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ROME — Turkish-Italian director Ferzan Ozpetek will head the six-person jury that will award the 54-year-old Taormina Film Festival’s Golden Tauro prize for new films from the Mediterranean region, the festival said Wednesday.
Organizers also announced that a restored print of Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” — filmed in part in Sicily — will screen in the festival’s 2,300-year-old Greek Theater as part of a lineup that includes restored versions of Federico Fellini’s little-known 1968 short “Toby Dammit” and Paul Schrader’s 1985 biopic “Mishima.”
David Mamet’s martial arts drama “Red Belt” also will screen in the 6,000-seat theater in addition to a special gala screening of “The Edge of Heaven,” from Fatih Akin, which will coincide with the special sidebar on Turkish cinema.
The “Beyond the Mediterranean” competition — voted on by audiences — will feature six films including three world premieres: Iranian director Mohammad-Ali Talebi’s “The Wall,” “Inconceivable” from Ireland’s Mary McGuckian and “Love Live Long” from the U.K.’s Mike Figgis.
The main U.S. film screening will be Errol Morris’ Abu Ghraib documentary “Standard Operating Procedure.”
The Mediterranean competition titles named Wednesday are Egyptian films “Eye of the Sun” from Ibrahim El Batout and Yousri Nasrallah’s “Aquarium”; “Burned Hearts” from Morocco’s Ahmed El Maanouni; French director Jean Becker’s “Deux Jours a Tuer” (Love Me No More); “Tractor, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll” from Slovenia’s Branko Djuric; and “Summer Book” from Turkey’s Seyfi Teoman. A seventh film will be added later.
The June 15-21 festival is in its second year under the direction of Deborah Young, chief international film critic of The Hollywood Reporter.
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