The 18th Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival has concluded with a gala award ceremony honouring the best of the best for outstanding achievements and for making people smile.
The 2021 Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival brought together international and Italian guests from the small and big screen as well as several well-known faces from the Principality including Mayor Georges Marsan, Minister of External Relations and Cooperation Laurent Anselmi and the Italian Ambassador to Monaco, Guilio Alaimo.
The jury comprised of Raoul Bova, president of the jury and Italian actor, Mario de la Rosa, Spanish actor from the hit series La Casa de Papel, beloved transalpine actor Giacomo Ferrara and Italian director Mario Sesti, who chose the top films and personalities of the year to be rewarded at a gala awards ceremony on Saturday night at the Grimaldi Forum.
The Spanish film Sentimental, directed by Cesc Gay took the award for best film. Argentinian actress Griselda Siciliani nabbed the prize for Best Actress and Udo Kier won the Best Actor award. Best Director was won by Adam Rehmeier for the Dinner inAmerica, whilstTodd Stephens’s Swan Song won the Audience Award.
The Monte-Carlo Film Festival jury also awarded a special mention to the Israeli film Honeymood directed by Talya Lavie. Finally, the Comedy Short Award in the section dedicated to short films went to Wichita, by Sergine Dumais.
American actor Chazz Palminteri, known for roles in Once upon a time in the
Bronx, The Usual Suspects and Modern Family, arrived directly from the United States to receive the prestigious Movie Legend Award. The actor, nominated for an Oscar as best supporting actor in the Woody Allen film Shots on Broadway, has recently appearedin Godfather of Harlem.
Actress, presenter and writer Rocio Munos Morales received the Monte-Carlo Award for her exceptional role as woman, mother, writer and empowerment model. Also awarded the Monte-Carlo Award was Italian actress Micaela Ramazzotti, nominated several times for her work and winner of the ‘David di Donatello’ for the film La Prima Cosa Bella.
[caption id="attachment_28093" align="alignnone" width="640"] Shale Wagman at 46th Prix de Lausanne in February 2018.[/caption]
Shale Wagman, who has been studying at the Princess Grace Dance Academy in Monaco over the last four years, won first place in the 46th Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland on February 3. He is the first Canadian to ever win gold.
Not only did Shale, who is just shy of 18, take first place but he was also awarded the Artistry Prize from the Rudolph Nureyev Foundation, a tremendous honour and international recognition.
[caption id="attachment_28092" align="alignnone" width="638"] Finalists at 46th Prix de Lausanne.[/caption]
The 5-day competition was steamed live on various social media as 74 candidates representing 10 nations were judged on their classes, performances, technique and artistry. Twenty-one finalists were then selected by a jury of 9 internationally renowned dance professionals, presided over by Ted Brandsen, Artistic Director of the HET National Ballet. The panel finally selected the eight most promising talents.
[caption id="attachment_28091" align="alignnone" width="640"] Shale Wagman at 46th Prix de Lausanne in February 2018.[/caption]
Shale Wagman has been dancing since he was six, when he started training up to 30 hours a week with Vlad Novitski in Toronto. At age 11, he was he was a finalist and “Judges’ Favourite” on Canada's Got Talent, when Martin Short compared him to the “likes of Nijinsky or Nureyev" and referred to him as a "National Treasure”.
Two years later, he began to train with Tatiana Stepanova and turned his focus to ballet. He then won the Youth American Grand Prix in Denver, Colorado, before performing at the Lincoln Centre in New York where he was brought into the international ballet scene and offered several scholarships to train at some of the best ballet schools in the world.
In June 2018, Shale will graduate from the Princess Grace Dance Academy. After receiving several offers to dance with some of the most prestigious ballet companies, the young Canadian has decided to join the English National Ballet in the UK for the 2018/19 season.
Photos courtesy of Heather Wagman. Article first published February 12, 2018.
Monaco Life Art Contributor Marcos Marin takes us to the banks of the River Seine where his bust of Princess Grace features nearby the controversial memorial by Jeff Koons.
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Paris had never been so crowded with art, especially during the week of the FIAC International Contemporary Art Fair in late October.
As never before, Paris hosted a series of exhibitions of contemporary monumental works. From the Jardin de Tuilleries to Avenue George V, more than a hundred works delighted the public for free.
[caption id="attachment_42035" align="alignnone" width="600"] Jeff Koons' tribute to the Paris terrorist attack victims, 'Bouquet of Tulips'[/caption]
On the banks of the River Seine, historical moments are remembered with all the power of art. The huge bouquet of tulips by Jeff Koons, made in honour of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, impresses with its sheer volume and daringness. In the gardens of the Petit Palais on banks of the Seine, the piece gives a strong emotion in its tribute.
Also in homage, the Optical Portrait of Grace Kelly, or Princess Grace, my masterpiece celebrating the 90th birthday of the actress and Princess In Memoriam. It was installed at the entrance of the Ponte de l'Alma, just in front of the flame of the Statue of Liberty. It is a place full of memories as it was right there that, tragically, Lady Diana was the victim of a car accident that led to her death in August 1997.
[caption id="attachment_42034" align="alignnone" width="600"] Marcos Marin's 'Optical Portrait of Grace Kelly' in Paris[/caption]
The flower bouquets traditionally placed there are now split between the two princesses. Grace's beautiful face with all the kinetic optical effects characteristic of my work is framed by the majestic scene of Paris, the Eiffel Tower in the background, and the golden glow of the flame of the Statue of Liberty creating an idyllic setting.
Interview: Brazilian artist Marcos Marin