Taormina ups Hollywood voltage

'Hangover,' 'Ghost' use fest to launch into Italy

The Taormina Film Festival has upped the Hollywood quotient for its 55th edition, which will see studio pics including “The Hangover” and “Ghost of Girlfriends Past” launch in Italy this summer on the isle of Sicily.

The fest, which runs June 13-20 under artistic topper Deborah Young, is expanding from its seaside resort base, with its Greek Theater, to three more picturesque Sicilian venues including the capital, Palermo, where Warner Bros. will screen “The Hangover” as part of an American comedy sidebar.

The fest’s main hub in Taormina and its new parallel events will be connected via a live satellite link.

Fest’s main competition dedicated to movies from the Mediterranean basin will include the world preems of Syrian helmer Hatem Ali’s “The Long Night” and Italo helmer Antonio Capuano’s “Giallo?,” along with the international bow of Turkish arthouse darling Umit Unal’s dreamlike drama “The Shadowless.”

Gallic helmer Laurent Cantet (“The Class”), Israeli multihyphenate Ari Folman (“Waltz With Bashir”) and U.S. athlete, model and actress Aimee Mullins comprise the fest’s jury.

Jessica Lange, Catherine Deneuve and Dominique Sanda will receive Taormina Arte Awards for career achievement.

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