Young joins THR's movie world


Deborah Young, a veteran film reviewer and entertainment journalist, has joined The Hollywood Reporter as chief international film critic.

An American writer based in Rome, Young will assist The Reporter's growing global review team in identifying and reviewing the most interesting and promising films being made outside the U.S. She will review films regularly as well as write features from the international events she attends.

Young has about 25 years of experience as a film reviewer and a reporter, hav┬Čing specialized not only in Italian cinema but also in the Eastern European and Middle Eastern film industries. She was Rome bureau chief for Variety in the 1990s and was a longtime reviewer for that paper. She also has written for such publications as Film Comment and Cineaste.

Young is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds an M.A. in cinema studies from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. After moving to Italy to write a doctoral thesis on Italian cinema, she began working in the local film industry.

Young was named director of the Taormina Film Festival in early 2007, becoming one of a handful of Americans to hold such a fest title abroad. The second edition of that fest under Young's stewardship takes place in June. She is also the chief programmer for New Italian Cinema Events and has selected films for the Venice Film Festival.

As a writer, she has worked with many of the great Italian directors including Ermanno Olmi and the Taviani brothers. Her short feature "The Tour," which she wrote and directed, premiered at the 2002 Venice Film Festival.

"Deborah is one of the most insightful and well-respected critics in the global biz," The Reporter editor Elizabeth Guider said. "Her hire further demonstrates our commitment to expanding the reach and enhancing the quality of our reviews."

Young will report to Guider and to chief film critic Kirk Honeycutt. She joins The Reporter's Show Daily team at the Berlin International Film Festival.