Rome Film Festival 2020

All about the 15th edition of the Rome Film Fest

Some intensive days await you at this year’s 15th 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 becomes one of the largest red carpets in the world.

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Official Selection

The festival’s official selection includes 24 films and documentaries. Pete Docter’s Soul is the opening film – the story about a middle school music teacher who has the opportunity to play at the best jazz venue in the city – which will be presented on October 15th. Ammonite by Francis Lee is another much-awaited title that will will be screened at the Rome Film Festival. The film is inspired by the life of British paleontologist Mary Anning, interpreted by Kate Winslet, who falls into a romantic relationship with Charlotte Muchison, played by Saoirse Ronan. The first two episodes of Romolus, the series by Matteo Rovere on the origin of the legend of the foundation of Rome, will also screen during the festival. Not to mention Stardust by Gabriel Range, which captures the turning point that set David Bowie’s career in motion, portraying David before he became Bowie, one of the greatest personalities in the history of music. Cosa Sarà by Francesco Bruni is the closing film of the festival. It’s the story of Bruno Salvati, who’s life seems to be at a standstill until one day he finds out he has cancer.  The official selection also includes 5 films in the “Tutti ne Parlano” or “Everyone is talking about them” section, a space dedicated to some of the most successful films on an international level. Among these, Dominic Cooke’s internationally acclaimed Ironbark, the story of a British businessman who finds himself caught up in one of the largest international conflicts in history, is in store. A terrific cast awaits: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan and Jessie Buckley.

SOUL
by Pete Docter, United States, 2020, 100’
With the voice of: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson a.k.a. Questlove, Angela Bassett, Daveed Diggs

9 JOURS À RAQQA | 9 DAYS AT RAQQA
by Xavier de Lauzanne, France, 2020, 89’ | Doc |

AFTER LOVE
by Aleem Khan, United Kingdom, 2020, 89’
Cast: Joanna Scanlan, Nathalie Richard, Nasser Memarzia, Talid Ariss

AMMONITE
by Francis Lee, United Kingdom, 2020, 117’
Cast: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones, James McArdle, Alec Secareanu, Fiona Shaw

ASA GA KURU | TRUE MOTHERS
by Naomi Kawase, Japan, 2020, 139’
Cast: Hiromi Nagasaku, Arata Iura, Aju Makita, Miyoko Asada

DE NOS FRÈRES BLESSÉS | FAITHFUL
by Hélier Cisterne, France, Belgium, Algeria, 2020, 105’
Cast: Vincent Lacoste, Vicky Krieps, Meriem Medjkrane, Myriam Ajar, Maximilien Poullein, Hassen Ferhani

DES HOMMES | HOME FRONT
by Lucas Belvaux, France, Belgium, 2020, 100’
Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Frot, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Yoann Zimmer, Félix Kysyl, Édouard Sulpice

LE DISCOURS | THE SPEECH
by Laurent Tirard, France, 2020, 88’
Cast: Benjamin Lavernhe, Sara Giraudeau, Kyan Khojandi, Julia Piaton, François Morel

DRUK | ANOTHER ROUND
by Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark, 2020, 116’
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang, Lars Ranthe, Maria Bonnevie, Helene Reingaard Neumann, Susse Wold

ÉTÉ 85 | SUMMER OF ’85
by François Ozon, France, Belgium, 2020, 100’
Cast: Félix Lefebvre, Benjamin Voisin, Philippine Velge, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Melvil Poupaud, Isabelle Nanty, Laurent Fernandez

FIREBALL: VISITORS FROM DARKER WORLDS
by Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer, United Kingdom, Austria, United States, 2020, 97’ | Doc | The film will be exclusively on the Digital RFF15 platform and will be presented online by the two director

FORTUNA
by Nicolangelo Gelormini, Italy, 2020, 108’
Cast: Valeria Golino, Pina Turco, Cristina Magnotti, Anna Patierno, Luciano Saltarelli, Denise Aisler, Leonardo Russo, Giovanni Ludeno, Marcello Romolo, Libero De Rienzo

HOME
by Franka Potente, France, Germany, Netherlands, 2020, 100’
Cast: Kathy Bates, Jake McLaughlin, Lil Rel Howery

I CARRY YOU WITH ME
by Heidi Ewing, United States, Mexico, 2020, 111’
Cast: Armando Espitia, Christian Vázquez, Michelle Rodríguez, Ángeles Cruz, Raúl Briones, Arcelia Ramírez

LĒCIENS | THE JUMP
by Giedrė Žickytė, Lithuania, Latvia, France, 2020, 85’ | Doc

LAS MEJORES FAMILIAS |THE BEST FAMILIES
by Javier Fuentes-León, Peru, Colombia, 2020, 99’
Cast: Tatiana Astengo, Gabriela Velásquez, Gracia Olayo, Grapa Paola, Sonia Seminario, Jely Reátegui

EL OLVIDO QUE SEREMOS | FORGOTTEN WE’LL BE
by Fernando Trueba, Colombia, 2020, 136’
Cast: Javier Cámara, Nicolás Reyes Cano, Juan Pablo Urrego, Patricia Tamayo, María Teresa Barreto

