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Taormina FilmFest, a marathon of Italian and international film

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- From 6 to 9 July there will be meetings, masterclasses and world and national premieres straight from the Cannes Film Festival. Tomorrow the focus will be on Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza

Taormina FilmFest, a marathon of Italian and international film
Sicilian Ghost Story by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza

The period from 6 to 9 July will mark the 63th edition of the Taormina FilmFest: the festival coordinated by Ninni Panzera with Sino Caracappa and Paolo Signorelli representing ANEC, which this year returns with a fresh new look, in the pursuit of contamination between the arts, from film to music and from theatre to literature.

A marathon of Italian and international film with masterclasses, premieres, and screenings of documentaries on Sicilian culture. There will be two masterclasses: the jewel in the crown of the event. On 7 July the festival will host Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, the writers of Sicilian Ghost Story [+see also:
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, the opening film of Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival, who have chosen to show a great classic from the world of film: The Night of the Hunter by Charles Laughton.

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On 9 July it will be the turn of one of the most famous faces from new Italian film, Isabella Ragonese: her masterclass will be preceded by a screening of Il primo incarico [+see also:
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by Giorgia Cecere and a selection of films she’s starred in, featuring There is a Light [+see also:
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interview: Fabio Mollo
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by Fabio Mollo, Tutta la vita davanti [+see also:
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by Paolo Virzì, Sun, Heart, Love [+see also:
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by Daniele Vicari, and Ten Winters [+see also:
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interview: Michele Riondino - actor
interview: Valerio Mieli
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by Valerio Mieli.

There will be six national premieres fresh from the Cannes Film Festival, starting with the opening film and ending with the closing film, Rodin [+see also:
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by Jacques Doillon and Good Time by Benny and Joshua Safdie respectively. Then there’s Becoming Cary Grant [+see also:
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by Mark Kidel, Radiance [+see also:
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by Naomi Kawase, Oh Lucy! by Atsuko Hirayanagi and Ismael’s Ghosts [+see also:
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Q&A: Arnaud Desplechin
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by Arnaud Desplechin. Also featuring is, from Directors’ Fortnight 2016, Dog Eat Dog by Paul Schrader, which will soon be released in Italian theatres.

Italy will also make its presence felt with a very rich selection, of feature films, short films and documentaries, some of which will be shown in their world premieres, like the new film by Aurelio Grimaldi, La divina Dolzèdia. Then there’s Totò e Vicè by Umberto De Paola and Marco Battaglia, Mario soffia sulla cenere by Alberto Castiglione, Handy - La rivolta delle mani siciliane by Vincenzo Cosentino, La battaglia di Capo Bon by Ruben Monterosso and Federico Savonitto, Alamar by Pedro González-Rubio, Peggio per me by Riccardo Camilli and 7 Days [+see also:
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by Rolando Colla. Documentaries featuring include Proven Otherwise by Chiara Agnello, Saro [+see also:
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by Enrico Maria Artale, La mia Battaglia by Franco Maresco, La luce di Pino Pinelli by Mimmo Calopresti, Macbeth by Daniele Campea, Mexico un cinema alla riscossa by Michele Rho, La prova by Ninni Bruschetta and Nessuno ci può giudicare by Steve Della Casa and Chiara Ronchini.

(Translated from Italian)

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