Parental Guidance

Taormina Greek Theatre

June 21st 2013, 9.30pm

Artie and Diane agree to look after their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the kids’ 21st-century behavior collides with Artie and Diane’s old-school methods.

Watch the trailer

Year: 2012
Director: Andy Fickman
Writers: Lisa Addario, Joe Syracuse
Stars: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei

Tickets on boxol.it and ticketone.it
Ticket Office in Taormina: +39 0942.628730
Stalls (Parterre) and Gallery: € 10,00
€ Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 5,00





Taormina Media Awards “W. Goethe” 

June 18/20 2013 – 3rd Edition

Panoramic terrace of the Historical Archives, Belvedere square

An international journalism award dedicated to journalistic works on Taormina.

2013 edition will see just one winner: Roberto Vecchioni

Roberto Vecchioni (1943) is an Italian singer-songwriter, singer-lyricist, lyricist and writer. He is acclaimed as one of the most skillful Italian singer-songwriters: his inspiration draws mainly from autobiographical themes, intermingled with dreamy, literary and historical (often mythological) ones.

Roberto Vecchioni wins the prize thank to the article “Lady Chatterley a Taormina”

Click here to read the article  (in Italian)

– The award ceremony has been hel at the Greek Theatre on June 19

Vittorio Sgarbi, the Russian Minister Vladimir Korotov (consul in Sicily), Dino Papale, Roberto Vecchioni and journalist Tony Zermo





Four journalistic awards, each of € 4.000,00 (four thousands) euros will be granted to authors of either articles or television progammes on Taormina published/broadcasted between May 1, 2012 and March 15, 2013.

See detailed regulations (in English).

The award ceremony will be held at the old Greek Thetre.

The four awards are named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, André Gide, Edmondo De Amicis and Roger Peyrefitte, artists who often visited Taormina.

Winners of year 2012:

– Marina AVAKYAN: Таормина: сердце Сицилии Italian Translation: Taormina: il cuore della Sicilia

– Dante MARIANACCI: Taormina vue d’Alexandrie d’Egypte Italian Translation: Taormina vista da Alessandra d’Egitto

– Aldo MOLA: La siciliana Taormina fu il grande sogno di Giuseppe Garibaldi

– Vittorio SGARBI (Peyrefitte award): All’ombra dell’Etna. Perdersi a Taormina: la summa della Sicilia che però non è Sicilia

More info: www.taorminamediaaward.it

Jewelry exhibition by Gerardo Sacco

previous Church of San Francesco di Paola – free entrance

Exhibition on the most recknown goldsmith and jewelry designer from Calabria (South Italy). His artworks have been shown all over the world and have embellished stars like Liz Taylor, Isabella Rossellini, Monica Bellucci and Elena Sofia Ricci.
He also designed prestigious prizes awarded at the the Taormina FilmFest.

Info and photos on:




Song for Marion

Taormina Greek Theatre

Monday, June 17th 2013, 9.30pm

Song for Marion is a music-based British dramedy written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams. The film stars Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston and Vanessa Redgrave.
The film was nominated for three awards – Best Actor, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress – at the 2012 British Independent Film Awards.

Tickets online at ticketone.com € 5,00 / 10,00

See the Official trailer


Arthur (Stamp) is the grumpy husband of Marion (Redgrave), who is terminally ill yet continues to participate with enthusiasm at her local seniors’ choir. Arthur is unimpressed when the choir, led by mistress Elizabeth (Arterton) serenades the couple at their home. As Marion’s health deteriorates, Arthur is keen to please his dying wife and even agrees to take her place in the choir. The transition proves to be more trying for Arthur thanks to the unconventional songbook that includes racier songs such as Let’s Talk About Sex. Arthur’s experience in this new social environment will take him on a journey of self-discovery and thaw his bitterness, qualities that he will need in his imminent transition to life without Marion.
The movie is accompanied by a song titled “Unfinished Songs” written by Diane Warren and performed by Celine Dion.




Man of Steel

Taormina Greek Theatre

June 15th 2013, 9.30pm

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Zack Snyder Film, “Man of Steel.” The film will be released in 3D and 2D in select theaters and IMAX®, and is slated for release beginning June 14, 2013 in the U.S. and U.K.; June 19 in France, and June 20 in Italy and Germany.

