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Le Taormina FilmFest revient avec 11 productions indépendantes européennes

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- Du 11 au 19 juillet, le festival proposera une édition physique et virtuelle avec 14 1ers ou 2e longs-métrages en compétition, 12 documentaire et un hommage de Giuseppe Tornatore à Ennio Morricone

Le Taormina FilmFest revient avec 11 productions indépendantes européennes
Oskar & Lilli - Where No One Knows Us d'Arash T. Riahi

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With fourteen first or second works in its Main Competition, and playing host to a further twelve documentaries, eleven independent European productions and four special events, the 66th Taormina FilmFest, directed by Leo Gullotta and Francesco Calogero, has sprung back to life with an Official Selection comprising over 40 premieres, which are screening in cinemas - as well as streaming online for the very first time - between 11 – 19 July. Every day, at 7pm and then again at 9.30pm, Taormina’s Palazzo dei Congressi is organising daily double screenings of films within the International Competition, a section dedicated to debut works, while the online MYmovies.it schedule is offering an even greater wealth of material, available for 24 hours, in the form of follow-up info, video documents, archive images and guest contributions, uploaded on a day to day basis.

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Equal representation of the sexes has been achieved across the festival’s three competitive sections – exactly 50% of the directors selected are women – by way of works such as the European titles Oskar & Lilli - Where No One Knows Us [+lire aussi :
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by Arash T. Riahi (Austria); Jiyan [+lire aussi :
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by Süheyla Schwenk (Germany), which was awarded the Ecumenic Jury Award at 2020’s Max Ophüls Prize Festival and the Audience Award at the Entrevues Belfort Film Festival; Mater [+lire aussi :
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by Jure Pavlović (Croatia/Serbia/France/Bosnia Herzegovina), which was honoured at the Belgrade Festival in March; Charter [+lire aussi :
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by Amanda Kernell (Sweden), selected for Sundance 2020; Uncle [+lire aussi :
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by Frelle Petersen (Denmark); A Thief's Daughter [+lire aussi :
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by Belén Funes (Spain), in competition in San Sebastián 2019, where its protagonist Greta Fernández bagged a trophy; Perfumes [+lire aussi :
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by Grégory Magne (France) and The King Dies by Laura Angiulli (Italy). The latter, based on the stage play "Richard II" by William Shakespeare, scooped the Best Female Director award at the 2019 London Independent Film Awards.

Jostling alongside these titles are Our Own by Jeanne Leblanc (Canada), Critical Thinking by John Leguizamo (USA), The Lunchroom by Ezequiel Radusky (Argentina), The Cloud In Her Room by Xinyuan Zheng Lu (China/Hong Kong), The Alien by Nader Saeivar (Iran) and Heart And Bones by Ben Lawrence (Australia).

Meanwhile, works showcasing out-of-competition in the “Filmmaker in Sicilia” space include special screenings of Io lo so chi siete by Alessandro Colizzi, a docufilm dedicated to mafia victim Antonino Agostino; La storia vergognosa by Nella Condorelli, exploring mass Italian emigration to the Americas in the early Twentieth Century, and Alessandro Lunardelli’s second title, closing the festival, La regola d’oro, a film shot for the most part in Taormina, starring Simone Liberati, Edoardo Pesce, Barbora Bobulova and Hadas Yaron.

On 18 July, the newly re-opened Teatro Antico will host the world premiere of Devotion, a film directed by Giuseppe Tornatore and featuring original music from Ennio Morricone produced by Dolce&Gabbana. Closing ceremony guests will include Emmanuelle Seigner, Oscar winner Vittorio Storaro who will accept the Lifetime Achievement Cariddi d’Oro, and Willem Dafoe and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau who will both be honoured with the traditional Taormina Arte Award.

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