Against all odds it is Festa again in Rome for Cinema makers & lovers with the Rome Film Fest, 15-25 October 2020
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By Francesca Lombardo – Following in the footsteps of Venice, Rome too made a massive effort this year not miss the 15th Edition of the Rome Film Festival despite Covid19. The film festival will be packed with film screenings from all over the world, special encounters, conferences and plenty of special sections and exhibitions.
From the 15th to the 25th of October, the Auditorium Parco della Musica will see actors, actresses, directors, screenwriters, and above all audiences return to the Fest’s traditional venue and recreate that marvellous festive atmosphere created by partaking in the passion for film.
This year’s official poster for the Rome Film Fest is photo of two film icons: Sidney Poitier and Paul Newman in a relaxed moment on the set of Paris Blues.
The Festival cannot miss this year to pay a special tribute to Roman born and bred international giant Ennio Morricone, whose music has made unforgettable many iconic films.
“The recent death of the composer Ennio Morricone was an enormous loss for film and for Rome, his own city. The decision to name the Auditorium after him was unanimous, a testament to the universal love for his music and artistry among audiences the world over. The Fest will pay tribute to the maestro by filling the air with his timeless compositions as the artists walk the red carpet, ushering them into the Auditorium with this uniquely evocative soundtrack” says Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi.
The Festival presents 24 films and documentaries in the Official Selection, 2 Co-productions with Alice nella città, 5 Everybody’s talking about it, 6 Special Events 14 Close Encounters. There will be also a retrospective of 15 titles, and pre-opening screening and will give a special Lifetime Achievements Awards to British Film Director Steve McQueen
BNL PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD Audiences can vote for the films of the official selection at the My Cityplex Savoy “Acea”, at the first repeat screening. The film that gets the greatest number of votes will be awarded the BNL People’s Choice Award of the fifteenth edition in collaboration with the Main Partner of the Fest, BNL Group BNP Paribas.
OFFICIAL SELECTION 2020
SOUL by Pete Docter, United States, 2020, with the voices of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey is this year’s opening film. The official selection is a varied and interesting selection of films from France (9 JOURS À RAQQA |by Xavier de Lauzanne, LE DISCOURS) United Kingdom (AFTER LOVE by Aleem Khan, AMMONITE by Francis Lee, with Kate Winslet, FIREBALL: VISITORS FROM DARKER WORLDS by Werner Herzog, SMALL AXE by Steve McQueen, STARDUST by Gabriel Range and SUPERNOVA) but also films from Japan ( ASA GA KURU | TRUE MOTHERS by Naomi Kawase, SUBARASHIKI SEKAI | UNDER THE OPEN SKYby Miwa Nishikawa,) Algeria (DE NOS FRÈRES BLESSÉS | FAITHFULby Hélier Cisterne, DES HOMMES | HOME FRONT by Lucas Belvaux), Denmark (DRUK), Belgium (ÉTÉ 85), Italy (Fortuna by Nicolangelo Gelormini, THE SHIFT by Alessandro Tonda) United States (I CARRY YOU WITH ME by Heidi Ewing, TIME by Garrett Bradley, United State) and important co-productions such as HOME by Franka Potente and Lithuania.
EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT IT (section)
This section includes a selection of films to be screened at the Rome Film Fest after a remarkable international debut.
