2019 Naples International Film Festival
2019 Recipient: Joe Pantoliano
Each year, the Artis—Naples Award honors a filmmaker, actor or artist who exemplifies the multidisciplinary approach to the arts that is at the heart of Artis—Naples.
The recipient of this year’s Artis—Naples Award will be the incomparable Joe Pantoliano.
The winner of an Emmy in 1999 for his work on The Sopranos, Pantoliano had his initial breakthrough in Taylor Hackford’s The Idolmaker in 1980. However, he first received widespread notice for his role as Guido, the killer pimp, in Paul Brickman’s Risky Business. Numerous films and television roles followed, including Richard Donner’s The Goonies, Luis Valdez’s La Bamba, Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, Martin Brest’s Midnight Run, Andrew Davis’ The Fugitive, Michael Bay’s Bad Boys, and the Wachowskis’ Bound. Pantoliano’s place in cinema would then forever be cemented by his roles in the Wachowskis’ The Matrix and Christopher Nolan’s Memento. His performance on The Sopranos was another high point in a career already filled with them, yielding multiple Emmy nominations and a win. The prolific actor currently has five more films in various stages of post-production.
Pantoliano has also lent his talents to writing two memoirs, Who’s Sorry Now: The True Story of a Stand-Up Guy and Asylum: Hollywood Tales From My Great Depression: Brain Dis-Ease, Recovery, and Being My Mother’s Son.
In addition to presenting Pantoliano with the Artis—Naples Award, NIFF will screen one of his latest films, Sean Cisterna’s From the Vine, in which he plays a CEO who retreats to his family’s hometown in Italy in an effort to deal with a moral dilemma, and discovers an Italian vineyard on its last legs — which just may be the answer to getting him back on track.
The Juried Competition
The Naples International Film Festival conducted two juried competitions in which select films competed to win cash prizes of $7,500 in both the Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature categories. Winners were announced at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony.
In the Narrative Feature competition, films included:
Above the Clouds
In the Documentary Feature competition, films included:
Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops
Learn more about all these films. Winners were announced at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony.
Closing Night Awards Ceremony