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The long summer of film on Tiber Island

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- Today the 22nd edition of the Isola del Cinema Festival begins, with 90 days of screenings, meetings and events dedicated to Italian and international film in the picturesque location on the Tiber

The long summer of film on Tiber Island
The Judgement by Stephan Komandarev

It’s the longest Italian film festival around, with 90 days of screenings, meetings, and special events dedicated to Italian and international film. From today until 4 September, the Isola del Cinema Festival will be taking place on Tiber Island, in Rome. This year the Festival is celebrating its 22nd edition, entitled ‘Hollywood sul Tevere’ (lit. ‘Hollywood on the Tiber’), to herald the return of big international sets to the capital. Things will get underway this evening with Spectre [+see also:
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 by Sam Mendes, one of the most thrilling scenes in which is set along the river itself, but the Festival will also be placing European films front and centre.

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A total of 200 works are down on the programme, to be screened in four venues. The Isola Mondo section, put together in cooperation with embassies and cultural institutes, will feature 15 films from Bulgaria, France, Portugal and Spain, as well as Australia, Brazil, Japan, Israel, Mexico, and Nicaragua. From Bulgaria, in particular, are three unreleased pieces that will be shown in the last week of July: The Judgement [+see also:
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The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner [+see also:
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 and Tilt. Another 15 European works from last season, shown at major international film festivals, will be shown in the Europa Europa section.

France is the star of the European Woman Filmmaker section, which celebrates female directorial talent through five recent works, including the latest by filmmaker Céline Sciamma (Dark Inclusion [+see also:
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), who will meet with audiences in Rome. Then there’s the fourth edition of the Catalan Film Festival in Rome, with the screening of three feature films and one documentary, including Barcelona, nit d’hivern [+see also:
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 by Dani de la Orden. Croatian director Dalibor Matanić will meet with audiences to talk about The High Sun [+see also:
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interview: Tihana Lazovic
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, which was awarded in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes.

Among the many films that you’ll be able to see or see again on Tiber Island are the best this season has to offer: record-breaking box office champion Quo vado? [+see also:
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 starring Checco Zalone, the visionary Lost and Beautiful [+see also:
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interview: Pietro Marcello ­
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 by Pietro MarcelloRoom [+see also:
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 by Lenny Abrahamson, which won Brie Larson the Oscar for Best Actress, Carol [+see also:
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 by Todd HaynesCorrespondence [+see also:
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 by Giuseppe Tornatore, and The Beginners [+see also:
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 by Claudio Cupellini. Special guests are set to include Carlo Verdone for L'abbiamo fatta grossa [+see also:
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, which he directed and stars in; Massimiliano Bruno, who will introduce Gli ultimi saranno gli ultimi [+see also:
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Paolo Genovese and members of the cast of Perfect Strangers [+see also:
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; Gabriele Mainetti and actors from They Call Me Jeeg [+see also:
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; and Stefano Sollima (who, as announced this week, will direct the sequel to Sicario), who will talk about his film Suburra [+see also:
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.

A large portion of the Festival will be dedicated to the section Fuoco sul reale, which will feature 15 of the most highly-acclaimed documentaries at international festivals. They include Napolislam by Ernesto Pagano, on the conversion to Islam of ten Neapolitans; Fire at Sea [+see also:
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by Gianfranco Rosi, which won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale; The Salt of the Earth [+see also:
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 by Wim Wenders, and The Look of Silence [+see also:
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 by Joshua Oppenheimer. Music is the star of the show in the documentary by Amy J. Berg on Janis Joplin, Janis: Little Girl Blue; and the Oscar-winning documentary Amy - The Girl Behind the Name [+see also:
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 by Asif Kapadia, on Amy Winehouse, will also be shown, along with Jimi - All Is by My Side [+see also:
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, a biopic on Jimi Hendrix written and directed by John Ridley.

The Groupama Assicurazioni Prize for Best First or Second Work will be awarded on 27 July to the best director in their directorial debut or second time working behind the camera: in addition to the aforementioned works by Gabriele Mainetti and Stefano Sollima, competitors include Alberto Caviglia (Pecore in erba [+see also:
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), Piero Messina (The Wait [+see also:
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interview: Lou de Laâge
interview: Piero Messina
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]
), Laura Morante (Assolo [+see also:
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) and Davide Grieco (The Ploy [+see also:
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]
).

For the complete programme, which will be updated every week, click here.

(Translated from Italian)

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