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Only one winner out of 10 candidates will leave his own footprint for all eternity on the famous Champions’ Promenade of the Principality of Monaco.

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Voting to elect the footballer who will be awarded the prestigious Golden Foot Award 2021 is officially open.

Ten candidates and only one winner, chosen exclusively by the supporters and football lovers in the world. Everybody can express their preference, connecting directly to the official web site until the 31st October 2021. Who will succeed Cristiano Ronaldo, the 2020 winner?

Here are the 10 star champions in the running for the 19th Golden Foot Award:
Lionel MessiRobert LewandowskiGiorgio ChielliniNeymar Jr.Mohamed SalahSergio RamosSergio AgüeroGerard PiquéKarim BenzemaRumelu Lukaku.

The Golden Foot Award can be awarded only to footballers in activity, having turned 28. It is the unique prize worldwide which can be given a player only once in his career and the recognition that opens doors of the famous Champions’ Promenade in the Principality of Monaco, the only place in the world where all the footprints of those champions who wrote “the history of football” are collected.  

Maradona, Pelé, Eusebio, Zinédine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best, Zlatan IbrahimovicRoberto Baggio, are among the 80 star players who were awarded the prize and left their footprints forever.

The Awards Ceremony and the laying of footprints of the 19th Golden Foot Award will take place on the 29thNovember 2021 in the Principality of Monaco, on the occasion of the prestigious Champion’s Gala at the Fairmont Monte-Carlo.

In addition, the Golden Foot Legend Award will be given to some unforgettable champions of the past and the Golden Foot Prestigeestablished in 2020, reserved exclusively to a club president in activity, who stood out for the results achieved by his team.

The Golden Foot Award, conceived and organized by the World Champions Club in the Principality of Monaco, was born in 2003 and since its first edition it has been under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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The gala evening with the award ceremony of the 18th Monte-Carlo Film Festival of Comedy, took place at the Grimaldi Forum on Saturday 5 June 2021 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. An event chaired by Ezio Greggio.

The Jury, made up of Raoul Bova (President), Mario de la Rosa, Giacomo Ferrara, Mario Sesti, deliberated and awarded the prizes:

To the Spanish film SENTIMENTAL directed by Cesc Gay the prize for the best film and
Argentinian actress Griselda Siciliani received the award for best actress.

The award for best director was won by Adam Rehmeier for the comedy DINNER IN AMERICA.

Todd Stephens‘ other American film SWAN SONG won the Audience Award and Udo Kier won the Best Actor award.

The Monte-Carlo Film Festival Jury wished to award a special mention to the Israeli film HONEYMOOD, directed by Talya Lavie.

Finally, the “Short Comedy Award” in the section dedicated to short films went to WICHITA by Sergine Dumais (USA-Canada).

On the stage of the Grimaldi Forum in Monte-Carlo, Ezio Greggio presented the award ceremony. International and Italian guests from the small and big screen participated. Successful actor Chazz Palminteri (“Once Upon a Time in the Bronx”, “The Usual Suspects”, “Shots on Boradway”, “Modern Family”) arrived straight from the United States to receive the prestigious “Movie Legend” Award ”. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for “Shots on Broadway” by Woody Allen, he recently appeared on “Godfather of Harlem”.

Return to Monaco and one more prize to Nick Vallelonga (winner of two “Academy Awards” for “Green Book”) who chaired the jury of the Monte-Carlo Film Festival last year. Radiant Italian actress Micaela Ramazzotti, nominated several times and winner of the “David di Donatello” for the film “La prima cosa bella”, she was awarded the prestigious “Monte-Carlo Award” for her career. Actress, presenter and writer Rocio Munos Morales received the “Monte-Carlo Award” for her exceptional role as a woman, mother, writer and model of “empowerment”.

