Luciano Sovena Dead: Italian Producer Was 73

Italian producer Luciano Sovena, who was instrumental to bringing early works by a number of of Italy’s now-prominent auteurs reminiscent of Alice Rohrwacher, Luciano Frammartino, and Saverio Costanzo, to the massive display screen, has died. He was 73.

News of Sovena’s sudden dying was introduced on Sunday by the Rome and Lazio Film Commission Foundation, of which he was president. The reason for dying was not disclosed.

The basis paid tribute to Sovena as “A great and generous professional; a friend of Italian cinema,” in a press release. It went on to notice that he was “Ironic, ‘simpatico’ and open to everyone.”

Prior to heading Rome’s movie fee – which runs Italy’s prime regional movie fund – Sovena was for a protracted stretch managing director of Italy’s state movie entity Istituto Luce. 

In each of those roles, “He had become a reference point for the world that he loved: the world of cinema that he always had in his heart and to which he devoted his life,” the assertion stated.

A lawyer specialised in leisure and media legislation, Sovena served as a member of the Italian tradition ministry’s fee for movie credit score for a number of years beginning in 2003. In 2008 he was appointed CEO of Istituto Luce and the next 12 months Sovena was named head of the newly fashioned Cinecittà Luce entity, increasing his purview past manufacturing and distribution to additionally comprise oversight of Cinecittà Studios and international promotion of Italian cinema. He remained in that function by way of 2011 and was subsequently tapped to move the Roma and Lazio Film Commission.

Standout movies spawned underneath Sovena’s management of Istituto Luce and Cinecittà Luce embody Saverio Costanzo’s “Private,” winner of the Locarno Golden Leopard in 2004; Michelangelo Frammartino’s “The Four Times,” which gained the Critics Award at Cannes in 2010; Alice Rohrwacher’s “Heavenly Body,” which launched from the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2011 and gained a slew of prizes; and Guido Lombardi’s “Là-Bas,” which scooped the Venice Film Festival’s Lion of the Future additionally in 2011.

In the worldwide movie enviornment Sovena co-produced Andy Garcia-starrer “Modigliani,” a 2004 biopic of the Italian sculptor and painter Amedeo Modigliani directed by Mick Davis and “The Merchant of Venice” directed by Michael Radford and toplining Al Pacino.

Information about Sovena’s survivors was not instantly obtainable

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