Rome Film Festival 2019

Rome Film Festival 2019

All about the 14th edition of the Rome Film Fest

Some intensive days await you at this year’s 14th 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.

Rome Film Festival 2016

The festival’s official selection includes 33 films and documentaries. Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman – an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America – will be presented on Monday, October 21st. A terrific cast is in store: the iconic Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, as well as Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin and Stephen Graham. Not to mention Ron Howard’s documentary Pavarotti – the story, the voice and the secrets of the tenor Luciano Pavarotti, and his incredible path from son of a baker to international superstar. Another not-to-miss is director Alma Har’el’s American drama film Honey Boy, telling the story of a young actor and his difficult relationship with his father, starring Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges and Noah Jupe. The sequel to the television series of the same name, Downtown Abbey, directed by Michael Engler, is also part of the official selection, with a phenomenal cast starring Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton.

Rome Film Festival 2019

rome film festival

Also in this year’s lineup are 8 tributes of the Italian cinema including Gillo Pontecorvo’s Kapò, out in cinemas 60 years ago; Franco Zeffirelli’s The Taming of the Shrew; Turi Ferro’s Turi Ferro – L’Ultimo ProseperoAndrea Camilleri and Ugo Gregoretti’s Ugo & Andrea and Luciano Salce’s Uma Pulga Na Balança. Not to mention the tribute to the revolutionary Italian costume designer, Piero Tosi. During the festival, two films featuring Tosi’s costumes will be screened: Ludwig, directed by Luchino Visconti, and Metello, directed by Mauro Bolognini.

While among the 4 newly restored masterpieces of Italian cinema Federico Fellini’s 1969 Fellini SatyriconConversation Piece by Luchino Visconti; The Prince’s Manuscript by Roberto Andò; and The Profession of Arms by Ermanno Olmi.

For all of you waiting to hear about this year’s Close Encounters series, buckle up, as 13 prominent names in the film industry will be involved. One of the most beloved actors worldwide, Bill Murray, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded by Wes Anderson. Before the ceremony, Wes Anderson will sit down for a talk with his favorite actor at one of the Fest’s Close Encounters, retracing the steps of Murray’s remarkable artistic career and discuss their own magical partnership that has seen them work together on numerous films. Another big name in the Close Encounters to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award is Viola Davis, the first black woman to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Professor Annalise Keating in the hit series How to Get Away with Murder. The list of Close Encounters goes on with the charismatic and versatile Edward Norton, who will be at this year’s Rome Film Fest with the opening film Motherless Brooklyn, which he both starred in and directed.  Ron Howard, Oscar winner for A Beautiful Mind and director of many box-office hits such as Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon and films inspired by Dan Brown novels, will also be a guest of this year’s Close Encounter series, during which he will present his latest film Pavarotti. Grease’s world-famous John Travolta – Oscar nominee for Saturday Night Fever – will also be present, as well as Oscar and Golden Globe winner Benicio del ToroThe internationally famed John Travolta, Not to mention the actress, director and diva Fanny Ardant, who has starred and played multi-faceted characters in films like The Dogs, Bolero and The Woman Next Door. But that’s not it – expect other great names from the French filmmaker Olivier Assayas, to the writer, director, producer, editor and playwright Ethan Coen

Rome Film Festival 2017

While the retrospectives, curated by Mario Sesti, will be dedicated to two greats of international cinema, from Europe to Asia. On one side, the extraordinary German filmmaker Max Ophüls with a retrospective that includes 14 films he directed, on the other the famed Japanese filmmaker Kore-eda Hirokazu with 9 of his most noteworthy films, also protagonist of one of the Close Encounters.

As usual, the festival will take place in various locations in Rome and will host 11 Special Events as well as 19 other events. This year’s new location is MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, which will host two new sections that will enrich the 14th edition of the Rome Film Fest: “Duel” and “Loyalty/Betrayals”. In “Duel” two well-known personalities will compare divergent opinions on themes related to cinema, while in “Parola/Immagine” acclaimed Italian and international screenwriters will comment on the cinematographic transposition of famous literary works. Prepare for 15 protagonists in the Duel section and 13 guests for the Loyalty/Betrayals section for a fantastic 14th edition.

After last year’s Noirs, this year’s edition of “Films of our Lives” will be about screwball comedies – the sophisticated American comedies from the 1930s and 40s. It’s no coincidence that Greta Garbo – the first great diva in the history of cinema – is the face of this year’s Festa del Cinema. The picture captures the femininity of the 1920s and is a tribute to the beauty of cinema. It was taken on the occasion of the shooting of the 1929 film, The Kiss. To check out the full program, click here.


14th Rome Film Festival

From October 17 – October 27

Viale Pietro de Coubertin, 30



Entry fee: €6-25


Auditorium Parco della Musica
Viale Pietro de Coubertin, 30

Via Guido Reni, 4/a

Casa del Cinema
Largo Marcello Mastroianni, 1

Casa del Jazz
Viale di Porta Ardeatina, 55

Villaggio del Cinema Cinema Hall
Viale Pietro de Coubertin, 30

My Cityplex Savoy
Via Bergamo, 17 

Sala Cinema Alice
Via Gran Bretagna snc

Multisala Barberini
Piazza Barberini, 24/26

Teatro Palladium
Piazza Bartolomeo Romano, 8

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
Piazza Beniamino Gigli, 7

Palazzo Merulana
Via Merulana, 121

Palazzo Altemps
Piazza Sant’Apollinare, 46

Biblioteca Flaminia
Via Cesare Fracassini, 9

Casa dell’Architettura
Piazza Manfredo Fanti, 47

Via Nizza, 138

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