The 65th Taormina Film Festival, the oldest European film festival, was a great success this summer in Sicily.
Taormina Film Fest is a European festival, which annually takes place in late June in a Sicilian resort town on the hills of the Tauro Mountain.
It’s been 65 years as world celebrities come to the Eastern coast of the Italian island to present their movies at the historic festival. Among the past recipients of Actors Honors were Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Tom Cruise, Marcello Mastroianni, etc. Roman Polanski, Sydney Pollack, Martin Scorsese were awarded as film directors and producers.
Elizabeth Taylor, Antonio Banderas, Sophia Loren used to visit the Festival. This year, an Oscar-winning Oliver Stone, Nicole Kidman, Rocio Morales, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Bruce Beresford, Julia Ormond, Oksana Marchenko and other world stars were seen shinning on the red carpet and on the film shows in Taormina.
The major part of the premiers and film shows of the 7-day festival took place in an open-air ancient Greek amphitheater.
The program of the festival was quite intense and geographically various – from the U.S.A to Australia throw Europe of course. The films in competition were divided in three sections – Feature Films, Documentaries and Center Stage. Some films were shown beyond the competition, others were visited by the film delegations. The organizers brought back some historical awards like Cariddi for best drama and documentary and the Taormina Arte Award.
A big number of masterclasses, parties and other events were held in the frameworks of the festival.
Oliver Stone, an Oscar-winning American film director, chaired the jury panel at the film festival.
Taormina Film Fest is a competition first of all, thus there should be the winners. Here’s the list of the awards:
TAORMINA ARTE AWARD
Bruce Beresford, Nicole Kidman, Phillip Noyce, Fulvio Lucisano, Peter Greenaway, Octavia Spencer, Martha Coolidge, Julia Ormond, Alessandro Haber, Dominique Sanda.
CARIDDI D'ORO Award for Best Film – Show Me What You Got
CARIDDI D'ARGENTO Award for the best directing: Minhal Baig
CARIDDI D'ARGENTO Award for Best Screenplay: Picciridda
MASCHERA DI POLIFEMO Award for Best Actor: Jarrid Geduld
MASCHERA DI POLIFEMO Award for Best Actress– Jill Levenberg
Best documentary – "One Child Nation"
Special Insignia – Patma Tungpuchayaku for "Ghost Fleet", Andrea Crosta for "Sea of Shadows".
Gran Prix for the Nest Documentary – "Revealing Ukraine"
VIDEOBANK Award – "Guja Jelo"
VIDEOBANK Award – Mario Incudine
ANGELO D'ARRIGO Award – Oliver Stone
Festival Award – Luca Josi
WELLA Award – Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Special Award of the Film Festival in Taormina – short feature "IL GIORNO PIU' BELLO"
CENTER STAGE COMPETITION Award for the Best Film from the student jury –"Spiral Farm"
CENTER STAGE COMPETITION Award for the best directing – Julia Butler
SPECIAL AIR ITALY Award to the rising star of Sicily – Marta Castiglia
Richard Dreyfuss gave his masterclass. An American actor, one of the youngest Oscar winning actors, best known for starring in popular films between the 1970s and 1990s, including “American Graffiti”, “Jaws”, “Stand by Me”, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, “Down and Out in Beverly Hills”, “The Goodbye Girl”, “Stakeout”, “Always”, “What About Bob?” and “Mr. Holland's Opus” starred on the red carpets in Taormina.
Oliver Stone spoke of the blindness and severity of empires, intricacies of financing the process of film creating, corruption on the elections and many more.
Nicole Kidman captivated the visitors with her charm, though it was equally interesting to hear about her love to Italy, Fellini and her plans for future.
By the way, Oksana Marchenko and Viktor Medvedchuk presented flowers to Nicole Kidman at the cocktail party.
A private party hosted by Ukrainian TV presenter Oksana Marchenko and Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk at the 65th Taormina Film Festival on July 2 had a great success. Festival’s art director Silvia Bizio, executive producer Marco Fallanca, the President of Videobank Lino Chiechio, Australian film director Phillip Noyce, a winner of several dozens of world film awards, two of which were received at the Taormina Film Festival, the American Oscar-winning film director Oliver Stone, as well as actress and producer of the film A Son of a Man Lily van