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Ischia Global Film & Music Fest: Brendan Fraser, Rob Marshall and Diane Warren prepare for top marks

Newly minted Best Actor Oscar winner Brendan Fraser is headed to the Bay of Naples, Italy for the Ischia Global Film & Music Festival, where he will be honored as Global Actor of the Year, the festival announced on Saturday.

“We are proud to welcome Brendan Fraser to Ischia, a great artist and man who is a symbol of rebirth and redemption”, founder and producer of the festival Pasquale Vicedomini said in a statement.

Fraser, who earned career-best reviews for last year The whale and is associated with another hopeful award this year, Martin Scorsese‘S The flower moon killerswill be celebrated on July 15th.

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On that same date, the fest will present Rob Marshallthe recently Oscar-nominated director behind this year’s live-action version The little Mermaidwith his Luchino Visconti Legend Award. Diana Warrenthe successful singer-songwriter who collected an honorary Oscar last year and hopes to finally receive a competitive award this season for her Flamin’ hot melody ‘The Fire Inside’, will receive the William Walton Legend Award. (The iconic music producer Clive Davis the latter honor will be present.)

Other notables who will be on the field at the party: the directors Bill August, Catherine Hardwicke AND Michael Radford; actors Christopher Abbott, Clare McGregor, TimBlake Nelson, Lewis Pullman, Tye Sheridan AND Alex Wolf; producers Avi Lerner AND John Lesher; writers Bobby Moresco AND Nicholas Vallelonga; singer Sofia Carsonwho performed the Warren-nominated song “Applause” at the Oscars earlier this year; and many Italian artists.

The 21st edition of the event will take place from July 9 to 16 and will be ceremonially presided over by the director Jim Sheridanproducer/activist Trudie Styler and songwriter Tony Rennis, all veterans of the festival. It will also feature screenings (about two hundred titles, free to the public, including the opening night world premiere of the revenge thriller Double soulthe last film of the late actor Julian Sands); master classes (including one taught by an acting coach Bernard Hiller); and panel discussions (on topics such as the impact of artificial intelligence on culture).