|Giacamo Gianniotti - ICFF HOST|
|Checco Zalone and Director Gennaro Nunziate of Quo Vado?|
Not to be outdone the Closing Night was just as fantastic with the film The Correspondence, a film starring Jeremy Irons. A romantic mystery if you will about Irons who arranges plans before his death for his lover to never feel alone. Although Irons wasn't in attendance the legendary Claudia Cardinale was there to receive an award. Her film All Roads Lead to Rome was screened at the festival the day before. I think it would have been a great closing night film. It's a romantic comedy starring Cardinale, Sarah Jessica Parker and Raoul Bova who is Italy's George Clooney. The film was super cute and funny, very hollywood though.
The closing night party was held at the Uber fancy Ritz Carlton Hotel on Wellington Street.
With Celebrity Chef Massimo Capra at the entrance with film crew in tow, serving up some Italian cheese and other products. The sound guy from a film I worked on was there for a cheese commercial set up that you could be a part of. I did it for fun because i don't think people knew what it was. I also saw TV Host/Chef David Rocco there enjoying himself and said a quick hello before I left.
|Chef Massimo Capra|
And the food was just as impressive as the Opening night with the best Ravioli, meat, a huge table of antipasto and of course more beautiful desserts. I was so full from the great pasta that I only tried one of the desserts, the chocolate bombolone. It was creamy and delicious.
My Italian and not so Italian friends got dolled up for the party and really enjoyed themselves.
What a spectacular festival. It wasn't just about the films it was about the food and the fashion and the culture of Italy and they really did showcase it all together in one place. There were models in Italian fashion at the closing night party and there were Italian cars and everyone was really dolled up in their best Italian Inspired wear. I am glad I finally had the time to go to see a couple of the films and attend the parties. I hope to have the time to be there again next year.
If you want more info on the festival and how you can attend next year check their site: http://icff.ca/