The Taormina Film Festival has arrived at the 60th edition, and is preparing to celebrate big time. That which kicks off Saturday, June 14 is in fact an edition full of personality homegrown and Hollywood stars. The milestone is celebrated with lots of feminine presence of prominence. An all Claudia Cardinale, who will receive an award in the preview on June 13 Messina, but also Bo Derek, Melanie Griffith, Eva Longoria, Carmen Maura, Paz Vega, Christian Capotondi, Marina Cicogna, Paola Cortellesi, Kim Feenstra, Isabella Ferrari Vanessa Hessler, Fancesca Lo Schiavo, Margareth Madè, Vittoria Puccini, Valeria Solarino, Franca Sozzani and Barbara Tabita.
Imposing also the presence of men. From June 14 to 21 in fact arrive at the Teatro Antico also Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, John Turturro, John Corbett, Dante Ferretti, Raoul Bova, Marco Bocci, Christian De Sica, Remo Girone, Stefano Dionisi, Ficarra and Picone, Silvio Soldini, Antonello Venditti and Antonio Cabrini.
The opening of the film festival, directed by Mario Sesti and general manager Tiziana Rocca, will be held Saturday evening, just at the Ancient Theatre, with the premiere of “Dragon 2” in 3D, the presence of director Dean DeBlois and producer Bonnie Arnold. Second chapter of the trilogy about the adventures of the young Viking Hiccup and his dragon Toothless, the film will be released in Italy on August 16. The closure, on June 21 always in the picturesque setting of the theater, will be a double premiere: the first twenty minutes of “Apes Revolution. Planet of the Apes “by Matt Reeves (in Italy July 30), and to follow” The Girl in the Painting “Amma Asante (Italian release August 28) inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the daughter of an illegitimate half-caste and Admiral of the Royal Navy.
On the evening of the 17th, then, the festival will pay tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman (who died last February) with the premiere of his latest film “Synecdoche, New York” by Charlie Kaufman. The film, released in Italy on June 19, follows the story of Caden Cotard (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman), a theater director frustrated, plagued by a mysterious illness and haunted by the fear of death. Left by his wife who intends to continue his career as a painter, Caden will attempt a brief relationship with a woman before her life mysteriously begins to change.
Another preview June 15, with “Jersey Boys” by Clint Eastwood, the version for the big screen namesake of the Tony Award-winning musical. The film tells the story of four guys from New Jersey who form a rock band, an icon of the ’60s, The Four Seasons. To make the soundtrack songs that have influenced a generation, such as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Do not Cry” and “Walk”. In Italy will be released on June 18.
Taormina Film Festival is not only great cinema, but also Masterclass Campus and for the young, the section Fright & Fun / Laughter and Chills, serving from all over the world, comedy, thriller, horror; exploration of new trends in the web series, Focus on the Argentine and Russian films, the cinema of the Sicilian Filmmaker, Special Events, and evenings dedicated to Solidarity.
Finally, do not miss the show, produced by Cinecittà Luce Institute, which goes through vintage images, great moments and great characters that in the course of the 60 editions have populated the Ancient Theatre: Monica Vitti, David di Donatello in ’61; Audrey Hepburn award in ’62 for Best Foreign Actress for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”; Claudia Cardinale Special Award David di Donatello in ’61; Gina Lollobrigida award in ’63. And, again, Tyrone Power, Anita Ekberg, Vittorio Gassman, Cary Grant, Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti, Vittorio De Sica, and many other faces that have made the Italian and international cinema.