On June 30, the 65th Taormina Film Festival, the oldest European film festival kicks off 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.
The Festival is not as famous as the mainstream Cannes Festival or Biennale. But it is attractive due to master-classes by the maitres of the world cinematography, retrospectives of the great filmmakers, fashion events of the leading Italian designers, elite parties.
The event isn’t just scrutiny of the world cinema. First, the European cinematograph is represented here as art, not as an entertainment.
Besides, the film festival has a special award for the films made in Italy only.
A city of Taormina hosts the Festival – an ancient Sicilian town on the shore of the Ionic Sea. It was founded by ancient Greeks, banished from the neighboring port city of Naxos. In different centuries the city was under the Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Romans, and even the slaves in rebellion.
Glass clear sea water, fancy beaches, remains of ancient fortresses and theatres, picturesque ancient streets, numerous boutique with genuine leather products, jewelry shops, restaurants with true Italian cuisine in Mediterranean-style inner yards attract have been attracting European intellectual society since the 19th century. Nowadays, the city is the most popular resort on the island of Sicily.
The Festival to last until July 6.
On July 4 Oliver Stone shall represent his new documentary “Revealing Ukraine” directed by Igor Lopatenok about the latest developments in Ukraine and conflict in Donbas.