Alice nella città returns with the Young Adult competition
by Camillo De Marco
- The independent parallel section of the Rome Film Fest for younger audiences and families will be held from 16 to 24 October
From 16 to 24 October Alice nella città will be back, the independent parallel section of the Rome Film Fest for younger audiences and families. Its 13th edition, which has a new logo designed by Fabio Mollo, will feature 13 films in the Young Adult competition, which will be voted on by a jury of 22 young people aged between 15 and 18 years-old from all over Italy.
The line-up includes British film Departure [+see also:
film profile] by Andrew Steggall; from Turkey, Mustang [+see also:
interview: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
film profile] by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, which was screened in and won Directors’ Fortnight at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and is the French nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Oscars; Norway will be competing with Returning Home [+see also:
film profile] directed by Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken, whilst the United States will be presenting Scout by Laurie Weltz, Grandma, a comedy written and directed by the director of About a Boy Paul Weitz, and Jack of the Red Hearts by Janet Grillo. Italy will be participating with the film Il bambino di vetro directed by Federico Cruciani, and France will be competing with Le grand jour [+see also:
film profile] by Pascal Plisson (fresh from the success of On The Way to School [+see also:
film profile]), Microbe & Gasoil [+see also:
film profile] by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) starring Ange Dargent, Théophile Baquet and Audrey Tautou, and Childhood [+see also:
film profile]by Philippe Claudel, presented in collaboration with the Rome Film Fest. Representing Germany will be Four Kings [+see also:
interview: Jella Haase
interview: Theresa von Eltz
film profile] by Theresa von Eltz, whilst India will be competing with The New Classmate by Ash-winy Iyer Tiwari. The 13th film in competition, to be screened in collaboration with the Rome Film Fest, will be announced in the next few days.
In addition to the 13 films chosen for the Young Adult competition, the Alice nella città programme includes three Out of Competition films. On 18 October the red carpet will host the world premiere of Belle & Sebastian, the Adventure Continues [+see also:
film profile] directed by Christian Duguay, the second chapter of the saga starring Belle, the dog of the Pyrenees. Also being screened at Alice, in collaboration with the Rome Film Fest, is The Little Prince [+see also:
film profile], directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) with the Italian voices of Toni Servillo, Paola Cortellesi and Stefano Accorsi.
The last film that will be shown out of competition is Italian-French co-production Iqbal: Fearless Child [+see also:
film profile], a cartoon made using a variety of 3D techniques and drawn settings directed by Michel Fuzellier and Babak Payami. The film is the linchpin of a wider cross-media project on the issue of child labour in partnership with Unicef, Almed and the Fondazione Banca Etica.
The special events include the Italian premiere of Pan by Joe Wright. On 21 October there will be another big premiere, that of Game Therapy [+see also:
film profile], directed by Ryan Travis, an action-fantasy film starring Favij, Federico Clapis, Leonardo Decarli and Zoda, currently the 4 most famous Italian webstars (read news article). The 4 stars of the film will take to the red carpet of the Auditorium Parco della Musica together with 40 Italian youtubers.
For the 2015 edition, Alice nella città will be expanding its programme with the 10 Alice/Panorama films being screened in a proper ‘film district’ in the Pigneto quarter, in one of the historic cinemas of Rome, the Cinema Avorio, which was closed in 2009.
Alice nella città, organised by Gianluca Giannelli and Fabia Bettini, is funded by the Directorate-General for Cinema of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, the Lazio Region, the Roma Capitale municipality, the Chamber of Commerce of Rome, Acea and BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas.
(Translated from Italian)