ROME — Tim Roth and Abigail Breslin have been added to the list of Hollywood stars expected to attend Italy’s Giffoni Film Festival dedicated to kiddie pics, along with Meg Ryan and a host of top Italo thesps, including Maria Grazia Cucinotta.
Giffoni artistic director Claudio Gubitosi said at a Rome presser that as always at this unique event in Southern Italy, guests will not be coming necessarily for promotional purposes but “first and foremost” to engage with the jury of 2,100 youngsters from 35 countries.
As for movies, the Italian bow of “Kung Fu Panda” now has a Giffoni berth alongside previously announced titles including the European preem of U.S. writer-director Daniel Barnz’s hot Sundance title “Phoebe in Wonderland” and the Italo bows of “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” and Eddie Murphy laffer “Meet Dave.”
Gubitosi also announced that during Giffoni’s upcoming 38th edition he will lay the symbolic first brick of a pharaonic structure called Giffoni Multimedia Valley to comprise an 8,000-seat arena, other new state-of-the art screening venues, a cinematheque exclusively for children’s films, and a film museum.
Italo film department chief Gaetano Blandini said that Giffoni, which has a $7 million budget, is the Italian film event, which receives the second-highest amount of government coin after the Venice Film Festival.
Nine-day fest runs July 18-26.