ROME — U.S. writer Michael Connelly (“Blood Work”) will be feted by Italy’s Courmayeur Noir in Festival, dedicated to movies and books broadly belonging to the noir genre.
Connelly, whose best-seller “The Lincoln Lawyer” is being made into a thriller starring Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei, to be released Stateside by Lionsgate in 2011, will be on hand to receive the fest’s Raymond Chandler Award. Clint Eastwood directed the adaptation of his “Blood Work.”
Previous recipients include Elmore Leonard, John Le Carre, and J.G. Ballard.
As for movies, the Courmayeur lineup will comprise the Italo launch of Michael Winterbottom’s “The Killer Inside Me,” with Winterbottom in tow, of Spanish box office sensation “Julia’s Eyes,” and the full-length big-screen version of Olivier Assayas’ terrorist biopic “Carlos,” with investigative journo Daniel Leconte, who is the pic’s producer, on hand.
Other expected attendees include Cannes Film Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux and Sitges topper Angel Sala, who is on the jury, which is headed by Italian thesp Silvio Orlando.
On the TV side, the Noir in Festival will serve as the Italo launch pad for CBS skein “Blue Bloods,” for Warner Bros.’ “Pretty Little Liars,” and BBC crimer “Luther.”
The 20th edition of this unique fest will be held Dec. 7-13 in the Alpine resort of Courmayeur.