The 18th edition of the Montecarlo Film Festival de la Comédie (31 may – 5 june), the event designed and directed by Ezio Greggio which takes place from 31 May to 5 June 2021 in the Principality of Monaco has just started.
Conceived and headed by Ezio Greggio, it is considered the first, most important and peculiar Film Festival exclusively dedicated to Comedy. As well as last year it will take place in the prestigious headquarters of the Grimaldi Forum of the Principality of Monaco.
Over the years the Montecarlo Film Festival de la Comédie achieved a growing estimation from the audience and critics worldwide thanks to the commitment of Ezio Greggio and the late master Mario Monicelli (co-founder of the Festival) and it is now ready to welcome the public and numerous international talents and to ensure the running of the Kermesse.
In the various movie theaters there will be screenings, meetings with the most beloved protagonists of the International, Italian and French cinema and the Festival will culminate with the usual evening of Gala and awards ceremony on Saturday June 5.
The main purpose of the Montecarlo Film Festival is the promotion and the spread of the various genres of Comedy through cinema previews in competition and out of competition. A unique showcase on the international scene for a genre loved by the public but usually considered “minor” by critics, which thanks to Montecarlo has actually revalued Comedy also in other festivals, such as Cannes, Rome, Venice and Berlin.
As usual, the Festival will culminate in the evening of Gala on Saturday June 5, where Ezio Greggio and numerous guests from cinema and television will award this year’s candidate. The successful actor Chazz Palminteri (A Bronx Tale, The Usual Suspects, Analyze This, Modern Family), nominated for a an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Woody Allen’s Bullets over Broadway and recently appeared in Godfather of Harlem, will come directly from the United States to receive the prestigious Movie Legend Award. Together with Palminteri, a great friend of his and admirer of the Montecarlo Film Festival, Nick Vallelonga (winner of two Academy Awards for Green Book), who chaired the jury of the Kermesse last year. Among the winners of this edition, the highly awaited Micaela Ramazzotti, multi-nominated for the David di Donatello Awards and winner for La Prima Cosa bella, will be awarded for the prestigious Montecarlo Career Award. Other guests who will also take part at the evening of Gala: the host “par excellence”, Giancarlo Magalli; Ezio’s long-time partner in Striscia la notizia, behind the most famous desk of Italian TV, Enzo Iachetti; the Brazilian actress and model Desirée Popper; Antonia Truppo, Francesco Di Leva and Giovanni Esposito, the protagonists of the new Comedy Welcome at Esposito’s, which will be presented in world premiere in Montecarlo; Elisa Isoardi; the fascinating Elisabetta Gregoraci; the former football player Claudio Marchisio; the actress, presenter and writer Rocio Munos Morales, who will receive the Montecarlo Award for her female excellence, as a woman, mother, writer and model of empowerment. During the evening, the teen idol Leo Gassmann will perform, presenting his new single “Down”, after X-Factor participation and the victory of the Sanremo Music Festival of 2020, among newcomers.