Magazine article Variety

Bizzers Gather Where Legends Played

Magazine article Variety

Bizzers Gather Where Legends Played

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As part of the Roman Empire, Taormina was renowned for its fine wine and high-quality marble. Today the picturesque Sicilian town, with its sweeping view over the Strait of Messina, is best known for the film festival that bears its name - Italy's oldest - that over the years has attracted such cinema legends as Marcello Mastroianni, Marlon Brando, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and John Huston.

This month the Taormina Film Festival celebrates its 60th anni by honoring the work of women in the movies, and female movie stars will play a prominent role in the festivities. The fest's subtitle for 2014 is "60 years of women and their impact."

"Women have contributed a lot to the movie business, and sometimes they are not as appreciated as men, and festivals forget to celebrate them," says Tiziana Rocca, Taormina fest's general manager.

Among the actresses who will be accepting honors at Taormina: Claudia Cardinale, Isabella Ferrari, Eva Longoria, Melanie Griffith, Paz Vega, Carmen Maura and Bo Derek.

Longoria will receive the Humanitarian Taormina Award for her work with the Eva Longoria Foundation, which helps latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship.

"I'm very excited to take part in this year's Taormina Film Festival. …

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