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2/14/2020 - New film events at the Casa del Cinema in Taormina organized by the Taormina Arte Sicilia Foundation
. The exhibition "The Stars of Taormina" continues until March 8th. The Casa del Cinema of Taormina Arte Sicilia Foundation reopens with quality programming. Eight films that from February 21 to April 19, will mark the weekends of the Ionian town. A selection that proposes the diffusion and enhancement of the cinematographic culture of the author. Rare films, films that reflect the strong personality of their directors, films capable of deeply moving the viewer. Films that make us known and appreciated by some internationally renowned directors. And the Casa del Cinema is increasingly proposed as a cultural meeting place, where Cinema, in its various facets, offers itself to an attentive and curious audience. In the meantime, the exhibition "The Stars of Taormina" continues until March 8th. The last days to be able to admire the rare advertising materials that made Taormina famous in the world of cinema It opens on Thursday 20, Friday 21 and Saturday 22 at 16.30 - 18.30 - 20.30 with the film VAN GOGH - ON THE THRESHOLD OF ETERNITY by Julian Schnabel with Williem Dafoe and Rupert Friend. The film traces the life of Vincent van Gogh, a famous Dutch painter of the nineteenth century, whose soul tormented by psychic and emotional disorders accompanied the ingenious inspiration of his pictorial art. Van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) is in Paris in the midst of the development of the Impressionist current. The painter, financially and financially supported by his beloved brother Theo (Rupert Friend), is unable to insert himself into the hostile and hypercritical Parisian climate. The inability to flatten his aesthetic canons over the Impressionist ones will cause Vincent's first major disturbance. "Van Gogh. On the threshold of eternity" is a film of images and sounds in which the well-known New York director embraces the new historical interpretations of the character and the new discoveries attributed to him. On Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 1st March always at 4.30pm - 6.30pm - 8.30pm it is the turn of IL SACRIFICIO DEL CERVO SACRO directed by Yorgos Lanthimos with Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman. Steven Murphy is a renowned cardiac surgeon married to Anna, with whom he has two children. His life is apparently perfect, but secretly to the family he often meets with Martin, a fatherless boy with whom he establishes a friendship. When Martin reveals that he has launched a curse on the Murphy, Steven is forced to make a terrible decision. Psychological thriller then? Perhaps, certainly the careful choice of the actors contributes to creating that tension that the Greek director Lanthimos realizes with great effectiveness starting from an apparently ordinary initial situation, which evolves unexpectedly to become an inevitable ending. Although in the most absolute irrationality. The third film on the screen of the Sala del Casa del Cinema on Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March, 4.30pm - 6.30pm - 8.30pm, is COLD WAR by Pawel Pawlikowski with Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot. In Poland at the threshold of the 1950s, the very young Zula was chosen to be part of a company of folk dances and songs. A great love was born between her and Wiktor, the choir director, but in '52, during a performance in eastern Berlin, he crossed over and she did not have the courage to follow him. They will meet again, in the Paris of the art scene, differently accompanied, still in love. But being together is impossible, because their happiness is constantly impeded by a barrier of some kind, political or psychological. A film shot in a dazzling black and white, but above all to assign where music plays the part of the true protagonist, not so much for the preponderance that the songs and songs have compared to the dialogues, but for the narrative value of its presence in life by Zula and Wiktor. On Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March, at 4.15pm - 6.30pm - 9.00pm, the well-known Italian comedy is scheduled, UNKNOWN PERFECTS directed by Paolo Genovese with Valerio Mastandrea and Edoardo Leo. The film revolves around the events that follow one another during an apparently peaceful dinner with friends, on the occasion of a lunar eclipse to watch all together on the balcony. The owners of the house, a refined Roman apartment, are Eva (Kasia Smutniak) and Rocco (Marco Giallini), husband and wife who have been in crisis for some time: he is a plastic surgeon who has always been skeptical about the usefulness of psychotherapy, while she is a psychoanalyst who has a conflictual relationship with her teenage daughter, Sofia (Benedetta Porcaroli). The couple decide to invite their old friends to dinner: the newlyweds Bianca (Alba Rohrwacher), shy, reserved and polite and Cosimo (Edoardo Leo), taxi driver with the desire to change jobs daily, the spouses Lele (Valerio Mastrandrea) official who works in a legal office and Carlotta (Anna Foglietta), a woman dedicated to the family and finally Peppe (Giuseppe Battiston), an overweight and currently unemployed physical education teacher. Always single, Peppe recently got engaged to Lucilla, who however is not present at the dinner because of a flu. Between one course and another, Eva says she is convinced that many couples would leave if each respective partner controlled the content of the other's cell phone. He thus proposes a sort of game: each of them will have to put their mobile phone in the middle of the table and every call or message that will arrive during the evening must be shared publicly with the others. Everyone decides to participate, but soon what was supposed to be a simple game turns into a real massacre. Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March, 4.15 pm - 6.30 pm - 9.00 pm it is the turn of TUTTI LO SANNO by Asghar Farhadi with Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Laura returns to her childhood country to attend her sister's wedding. Having left Spain for Argentina years earlier, she is married to a man she no longer loves and has two children whom she loves above all else. In the province of Rioja with the dearest affections he finds Paco, friend of youth and companion for a season. The welcome is warm, the fairytale wedding, the celebrating celebrations, the elbows raised but the joy suddenly gives way to despair. Laura's daughter is kidnapped. A disappearance that makes masks fall in the family and in the square where 'everyone knows'. With this film, the well-known Iranian director Farhadi confirms himself as an author with an international scope, capable of facing new genres (such as the thriller) to talk about the themes dear to him, in a work like "Everyone knows" that manages to maintain tension dramaturgy for the entire length of the film and remaining true to its recognizable style, up to the (open) ending, made of visual qualities, control of the staging and of a cinematographic writing with few equals. On Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March at 16.30 - 18.30 - 20.30 again an INDIVISIBLE Italian film by Edoardo De Angelis with Marianna Fontana and Angela Fontana. Viola and Dasy are two Siamese twins who sing at weddings and parties and, thanks to their performances, give life to the whole family. Things are going well until they find they can split up. Their dream (especially that of one of the two) is normal: an ice cream, traveling, dancing, drinking wine without fear that the other will get drunk ... making love. Being united 'forever' is, for Viola and Dasy, a condition that has been described to them as inevitable. But this is not the case and when it is discovered that surgery is possible for them, the future takes on not only unexpected but also hitherto unthinkable connotations. They could leave behind the exploitation that a rapacious father and a cowardly mother make of their bodies. A priest who leverages ancestral superstitions as well as a self-styled record producer interested more in their being freak and therefore sexually different than their voices could also put them in a position not to harm souls. The heart of the highly poetic film is the search for identity, growth and training, in a particularly difficult context, the Neapolitan one and above all the profound desire for normality. Friday 3, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 April, 4.15pm - 6.30pm - 8.45pm, the Oscar-winning film Barry Jenkins IF THE ROAD COULD SPEAK EVERYONE KNOWS IT WITH Kiki Layne, Stephan James. In the seventies, in the Harlem neighborhood, nineteen year old Tish is expecting a boy from the love of her life, her boyfriend Fonny. But he will have to tell her through a glass, because Fonny was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. There is a white policeman in the middle and making the truth win seems an increasingly difficult and expensive undertaking. But Tish doesn't give up and her family is with her. "If the Road Could Talk" is one of those films that, suspended in a family drama, brush and caress the vision with a simple love story, as essential as the context in which it comes to life. Jenkins uses a lot of the use of the first and the first floor, for all his characters and not only for the scenes that contemplate the two protagonists. In some cases, as for Fonny's mother or friend who was devastated from prison, the first floor tells something that goes beyond words, in an area of ​​psychological unknowability, of trauma, but more often than not, that extreme proximity tells the sincerity of the character, the transparency of his soul, the love in his gaze. Thus, even if not everything in the film has the same level of intensity, we are captured by the request for attention that the direction makes us, as well as by the particular, long sequences of dialogue, in which music plays a fundamental role.The cinema programming at the Casa del Cinema ends on Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April, 4.15pm - 6.30pm - 8.45pm, with Nadine Labaki's CAFARNAO - CHAOS AND MIRACLES with Zain Alrafeea and Yordanos Shifera. Zain is a 12-year-old boy from a very large family. We make his acquaintance in a court in Beirut where he is brought into detention for a serious crime. But now he is the one who sued the parents. The charge? Having brought it into the world. The odyssey of poor Zain is poignant. He leaves home after a traumatic event and finds himself living alone among people who in turn struggle to survive. At some point he also finds himself forced to take care of a one-year-old African child, and it is precisely there that he experiences the difficulties of being a "parent" on his skin, and also begins to understand how sometimes he is forced to perform terrible choices that you will regret for a lifetime. But Zain is not there, as is his director, and decides to report this condition and no longer accept it passively. While using only non-professional actors, Labaki manages to get exactly what she wants even from a one year old boy. Impossible not to think about the difficulty of some shots and not to be admired by the resolve of this director who knows exactly what he wants. The little Zain Al Rafeea is simply superb in the role of the protagonist of the same name, and it is his growing anger, combined with the sweetness and innocence typical of his age, that characterize and elevate the film. And it is always he who leaves us in the end a message of hope of great simplicity and power: a smile. The only one we see in the whole film but enough to remain imprinted on it for a long time, the same that thousands of children every day expect to be able to show to the whole world. Programming at the Casa del Cinema is supported by the Sicily Region, the Municipality of Taormina, the Regional Tourism, Sports and Entertainment Departments, Cultural Heritage, the Sensi Contemporanei Association, the Directorate General for Cinema and the Agency for Territorial Cohesion. Info: tel. 391. 746. 2146 Tickets