Clooney, Nicita honored

Ceremony opens Cinema Italian Style film festival

George Clooney and Creative Artists Agency co-chair Rick Nicita will be granted the first honorary awards from Cinecitta Holding and the Italian Film Commission at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood on Thursday.

The ceremony gives flight to the Cinema Italian Style film festival to be held at the Egyptian and the Aero in Santa Monica Oct. 6-16.

Nicita, who was appointed chairman of the board of the American Cinematheque in 2003 and also serves on the honorary committee of Cinema Italian Style.

Alessandro Usai, general manager of Cinecitta Holding, and Fortunato Celi Zullo, director of the Italian Film Commission, will present the awards to both men for their individual achievements and their support of Italian culture and cinema.

Orgs also will host a luncheon Thursday at the Ferrari showroom in Beverly Hills.

The Cinema Italian Style fest kicks off Thursday with a premiere screening of “Manual of Love,” introduced by helmer Giovanni Veronesi.

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