Taormina Fest sets fetes

Sicilian event to preem 'Identity'; Turin honors Brakhage

ROME — Hungarian filmmaker, Miklós Jancso, will be among eight recipients of this year’s Taormina Arte Award for his contributions to cinema.

The award will be presented during the 49th Taormina BNL FilmFest, to be held June 7-14 in the coastal Sicilian town of Taormina.

Taormina, a non-competitive festival, will announce the full line-up and other award recipients May 29. However, it has confirmed the European preems of “Identity” and “Phone Booth,” and reportedly will screen another 12 international premiers. It will also host a ”shooting stars” section spotlighting the films of 15 emerging European stars.

The festival will present a special Nastro d’Argento award to legendary screen comic Alberto Sordi, who died in February, on closing night — what would have been Sordi’s 83rd birthday.

Meanwhile, the Board of Directors of the Associazione Cinema Giovani on Thursday nominated Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan and Roberto Turigliatto as directors of the Turin Film Festival for four years. The two have collaborated with the festival for many years.

The 21st Turin Film Festival, running November 13-21, has announced three retrospectives featuring director William Friedkin (“The Exorcist”), Greek filmmaker Stavros Tornes (“Addio Antonella”, “Coatti” and “Eksopragmatiko”) as well as a tribute to experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage, who died in March.

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