The Taormina Film Fest will host the Italian prèmiere in the magnificent set of the Greek Theatre.
Fest has now announced that the director Zack Snyder, “Steel” protag Henry Cavill, and co-star Russel Crowe (Superman’s father) and Amy Adams (Lois Lane) will be making the trek for the bow in Taormina’s ancient Greek theatre.

Tickets on ticketone.it and boxol.it: € 8,00 / 12,00

The film also stars four-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Master”) as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”) as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”) and Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”).
Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”), and Faora, Zod’s evil partner, played by Antje Traue (upcoming “The Seventh Son”). Also from Superman’s native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s mother, played by Ayelet Zurer (“Angels and Demons”), and Superman’s father, Jor-El, portrayed by Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”).
Rounding out the cast are Christopher Meloni (“42”) as U.S. military man Colonel Hardy, Harry Lennix (“State of Play”) as General Swanwick, Michael Kelly (“The Adjustment Bureau”) as Steve Lombard, and Richard Schiff (TV’s “The West Wing”) as Dr. Emil Hamilton.
Zack Snyder’s behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Amir Mokri (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”); production designer Alex McDowell (“Watchmen”); editor David Brenner (“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”); and multiple Academy Award®-winning costume designer James Acheson (“Restoration,” the “Spider-Man” films) and costume designer Michael Wilkinson (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and 2,” “Watchmen,” “300”). The music is by Academy Award®-winning composer Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King,” “Inception”).


A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Official trailer  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6DJcgm3wNY





Taormina Film Fest 2013

Greek Theatre and Taormina Congress Hall, from June 15th to 22nd

From Saturday 15 to Saturday 22 2013





59th editon of the TAORMINA FILM FEST
Taormina Film Fest, a historic film festival, and Italy’s oldest, began in 1955. It is a competitive event screening film previews, independent features, documentaries, shorts and tributes to filmmakers of the past.

From http://variety.com
The 59th Taormina Film Festival will open with Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot “Man of Steel” on June 15. Eight-day event is gearing up to showcase 30 films, seven shorts and five docus, along with 10 master class programs.
This year fest explores horror and comedy as the deepest appeals of the bigscreen.
The fest will continue to shine the spotlight, as it did last year, on web cinema. Preems will include skeins such as Amanda Flor’s “Marduk,” described as a combo of caustic cynicism and “South Park”-esque antics, among others.
“This year’s program features novelties aimed at attracting people from all over the world with ad hoc initiatives and the involvement of many leading foreign partners who have acknowledged the strategic relevance of the festival in terms of business opportunities and synergies,” said  general manager Tiziana Rocca.
Daily program will feature the TaoClass, during which students and cinephiles will get the chance to interact with thesps and helmers, a centerpiece on Russian cinema and a program blending horror and comedy.

Fest will flaunt its charitable side with a handful of socially committed events and kudos, such as the Humanitarian Taormina Award, which will be presented to Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Last year’s nod went to thesp Sean Penn and Father Rick Frechette for their help in bringing aid to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.

Other kudos to be handed out include the Taormina Arte Award for career recognition, the Cariddi Award for Italian helmers, the Città di Taormina for young TV talent and the award for online skein.
FF has forged partnerships with Buenos Aires’ Pintalla Festival as well as the Project Taormina Campus, which will host students from Virginia U., Alabama’s Auburn U., Spain’s Cordoba U. and Poland’s Krakow U.
Fest is promoted by the Committee Taormina Arte and sponsored by the Regional Dept. of Tourism of Sicily and the Cinema Dept. of the Ministry of Culture.

Some of the festival’s most exciting moments occur during Taormina’s renowned Master Classes. Held every day at Palazzo dei Congressi of Taormina, elite actors and directors in the world of cinema share their experience and expertise with the audience of festival attendees and journalists. Oliver Stone, Terry Gilliam, Sophia Loren and Nadine Labaki are only a few names of previous participants who have made this an unforgettable event.

