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Edoardo De Angelis (The Vice of Hope) and Giovanni Zoppeddu (Diario di tonnara) the two Italian directors featured in the Official Selection of the 13th Rome Film Fest (October 18-28). De Angelis, two years after Indivisible, is back with a story of vengeance and reconciliation set against the backdrop of the Volturno river and the surrounding lands. Here lives Maria (Pina Turco), who walks firmly, her hood up. A hand-to-mouth life, without dreams nor desires, spent taking care of her mother and at the service of a merciless, bejeweled old lady. With her brave-eyed pitbull, she ferries pregnant women across the river, leading them to a painful, infernal fate. But hope will pay Maria a visit, in its most ancestral and powerful form, as miraculous as life itself, teaching her that staying human is the greatest of all revolutions. The film stars Massimiliano Rossi, Maria Confalone, Cristina Donadio, Marcello Romolo. Music is composed by Enzo Avitale.

The Istituto Luce-Cinecittà documentary Diario di tonnara [lit. Trap Diary] by Giovanni Zoppeddu takes a leaf out of Ninni Ravazza's “Diario di Tonnara” homonym book. The story tells about the villages, the communities and the adventures that have marked the daily life of tuna fishermen. A community that develops itself on the sea and, from the sea, borrows its legends, magical rites and sacredness. “Diario di Tonnara” is like a dream, with its dreamlike atmospheres, but it's also a storytelling about strongly reality, destined to be relegated into a traditional cubby. A little universe full of stories and tales passed on from generation to generation and rituals that today struggles to be remembered. Here, Rais, tonnaroti and everyone who revolves around that world, offer the right inspiration to describe Sicilian seaways, tight anchored to tradition, like a primordial and noble value. A perception that echoes throughout the whole island and over.

The Official Selection also features the Italian co-production Corleone: Il potere ed il sangue – Corleone: La caduta by Mosco Levi Boucault, narrated by the voice of Maya Sansa. As the director explains: “This project was born from a discussion I had with one of the protagonists of the war against the mafia, Giuseppe Cucchiara, regarding Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather. Moving from there, I wanted to dismantle the myth of the name Corleone.”

Special Event and Closing Film is Paolo Virzì’s Magical Nights, set in the ‘90s, the infamous night in which the Italian soccer team was eliminated from the World Cup by Argentina. A renowned film producer is found dead in the river Tiber, the main suspects are three young aspiring screenwriters. In the course of one night in the police station, they go through their tumultuous, emotional and ironic journey in the streets of Rome, in the final throes of the glorious era of the great Italian cinema. Other Special Events include a conversation with Fabio Rovazzi, Mario Tronco’s and Gianfranco Cabiddu’s The Magic Flute at Piazza Vittorio, Giorgio Testi’s We Are Afterhours, and Daniele Barraco’s Vero dal vivo. Francesco De Gregori.

The Close Encounter with directors, actors and personalities from the art the cultural world are part of this year’s program again. Among them: Giuseppe Tornatore, Alba and Alice Rohrwacher, DoPs Luciano Tovoli and Amaldo Catinari, editors Esmeralda Calabria and Giogiò Franchini.

Among the restorations, Mario Martone’s Nasty Love. The director will also meet the audience during a conversation on the Elena Ferrante case moderated by Concita De Gregorio. Other restored works include Giuseppe De Santis’ Attack and Retreat and the homage to Vittorio Taviani with the screening of St. Michael Had a Rooster, to be introduced by Martin Scorsese who will be awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Prize by Paolo Taviani in turn.

Many Italian films also among the pre-Opening screenings of the festival: Pietro Suber’s documentary 1938 – Quando scoprimmo di non essere più italiani, Ruggero Gabbai’s La razzia, Paolo Zucca’s L’uomo che comprò la luna, Cristiano Delogu’s Questo è mio fatello, and Alessandro Capitani’s In viaggio con Adele.

The “Homages” section include Fabrizio Corallo’s Sono Gassman! accompanied by a new edition of The Great War, Marco Tullio Giordana’s Donna Fabia (dedicated to Adriana Asti), Riccardo Zinna’s Flavioh – Tributo a Flavio Bucci.

Five Istituto Luce-Cinecittà documentaries are featured in the Riflessi section: Simone Aleandri’s As Time Goes By – L’uomo che disegnava sogni on poster artist Silvano Campeggi; Gabriele Raimondi’s Giosetta Fioroni – Pop sentimentale; Gianfrancesco Lazotti’s Muse e dei on the great masters of European cinema and their muses; Giancarlo Scarchilli’s The King of Paparazzi  - Rino Barillari; Giovanna Gagliardo’s Il mare della nostra storia. Other selected titles include: L'anti-scienza - Il caso Ilaria Capua by Stefano Pistolini e Massimo Salvucci, Linfa by Carlotta Cerquetti, La storia quasi vera di Stefano Benni byEnza Negroni, Tre quartine e un addio by Fariboz Kamkari, Treno di Parole by Silvio Soldini, Le Vietnam sera libre by Cecilia Mangini e Paolo Pisanelli, Womanity by Barbara Cupisti.

The festival also includes a homage to Cinecittà Futura, whose theatres and postproduction labs have become public again in 2017 after twenty years of private managing. In the words of Managing Director Roberto Cicutto: “Significant investments for the refurbishment of the historical theatres, new infrastructures, but also new languages and digital technologies restore Cinecittà’s position in the world of international production.” Cicutto celebrated the first anniversary of public Cinecittà with the screening of three masterpieces of Italian cinema that were shot in the studios: Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Federico Fellini’s 8 ½ (1963), and Luchino Visconti’s Bellissima (1952).

 

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