TaorminaFilmFest, the 65th Edition (2019, June 30th – July 6th). Rocío Muñoz Morales will be the godmother of the event. The Festival poster is dedicated to the great director Bernardo Bertolucci.
by Maria Teresa Prestigiacomo
Ph Donatella Turillo
There will be great stars and brilliant evenings at the TaorminaFilmFest 2019, directed by Silvia Bizio and Gianvito Casadonte. Nicole Kidman will inaugurate the first evening of the Stars of the 65th edition of the Festival, fourth in Europe by importance. The Australian actress, Academy Award for Best Actress for The Hours, will receive the Taormina Arte Award in the incomparable natural setting of the Greek-Roman Theater, known as the Ancient Theater. The Festival, that this year will have as its godmother the Spanish actress and model Rocío Muñoz Morales, is produced and organized for the second consecutive year by Videobank, in collaboration with the Taormina Arte Foundation (supported by the Regional Tourism Department and the Municipality of Taormina). In the early evening, on June 30th, Ladies in Black, the film by Australian director Bruce Beresford (A spasso con Daisy), who will be present in Taormina with his cast. Among the other guests, Kasia Smutniak with the film Dolce Fine Giornata by Jacek Borcuch, recently awarded at Sundance.
The TaorminaFilmFest is accompanied by special screenings such as Yesterday by Danny Boyle about the Beatles, with Hamish Patel and Lily James, and the Amazing Grace concert film, with Aretha Franklin. The Jury will be composed by the writer André Aciman (Chiamami col tuo nome), the composer Carlo Siliotto (Instructions Not Included), the actress Laura Morante and it twill be chaired by Oliver Stone who will present the documentary The Untold History of Ukraine by Igor Lopatonok, of which he is executive producer. Numerous other guests, actors, directors, producers who cannot miss this appointment of the great international cinema.
The poster of the 65th Taormina Film Fest is dedicated to the sensual game personified by the famous scene of the dance of the film Il Conformista by Bernardo Bertolucci, to whom a tribute to the memory is bestowed. They are the sinuous, elegant and provocative movements of two impalpable divas of the big screen –
sublimated at best in more than one film of the Master – to gain the center of the track and the scene under the astonished gaze of Jean-Louis Trintignant and the unaware bystanders. A bow around which the composed elegance of the bourgeois Giulia of Stefania Sandrelli is resolved, betrothed to the philosophical teacher and fascist spy of Jean Louis-Trintignant, who arrived in Paris to kill Professor Quadri, a political dissident who took refuge in France and husband of handsome Anna of Dominique Sanda, who had so impressed the director in Così bella, così dolce by Robert Bresson. Suspicion, provocation and seduction. But in the couple’s relationship that exemplifies the masquerade ball of fascism, there are above all two brilliant stars that more than once have made the previous summits of Taormina beautiful. Here they do it under the great filmmaker who in 1965 was presenting Prima della rivoluzione in Taormina, sitting in the Ancient Theater alongside a sunny Adriana Asti.