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14/06/2019, 20:24


 Apple to debut first-look event at historic festival, Oliver Stone to Preside Over Jury of 65th Annual Edition of the Festival

Los Angeles, June 13, 2019 -  The Taormina Film Festival, produced and organized by Videobank in collaboration with the Taormina Arte Foundation and directed by Silvia Bizio and Gianvito Casadonte, celebrates its 65th anniversary this year. The festival is the third oldest in the world after Cannes and Venice, and this edition will showcase a rich official selection with over 70 feature films and documentaries - plus dozens of shorts - representing countries from around the world. Films in competition will be shown in the Features, Documentaries and Center Stage sections, with 11 world, 17 European and 14 Italian premieres. The line-up includes nine out-of-competition features - of which four are world premieres - and the welcome return of evening screenings in the magnificent 3,000-seat, 2,300-year-old Greek Theatre.  
The 65th Taormina FilmFest, from June 30 until July 6, is proud to announce that Oscar®-winning actresses Nicole Kidman and Octavia Spencer, who executive produces and stars in Apple’s upcoming Truth Be Told, will be among the talents receiving the prestigious Taormina Arte Award on stage at the Greek Theatre. Executive producer Phillip Noyce, in Taormina to present the world premiere of Show Me What You Got by Svetlana Cvetko, will also receive the award.
In the festival’s 65-year history, Apple’s upcoming drama series Truth Be Told is the first-ever TV series to be celebrated at the Taormina Film Festival.  Academy and Golden Globe Award-winner Octavia Spencer, who executive produces and stars in Truth Be Told will be joined by the series’ creator Nichelle Tramble Spellman.  Inspired by the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber, Truth Be Told provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.  The series will debut on Apple TV+, the new home for the world’s most creative storytellers featuring exclusive original shows, movies and documentaries, coming to the Apple TV app this fall. 
Apple TV+ will also present two films at this year’s Taormina Film Festival, The Elephant Queen and Hala.
Featured in the Greek Theater will be Apple’s The Elephant Queen, directed by Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning wildlife documentarians Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble, scored by Golden Globe-nominated composer Alex Heffes (The Last King of Scotland, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), and narrated by Academy® Award-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave, Doctor Strange, the upcoming The Lion King). The genre redefining film stars the ultimate leading lady, Athena, an elephant matriarch who will do everything in her power to protect her family when they are forced to leave their watering hole. The Elephant Queen is an epic story of love, loss and coming home is a timely love letter to a species that could be gone from our planet in a generation.
Presented in the Palace of Congress Theater will be Apple’s Hala, a coming-of-age story and official 2019 Sundance Film Festival selection written and directed by Minhal Baig, and executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith. Hala chronicles a young woman as she struggles to straddle the lines between two cultures.
The festival opens with the film, Ladies in Black, from two-time Oscar®-nominee Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) with Beresford and the film’s cast in attendance. Three-time Oscar®-winning director Oliver Stone will serve as Jury President for narrative films alongside André Aciman (author of Call Me By Your Name), Golden Globe-nominated composer Carlo Siliotto (Under the Same Moon, Instructions Not Included), actress Julia Ormond, editor Elisa Bonora and director Paolo Genovese. Anonymous Content executive producer Bedonna Smith will be part of the documentary jury alongside director Andrea Pallaoro and actress Donatella Finocchiaro.
Special screenings at the Greek Theatre include the Italian premieres of Oscar®-winner Danny Boyle’s Yesterday, starring Himesh Patel and Lily James, and the long-awaited instant-classic Amazing Grace featuring Aretha Franklin in her prime. The world premiere of Martha Coolidge’s I’ll Find You (produced by Oscar®-winner Fred Roos) will also screen at the Greek Theatre as well as Mimmo Calopresti’s Via dall’Aspromonte, produced by Fulvio Lucisano. Taormina is also proud to present the highly anticipated blockbuster Spider-Man: Far From Home as a special event at the Greek Theatre.
Films will be screening either at the historic Greek Theatre or the Palace of Congress. Other narrative selections include the European premieres of Robin Bissell’s The Best of Enemies, starring Oscar®-nominee Taraji P. Henson and Oscar®-winner Sam Rockwell, and Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage’s Them That Follow, starring Oscar®-winner Olivia Colman, as well as the Italian premieres of Kenneth Branagh’s All Is True starring Oscar®-nominee Branagh, Oscar®-winner Judi Dench, and Oscar®-nominee Ian McKellen, Kent Jones’ Diane, starring Mary Kay Place, Dome Karukoski’s Tolkien, and Jacek Borcuch’s Sundance award-winner, Dolce Fine Giornata, starring Krystyna Janda and Kasia Smutniak. Other presentations include Spiral Farm by Alec Tibaldi, featuring Piper De Palma, daughter of Brian De Palma.

