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2012 Starz Denver Film Festival
Noted Brother Team to Receive the Maria & Tommaso Maglione Italian Filmmaker Award - Presented by the Anna & John J. Sie Foundation

The 35th Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF) has selected the renowned Italian film directing and screenwriting duo, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani as recipients of the fourth annual Maria and Tommaso Maglione Italian Filmmaker Award. The award sponsored by the Anna & John Sie Foundation, includes an honorarium of $10,000.


A special award presentation will take place before the screening of Caesar Must Die, the brothers' Italian drama, on November 9 at 7:00pm at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. A Q&A with the Taviani's will follow the screening.


The Maria and Tomasso Maglione Italian Filmmaker Award, funded through an endowment from the Anna & John J. Sie Foundation and named for Anna Sie's parents, recognizes the best in contemporary Italian cinema.  


"We are so honored by the Sie's continued support in bringing the best of new Italian film to Denver," said Executive Director, Tom Botelho.  "The generosity of the Sies makes it possible for us to showcase such an array of filmmakers each year and recognize deserving artists, such as Paolo and Vittorio."


Caesar Must Die, is a dramatized documentary, from Rome's maximum-security Rebibbia prison, of an inmate production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." The Film is unusual because it uses actual prison inmates as actors in the film. The camera spies on men who've lived a life of criminal loyalty as they speak with searing passion and solidarity about assassination. Caesar Must Die, won the Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival and was recently selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards.


"We believe the Taviani brothers are a wonderful choice for this year's Maglione Award," said Anna Sie. "Their many years of brilliant film directing and production have earned our admiration, respect and recognition."


The Octogenarian brothers began their careers as journalists. They made their first film together in 1960 and have worked side-by-side ever since. The Taviani brothers are known for their unusual style in which each one directs alternate scenes with the other only looking on.  Over the past 60 years they have won scores of honors including multiple festival awards from Berlin, Cannes, Venice along with Italy's David di Donatello award. Although very popular in their own country, it was their film Padre Padrone that brought them international attention and won them awards at Berlin and Cannes and then continued with a strong run beyond Italy's borders. 


 For a complete schedule of the 35th Starz Denver Film Festival, visit


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About the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation

The Anna and John J. Sie Foundation supports the sharing of knowledge amongst peoples and cultures throughout the global community, with an emphasis on Down syndrome, international security and diplomacy, education, media, business and technology.  The foundation is the founding donor of the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, a supporter of The Children's Hospital, the University of Colorado's "The Sie Family Down Syndrome Break-Through Research Initiative," the University of Denver's Korbel School of International Studies, the Denver Art Museum, the Starz Film Center, and numerous other civic, social and educational institutions.



About the Denver Film Society:

Founded in 1978, the Denver Film Society (DFS) is a membership-based, non-profit SCFD Tier II cultural institution that produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Starz Denver Film Festival and Film on the Rocks. The Denver FilmCenter/Colfax presents film programs daily and is Denver's first and only year-round cinematheque. Members of DFS support one-of-a-kind programs reaching more than 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training each year.