The Monte-Carlo Film Festival Award was also presented to the President of the Jury Raoul Bova, to the Spanish actor Mario de la Rosa and to the Italian Giacomo Ferrara, who were members of the jury for this edition.
Among the celebrities, the audience applauded Antonia Truppo, Francesco Di Leva, Giovanni Esposito, protagonists of the new comedy “Benvenuti a casa Esposito”, which premiered at the Film Festival of Comedy on June 4th. Spotlight also on the former player of the national team of Italy and Juventus of Turin, Claudio Marchisio, and on the stars of TV and cinema in Italy Giancarlo Magalli, Enzo Iacchetti, Remo Girone, the actress and Brazilian model Desirée Popper, presenter Elisa Isoardi.
Applause also for the young singer Leo Gassmann, idol of teenagers, (X Factor Italy and Sanremo Festival Youth category) and who has performed on stage with his new single “Down”.
Monegasque and Italian personalities present were called on stage to present the awards. Among them: the Mayor of Monaco Georges Marsan, the Government Counselor – Minister of External Relations and Cooperation Laurent Anselmi, as well as the Italian Ambassador to Monaco Giulio Alaimo.
The event, in collaboration with EFG Bank (Monaco) and Marlù Gioielli, has always taken place under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and the Italian Embassy. Once again this year Radio Monte Carlo was the official radio of the Festival.

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The exceptional meeting with the Master of contemporary Mediterranean gastronomy, Alain Ducasse and with the great chef Yannick Alléno. Between them 12 years of difference and 29 Michelin stars in total (20 for Ducasse and 9 for Alléno), obtained with their restaurants in France, in Monaco and in the world.

I met and interviewed them during a gourmet event in the Principality of Monaco, which brought to the table for some privileged guests, a sublime triumph of dishes signed by one and the other.

by Andrea Munari

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The 18th edition of the Monte-Carlo Film Festival de la Comédie has started. 
The event chaired by Ezio Greggio takes place from May 31 to June 5, 2021 in the Principality of Monaco.
The presentation press conference took place at the Fairmont Monte-Carlo hotel on Tuesday, June 1, in compliance with sanitary rules: “We are happy to have succeeded in carrying out this edition in a difficult context – started Ezio Greggio – As they say for the show, the Comedy must also continue, “The Comedy must go on”, because it is the genre that has always told our story the best ”.

From left Giacomo Ferrara, Mario de La Rosa, Raoul Bova, Ezio Greggio, Chazz Palminteri, Mario Sesti, Nick Vallelonga ©Rosanna Calò

This is evidenced by the films selected and screened at the Grimaldi Forum until Friday, June 4, which tell and reflect the daily life of today, with themes such as the family in its different forms, generational conflicts, sex and emancipation of women.

The winners of this edition will be chosen by the international jury chaired by Italian actor Raoul Bova, accompanied by the actors Giacomo Ferrara and Mario de la Rosa, and the director and film critic Mario Sesti, who, speaking about the current period which sees us confronted with the health emergency, recalled that “It is the most tragic moments that have given rise to great comedies”, and quoting a sentence from Pirandello : “To make people laugh you have to be terribly serious“.

Two Hollywood stars were also the guests of the press conference: American actors, directors, screenwriters and producers Chazz Palminteri, who will receive the “Career Award” at the gala on Saturday June 5, and Nick Vallelonga, twice Oscar winner for the film “Green Book: on the roads of the South”, and president of the jury of the Monte-Carlo Film Festival last year.

The long-awaited grand finale will take place during the award ceremony, on the traditional Gala scheduled for Saturday 5 June at the Grimaldi Forum and during which Ezio Greggio, with his many guests from cinema and television, will reward this year’s winners.

Already confirmed the “Movie Legend Award 2021”, awarded to Chazz Palminteri (“Once upon a time in the Bronx”, “Usual Suspects”, “Shots on Broadway”, “Modern Family”), nominated at the Oscars for Best Actor in a supporting role for “Shots on Broadway” by Woody Allen and which recently appeared in “Godfather of Harlem”. The “Career Prize” will go to Italian actress Micaela Ramazzotti, nominated several times for the “David di Donatello” Prize and winner of the “David di Donatello Prize for Best Actress” for “La prima cosa bella”.