This edition also features a strong documentary lineup that includes the European premiere of Martha Shane and Ian Cheney’s Picture Character as well as the Italian premieres of Richard Ladkani’s Sundance award-winner, Sea of Shadows (executive-produced by Oscar®-winner Leonardo DiCaprio), Shannon Service and Jeffrey Waldron’s Ghost Fleet, and John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm, which will soon be released in Italy. Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner, One Child Nation, and Lukas Lorentzen’s Sundance award-winner, Midnight Family, will also screen.
Additionally, the festival is delighted to have members of the Ghana Actors’ Guild attend the festival with the new Ghanaian film Azali (dir. Kwabena Gyansah), which will be making its European premiere at Taormina. Panels include discussions on women directors/producers as well as documentarians who risk their lives to film in dangerous situations.
Apple will also make its entrance onto cinema’s world stage at the Taormina FilmFest, previewing content from series such as Truth Be Told with Octavia Spencer, See with Alfre Woodard, and The Morning Show with Jennifer Aniston, Oscar®-winner Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. Additionally, they will screen two feature films: Hala, directed by Minhal Baig and executive-produced by Jada Pinkett Smith, and The Elephant Queen, directed by Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone.
The festival will present three competitive sections: Documentaries; Features; and the Center Stage competition, to be judged by students of international film schools and the Universities of Messina and Catania. The winners of the Center Stage competition will receive the Paola Ferrari De Benedetti Award (and a cash prize) and the Air Italy award, which includes an airline ticket to Los Angeles offered by Taormina FilmFest’s new partner, Air Italy.
The program will also include a series of Italian and international shorts, as well as a historical section dedicated to screening classic films such L’Appel du Sang and Un Amore Selvaggio with Giovanni Grasso, accompanied by a live piano performance.
The full line up is as follows:
Amazing Grace (Realized and Produced by Alan Elliott, USA, 2018, 89’, col)
Born on the Fourth of July (Dir. Oliver Stone, USA, 1989, 145’, col)
The Elephant Queen (Dirs. Mark Deeble, Victoria Stone, Kenya/UK, 2019, 96’, col)
I’ll Find You (Dir. Martha Coolidge, USA, 2019, 115’, col)
Ladies in Black (Dir. Bruce Beresford, Australia, 2018, 109’, col)
Spider-Man: Far From Home (Dir. Jon Watts, USA, 2019, 135’, col - B/W
Aspromonte (Dir. Mimmo Calopresti, Italy, 2019, col)
Yesterday (Dir. Danny Boyle, UK, 2019, 112’, col)
Allahu Akbar (Dir. Farhat Qazi, Pakistan, 2019, 87’, col)
Amare Amaro (Dir. Julien Paolini, France, 2019, 89’, col)
Azali (Dir. Kwabena Gyansah, Ghana-West Africa, 2018, 89’, col)
Ellen: Die storie van Ellen Pakkies  (Dir. Daryne Joshua, South Africa, 2018, 123’, col)
Hala (Dir. Minhal Baig, USA, 2019, 94’, col)
Imaginary Order (Dir. Debra Eisenstadt, USA, 2019, 101’, col)
In the Life of Music (Dirs. Caylee So, Visal Sok, USA/Cambodia, 2018, 92’, col)
Nido de Mantis (Dir. Arturo Sotto Díaz, Cuba, 2018, 118’, col)
Picciridda (Dir. Paolo Licata, Italy, 2019, 95’, col)
