"OUR ITALIAN HUSBAND" OPEN LAIFAFEST 2004

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ILARIA BORRELLI'S "OUR ITALIAN HUSBAND" KICKS OFF THE
6TH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES ITALIAN FILM AWARDS (LAIFAFEST 2004)

>From the company that produced "Divorce Italian Style" and "Cinema Paradiso" the film features an ensemble cast including Maria Grazia Cucinotta (Il Postino), Brooke Shields (Blue Lagoon," "Endless Love," TV's "Suddenly Susan")., Chevy Chase (Foul Play," "Caddy Shack," "National Lampoon's Vacation," "Man of the House" and TV's original "Saturday Night Live"). and Pierfrancesco Favino.

HOLLYWOOD, CA. March 24, 2004 -- Luigi Campanile, Executive Director of LAIFAFEST, announced today that "OUR ITALIAN HUSBAND,"(Mariti in Affitto) a film starring actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Brooke Shields and Chevy Chase will be the Opening Night Film Presentation for the Sixth Annual Los Angeles Italian Film Awards, which will take place on Tuesday, 20 April at 7:30 PM, at the Arclight Cineramas (6360 Sunset Boulevard Hollywood), and run until Sunday April 25.

OUR ITALIAN HUSBAND, the directorial debut feature of filmmaker-actress Ilaria Borrelli produced by Massimo Cristaldi and Brandi Savitt starring Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Brooke Shields, Chevy Chase and Pierfrancesco Favino, is a romantic comedy that tells the story of an Italian woman who flies across the Atlantic to New York City in search of her husband and finds him married to another woman. Two wives, four children and one husband must find a way to survive . . . together.

“This is the first time the film will be shown in Los Angeles and we anticipate audience reactions to be very strong based on the story, great cast and tremendous feedback we are receiving from international audiences,” says David Jackson, President of Showcase Entertainment. Showcase Entertainment is the international distributor for Our Italian Husband. For contact information go to www.showcaseentertainment.com

A Q&A session with select members of the cast will follow the screening.

"We’re thrilled to kick-off this year's festival with "OUR ITALIAN HUSBAND," said Campanile. "Borrelli's film it_s the kind of movie that will appeal greatly to our audiences.

"ROMA" a 15 min.short-film by Sergio Premoli will be screening prior the film. It is the story of an antique dealer with his corrupt life and Roma his wife who accepts to be a prostitute for the the love that she has for Giorgio, her corrupt husband.

Tickets for the Opening Night Film Presentation including the after-party are $35.00 and will be on sale from Friday 2 April, at the Arclight Box Office. This event is expected to sell out fast, so it is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance.

This years festival is dedicated to Paola Campese who died of Luekemia on February 9, 2004 at the age of 31, and she was a supporter of LAIFA. 20% of all ticket sales will be donated to THE LEUKEMIA FOUNDATION in Paula_s name.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED Are you passionate about Italian films? We are currently seeking outgoing, friendly and enthusiastic volunteers who want to be part of the Los Angeles Italian Film Awards. If you like to help us please please fill out the form: http://http://www.italfilmfest.com/jobs_volunteers/volunteerrequest.html

The Los Angeles Italian film Awards (LAIFA) is recognized for its integrity and dedication to Italian and Italian-American film and filmmakers that does not exist anywhere else. Through year-round screenings and networking events, LAIFA seeks to introduce Italy's finest films and most promising talent to the epicenter of the entertainment industry. For more info log on http://www.italfilmfest.com

The Los Angeles Italian Film Awards and Festival is presented by: ARCLIGHT CINEMAS HOLLYWOOD and sponsored by ALITALIA, STELLA ARTOIS, DEAF EYE DESIGN, STUDIOS, ARMATI PRINTING, AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER and CELLULAR ABROAD.

ARCLIGHT CINEMAS, a theater concept created by Pacific Theater, features an unprecedented combination of technology, amenities, comfort and customer service for the discerning movie lover. Arclight offers guests a connection to films and the filmmaking community through a variety of experiential offerings, including special exhibits, guest speaker series, film festivals, retrospective and special engagements. Arclight guests are treated to an immersive movie-going experience throughout their visit, from guaranteed reserved seats in every auditorium and ticket purchase options including online, phone, onsite automated kiosks and traditional box office to unique food and beverage opportunities. Arclight is the first application of the new concept and is located adjacent to and includes the historic Cinerama Dome at 6360 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.
More information about arclight can be found at: http://www.Arclightcinemas.com


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