Taormina Film Fest announces the retrospective of Giuseppe Tornatore

To Tornatore the Taormina Film Fest will dedicate its opening night, a retrospective of his works and an important photography exhibit. In addition, Tornatore will also be the protagonist for the first Lesson in Cinema on the morning of June 17th.” Celebrated all over the world, thanks to Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (Cinema Paradiso, 1989), Oscar winner for best foreign film and a main player in the current film season with La Sconosciuta (The Unknown Woman), Tornatore, born in Bagheria, is one of the best known Italian directors. From 1986 to 2006, Tornatore produced eight films (in addition to the episode Il cane blu (The blue dog) from the film La domenica specialmente (Especially on Sunday) and the film montage Lo schermo a tre punte (The screen in three parts), with some of the most important scenes in Sicilian cinema; all works of great production but also with unforgettable characters, works now nostalgic and now highly noted but always and in every way consumed by the unconditional passion for cinema and for it’s true production. Here are the film titles that will be shown in Taormina: Il Camorrista (The Professor, 1986, for which Tornatore received his first Silver Ribbon award (Nastro d’Argento) for best premiere film on July 25, 1987 at the Greek Theatre in Taormina), Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (Cinema Paradiso, 1989, awarded the Cannes Festival Grand Jury Award and Oscar winner for best foreign film), Stanno tutti bene (Everybody’s Fine, 1990), Una pura formalità (A Pure Formality, 1993), ep. Il cane blu (The blue dog, 1991), L’uomo delle stelle (The Starmaker, 1995), La leggenda del pianista sull’oceano (The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean, 1998), Malena (2000), La sconosciuta (The Unknown Woman, 2006). Giuseppe Tornatore is also the author of several respected documentaries, dedicated to Sicily and its culture. With his unmistakable touch, there are new encounters with faces, gestures, and words from a unique place. In collaboration with Rai Tre Sicilia (TV channel Rai 3) some rare and restored documentaries will be shown in Taormina, like Le minoranze etniche in Sicilia (The ethnic minority in Sicily), Ritratto di rapinatore (Portrait of a Thief), Diario di Guttuso (Diary of Gattuso), Scrittori siciliani e cinema: Verga, Pirandello, Brancati e Sciascia (Sicilian writers and cinema: Verga, Pirandello, Brancati and Sciascia). To complete the tribute to Tornatore there will also be some twenty publicity shorts produced by the director and in some cases with important International actors, interviews and other rare and unedited material. Of the twenty shorts, one will be the notable interview of Leonardo Sciascia and one of the director, Riccardo Freda. With Tornatore and his films, Taormina Film Fest will also dedicate an original Photography Exhibit with an interesting collection of actors (Marcello Mastroianni, Gerard Depardieu, Roman Polanski, Monica Bellucci, Sergio Castellitto, etc.) and photos of the surrounding environment, above all Sicily. The retrospective will be accompanied by the edited catalogue from Silvana Publishers that contains unpublished essays from important national critics and an important collection of icon photographs with many unpublished photos. The retrospective is already in demand from other International Festivals and in autumn will premiere in America, forming a permanent circulation from the initiative of Taormina Film Fest.