Show Me What You Got (Dir. Svetlana Cvetko, USA, 2019, 100’, B/W)
A Son of Man (Dir. Jamaicanoproblem, Ecuador, 2018, 91’, col)
The Song of the Tree (Dir. Aibek Daiyrbekov, Kyrgyzstan/Russia, 2018, 93’, col)
Them That Follow (Dirs. Britt Poulson, Dan Madison Savage, USA, 2019, 98’, col)
This Teacher (Dir. Mark Jackson, USA, 2018, 95’, col)
Vai (Dir. Beca Arahanga, et al., Āotearoa New Zealand, 2019, 90’, col)
Aether (Dir. Rûken Tekeş, Turkey, 2019, 82’, col)
The Biggest Little Farm (Dir. John Chester, USA, 2018, 91’, col)
Desolation Center (Dir. Stuart Swezey, USA, 2018, 94’, col)
Ghost Fleet (Dirs. Shannon Service, Jeffrey Waldron, USA, 2018, 90’, col)
The Hidden Fountain (Dir. Raquel Chalfi, Israel, 2017, 100’, col)
Memphis ’69 (Dir. Joe LaMattina, USA, 2019, 72’, col)
Midnight Family (Dir. Luke Lorentzen, Mexico, 2019, 81’, col)
One Child Nation (Dirs. Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang, USA/China, 2019, 85’, col)
Picture Character (Dirs. Martha Shane, Ian Cheney, USA/Germany/Japan/Argentina/Austria, 2019, 80’,col)
Sea of Shadows (Dir. Richard Ladkani, Austria, 2019, 104’, col)
Seadrift (Dir. Tim Tsai, USA, 2019, 65’, col)
A Tuba to Cuba (Dirs. T.G. Herrington, Danny Clinch, USA/Cuba, 2018, 83’, col)
Arrythmia (Dir. Gibran Bazan, Mexico, 2019, 90’, col)
Dallas in Prizzi (Dir. Luca Vullo, Italy, 2018, 43’, col)
Daughter of the Wolf (Dir. David Hackl, Canada, 2019, 91’, col)
Demolition Girl (Dir. Genta Matsugami, Japan, 2019, 88’, col)
Flatland (Dir. Jenna Bass, South Africa, 2019, 117’, col)
Haiti (Dir. Marco Salom, Italy, 2018, 45’, col)
Happy Face (Dir. Alexandre Franchi, Canada, 2018, 97’, col)
La Partita (Dir. Francesco Carnesecchi, Italy, 2018, 94’, col)
Ploey - You Will Never Fly Alone (Dir. Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson, Iceland/Belgium, 2018, 83’, col)
Slipaway (Dir. Julia Butler, Daniel Mentz, USA, 2017, 89’, col)
Spare Room (Dir. Jenica Bergere, USA, 2018, 97’, col)
Spiral Farm (Dir. Alec Tibaldi, USA, 2019, 85’, col)
Suburban Wildlife (Dir. Imogen McCluskey, Australia, 2019, 90’, col)
All is True (Dir. Kenneth Branagh, UK, 2018, 101’, col)
Astronaut (Dir. Shelagh McLeod, Canada, 2019, 97’, col)
Be NaturalThe Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (Dir. Pamela B. Green, USA, 2018, 103’, col - B/W)
The Best of Enemies (Dir. Robin Bissell, USA, 2019, 133’, col)
Cruel Peter (Dirs. Christian Bisceglia, Ascanio Malgarini, Italy, 2019, 90’, col)
Diane (Dir. Kent Jones, USA, 2018, 96’, col)
A Rose in Winter (Dir. Joshua Sinclair, UK, 2019, 135’, col)
Tolkien (Dir. Dome Karukoski, USA, 2019, 112’, col)
Tutto Liscio! (Dir. Igor Maltagliati, Italy, 2018, 100’, col)
Welcome Home (Dir. George Ratliff, USA, 2018, 97’, col)
L’Appel du Sang (Dir. Louis Mercanton, France, 1919, 75’, B/W)
Dolce Fine Giornata  (Dir. Jacek Borcuch, Poland, 2019, 92’, col)
I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (Dir. Radu Jude, Romania/Germany/Bulgaria/France/Czech Republic, 2018, 140’, col)
Il Traditore (Dir. Marco Bellocchio, Italy/France/Brazil/Germany, 2019, 145’, col)
Revealing Ukraine (Dir. Igor Lopatonok, USA, 2019, 92’, col)
Visioni Private (Dir. Ninni Bruschetta, Francesco Calogero, Donald Ranvaud, Italy, 1988, 92’, col)
15/05/2019, 21:01


