Rome’s piazzas are once again transformed into a movie theater
From June 1 – September 8, Rome’s piazzas are transformed into opportunities to rebuild community and experience intense civil and social value. Rome’s piazzas are once again being transformed into a movie theater, as the free outside movie festival, “Il Cinema in Piazza,” has returned to Rome for its 4th year. This year, it is in three new locations: J.F. Kennedy high school in Trastevere (from 1th July Piazza San Cosimato), il Porto Turistico di Roma Marina in Ostia and Casale della Cervelletta in Tor Sapienza.
There are 201 movie nights, running from June 1 until September 8, and more than 190 films being shown between the three locations on 12×8-meter large screens. All films will be shown in the original language, with Italian subtitles. Movies by Italian directors and filmmakers such as Federico Fellini and Matteo Garrone will be mixed in with those by Tim Burton and Quentin Tarantino. Disney and Pixar movies will also be shown for a more family-friendly atmosphere on certain nights.
It is put on by “Piccolo Cinema America,” a group dedicated to promoting culture and film. They say the goal of “Il Cinema in Piazza” is in “the contemporary involvement of the center and the periphery” which seeks to uniquely “rebuild a sense of community, promoting a knowledge accessible to all with free and shared projections.” Additionally, Cinema America promotes the cultural importance of the event, saying “the projection does not end in the mere vision of the show, but becomes an experience of intense civil and social value.”
The event had previously been held in Piazza S. Cosimato under the name “Festival Trastevere Rione del Cinema,” but faced a dispute with Rome’s deputy mayor and culture councilor, Luca Bergamo. Instead of limiting the hours, like Bergamo wanted, the event grew after being supported by well-known figures in film, such as Martin Scorsese and “Pif” Pierfrancesco Diliberto.
Now, Cinema America’s project is continuing in an even more concrete direction, seeking to unite all of Rome through film by “connecting three nerve centers [in the city] through the construction of three contemporary arenas.”
Till September 8
J.F. Kennedy High School in Trastevere / Piazza San Cosimato
Porto Turistico di Roma Marina in Ostia
Casale della Cervelletta in Tor Sapienza