Francis Ford Coppola, Eva Longoria, Sofia Carson, Diane Warren, Giuseppe Tornatore, Ferzan Özpetek, Catherine Hardwicke, Marco Giallini, Isabella Ferrari and the 1982 World Champions. This is the menu of the 68th edition of the Taormina Film Fest 2022 (June 26 – July 2), again with the red carpet, presented today by the three directors: Alessandra De Luca, Federico Pontiggia and Francesco Alò. It starts with Il Padrino in a restored version in the presence of Francis Ford Coppola in an evening, hosted by Anna Ferzetti and ends with Giuseppe Tornatore and his Ennio di lui. Then there will be Ferzan Özpetek in the “one man show” entitled Ferzaneide and again, Tell it Like a Woman, female polysymphony composed of seven shorts made by Maria Sole Tognazzi, Lucia Puenzo, Catherine Hardwicke, Taraji P. Henson, Leena Yadav, Mipo O, Silvia Carobbio and Lucia Bulgheroni who sees among the interpreters Jennifer Hudson, Cara Delevingne, Margherita Buy, Marcia Gay Arden, Leonor Varela, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ann Watanabe and Eva Longoria – protagonist of an episode shot in Italy – which will accompany the film in Taormina.
These women’s tales will be preceded on the stage of the Ancient Theater by a musical moment with the composer Diane Warren and the singer, actress and dancer Sofia Carson. But on the music front also: Raphael Gualazzi, Kaballà, Lello Amalfino, Max Dedo, Nicola Costa and Mario Venuti. The latter is also the protagonist of the docufilm Something still burns by Daniele Gangemi. Six titles in the international competition, reserved for first and second works. It opens with the action thriller, American Murderer by New York director Matthew Gentile, while British actor Philip Barantini’s Boiling Point takes us into the frenetic kitchen of a restaurant. Femininity is instead at the center of Baby Pyramid, the debut of the Danish Cecilie McNair, a psychological drama on the theme of fertility. And again a woman is the protagonist of the western The Drover’s Wife the legend of Molly Johnson by Leah Purcel, an Australian of aboriginal origins.
Italy is in the selection with two titles: The voices alone by Andrea Brusa and Marco Scotuzzi with Giovanni Storti, in an unusually dramatic role and Io e Spotty, the second film by Cosimo Gomez with Filippo Scotti. World premiere then of Italy 1982, a blue story with the world champions of Spain Fulvio Collovati, Beppe Dossena, Franco Selvaggi and Marco Tardelli. Première then of My shadow is your based on the novel of the Premio Strega Edoardo Nesi, by Eugenio Cappuccio, with Marco Giallini, Giuseppe Maggio and the participation of Isabella Ferrari. The world premiere of Minions 2 – Come Gru becomes very bad by Kyle Balda is coming to a close, the new chapter of the animation franchise with a special introduction by Max Giusti, the Italian voice of the evil Gru. This edition of the Taormina Festival celebrates, in the official poster, two comedy greats such as Vittorio Gassman and Ugo Tognazzi. The two will in fact be remembered by their children, Paola and Gian Marco with the afternoon screenings of Venga for a coffee with us by Alberto Lattuada with Tognazzi and Senza Famiglia, propertyless seek affection, written, directed and performed by Gassman, in the versions restored by the Center. Experimental Cinematography – National Film Archive. Also in Taormina, the Manfredi Prize will be awarded by the National Union of Italian Film Journalists. Finally, at the Festival also A breath of fresh air by Alessio Lauria, with Aldo Baglio, Lucia Ocone and Ludovica Martino, a bittersweet tale of an unusual trip to Sicily to discover that it is never too late to become an adult, even at fifty.

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