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Taormina Film Fest to kick off on 14 July

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- The festival will boost a new artistic director, international guests such as Rupert Everett and world premieres such as Restiamo amici by Antonello Grimaldi and Hands of God by Roberto Romani

Taormina Film Fest to kick off on 14 July
Restiamo amici by Antonello Grimaldi

The sixty-fourth edition of the new-look Taormina Film Fest, which has been organised by Videobank, will take place from 14 to 20 July 2018 under the artistic direction of Silvia Bizio (the Italian correspondent for La Repubblica in LA) and Gianvito Casadonte (founder of the Magna Graecia Film Festival). Among the films due to be screened are 13 world premieres, six international premieres and numerous Italian premieres, with the festival also boasting a variety guests, documentaries, short films and master classes.

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"This year's festival favours films directed by women and films with strong social themes, such as immigration, violence against women and refugees, which is partly why we chose a jury of only women, producers and actresses,” stated the artistic director. The jury includes the producer Martha de Laurentiis (who will act as the jury president), Maria Grazia Cucinotta (actress, director, producer), Donatella Palermo (producer), Eleonora Granata (producer) and Adriana Chiesa (producer and international distributor). The jury will be judging the Taormina Arte Award, which will be presented on the evening of 20 July at Taormina Teatro Antico. This year’s edition also boasts a plethora of guests, including Rupert Everett, Richard Dreyfuss, Matthew Modine, Michele Placido, Sabina Guzzanti, Pietro Valsecchi, Michela Andreozzi and Maria Sole Tognazzi.

Among the films in competition and world premiere are Friends Will Be Friend by Antonello Grimaldi, starring Michele Riondino, Alessandro Roja and Violante Placido – adapted from the book Si può essere amici per sempre by Bruno Burbi and produced by Minerva Pictures Group with Rai Cinema – and The Hero, the first feature film by Cristiano Anania, produced by Mescalito Film, Green Film, HQ Event & Production and Minerva Pictures and starring Salvatore Esposito, Cristina Donadio and Paolo Sassanelli. The festival will also see the world premiere of the Italian-Canadian co-production Road to the Lemon Grove [+see also:
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by Dale Hildebrand, the debut film Angel Face [+see also:
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by the French director Vanessa Filho, starring Marion Cotillard and previously screened in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 2018, Home [+see also:
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by Dario Pleic (Not All About the Money), Once Upon a Time in November [+see also:
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 by the Polish director Andrzej Jakimowski, the Japanese film Ice Cream and the Sound of Raindropsby Daigo Matsui, the American-Italian co-production It Will be Chaos by Filippo Piscopo and Lorraine Luciana, the American Gotti by Kevin Caonnolly, Tatterdemalion by Ramaa Mosley, Leave No Trace by Debra Granik, True Crimes [+see also:
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by Alexandros Avranas,and the Italian films Transfert [+see also:
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 by Massimiliano Russo and In My Steps [+see also:
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by Claudio Sestieri.

Documentaries in world preview include Hands of God by Roberto Romani, which sees the executive production of the Oscar-winning Alfonso Cuarón, Greetings from Austin by Vittorio Buongiorno, Il raccontatore (duration 30 minutes) by Giancarlo Mogavero, Mikael by Massimiliano Varrese and last but not least, Be Kind by Nino Monteleone, starring Roberto Saviano, Fortunato Cerlino and the astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.

(Translated from Italian)

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