Courtenay Valenti to deliver award
ROMEAl Pacino will be feted by the 8th Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival, the annual pre-Oscars showcase celebrating Italian cinema and its Hollywood ties. Pacino will receive the event’s inaugural Jack Valenti L.A. Italia Legend Award from Valenti’s daughter Courtenay Valenti, executive VP of production at Warner Bros., during its opening night ceremony on Feb. 17 at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The Italo showcase, which will run through Feb. 23, will feature 40 titles, including a tribute to Italo animation mogul Iginio Straffi, whose 3D “Gladiators of Rome” will screen in Italian ahead of its U.S. release in English via Paramount this year. Fest will also honor Italo multihyphenate Michele Placido whose gritty Gaul-produced thriller “The Lookout” will have its U.S. preem. L.A. Italia is chaired this year by agent and producer Rick Nicita with producer Martha De Laurentiis as president. Event is headed by Pascal Vicedomini, a journo with pubcaster RAI. L.A. Italia is a sister event to two Italian fests, Capri-Hollywood and Ischia Global, both founded by Vicedomini and dedicated to establishing a creative and business bridge between Hollywood and Italy’s film and showbiz communities.