Rome Film Festival 2015: the 10th edition
One of the most important film events of the year, the Rome Film Fest celebrates the great stories told on the big screen and creates an opportunity for the public to engage in a dialogue about the role of cinema in society and our lives. For those interested in expanding their knowledge of film and exploring diverse genres, styles and international directors the 10th edition of Rome Film Fest is place to be.
For nine days, the building complex designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano will host screenings, exhibitions, onstage conversations, events, conferences, and panels. The 1,300 square metres of the avenue leading to the Cavea (an open-air theatre square) will become one of the largest red carpets in the world.
Produced by Fondazione Cinema per Roma, chaired by Piera Detassis and under the artistic direction of Antonio Monda, Rome Film Festival exudes quality and excellence. It aims to promote a deeper understanding of the various forms of expression relevant to cinema such as independent films, visual art, documentaries, research and experimentation. Presenting films that might otherwise have been penalized for distribution, the festival also makes an effort to draw new audiences.
The festival will present a selection of 37 feature-length films that have been released since December 2014 and have never been shown in Europe before (or if so only to audiences in the country of origin). In addition, younger audiences can participate in the independently organized sidebar Alice nella città, a program that presents 14 youth orientated films. For the opening film, the Fondazione has picked the directorial debut of James Vanderbilt titled Truth, with Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford. Antonio Monda described this film as a “powerful and effective debut by a director we will be talking about for a very long time.”
Ample space will be dedicated to meetings with directors, actors and leading figures in the world of culture. The confirmed speakers include: Jude Law, Riccardo Muti, Paolo Villaggio, Renzo Piano, Carlo Verdone; Wes Anderson, and Donna Tartt will discuss their love of Italian Directors; Joel Coen and Frances McDormand will share their experiences collaborating together on several films with the public; oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino will present the world premiere of a fifteen-minute short entitled La Fortuna. And in a tribute to the Neapolitan filmmaker, the tenth edition of the Rome Film Fest will close with the screening of an extended version of The Great Beauty, featuring 40 minutes of previously unreleased scenes.
Film Fest participants can look forward to a retrospective dedicated to director and screenwriter Antonio Pietrangeli as well as to theChilean director, screenwriter, and producerPablo Larraín. Twenty years after its first feature length film was released, the Rome Film Fest celebrates the Pixar Animation Studios with a rich retrospective. The event will also include a masterclass with Kelsey Mann, Story Supervisor for The Good Dinosaur and Monsters University. Mann also worked at Toy Story 3 and directed the short film Party Central.
Along with the Official Selection, the Close Encounters, the Retrospectives, the 10th Rome Film Fest pays tribute to a selection of key figures in the history of Italian and international Cinema with a series of previews, screenings, restored films, conversations, and events. These tributes celebrateEttore Scola and the Taviani brothers, who have represented the excellence of Italian cinema around the world for over fifty years, Francesco Rosi, who passed away last January, Pier Paolo Pasolini, on the fortieth anniversary of his tragic death, and Ingrid Bergman, on the one hundredth anniversary of her birth. The Tributes examine Cinema from its roots to its achievements, from Luis Buñuel to Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick, and celebrate the world of entertainment in a commemoration of Frank Sinatra.
With a program that is guaranteed to frighten, shock, bring tears of laughter or sadness to your eyes, the Rome Festival provides a unique opportunity to enjoy rare international screenings and celebrate the best of film.
10th ROME FILM FESTIVAL
From October 16-24
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