AMBI Group, Al Pacino and Barry Levinson Awarded at Venice Film Fest

AMBI Group, Al Pacino and Barry Levinson Awarded at Venice Film Fest

AMBI Group co-founders Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi and Academy Award® winners Al Pacino and Barry Levinson were awarded the prestigious 'Mimmo Rotella Foundation Award' at the 71st Venice Film Festival in recognition of their work on "The Humbling," which has its World Premiere at this year's Festival.

The 'Mimmo Rotella Foundation Award' exists in honor of the late Italian pop artist and poet Domenico "Mimmo" Rotella. Iervolino, who accepted the award alongside his producing partner Lady Monika Bacardi, was recognized for his contributions to the Italian cinema industry, having (at only 26 years of age) produced, funded and distributed over 40 feature films to date. Pacino and Levinson's work on the film was celebrated for its cinematographic values.

The Barry Levinson directed drama "The Humbling" stars Al Pacino, Mandy Patinkin, Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin, Dianne Wiest, Greta Gerwig and Louise Trenner. Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi are co-producers - producing alongside Al Pacino and Jason Sosnoff.

"The Humbling" is a story set on a farm in upstate New York that centers on the sexual (and otherwise) relationship between an aged, suicidal actor and a younger woman.

About AMBI

Launched in late 2013 by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Gomez del Campo Bacardi, Lady of Bayfield Hall, better known as "Monika Bacardi," AMBI Group is a consortium of vertically integrated film development, production, finance and distribution companies wholly owned and operated by Iervolino and Lady Bacardi.

Together, they are dedicated to making and delivering high-end, commercial movies for global audiences. With a mandate to serve as a top-tier supplier of mainstream projects for both the studios and major independent distributors worldwide, AMBI pursues top Hollywood talent and international stars and produces six to eight feature films a year.

From offices in Beverly Hills, Europe and Canada, AMBI is devoted to fostering an artist-friendly environment for top filmmakers and talent and willing to explore original stories and edgy material featuring inter-culture concepts.

AMBI's burgeoning production arm (AMBI Pictures) is already on pace to produce eight feature films in 2014 including the action-thriller "2047 - Sights of Death"; the Barry Levinson directed drama "The Humbling," starring Al Pacino, Mandy Patinkin, Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin and Dianne Wiest; the crime-thriller "Hope Lost," starring Danny Trejo, Mischa Barton and Michael Madsen; the animated feature film "East End" and the Italian dramedy "Tre Tocchi." Most recently, AMBI optioned actress Martina Stella's debut screenplay "O.O.B.I." - a psychological thriller that the company will next produce.

AMBI Distribution is the worldwide sales arm of the AMBI Group.

A highly accomplished filmmaker and businessman, Andrea Iervolino has produced, funded and distributed over 40 feature films including "The Merchant of Venice," "Gorbaciof," "Napoletans," and "The Anatomist," top name a few. At just 25 years old, he is considered one of the youngest and most accomplished entrepreneurs in the Italian film industry.

Lady Monika Bacardi is the widow of Luis Adalberto Facundo Gomez del Campo Bacardi, Lord of Bayfield Hall, known as Lord Luis Bacardi (descendent of the Bacardi founder, still a family-run company). Renowned for her PASSION of modern art and love of photography and movies, Monika Bacardi is a highly successful businesswoman who is now committed to producing films, through AMBI, on top of her numerous philanthropic activities.

AMBI Group is active in the distribution of various movie projects in Italy and throughout the world through its satellite company AI Entertainment, a company Iervolino founded in 2011. Iervolino still runs this operation as well as several movie production and distribution companies in Italy, Spain and Canada.

About Venice Film Festival

The 71st Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, will run on Venice Lido from August 27th - September 6th, 2014, with Festival Director Alberto Barbera overseeing the event.

The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The Festival also organizes retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.