 Sarà Nicole Kidman l’ospite d’onore della 65a edizione del Taormina Film Fest che sisvolgerà dal 30 giugno al 6 luglio 2019.

Sarà Nicole Kidman l’ospite d’onore della 65a edizione del Taormina Film Fest che si svolgerà dal 30 giugno al 6 luglio 2019. L’attrice australiana Premio Oscar come migliore attrice per The Hours, riceverà il Taormina Arte Award nella suggestiva cornice del Teatro Antico.

 Il Festival, che quest’anno avrà come madrina l’attrice e modella spagnola Rocío Muñoz Morales, è prodotto e organizzato per il secondo anno consecutivo da Videobank, in collaborazione  con la Fondazione Taormina Arte (sostenuta dall’Assessorato regionale al Turismo e dal Comune di Taormina), con la direzione artistica di Silvia Bizio e Gianvito Casadonte. Ad inaugurare la rassegna Ladies in Black, il nuovo film del regista australiano Bruce Beresford (A spasso con Daisy), che sarà presente a Taormina insieme a gran parte del suo cast. Tra gli altri ospiti, Kasia Smutniak con il film Dolce Fine Giornata di Jacek Borcuch, recentemente premiato al Sundance.
 Tra le proiezioni speciali sul grande schermo ci sarà; la prima italiana di Yesterday di Danny Boyle sui Beatles, con Himesh Patel e Lily James, e l’attesissimo film concerto Amazing Grace, con una giovane Aretha Franklin. La Giuria composta dallo scrittore André Aciman ("Chiamami col tuo nome"), dal compositore Carlo Siliotto ("Instructions Not Included") e dall’attrice Laura Morante è presieduta da Oliver Stone che tra l’altro presenterà al festival il documentario The Untold History of Ukraine di Igor Lopatonok, di cui è produttore esecutivo.

La locandina del 65° Taormina Film Fest è dedicata al gioco sensuale mirabilmente personificato dalla celebre scena del ballo del film Il conformista di Bernardo Bertolucci, al quale viene idealmente tributato un omaggio alla memoria. Sono le sinuose, eleganti e provocatorie movenze di due impalpabili dive del grande schermo - eternate e sublimate al meglio in più di una pellicola del grande Maestro recentemente scomparso - a guadagnare il centro della pista e della scena sotto lo sguardo attonito di Jean-Louis Trintignant e degli inconsapevoli astanti. Un inchino intorno al quale si risolve la composta eleganza della borghese Giulia di Stefania Sandrelli, promessa sposa del docente di filosofia e spia fascista di Jean Louis-Trintignant, giunto a Parigi per uccidere il professor Quadri, dissidente politico rifugiatosi in Francia e marito dell’avvenente Anna di Dominique Sanda, che tanto aveva impressionato il regista in Così bella, così dolce di Robert Bresson. Sospetto, provocazione, ostilità e seduzione. Ma nel rapporto di coppia che esemplifica il ballo in maschera del fascismo, ci sono soprattutto due brillanti stelle che più di una volta hanno brillato nelle estati taorminesi. Qui lo fanno sotto l’egida di un grande cineasta che già nel 1965 presentava a Taormina Prima della rivoluzione sedendo nel parterre del Teatro Antico al fianco di una raggiante Adriana Asti.

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15/05/2019, 20:40


 Quando il mondo diventa glamour, si fa sentire su Radio Monte Carlo.E così, dal 30 giugno al 6 luglio prossimi, Radio Monte Carlo sarà la Radio Ufficiale della 65° edizione del Taormina Film Fest.

Quando il mondo diventa glamour, si fa sentire su Radio Monte Carlo.
 E così, dal 30 giugno al 6 luglio prossimi, Radio Monte Carlo sarà la Radio Ufficiale della 65° edizione del Taormina Film Fest.

Ogni giorno la speaker dell’emittente Rosaria Renna si collegherà in diretta dalla splendida Taormina per far vivere agli ascoltatori l’atmosfera che si respira e raccontare, attraverso le interviste ai protagonisti della giornata, l’andamento del Festival con i suoi tanti eventi, i divi e i volti iconici del grande schermo.

 Su Radio Monte Carlo il grande cinema si trasmette ogni giorno anche attraverso le immagini e la narrazione della kermesse sul sito attraverso un’ampia sezione dedicata, ricca di video, interviste, fotografie ed in contemporanea sulle sue pagine ufficiali Facebook, Twitter e Instagram.


Il suo sound è inconfondibile in virtù dell’attenzione che l’emittente riserva da sempre alla ricerca musicale, alla costante scoperta di nuovi suoni e talenti ancora poco conosciuti.

La raffinata selezione musicale, un’informazione attenta all’attualità italiana e internazionale e alle nuove tendenze, uno spiccato interesse per le passioni dei propri ascoltatori fanno di Radio Monte Carlo un must in fatto di lifestyle, arte, moda, celebrities, viaggi, cinema e sport.
 Oltre alla musica, che svolge un ruolo dominante nell’offerta editoriale, la radio vive anche sul territorio con importanti Partnership tra le quali quella del Blue Note di Milano, diversi festival jazz in tutta Italia, FAI, Piano City, Design e Fashion Week, Salone dell’Auto di Torino, Healthytude e le più prestigiose mostre d’arte.
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