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Official Awards of the 60th Venice Film Festival (27 August > 6 September 2003)

  Head of the Venezia 60 Jury: Mario Monicelli;
Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement: Dino De Laurentiis and Omar Sharif;
Best film: "The Return (Vozvrashcheniye)" by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia)

The producer's instinct

DINO DE LAURENTIIS (1919-2010) Italian film producer. Born in the province of Naples, he grew up selling spaghetti produced by his father, then studied at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. He produced some of the most important movies of the post Second World War times, acclaimed neorealist films like Riso Amaro (1946) starring Silvana Mangano whom he married. He often collaborated with producer Carlo Ponti. In 1976, De Laurentiis relocated to the USA where he set up studios, eventually creating his own studio De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG). De Laurentiis also produced the first Hannibal Lecter film, Manhunter (1986). He passed on adapting Thomas Harris' sequel, The Silence of the Lambs, but produced the two follow-ups, Hannibal (2001) and Red Dragon (2002), a remake of Manhunter. He also produced Hannibal Rising (2007), which tells the story of how Hannibal becomes a serial killer. He was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievements in 2003. He received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. De Laurentiis died on 10 November 2010 at his residence in Beverly Hills. Her daughter Raffaella, and nephew Aurelio are also film producers; his son Federico, another producer, died in a plane crash in 1981 (Dino's movie Dune is dedicated to him).

Suggested FILMS produced by DINO DE LAURENTIIS:

Bitter Rice (1946), Fellini's classics La Strada (1954) and Nights of Cabiria (1956), Barabbas (1961), Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die, Navajo Joe (1966), Anzio (1968), Barbarella (1968), Danger: Diabolik (1968), The Valachi Papers, The Godfather. The Scientific Cardplayer (1972), Serpico (1973), Death Wish (1974), Mandingo (1975), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Shootist (1976), Drum (1976), Ingmar Bergman's The Serpent's Egg (1977), Ragtime (1981), Conan the Barbarian (1982) and Blue Velvet (1986). King Kong (1976) remake, which was a commercial hit, Lipstick, the killer whale film Orca (1977); The White Buffalo (1977); Hurricane (1979); the remake of Flash Gordon (1980); Halloween II (the 1981 sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 classic horror film); David Lynch's Dune (1984); and King Kong Lives (1986). De Laurentiis also made several adaptations of Stephen King's works during this time, including The Dead Zone (1983), Cat's Eye (1985), Silver Bullet (1985) and Maximum Overdrive (1986); Army of Darkness (1992) was produced jointly by De Laurentiis, Robert Tapert and the movie's star Bruce Campbell.

OMAR SHARIF (1932) Egyptian actor who has starred in Hollywood films including Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and Funny Girl. He has been nominated for an Academy Award and has won two Golden Globe Awards. Among his numerous awards is the Career Golden Lion and the Plastic Lion - Leone del Pubblico from the Venice Film Festival in 2003, receiving special acclaim for his role in the French-language film adaptation of the novel Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran, as a Muslim Turkish merchant who becomes a father figure for a Jewish boy.

Suggested FILMS with OMAR SHARIF:

Lawrence of Arabia 1962 • David Lean • 2 Doctor Zhivago 1965 • David Lean 3 Top Secret! 1984 • Jim Abrahams 4 The Pink Panther Strikes Again 1976 • Blake Edwards • 5 The Return of the Pink Panther 1975 • Blake Edwards 6 Funny Girl 1968 • William Wyler 7 The 13th Warrior 1999 • John McTiernan 8 Hidalgo 2004 • Joe Johnston 9 Funny Lady 1975 • Herbert Ross 10 Juggernaut 1974 • Richard Lester 11 The Night of the Generals 1967 • Anatole Litvak 12 Oh, Heavenly Dog! 1980 • Joe Camp 13 More Than a Miracle 1967 • Francesco Rosi 14 Mackenna's Gold 1969 • J. Lee Thompson 15 Marco the Magnificent 1965 • Christian-Jaque 16 The Last Valley 1971 • James Clavell 17 Behold a Pale Horse 1964 • Fred Zinnemann 18 The Tamarind Seed 1974 • Blake Edwards 19 Genghis Khan 1965 • Henry Levin 20 Bloodline 1979


2003 Venice Film Festival Films in Competition

VENEZIA 60 - the International competition of feature films, presented as world premieres:
  • Twentynine Palms (feature film): Jean Bréhat (producer), Rachid Bouchareb (producer), Bruno Dumont (director) (3B Productions (production company))
  • Buongiorno, notte: Marco Bellocchio
  • Segreti di stato: Paolo Benvenuti
  • Le cerf-volant: Randa Chahal Sabag
  • Raja: Jacques Doillon
  • Alila: Amos Gitai
  • 21 grammi - Il peso dell'anima: Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Immagini: Christopher Hampton
  • La moglie dell'avvocato: Sang-soo Im
  • Sjaj u ocima: Srdjan Karanovic
  • Zatôichi: Takeshi Kitano
  • Pornografia: Jan Jakub Kolski
  • Lian zhi feng jing: Miu-suet Lai
  • I sentimenti: Noémie Lvovsky
  • Un film parlato: Manoel de Oliveira
  • Rosenstrasse: Margarethe von Trotta
  • Bu san: Ming-liang Tsai
  • Il miracolo: Edoardo Winspeare
  • Codice 46: Michael Winterbottom

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