Giancarlo Magalli, the presenter par excellence will also participate in the Gala evening with Enzo Iacchetti, the longtime companion of Ezio in ‘Striscia la Notizia’ (satirical news program on the first italian TV channel Canale 5 of the Mediaset Group); Brazilian actress and model Desirée Popper, and Antonia Truppo, Francesco Di Leva, Giovanni Esposito, protagonists of the new comedy “Benvenuti a casa Esposito”, which will have its world premiere at the Monte-Carlo Film Festival on Friday June 4th.

Also eagerly awaited: Elisa Isoardi, the attractive Elisabetta Gregoraci, the former footballer Claudio Marchisio and the actress, presenter and writer Rocio Munos Morales, who will receive the “Monte-Carlo Award” for her exceptional role, as a woman, mother, writer and empowerment model. During the evening, the idol of teenagers in Italy, released from the TV talent “X Factor” and who has asserted himself among the New Proposals at the music event Sanremo Festival in 2020, Leo Gassmann, will perform on stage with his new single “Down”.

The main objective of the Monte-Carlo Film Festival is the promotion of the different genres of comedy through previews of films in competition and out of competition. A unique showcase on the international scene for a genre highly appreciated by the public but generally considered “minor” by the critics. But thanks to the event designed by Ezio Greggio and the late Maestro Mario Monicelli (Festival co-founder), it has reassessed comedy at other international festivals such as Cannes, Rome, Berlin and Venice.

The event, in collaboration with EFG Bank (Monaco) and Marlù Gioielli, has always taken place under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and the Italian Embassy in Monaco. Also this year Radio Monte Carlo is the Official Radio of the Monte-Carlo Film Festival.

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For ANDREA AGNELLI the Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the first club president to be awarded the GOLDEN FOOT PRESTIGE AWARD.

The awards ceremony, held behind closed doors on Sunday 21 December, will be streamed worldwide on 28 December, with a fundraiser for the WORLD CHAMPIONS CLUB and FIGHT AIDS MONACO associations.

Today Cristiano Ronaldo was finally able to hold the prestigious Golden Foot Award in his hands, the only award a player can win only once in his career.

Receiving this award is an honor – said Ronaldo – I am glad that my footprints will be close to those of other great champions and I thank all the fans who voted for me. I will always do my best to play well and score goals.”

Proclaimed the winner on 1 December, the award ceremony took place on Sunday afternoon 20 December behind closed doors, due to the health emergency.
The champion of Juventus and the Portuguese national team has also left his footprints, which will be exhibited in the famous “Champions Promenade” in Monte-Carlo.

From this edition, the Golden Foot Prestige award was established, a career award dedicated exclusively to a President still in business, which was presented to Andrea Agnelli. The President of Juventus Football Club is one of the most successful in the history of Italian and international football.

Presenting the 18th Golden Foot Award to Cristiano Ronaldo was Louis Ducruet, son of Princess Stephanie of Monaco, representing S.A.S. Prince Albert II of Monaco. The Monegasque Sovereign also sent a video message, to congratulate the winners: “It will be an honor for the Principality of Monaco to have the footprints of a champion such as Cristiano Ronaldo and of the President of Juventus Football Club, Andrea Agnelli in the new The Champions Promenade”.

The other big news of this edition will be the worldwide streaming of the award ceremony of the Golden Foot Award 2020, scheduled for Monday 28 December. A deliberate decision to offer the most exciting and spectacular moments of this unique event in the world to the general public of football fans and to raise funds for the WORLD CHAMPIONS CLUB and FIGHT AIDS MONACO associations.
The special live show will last 45 minutes and will be broadcast online in three different time zones. There will be interviews with the winners and protagonists, the delivery of prizes, the laying of footprints, video contributions and testimonies of great football champions of the past.
To watch the award ceremony in streaming on December 28th, you must reserve the dedicated Ticket Pass, by connecting to the website or directly to the link
The online reservation is open from Sunday 20 December.

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