Illy Pays Tribute to 'Once Upon a Time in America' at the 52nd Annual New York Film Festival

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To mark the occasion of the restored footage, Illy, a long-time supporter of the Film Festival, is serving a special coffee drink called The Cocoa Volta.

Film fans with an appetite for cinema will be indulged at this year’s 52nd annual New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center with the inclusion of Sergio Leon’s Once Upon A Time in America, which comprises 22 minutes of restored footage—never before seen in the U.S.

Released in 1984, Once Upon a Time in America, is Italian director Sergio Leone’s final work and perhaps his greatest according to festival insiders and film critics. The epic gangster saga set in New York stars Robert De Niro and James Woods as boyhood friends from the Lower East Side, who build a bootlegging empire.

Three decades after its theatrical release, the version of Once Upon a Time in America being screened on Saturday, September 27th at 2:30 the New York Film Festival was made possible via restoration process funded by Gucci and The Film Foundation. The additional footage now returned to the film provides a deeper view of the characters and enlarges the work of the astonishing cast that also includes Tuesday Weld, Joe Pesci, Treat Williams, and Louise Fletcher.

To mark the occasion of the restored footage, Illy, a long-time supporter of the Film Festival, is serving a special coffee drink called The Cocoa Volta, a mixture of espresso and dark chocolate syrup which will be available to all guests prior to the premier.

Illy coffee is served at the exclusive Hauser Lounge for festival VIP guests including directors and actors, who attend the New York Film Festival at the Walter Reed Theatre. An image using illy coffee depicting the famous poster art image from Once Upon a Time in America of the Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn’s Water Street will be on display in the lounge. The image is the creation of native New Yorker and graduate of Northwestern University, Harley Langberg, who experiments with food art and pays homage to the film and Leon’s Italian heritage with this latest image (

The Film Society of Lincoln Center was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, to recognize and support new filmmakers, and to enhance awareness, accessibility and understanding of the art among a broad and diverse film going audience.

About illycaffè North America, Inc
Illycaffè North America imports, distributes and markets illy products throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. With global headquarters in Trieste, Italy, illy is a leader in providing super-premium coffee known for its distinctly balanced and beautiful taste, produced to the industry’s highest quality standards. Its full range of roasted coffee (whole bean, ground and single serve), espresso machines, artist-created cups and other accessories can be experienced at leading cafes, hotels, and restaurants, and purchased for the home at higher-end retailers and at Through a global partnership with Coca Cola, illy also offers the illy issimo line of ready to drink coffees available worldwide. Illy pioneered the direct trade model for coffee over 25 years ago and purchases nearly 100 percent of its Arabica coffee directly from growers, who are educated by illy to produce coffee that meets the highest standards for quality and sustainability. Illy is frequently recognized for its industry leadership in sustainability and ethics, its long-held core values.

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