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ROME 2019

Angelina Jolie, Michelle Pfeiffer and the Dardenne brothers to feature in Alice nella città

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- The 17th edition of the independent, parallel section of Rome Film Fest dedicated to the younger generation will unspool between 17 and 27 October

Angelina Jolie, Michelle Pfeiffer and the Dardenne brothers to feature in Alice nella città
Young Ahmed by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Returning for yet another year to forge a rich and lively dialogue with new generations of cinema-goers is Alice nella città, the independent, parallel section of Rome Film Fest dedicated to younger audiences, whose 17th edition will be held between 17 and 27 October within the Parco della Musica Auditorium.

Set to open the event are Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer who lead the cast of Maleficent – Mistress of Evil, a film directed by Norway’s Joachim Rønning which will be touching down in Rome for its European premiere; the two stars are also scheduled to meet with students from a variety of film schools. There are a total twelve films in the Young/Adult competition, including Delphine Lehericey’s Beyond the Horizon [+see also:
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interview: Delphine Lehericey
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, a work starring Letitia Casta which was recently screened in San Sebastian, and Carolina Hellsgård’s German-Polish title Sunburned, in which 13-year-old Claire spends her summer holidays trying to help a Senegalese hawker escape his impoverished lot. Summertime secrets also rise to the surface in Slovenian director Martin Turk’s film Don’t Forget to Breathe, while the presence of young, independent female figures with a fighting attitude is common to a variety of films, namely the Belgian title Cleo by Eva Cools, Lola [+see also:
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interview: Laurent Micheli
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by Laurent Micheli (starring Benoît Magimel), French film The Dazzled by Sarah Suco and British film Perfect 10 by Eva Riley, which hones in on a young gymnast. Representing Italy, we find Mario Piredda’s first work, L’agnello, the story of a 16-year-old girl struggling with her father’s illness in a coarse though authentic Sardinia. Likewise on the agenda, The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily [+see also:
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interview: Lorenzo Mattotti
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by Lorenzo Mattotti (the director will be leading a masterclass), and One More Jump, an Italian-Swiss documentary helmed by Emanuele Gerosa in which the youngsters who make up Gaza’s Parkour Team dream of future freedom.

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Out of competition, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s Young Ahmed [+see also:
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interview: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
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is set to be screened; the filmmaker-brothers will also be hosting a Film Lesson, open to the wider public. The big, family-friendly premieres of the weekend include French title Ailo’s Journey [+see also:
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, the first feature film put forward by the great wildlife documentary maker Guillaume Maidatchevsky, and the new work by Alessandro Siani, Il giorno più bello del mondo, almost three years on from the success of Mister Felicità [+see also:
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Standing tall among the 12 works in the International Panorama line-up - a section devoted to films which speak of the world of younger generations, but which are also aimed at adults – are Maternal [+see also:
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interview: Maura Delpero
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by Laura Delpero - following on from its outing in competition in Locarno - Bertrand Bonello’s horror flick Zombi Child [+see also:
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interview: Bertrand Bonello
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, Adoration [+see also:
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interview: Fabrice du Welz
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by Fabrice du Welz, Take Me Somewhere Nice [+see also:
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interview: Ena Sendijarević
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by Ena Sendijarević, French doc Adolescentes by Sébastien Lifshitz and Aga’s House [+see also:
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interview: Lendita Zeqiraj
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by Kosovan director Lendita Zeqiraj. Set to grace the Italian Panorama, meanwhile, we find Bellissime by Elisa Amoruso, a reflection on the cult-like obsession with appearances among little girls, teenagers and mothers; Stay Still [+see also:
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, the first feature fiction film by Elisa Mishto which stars Giuseppe Battiston; the docu-fairy tale by Giuseppe Carrieri Le metamorfosi, which revisits Ovid and takes as its setting a plague-infested Naples in order to tell the tale of a small Roma girl who saves herself by taking refuge in the body of a radioactive whale; the new film by Vincenzo Marra, La volta buona, a story of social redemption and of the friendship between a football agent (Massimo Ghini) and a young boy; and Volare, a work by Ram Pace and Luca Santarelli and produced by TV journalist Michele Santoro, exploring the phenomenon of Trap music.  

(Translated from Italian)

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