Transformers' to conquer Taormina first (from "Hollywood Reporter")

The science fiction film about an invasion of Earth by transformer robot armies will open elsewhere on the planet July 4. "We think the decision to premiere 'Transformers' in Taormina shows a renewed interest in the festival, and it illustrates the strong ties between this Mediterranean festival and American cinema," Young, in her first year as artistic director, said in an interview. Taormina, located on the Italian island of Sicily, will host the festival June 16-22. Eric J.Lyman 30 May 2007