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:: TAORMINA 50TH. EVENTS

Special events were held on occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the festival. The events, all gathered together on the Opening night of June 13th, are the following: - Screening of the film Napoli che canta (1926) by Leone Roberto Roberti accompanied by the live performance of the singer Giuni Russo and her musical group. Roberti is the father of Sergio Leone. The event is organized in collaboration with Pordenone’s Days of Silent Cinema.
- Tribute to Nino Manfredi
- The Italian cinema for the 50 years of the International festival of Taormina
- Opening concert by the Boban Markovic Orkestar.


The Taormina BNL FilmFest will present – next to the traditional sections – some initiatives represented by a series of special additional screenings.
On June 15th will be presented a Felix Moeller’s film, DIE VERHOEVENS, that reconstructs the extraordinary story of a directors’ dynasty since three generations. Michael Verhoeven, also jury’s president, as well as his sons Simon, director of the film, and Luca, actor, will be present in Taormina.
On June 17th on the occasion of the tribute to Francesco Rosi, also awarded with the Taormina Arte Award for Cinematic Excellence 2004, will be presented a film by Roberto Andò dedicated to the great Italian director.
On June 19th and 20th it will be the turn of the 14 minutes short film IL VESTITO, co-produced by Chico Paladino and Luc Besson and directed by Rie Rasmussen. A short film entirely shot in Palermo.
On the same days, will be presented the documentary SICILIA (44’) that is part of different works from the series L’ITALIA VISTA DAL CIELO, realized almost 30 years ago by Folco Quilici and produced by Esso, currently sponsoring the restoration and the DVD copying of the 20 documentaries by the famous documentary director and traveller. Folco Quilici will preside the event.
On June 20th in the afternoon, the event titled FUTURE CINEMA LANGUAGES will consist in a screening of different short films representing a sample of the digital production realized during a seminar, currently taking place, at the Short Films Campus of Gallodoro.
The same day, the Sicilian director Francesco Calogero will present IN THE NAME OF THE GODFATHER. Work in progress for the documentary “Nella terra del Padrino” by Francis Ford Coppola (19’).


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