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ROME 2022

Rome Film Fest unveils the programme for its 17th edition

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- New director Paola Malanga reintroduces a competitive element, with 130 titles screening throughout the festival running 13-23 October

Rome Film Fest unveils the programme for its 17th edition
The Lockdown Tower by Guillaume Nicloux

Popular and experimental films, a section for new talent, resurgent genres such as westerns and romantic comedies, a widespread female presence (7 of the 16 films in competition are directed by women) and so much “wanted and deserved” Italian cinema. This is how Paola Malanga - the festival’s new artistic director who is taking up the baton after Antonio Monda’s seven years at the helm of the event, which is now reaching its 17th edition - presented her first ever Rome Film Fest. New sections but, most importantly, the return of an international competition “which everyone wanted” characterise the new direction of the festival, which is set to unfold between 13 and 23 October this year, at the Parco della Musica Auditorium and on 28 screens throughout the city, including the Nuovo Sacher Cinema belonging to Nanni Moretti, who will compose his own selection of films to promote from the festival.

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The new Progressive Cinema Competition consists of 16 titles, including fiction films, documentaries and animations. Featuring among these are European titles such as French movies The Lockdown Tower by Guillaume Nicloux and Houria by Mounia Meddour, French-Ukrainian film Shttl by Amy Walter, Germany’s In a Land That No Longer Exists by Aerun Goette, Italian works La cura by Francesco Patierno and I morti rimangono con la bocca aperta by Fabrizio Ferraro, Spanish films Ramona [+see also:
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by Andrea Bagney and El caso Padilla by Pavel Giroud, Latvia’s January [+see also:
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by Viesturs Kairiss, Switzerland’s Thunder [+see also:
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by Carmen Jaquier and the French-Tunisian-Palestinian-Saudi Arabian-Qatari co-production Alam [+see also:
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by Firas Khoury. The selection is rounded off by American movies Causeway by Lila Neugebauer, Raymond & Ray by Rodrigo García and Sanctuary by Zachary Wigon, as well as Korean work Jeong-sun by Jeong Ji-hye and Hong Kong’s The Hotel by Wang Xiaoshuai.

The non-competitive Grand Public section composed of 16 titles aimed at wider audiences is set to boast hotly anticipated Italian titles such as The Hummingbird [+see also:
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by Francesca Archibugi (opening film),  Caravaggio’s Shadow [+see also:
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by Michele Placido (starring Louis Garrel and Isabelle Huppert), La stranezza by Roberto Andò, War - La guerra desiderata by Gianni Zanasi, Rapiniamo il duce by Renato De Maria, Il principe di Roma by Edoardo Falcone, Era ora by Alessandro Aronadio, and Astolfo by Gianni De Gregorio. European films in the line-up include The Lost King [+see also:
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by Stephen Frears, La signora Harris va a Parigi by Anthony Fabian, What’s Love Got to Do With It [+see also:
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by Shekhar Kapur, and Rheingold by Fatih Akin.

Titles deserving of a mention within the Freestyle section - composed of 25 works which are free both in terms of form and style - include Bassifondi which is directed by Francesco Prividori and written by the D’Innocenzo brothers, Django, the series by Francesca Comencini, starring Matthias Shoenaertz and Noomi Rapace, the second season of Romulus by Matteo Rovere, the series Sono Lillo by Eros Puglielli, the Italian-Spanish documentary Daniel Pennac: ho visto Maradona! by Ximo Solano, the Italian-German doc Trained to See - Three Women and the War by Luzia Schmid, and Jane Campion, la femme cinéma by France’s Julie Bertuccelli.

Movies set to be treated to a special screening include A Cooler Climate by James Ivory (who’s set to receive the Lifetime Achievement award), Kill Me If You Can by Alex Infascelli, and Polanski, Horowitz. Hometown by Mateusz Kudla and Anna Kokoszka-Romer. The Best of 2022 section will bring together 11 films hailing from other international festivals, including Palme D’Or winner Triangle of Sadness [+see also:
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by Ruben Ostlund, Final Cut! [+see also:
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by Michel Hazanavicius, Scarlet [+see also:
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by Pietro Marcello, The Innocent [+see also:
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by Louis Garrel, the Ukrainian candidate for the Oscars Klondike [+see also:
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by Maryna Er Gorbach, The Beasts [+see also:
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by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, and Forever Young [+see also:
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by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

The public will also get to see the likes of Mario Martone, Luc Besson, Stephen Frears, Paolo Virzì and James Gray, who will be speaking about their first films. Tributes and retrospectives, meanwhile, will be dedicated to the protagonists of this year’s festival, Joan Woodward and Paul Newman, as well as to Marisa Paredes and Jean-Luc Godard. A great many restored films are likewise on the agenda, including The Big Feast by Marco Ferreri, The Stolen Children by Gianni Amelio and La porta del cielo by Vittorio De Sica.

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(Translated from Italian)

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