Deborah Young, EDITOR & SENIOR CRITIC, is an American writer, film critic and festival director based in Rome. In 2008 she became The Hollywood Reporter’s international film editor; formerly, she served as Variety's bureau chief in Rome. She directed the Taormina Film Festival for five years and has been a programming consultant for the Tribeca Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival, among others. As a screenwriter and adapter, Deborah has contributed to key Italian films including Ermanno Olmi’s The Legend of the Holy Drinker, the Taviani brothers’ Good Morning, Babylon and Valerio Zurlini’s Across the River and Into the Trees. Her first novel, Pirates in Black Tie, is published by Europe Books.