PROGRAMME : See the LEAFLET (in Italian)
Location and dates have been updated.
For more info please check www.taormina-arte.com
or contact the Taormina Congress Hall tel. +39 0942 628730

June 15, SaturdayMan of Steel – Guest of honour the actor Russel Crowe >> see the dedicated page

June 16, Sunday – Humanitarian Taormina Award to Albert II, Prince of Monaco. The award will be given to Prince Albert for his efforts to protect the global environment and to promote scientific research

June 17, SundaySong for Marion (Unfinished Song) >> see the dedicated page

June 21, FridayParental Guidance  >> see the dedicated page

June 22, Saturday The Lone Ranger >> see the dedicated page

>> Meg Ryan will be at the Taormina Film Festival. She will receive the Taormina  Arte Award and will hold an onstage master class about her acting career.



>> Other special guest will be the Renata Litvinova,  a Russian actress, director, and screenwriter.



floral competition  – 1st edition

April 20 and 21 2013

Taormina Town Centre









Sicilian Puppets Opera – I Pupi siciliani

Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano, 6.00pm
Free entrance 

April 13 and 14 2013  –  May 4 and 5 2013

Take a leap into the past!
Right in the historical centre of Taormina, in the courtyards of the oldest and most fascinating palace of Taormina, a Sicilian Puppets show will be held by the Gargano family.

The Gargano family  is the last remaining family of “puppeteers” in the town of Messina. Venerando, Giorgio and Rosaria Gargano, together with their families, are the fifth consecutive generation of a tradition that dates back to nineteenth century, as the “Opera”.
“Puppet Opera is a sort of puppet theatre that spread in South Italy and above all in Sicily at the end of the Nineteenth”. The puppets, which are moved from atop the stage, usually “perform the heroic deeds of Charlemagne and his paladins. The whole repertoire is  mostly based on chivalric tales derived from Carolingian romances which were recounted by the “Cantastorie” (story-tellers)  throughout the squares in Sicily, long before. Each puppet represented a specific paladin distinguishable by armour and cloak; thus the audience could side with one or another.” Main characters are Orlando and Reginald, followed by Charlemagne, Angelic and the saracen Rodomonte and Agramante. Sicilian puppets “I Pupi” can be 130 cm heigh and can weigh 35 kilograms.
(Source: blog.etnamadre.it)

In 2001 UNESCO included the Sicilian Puppets under the “Intangible Heritage of Humanity”.

More info (in English) and beautiful photos on puppets at www.blog.etnamadre.it/en/sicilian-puppets-history.html (Thank you Mr Rosario for your post!)




Taormina modellismo

Model making exhibition

Previous Church del Carmine, from March 29th to April 1st 2013

Opening: Friday March 29th at 5.30pm
Opening Hours: 10,00am – 9,00pm
Free entrance

Organised by AFS, the Sicilian Railway Association of Messina, the exhibition will show trains, ships, cars and other models.
Various railway antiques and a long railway route in reduced scale will be showcased as well.
During the event, members of the AFS will accompany visitors  explaining construction techniques, materiales and details.


More info at:

Info tel (mobiles):
–   D. Andò, +39-389-7839459;
–   V. Annuario, +39-349-3414301;
–   N. Caristi, +39-347-4166130



Taormina Classica 2013

39th Concert Season by the Almoetia Association

Santa Caterina Church, 7.30pm – Free entrance


  • Saturday 9: Art Gallery Ensamble. Soprano and instruments with musics by Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Piazzolla, Morricone and others.
  • Saturday 16: Duo Bourton- Cicero. Soprano and piano with musics by Verdi, Puccini and Lehar.
  • Friday 22: Duo Bechstein. Piano with musics by Chopin, Bellini, Verdi and others.


  • Sunday 7: Duo Zampini – Oliva. Flute and piano with musics by Morricone, Mancini, Bollin.
  • Friday 19Trio Calliope. Oboe, horn and piano with musics by Gerswhin, Nyman, Morricone and Rota.
  • Sunday 21: Martin Munch. Piano with musicS by Ravel, Debussy and Satie.


  • Sunday 12Frank Wasser. Piano with musics by Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy, Chopin and Liszt.


More info on www.almoetia.it