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The film producer has died at the age of 73 Luciano Sovena. The news was given by the Film Commission Foundation of Rome and Lazio, of which he was president. “A great and generous professional, a friend of Italian cinema”, recalls the Foundation. “Ironical, likeable, open to all, he was for a long time managing director of the Istituto Luce and president of the Rome Lazio Film Commission. He had become the point of reference for the world he loved: the cinema that he has always had in his heart and to which he dedicated his life”. Lawyer specializing in entertainment and communications law and in copyright, Sovena was, among other things, a member of the commission for cinematographic credit and cinematographic review of the Presidency of the Council, in 2003 he founded the first Euro-Mediterranean Center of cinematography, from 2003 to 2008 he was CEO of Istituto Luce, in the two-year period 2008-2009 he also held the position of president, from 2009 to 2011 he became CEO of Cinecittà Luce.
Among the main productions made under the guidance of the Istituto Luce and Cinecittà Luce, Seven Works of Mercy (2011) by Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio, winners of two awards at the 2011 Locarno Film Festival; Là-Bas (2011) by Guido Lombardi, Leone Del Futuro Luigi De Laurentiis Venice Opera Prima Prize at the 2011 Venice Film Festival; Heavenly Body (2011) by Alice Rohrwacher, presented at Cannes 2011 and winner of a dozen awards; 20 Cigarettes (2010) by Aureliano Amadei, winner of the Italian Controcampo section at the 67th Venice Film Festival and 4 David di Donatello; Into Paraiso (2010) by Paola Randi, in competition in Venice and winner of various awards at various festivals; The Four Times (2010) by Michelangelo Frammartino, winner of the Critics Award at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and the 2010 Special Silver Ribbon; Private (2004) by Saverio Costanzo, Golden Leopard, Silver Leopard for the interpreter Mohammed Bakri and Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival 2004, Silver Ribbon 2005 and David di Donatello 2005 for best Italian director newcomer. He also co-produced The Colors of the Soul. Modigliani (Modigliani, 2004) by Mick Davis and played by Andy Garcia and The Merchant of Venice by Michael Radford with Al Pacino. Since 2002 he was part of the artistic direction of the Turin Film Festival directed by Steve Della Casa.