64th Taormina Film Fest to Feature All-Female Jury

Taormina's Ancient Greek Theatre

The Sicilian festival is back on in full force this year with guests including Marion Cotillard, Rupert Everett, Richard Dreyfuss and Matthew Modine.

Siciliy's most established cinema gathering, the Taormina Film Fest, returns this year in all its splendor, and an all-female jury.

President and producer Martha de Laurentiis (Hannibal) will head a five-women jury, also including actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta and producers Donatella Palermo, Eleonora Granata and Adriana Chiesa Di Palma. Together they will decide the winners of the Golden Tauro Awards and the Taormina Arte Awards, which will be announced at the closing-night ceremony at the historic open air Greek Theatre.

“This year, the festival is honoring films directed by women along with strong social themes from immigration, to violence against women, to refugees,” said Taormina artistic directors Silvia Bizio and Gianvito Casadonte. “This is another reason why we chose a jury made up of only women, producers and actresses.”

The fate of the Taormina festival was threatened last year amid political infighting. But with new organizers in place this year, the Sicilian event is looking to return the focus to quality cinema with a lineup of more than 50 films.

World premieres include Be Kind by Nino Monteleone; L'Eroe by Cristiano Anania with Salvatore Esposito; Restiamo Amici by Antonello Grimaldi; and Seguimi by Claudio Sestieri. Other highlights include It Will be Chaos by Lorena Luciana and Filippo Piscopo, Tatterdemalion by Ramaa Mosley, and Leave No Trace by Debra Granik.

International guests making the trek to southern Italy this week include Marion Cotillard, Rupert Everett, Richard Dreyfuss, Matthew Modine and Terry Gilliam. Various master classes and discussions will be hosted throughout the week at the Palazzo dei Congressi. 

The 64th Taormina Film Fest takes place July 14-20.