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ROME 2021

La 16e Fête du cinéma de Rome propose un programme au féminin, international et pop

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- La manifestation présente cette année : 23 titres en sélection officielle, 23 pays représentés, 22 réalisatrices, 35 premières mondiales, 13 rencontres avec le public, et beaucoup d’autres choses

La 16e Fête du cinéma de Rome propose un programme au féminin, international et pop
Cyrano de Joe Wright

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It’s under the banner of high quality (“The only quota we consider”), the combination of high and pop culture, and a special focus on young audiences whose “desire to go to the cinema needs to be reawakened” that Rome Film Fest is making its return this year, boasting a 16th edition set to unspool from 14 to 24 October at the Parco della Musica Concert Hall, as well as in many of the capital’s other venues, including the Teatro dell’Opera and Palazzo Merulana. This will be Antonio Monda’s seventh year as artistic director and the second edition he has produced during the pandemic: “Last year we managed to organise a festival of which 90% took place in person, without any new infections”, he affirmed yesterday while presenting the programme in Rome, “our target this year is for 100% of our events to be held in person”.

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It’s a bumper programme, with 23 films and documentaries gracing the Official Selection (and battling it out for the Audience Award), 23 participating countries, 22 selected women directors, 35 world premieres, 11 Special Screenings, 13 Close Encounters, and Lifetime Achievement awards earmarked for Quentin Tarantino and Tim Burton. Famous names associated with the Close Encounters line-up include Alfonso Cuarón, who’s set to talk about his favourite Italian films, Luca Guadagnino, discussing the movies which changed his life, Marco Bellocchio, scheduled to reveal a few extracts, in a world premiere, from the Esterno Notte series, which homes in on the Moro affair, and the Manetti Bros., offering up a taster of their much anticipated Diabolik [+lire aussi :
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Jostling amongst the various American titles selected for the festival (including opening film The Eyes Of Tammy Faye, starring Jessica Chastain, C'mon C'mon starring Joaquin Phoenix, and Eternals by Oscar-winner Chloé Zhao, which is closing the festival in collaboration with Alice nella Città, not to mention the documentary Muhammad Ali and Oliver Stone’s series JFK Destiny Betrayed) we find European offerings such as Cyrano by Joe Wright, I Am Zlatan [+lire aussi :
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by Jens Sjögren, Les Jeunes amants [+lire aussi :
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by Carine Tardieu, The North Sea [+lire aussi :
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by John Andreas Andersen, A Thousand Hours by Carl Moberg, Mediterraneo: The Law of the Sea [+lire aussi :
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by Marcel Barrena and Hive [+lire aussi :
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interview : Blerta Basholli
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by Blerta Basholli. Hailing from Italy, meanwhile, we find L’Arminuta [+lire aussi :
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by Giuseppe Bonito and Promises [+lire aussi :
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by Amanda Sthers, starring Pierfrancesco Favino.

The Film Fest’s Special Screenings will include three long-awaited series: There’s No Place Like Home – The Series by Gabriele Muccino, Vita da Carlo by Carlo Verdone and Arnaldo Catinari, and Strappare lungo i bordi by graphic novel writer Zerocalcare, without forgetting the latest film by Pierfrancesco Diliberto, artistically known as Pif, On Our Watch [+lire aussi :
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, and I fratelli De Filippo [+lire aussi :
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by Sergio Rubini, which revolves around the children of Edoardo Scarpetta (the thesp to whom Martone has devoted The King of Laughter [+lire aussi :
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The Duel event is also set to return, whereby two personalities from the world of film, culture and theatre, wielding different opinions on topics relating to film and its protagonists, are pitted against one another in front of an audience, and the Films of Our Lives line-up will also be making an appearance, featuring movies chosen by members of the festival’s selection committee, this year along the theme of guilty pleasures.

Tributes (to Gigi Proietti, Monica Vitti), restorations (C’eravamo tanto amati by Ettore Scola) and retrospectives (on Arthur Penn) are set to round off the programme, which will likewise showcase five pre-opening films, amongst which I Am Santa Claus [+lire aussi :
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by Edoardo Falcone, starring the much missed Gigi Proietti.

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