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Isle of Wight to Commemorate Minghella

Mar 11, 2009 | 5:56am EDT

This weekend, on the anniversary of Anthony Minghella's death, stars of the director's films along with family and friends are gathering on the Isle of Wight to commemorate his work with a weekend-long festival.

Minghella, who hailed from the British isle, passed away on March 18 last year after suffering a fatal hemorrhage following surgery.

Seven of Minghella's films, including the project he had just completed at the time of his death, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, will be screened.

The Minghella Movie Marathon begins this Friday with a screening of his breakout pic, the ghostly love story Truly, Madly, Deeply starring Alan Rickman, who will be in attendance.

On Saturday, Jude Law will introduce a screening of The Talented Mr. Ripley, which will he will follow later in the day by an "audience with" session and a screening of the documentary Climbing Cold Mountain.

Also on Saturday, the Minghella family will announce plans to produce an annual Isle of Wight event conceived in the spirit and memory of the director.

Other films screening include Oscar winner The English Patient and Breaking and Entering.

In a statement, the filmmaker's brother Dominic and sister Gioia said: "Anthony was passionate about everything he loved, including filmmaking and the Isle of Wight. It seems entirely fitting to celebrate his memory with a movie marathon on the island."

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