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More than 200 avid cinema lovers and fans of award-winning actor Toni Servillo joined us on Sunday June 23 as we presented the 2008 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winner Il Divo, directed by  Paolo Sorrentino, at the AMC River East 21. Servillo, considered the "Best Italian stage and screen actor of his generation” by the New York Times, joined Founder & Artistic Director Michael Kutza for an in-depth post-screening conversation covering his stage and film career.

Over the years, the Festival has presented five of Servillo’s critically acclaimed and award-winning films, including The Consequences of Love (2004), The Girl By the Lake (2007), Gomorrah (2008), We Believed (2010), and The Jewel (2011).  The evening culminated in the presentation of a Gold Hugo Career Achievement Award to Servillo "for excellence in the cinematic arts demonstrated by the nuance, depth, and style you bring to each performance".

"I have received many awards in my lifetime, but this is very important to me as it is the first one that has been presented to me in the United States", Servillo said as he accepted the award.

Immediately following the film, a VIP reception was held in honor of Servillo and guests enjoyed Italian hors d'oeuvres and wine, hosted by Quartino Ristorante. Guests included the Consul General of Italy in Chicago, the Councillor of Culture for the City of Milan, the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute Chicago, and members of the Piccolo Teatro di Milan, among others.

The evening was presented in collaboration with the Cinecittà Luce, the Italian Cultural Institute Chicago, and Quartino Ristorante.