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Alice nella Città: Children’s films return to the stage in Rome

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- The 14th edition of the autonomous and independent section of the Rome Film Fest dedicated to the youngest generations will be held from 13-23 October

Alice nella Città: Children’s films return to the stage in Rome
Goodbye Berlin by Fatih Akin

The youngest generations are back front and fore, like every year, at Alice nella Città, the highly dynamic autonomous and independent section of the Rome Film Fest dedicated to young audiences and directed with the same passion as always by Gianluca Giannelli and Fabia Bettini. The theme for this year’s 14th edition, which will take place between 13 and 23 October, is “Growing up regardless”, a theme that runs through the 12 films in competition and the 10 in the non-competitive Panorama section (as well as the 3 titles being shown out of competition and the 2 special events), which centre around young protagonists struggling with important choices, hostile environments and problematic families, faced with the eternal youth of adults and tempted by politico-religious paths of radicalisation.

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Several European titles have been selected for the Young/Adult competition, all of which vary immensely. From Fatih Akin’s daredevil and impertinent road movie Goodbye Berlin [+see also:
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, to a teenager’s dazzling encounter with the music of The Clash in London Town by Derrick Borte, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Then there’s the story of a young Moroccan girl who joins a group of radical Muslims in Layla M. [+see also:
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by Mijke de Jong, and Finnish-Danish debut piece Little Wing [+see also:
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by Selma Vilhunen, which centres around a 12-year-old who is propelled into adulthood and her mother, who, on the contrary, doesn’t want to grow up. Last but not least are two more debut films: Cypriot title Boy on the Bridge by Petros Charalambous, about a dark family secret, and My First Highway [+see also:
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by Kevin Meul, a sort of fairy-tale on the loss of innocence.

Being shown out of competition, in its international premiere, is British/American co-production Max Steel by Stewart Hendler, a live action version of the Mattel characters, whilst the Panorama section, none of the films in which have yet to be screened in Italy, features French films Nocturama [+see also:
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by Bertrand Bonello and Heaven Will Wait [+see also:
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by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar, British title Kids in Love [+see also:
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by Chris Foggin, starring Cara Delevingne, and Greek-Polish co-production Park [+see also:
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by Sofia Exarchou, which was recently screened at San Sebastián. The Panorama section also includes I Am Not a Serial Killer [+see also:
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by Billy O’Brien, a psychological/supernatural horror film centering around a 16-year-old boy (United Kingdom/Ireland), another Irish title in the form of musical Sing Street [+see also:
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by John Carney, and the second film by Italian director Ivan Silvestrini, 2Night, starring Matilde Gioli, about the encounter of a night that will change your life.

The section will also feature plenty of animated films, such as American films Kubo and the Two Strings, Storks, and Rock Dog (the latter of which was co-produced with China). Other titles worth mentioning include Captain Fantastic starring Viggo Mortensen (in partnership with the Rome Film Fest), About Ray starring Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon, and Swiss Army Man starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano. In partnership with the Kino Cinema, the second feature by Ciro De Caro (director of the phenomenal Spaghetti Story [+see also:
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), entitled Acqua di marzo [+see also:
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, will be presented, among others. Once again this year, the best first or second film will be awarded the Taodue Camera d’Oro award, by a jury presided over by actor Matt Dillon.

(Translated from Italian)

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