Some intensive days await you at this year’s 12th edition of Festa del Cinema, Rome’s annual famed film festival hosted at Auditorium Parco della Musica. The building complex – designed by Italian Architect Renzo Piano – will host screenings, exhibitions, celebrity appearances, debates, conferences and panels, while the 1,300 square meters of avenue leading to the Cavea (an open-air theatre square) becomes one of the largest red carpets in the world.
About 35 films make up the festival’s official selection, and range from brand-new, genre, and Italian. Steven Soderbergh’s Lucky Logan – the story of two brothers who attempt to pull off an adrenaline-fuelled robbery during a NASCAR race – will be presented at the festival. The cast is outstanding, starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Katie Holmes, Daniel Craig, Seth MacFarlane, Hilary Swank and Katherine Waterston.
Oscar-winning director, Katheryn Bigelow’s, Detroit, will also be presented during the Rome Film Festival. Detroit narrates the tragic events that took place in July 1967 in the United States due to violent clashes between the police and the Afro American community. The cast features John Boyega, Hanna Murray and Will Poulter, among others.
Also in this year’s lineup are three newly-restored masterpieces of the Italian cinema: Marco Ferreri’s Dillinger è morto, Mario Mattoli’s Miseria e nobiltà and Giuliano Montaldo’s Sacco e Vanzetti. As well as a retrospective dedicated to “The Italian School”, exploring the lesser-known, yet fundamental, Italian filmmakers.
On the same note, the famed Tuscan authors – Paolo and Vittorio Taviano, have chosen the Rome Film Festival to premiere their latest film, Una questiona privata, based on Beppe Fenoglio’s novel.
While this year’s Close Encounters series features directors, actors, and important cultural and sport figures. From Italian legendary filmmaker, Nanni Moretti (Mia Madre), to French-Canadian filmmaking prodigy, Xavier Dolan (It’s Only the End of the World), this year’s talks have a lot in store. Conversations with Golden Globe winner, Ian McKellen (X-Men); famed cult writer, Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club); the American actor, Jake Gyllenhall; one of the all-time greatest living actresses, Vanessa Redgrave (Blow-Up); the Academy Awards winner, Christoph Waltz; the legendary U.S. former basketball coach, Phil Jackson; and David Lynch (Twin Peaks), who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, are also on bill.
Other highlights include the world premiere of Junji Shimizu’s Mazinger Z Infinity, and a special event combining cinema and music screening Andrea Mastrovito’s NYsferatu accompanied live by the “Luigi Boccherini” Orchestra from Lucca.
After last year’s Westerns, this year’s edition of “Films of our Lives” will be about Musicals.
It’s no coincidence that Audrey Hepburn’s timeless elegance is the face of this year’s Festa del Cinema. The picture, taken by photographer David Seymour while shooting Funny Face (1967), pays tribute to the film directed by Academy Award winner Stanley Donen, and the musical.
For further information on this edition’s program, visit Rome Film Festival’s website.
12th ROME FILM FESTIVAL
From October 26-November 5
Viale Pietro de Coubertin, 30
Entry fee: €5-25
– ticket office of the Auditorium Parco della Musica
– authorized ticket offices (the list is available at www.ticketone.it)
– on the websites romacinemafest.it and www.ticketone.it.
Auditorium Parco della Musica
Casa del Cinema and other venues in the city