Cinema turns one hundred years old and also the GFF celebrates an important anniversary multiplying its initiatives. The new competitive section Childhood Screens gets on the way and it presents films solely for the younger ones from 8 to 11. Shadow Line becomes an indipendent festival that takes place in Salerno in January though keeping in touch with its natural "father".
To remember: the film presented at the GFF and at Shadow Line (premiere of the Italian version) THE BASKETBALL DIARIES starring young heart throb Leonardo DiCaprio.
The State dedicates a special collectors' stamp to Giffoni and a National Lottery.
RAINBOW in competition at the festival (12-14 years) is directed by Bob Hoskins, who calls the jurors and speaks to them on the phone at the Maison Lumiere as he cannot be present at the festival. Interesting Dutch director Ben Sombogaart presents THE BOY WHO STOPPED TALKING. The director will be a huge star in Holland and his films great blockbusters.
ALASKA, directed by Fraser Clarke Heston (Charlton's son) starring Tora Birch (The Hole, American Beauty) is premiered at the Film Festival.
Director Carlo Lizzani promotes an initiative to try and convince his friends and colleagues to put pressure on the Government to fund the making of the Cinema Citadel.
This year's theme is Lies, and it encourages interesting and lively debates with art critic Achille Bonito Oliva, Marina D’Amato for children, Paolo Liguori for TV communication, Mp Isaia Sales for Southern Italian issues, Victims of Bologna Train Station Terrorist attack Association for truth and justice, Amnesty International and Bosnia Peace Mission against State lies and Ernesto Caffo for his Telefono Azzurro experience.
The François Truffaut ‘96 award goes to: MICKEY ROONEY, GERALDINE CHAPLIN, CARLO LIZZANI. Amongst the guests CRISTINA COMENCINI, ANTONIO CAPUANO, FRANCO AMURRI, LINO BANFI, GIULIO SCARPATI, CHIARA CASELLI, ELEONORA GIORGI and, from the States, PETER "Robocop" WELLER.
Honorary President of the Jury eclectic EMIR KUSTURICA.
Good, long awaited for, news in September: Cipe has at last decided to allocate eight Billion liras to build the Cinema Citadel. A dream comes true.