For the third consecutive year the Foundation has supported the achievement of the “Fondazione Roma – Mediterraneo Award for Intercultural Dialogue”. This festival prestigious international film review was held from the 22nd – 28th June 2012 in Taormina, Sicily.
After Emir Kusturica’s surreal films and the nostalgic and deep works by Elia Suleiman, this year the prize has been awarded to the Lebanese producer and actress Nadine Labaki who, in ‘Caramel’ and other movies, shows a less-known side of Beirut to the world.
Rather than the image of a city devastated by war that is often shown in the news, Labaki’s films describe a warm and exotic locality, animated by forbidden love affairs, duty vs. desire and respect of traditions.
By supporting the achievement of this award, the Foundation, in compliance with its institutional purposes, proves its desire to maintain a space devoted to the Mediterranean amongst the great international previews and films screened during the review. This tribute is almost due in a Festival held in one of the most suggestive locations in Sicily such as Taormina, placed in the middle of the Mediterranean, the age-old charm of which must not be forgotten and should instead be increased and enhanced.