RICOCHET
by Rodrigo Fiallega, Mexico, Spain, 2020, 93’
Cast: Martjin Kuiper, Iazua Larios, Andrés Almeida

THE SHIFT
by Alessandro Tonda, Italy, Belgium, 2020, 83’
Cast: Clotilde Hesme, Adamo Dionisi, Adam Amara

SMALL AXE
by Steve McQueen, United Kingdom, 2020 | 128’ (Mangrove) | 70’ (Lovers Rock) | 80’ (Red, White and Blue)
Cast: Shaun Parkes, Letitia Wright (Mangrove) | Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn, Micheal Ward (Lovers Rock) | John Boyega, Steve Toussaint (Red, White and Blue)

STARDUST
by Gabriel Range, United Kingdom, 2020, 104’
Cast: Johnny Flynn, Marc Maron, Jena Malone

SUPERNOVA
by Harry Macqueen, United Kingdom, 2020, 93’
Cast: Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci, Pippa Haywood, Peter Macqueen, Nina Marlin

SUBARASHIKI SEKAI | UNDER THE OPEN SKY
by Miwa Nishikawa, Japan, 2020,126’
Cast: Koji Yakusho, Taiga Nakano, Seiji Rokkaku, Yukiya Kitamura, Midoriko Kimura, Masami Nasagawa Mikami,

TIME
by Garrett Bradley, United State, 2020, 81’ | Doc |

HERSELF
by Phyllida Lloyd, Ireland, United Kingdom, 2020, 97’
Cast: Clare Dunne, Harriet Walter, Conleth Hill

TIGERS
di Ronnie Sandahl, Sweden, 2020, 115’
Cast: Erik Lonngren, Frida Gustavsson, Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Maurizio Lombardi

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Tributes

Also in this year’s lineup are 6 tributes of the Italian cinema including Fabrizio Corallo’s Vera & Giuliano; Alida, Mimmo Verdesca’s tribute to Alida Valli; Glauber Claro, César Meneghetti’s tribute to Glauber Rocha ; and Donna di Quadri, Gabriele Raimondi’s tribute to Graziella Lonardi Buontempo. Not to mention the tribute to Federico Fellini. During the festival, two films featuring Fellini’s life be screened: Fellinopolis, directed by Silvia Giulietti, and La Fellinette, directed by Francesca Fabbri Fellini.

While the two newly restored masterpieces of Italian cinema are Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s Padre Padrone and Pietro Germi’s In Nome della Legge.

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Close Encounters series

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 director Steve McQueen who’s going to present Small Axe, a series of 5 films set in London in between the ‘60s and ‘70s; to American director, screenwriter, animator and film producer Pete Docter, who has enchanted the public with animation jewels such as Up, Monsters & Co. and Inside Out. But that’s not it, other personalities that aren’t linked to the film industry will also be present: from Radiohead’s lead singer Thom Yorke to Francesco Totti whose film Mi chiamo Francesco Totti directed by Alex Infascelli will premiere at the Festival.

 

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While the retrospective, curated by Mario Sesti, will be dedicated to the Indian film director Satyajit Ray, considered one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of cinema.

As usual, the festival will take place in various locations in Rome and will host 6 Special Events, 5 Social and Environmental Events and 16 other events. After last year’s success the two formats: “Duel” and “Fedeltà/Tradimenti” will make a comeback. In “Duel” two well-known personalities will compare divergent opinions on themes related to cinema, while in “Fedeltà/Tradimenti” acclaimed Italian and international screenwriters will comment on the cinematographic transposition of famous literary works. Prepare for 7 protagonists in the Duel section and 9 guests for the Loyalty/Betrayals section for a fantastic 15th edition.

After last year’s screwball comedies, this year’s edition of “Films of our Lives” will be about science fiction. Before each screening, viewers will be able to watch short clips of the most famous science fiction films. Seven films are in store, including Star Wars: Episode Iv – A New Hope and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.

Other big news is the debut of the new virtual room where you can follow part of the program on demand: the Digital RFF15 platform, which will be online starting from October 12th.

Check out their website for the full program.

 

Advance sales of tickets for the fifteenth Rome Film Fest will be available online starting October 12th 2020 at 9 am.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

15th Rome Film Festival

From October 15 – October 25 (2020 edition)

 

Main Venue

Auditorium Parco della Musica

Viale Pietro de Coubertin, 30

 

Tickets

Entry fee: €6-25

 

Other Venues

MAXXI
Via Guido Reni 4/A

Casa Del Cinema
Largo Marcello Mastroianni 1

MACRO
Via Nizza 138

Palazzo Merulana
Via Merulana 121

My Cityplex Savoy “Acea”
Via Bergamo 17/25

My Cityplex Europa
Corso D’Italia, 107/A

Teatro Palladium
Piazza Bartolomeo Romano 8

Teatro Tor Bella Monaca

Rebibbia Nuovo Complesso
Via Raffaele Majetti 70

Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli Irccs Con Medicinema Italia Onlus
Largo Agostino Gemelli 8

Piazza Tevere

Libreria Altroquando
Via Del Governo Vecchio, 82

Libreria Piave
Via Piave, 18

Tomo Libreria Caffè
Via Degli Etruschi, 4

Acilia Libri
Via Ludovico Antomelli, 6

Case Rifugio Regione Lazio

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