Disney/Pixar’s 3D “Inside Out” will open Italy’s Taormina Film Fest, where Asia Argento is booked as master of ceremonies while Patricia Arquette and Italian director Gabriele Salvatores will hold master classes.
“Inside Out” will screen June 13 as a special event in Taormina’s open-air ancient Greek theater ahead of its U.S. release June 19.
Jean-Baptiste Leonetti’s Michael Douglas thriller “The Reach” will open Taormina’s new competition, which will see a panel of film-buff students as jurors.
Universal’s 3D “Jurassic World” will screen in the Greek theater June 11 as a pre-opening event.
The Sicilian fest has undergone some changes recently with artistic director Mario Sesti stepping down and general manager Tiziana Rocca appointing a four-member selection committee.
A section dedicated to independent U.S. movies selected by Variety critics will unspool.
Italy’s state film entity Istituto Luce will provide a sidebar of docs made with materials from its vast archives.
The 61st edition of the fest will run June 13-20