The most wanted films at the Rome Film Festival
by Birgit Heidsiek
- German films such as the romcom Love, Rosie saw teenagers flocking to the red carpet
Thousands of teenagers lined up along the red carpet at the Rome Film Festival to catch a glimpse of popular young stars Lily Collins and Sam Claflin, who have been brought together by German writer-director Christian Ditter in his romcom Love, Rosie [+see also:
film profile]. Just before the Gala screening, the young fans welcomed their idols with deafening cheers, collected autographs and took countless selfies. “I think everybody has a bit of Rosie,” said Collins, who received thunderous applause at the Italian premiere. Produced by German outfit Constantin Film, Love, Rosie is based on the bestseller by Irish author Cecelia Ahern.
“We’ve never had as many German directors at the Rome Film Festival as we do this year,” underlined Mariette Rissenbeek, managing director of German Films. "Among them are not only renowned filmmakers, but also several newcomers who are bringing contemporary themes to the festival. We are especially pleased that screenings for the younger audiences were so crowded.”
Rome also played host to the world premiere of the tragicomic coming-of-age story About a Girl [+see also:
film profile], by German writer-director Mark Monheim, in which a 15-year-old Kurt Cobain fan decides to commit suicide in a moment of melodrama. But she fails and discovers that life can be fun, especially when she falls in love. About a Girl is produced by Imbissfilm in co-production with die film and Senator Film; world sales are handled by Global Screen.
A total of three German films were presented in the Cinema d'Oggi competition: the hard-hitting drama We Are Young. We Are Strong [+see also:
film profile] by Burhan Qurbani, the thriller The Lies of the Victors [+see also:
interview: Christoph Hochhäusler
film profile] by Christoph Hochhäusler, and the investigative drama NN [+see also:
film profile] by Héctor Gálvez, which is a co-production between Peru, Germany, France and Colombia.
Further Gala screenings were dedicated to the political suspense thriller A Most Wanted Man [+see also:
film profile] by Anton Corbijn, which was produced by Hamburg-based Amusement Park Films in co-production with The Ink Factory and Potboiler Productions in the UK. Besides Hollywood stars such as Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, the cast includes German actress Nina Hoss, who also stars in the German post-war drama Phoenix [+see also:
interview: Christian Petzold
film profile] by Christian Petzold. The acclaimed German filmmaker and his longtime muse were led by festival director Marco Mueller onto the red carpet.