Rome Film Festival 2018

Rome Film Festival 2018

All about the 13th edition of the Rome Film Fest

Some intensive days await you at this year’s 13th 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 is made up of 38 films that range from brand-new, genre, and Italian. Drew Goddard’s Bad Times At The El Royale – the story of seven strangers, each with a past to hide and a secret to protect, who meet at El Royale on Lake Tahoe to get one last possibility of redemption – will kick off the 13th edition of the festival.

Not to miss is The House With a Clock in its Wall, a journey into the magical adventure of Lewis Baravelt, a 10-year-old kid who moves into his eccentric uncle Jonathan’s old house, where he will embark on a secret mission to discover the origin and meaning of the hidden clock that keeps ticking within the walls. The cast is outstanding, starring Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sunny Suljic, Colleen Camp, Lorenza Izzo and Kyle Maclachlan. Also Charles Ferguson’s series Watergate – based on one of the biggest political scandals in the history of the US – will be presented at this festival edition. Not to mention Edoardo de Angelis’ Il vizio della speranza.

rome film festival

Also in this year’s lineup are some newly restored masterpieces of the Italian cinema including Giuseppe de Santi’s Italiani brava gente, Mario Martone’s L’amore molestoPaolo Taviani’s San Michele aveva un gallo and Ermanno Olmi’s Il tempo si è fermato. 

For all of you waiting to hear about this year’s Close Encounters series, buckle up, as 14 prominent names in the film industry will be involved. From the legendary American director, Martin Scorsese (The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street), who will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, to the beloved Sicilian director, Giuseppe Tornatore (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, The Best Offer) and famed French actress Isabelle Huppert, who will also receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, this year’s talks have a lot in store. Conversations with Golden Globe winners, Sigourney Weaver (Gorillas in the Mist, Avatar) and Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, Babel); famed French artist and filmmaker, Pierre Bismuth (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind); and insights on the mysteries of cinema with Italian cinematographers Luca Bigazzi, Arnaldo Catinari, Giogiò Franchini and Esmeralda Calabria, are also on the program.

Rome Film Festival 2017

Other highlights include Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased, starring Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton and Lucas Hedges. Jared, the 19-year-old son of a Baptist pastor in small American town, comes out to his parents. The teenager find himself facing crossroads: undertaking a sexual reeducation therapy or isolate himself from his family, friends and faith. Based on a true story.

While Paolo Virzi’s Notti Magiche – the story of three young aspiring screenwriters who are the main suspects in the murder of a famed Italian cinematographer – will close this year’s festival.

After last year’s Musicals, this year’s edition of “Films of our Lives” will be about Noirs. It’s no coincidence that Peter Sellers is the face of this year’s Festa del Cinema. The picture, taken by photographer Terry O’Neill while shooting The Pink Panther (1967), captures the immense comic verve and brilliant unpredictability of Sellers’ most famous character, Jacque Clouseau.


13th Rome Film Festival

From October 18 – October 28

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

Villaggio del Cinema Cinema Hall
Viale Pietro de Coubertin, 30

My Cityplex Savoy
Via Bergamo, 17 

Sala Cinema Alice
Via Gran Bretagna snc

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