The Festival opens in the name of Peace, in fact ex Soviet premier Michail Gorbaciov, Nobel prize winner for Peace, comes to Giffoni with his wife Raissa.
According to the jurors KEVIN BACON is Best actor for his touching performance in DIGGING TO CHINA by Timothy Hutton. Beside him there is a little girl whose facewe will often see on the big screen: Evan Rachel Wood ("Thirteen"). In competition the interesting BEYOND THE SILENCE by German director Caroline Link, starring Sylvie Testud (also at the Festival), that will receive an Oscar nomination as Best Foreign Film. However this seems to be the new promising young actor's annual: in THE WARRIOR OF WAVERLY STREET (aka STAR KID) we find Joseph Mazzello and in the Spanish film LA BUENA VIDA we find the amazing Fernando Ramallo (8 films in 2 years in Spain).
At the festival amazing directors: ABBAS KIAROSTAMI, AGNES VARDA, PETER FONDA, MARCO TULLIO GIORDANA, MARCO BELLOCCHIO, PASQUALE POZZESSERE, DARIO ARGENTO, PAOLO VIRZÌ, MICHELE PLACIDO and actors FABRIZIO BENTIVOGLIO, REMO GIRONE, RAOUL BOVA, MARGHERITA BUY, ATHINA CENCI, LUCA BARBARESCHI, LUCREZIA LANTE DELLA ROVERE, VIOLANTE PLACIDO, VICTORIA ZINNY.
The first stone is placed in the area where the new Cinema Citadel will see the light. The Minister of Agriculture, Michele Pinto, Isaia Sales and scores of Cinema and culture representatives are at the event.
The Festival is divided into various competitive sections; the main section is the Free to Fly section.
Cartoon characters star and are screened in Piazza Mercato in the Junior Village thanks to Leo Kirch's Beta Film.
A parking place turns into an outdoor arena hosting stage shows of the Posto delle Favole section where actors Remo Girone and Vittoria Zinny telle the most beautiful fary tales to the younger ones.
GIACOMO MAGAGNINI comes to talk about the secrets of cinema together with producer and distributor JAN MOJTO, screen player LEO BENVENUTI, Press Agent MATTEO SPINOLA, director GIULIANO MONTALDO, special effects Maestro CARLO RAMBALDI.
From this yer there is a new idea of the Festival capable of meeting the needs of all the family. Movie Days is born and brings to Giffoni in the Winter season over 12.000 students from the whole campania region.
Honorary President of the Jury, "Huge" BUD SPENCER.