performers.
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“It’s a great honor, I am really happy to receive this award”

Antonio Caliendo, Louis Ducruet, Luka Modric. Photo ©Golden Foot

Luka Modric is the winner of the 17th Golden Foot 2019, taking over Edison Cavani, awarded in 2018.
The prestigious and international distinction was given on Tuesday November 12th on the occasion of the ceremony awards that took place in the Fairmont Hotel, Monte Carlo.

The Croatian football star playing in the Real Madrid accepted the trophy of the golden foot from Louis Ducruet and then left his footprints, thereby joining the Olympus of the best football players of all times.
“This is an emotional moment and I am glad to receive this prize – said Luka Modric – It’s important for me and for my carrier. I am truly honored to be part of all the champions of yesterday and of today, because the Golden Foot is both aspecial and a unique award, you can only receive it once in your life”. Concerning his future, he added: “I really like being a part of the Real Madrid, I have a contract to comply with and still have a great amount of work to do with the team.”

Luka Modric’s footprints will then be turned into bronze to be added to the footprints of the other world football champions, more than a hundred, all having received the Golden Foot, along the Champions Promenade in Monaco.

According to Antonio Caliendo, who created the Golden Foot in 2003, this year’s event is, again, unforgetable.
This year’s legends went on the Salle d’Or too in the Fairmont Hotel: Carolina Morace, Paulo Roberto Falcao, Patrick Vieira and José Altafini. They have been given their trophy too and left their footprints. Among the guests were Roberto Carlos, who had received the Golden Foot in 2008.

The Golden Foot Award, unlike other distinctions, can only be won once in a carrier and the player it is awarded to has to be more than 28 years old and still on the football fields. The supporters delivered their verdict, voting for one of the ten candidates of this edition, on the website
Luka Modric was the most voted player.
The other nominees: Lionel Messi and Gerard Piqué (Barcellona), Cristiano Ronaldo and Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Wayne Rooney (DC United), Thiago Sylva (PSG).

2003: Roberto Baggio (Brescia)
2004: Pavel Nedved (Juventus)
2005: Andriy Shevchenko (Milan AC)
2006: Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
2007: Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus)
2008: Roberto Carlos (Fenerbahçe)
2009: Ronaldinho (Milan AC)
2010: Francesco Totti (AS Roma)
2011: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
2012: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG)
2013: Didier Drogba (Galatasaray)
2014: Andrés Iniesta (Barcelone)
2015: Samuel Eto’o (Antalyaspor)
2016: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
2017: Iker Casillas (Porto)
2018: Edinson Cavani (PSG)
2019: Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

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Sea, waves of flowers and the voice of John Legend. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene opened the dances

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It was the 71st Monaco Red Cross Gala on Friday 26 July in the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Monte Carlo, between waves composed of 25 thousand flowers in blue blue tones on the walls, to interpret the theme of the sea and the preservation of seabed.
It is the most important gala of the summer and allows the Principality’s Red Cross to receive funds and donations to finance humanitarian actions.

The hosts are Prince Albert II and his wife, Princess Charlene, wearing an emerald green dress.

There is also Shirley Bassey, in 1971 and 2000 she was the musical guest of the event. This year John Legend is the gala star.
Here comes the film producer Monika Bacardi who at the upcoming Venice Film Festival says she will present the new film with Johnny Depp. Also present were the jewelers Alberto and Gió Repossi, the designer Isabelle Kristensen with her daughter.
Marcello Lo Giudice is the Italian artist who created the work inspired by this year’s gala, which he called Rosso Vulcano.

After the traditional Tombola with valuable prizes, dinner is served: zucchini flower is Oscietre caviar, creamy gallinette with lime, zucchini freshness, thin rock fish jelly with saffran pistils. John Dory is stuffed artichoke ‘poivrade’, greek vegetables and olive oil. Angus beef is ribsteak, preserved tomatoes with basil, shredded truffle and parmesa, charon sauce with virgin oil. Dessert is Roussillon apricot, organic milk chocolate cake and vanilla marmelade, hazelnut biscuit.

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene open the dances and just before midnight the sky lights up with fireworks.
It’s up to John Legend. He’s on stage, only voice and piano. Start with Best You Ever Had and say “Thank you for your support”. It enchants in Love Me Now, reinterprets Dancing in The Dark and Here Comes The Sun. All greatest hits, like the beautiful Ordinary People and the intense All of Me. Applause for the American artist awarded with an Emmy Award, 10 Grammys Award, a Golden Globe, a Tony Award and an Academy Award. The 71st Monaco Red Cross Gala welcomed about 900 people from all over the world.

Star Team and F1 Drivers, charity champions

In Monte Carlo show and 5 goals for the soccer match with Charles Leclerc and Prince Albert II

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Five goals, sweat, commitment and spectacle offered by many champions, supported by the enthusiasm of the Monegasque public and beyond, who responded to the invitation to attend the traditional football challenge in the Monaco Grand Prix week. Many champions are on the field for the Star Team for The Children and the Formula 1 Drivers Team

The game was held on Tuesday 21 May at 7 pm which, in addition to entertaining players and fans in the stands, helps less fortunate children, given that the proceeds from the collection help finance projects in the world.

Just before the start, there was also a minute’s silence to remember Niki Lauda, three times F1 World Champion, who passed away on May 20, and Max Biaggi’s father.
The match was won by the Star Team 3 to 2.

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Great success for the inauguration of the MONET RETURN TO THE RIVIERA exhibition, held on Monday 29 April in Bordighera and Dolceacqua.

Many Italian authorities were present, the mayors Fulvio Gazzola (Dolceacqua) and Vittorio Ingenito (Bordighera), S.A.S. Prince Albert II, who lent one of the masterpieces, Patrick de Carolis director of the Marmottan Monet Museum in Paris with Marianne Mathieu, scientific director.

The exhibition dedicated to Claude Monet is an extraordinary event, scheduled from 30 April to 31 July 2019.
After 135 years from his stay, three paintings by the great French artist return to Bordighera and Dolceacqua in the place where they were made.

The “MONET, RETURN TO THE RIVIERA” project is made possible by the collaboration with the Musèe Marmottan Monet in Paris through the precious work of its director, Mme Marianne Mathieu, and by the availability of S.A.S. Prince Albert II of Monaco. Two of the three paintings on display come from the Musée Marmottan Monet, “Le Château de Dolceacqua” and “Vallée de Sasso, effet de soleil”. The third painting, “Monte Carlo vu de Roquebrune” comes from the Private Collection of S.A.S. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

The three paintings, created during the artist’s stay on the Riviera, are exhibited in two locations: “Vallée de Sasso, effet de soleil” at Villa Regina Margherita in Bordighera which, for the occasion, reopens to the public with a dedicated path of great suggestion, while “Le Château de Dolceacqua” and “Monte Carlo vu de Roquebrune” are exhibited at the Doria Castle of Dolceacqua.
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