IRONBARK | THE COURIER by Dominic Cooke, United States, United Kingdom, 2020, 111’
PALM SPRINGS by Max Barbakow, United States, Hong Kong, 2020, 90’
In co-production with Alice nella città
Dir. Phyllida Lloyd
Dir. Ronnie Sandahl
PRE-OPENING SCREENINGS – OCTOBER with the Rome Film Fest
12 October 6 pm | Casa del Cinema
ERA LA PIÙ BELLA DI TUTTI NOI – LE MOLTE VITE DI VERONICA LAZAR
by Roberto Savoca, Leonardo Celi, Italy, 2020, 52’| Doc |
12 October 9 pm | Casa del Cinema
EARTHLING / TERRESTRE
by Gianluca Cerasola, Italy, 2020, 71’| Doc |
13 October 6 pm | Casa del Cinema
L’AMORE NON SI SA
by Marcello Di Noto, Italy, 2019, 92’
Cast: Antonio Folletto, Silvia D’Amico, Diane Fleri, Gianni D’Addario, Simone Borrelli
13 October 9 pm | Casa del Cinema
PORTO RUBINO – STORIE, CANZONI E LUPI DI MARE
by Fabrizio Fichera, Italy, 2020, 57’ | Doc |
14 October 9 pm | Casa del Cinema
DISCO RUIN – 40 ANNI DI CLUB CULTURE ITALIANA
by Lisa Bosi, Francesca Zerbetto, Italy, 2020, 115’| Doc |
The 15th Rome Film Fest devotes an ample section of its programme to the onstage conversations with directors, actors, and important cultural figures.
STEVE MCQUEEN | Lifetime Achievement Award, FABIO AND DAMIANO D’INNOCENZO, THOMAS VINTERBERG, GABRIELE MAINETTI, MARCO E ANTONIO
MANETTI, FRANÇOIS OZON with the support of the France Embassy in Rome, GIANFRANCO ROSI. ZADIE SMIT, FRANCESCO TOTTI, JOHN WATERS with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Rome, THOM YORKE.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS ON-AIR
PETE DOCTER | Lifetime Achievement Award, DAMIEN CHAZELLE, WERNER HERZOG
Francesca Lombardo is an Italian-British journalist, writer, and independent children’s book author who has contributed and worked for some of the most important newspapers and tv networks in the UK and Italy. She graduated from La Sapienza in Rome in Media Study and Literature and has obtained a Master’s degree in Printed Journalism from the LCC of London. She has been reporting on films for SkyCinema Italy from London from 2010-2018 as well as written regularly on cinema for La Repubblica’s Saturday magazine: La Repubblica delle Donne.
Her writing has been published by the Financial Times, Sky Cinema, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, the Herald (Scotland), The Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, The Sunday Express, Express, The Irish Times, Sunday Business Post, A Place in the Sun, Vogue Italy, D Repubblica, L Espresso, Il Venerdi, Gioa, Tu Style, Vogue Uomo, GQ Uomo, House Hunter in the Sun, CNBC magazine, Easy Jet Magazine, Ryainar Magazine, Il Sole 24 Ore, and many more magazines. And has worked as the editor of inflight magazine MyAir.
She has co-founded a film production company working and, as the Director for Marketing and Communication, she launched the pre-production global marketing campaign of the company’s IP Vampire Wedding. In 2014 she has founded Daily Fairy Tales, an independent publishing company which undertook the production, the marketing, and the distribution of her children’s book series Beatrice and the London Bus available on Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles, Guardian Books, Daily Mail books, eBay, Walmart, etc and its spin-offs, such as the London Map for Children. In addition to this, she works as a consultant for companies on copywriting, communication, marketing, and digital content production projects.
As part of the children’s book series she has written, Beatrice and the London Bus and she has created an educational project London Meets its children for which she has collaborated with the GLA (Greater London Authority) Education Department, Kids Company, Merlin Entertainment (London Eye) The Classic Tour, the London Transport Museum. She presented the Beatrice and the London Bus book series on London Live News in 2017 and currently runs publishing, book, and writing workshops for schools, universities, and educational organizations. She has also released a book of original songs: Singing in the Storm” and is currently working on new writing projects:: ” “The Passing Stranger, The Intrepid Sailor and the Silent Captain” a Poetry book: “We believe you because we haven’t been believed ourselves“, “The little Hat Man” “Let me be your DEVIL today” “La Luna sui Piedi” and “The Phantom Bus” – the Hallowing Edition of Beatrice and the London Bus book series.