A Lifetime Achievement Award to Martin Scorsese, who will also be the
protagonist of a Close Encounter with the audience to discuss Italian cinema.
Conversations with Sigourney Weaver, Giuseppe
Tornatore, Pierre Bismuth and a focus on the craft of cinema with Luca Bigazzi, Arnaldo Catinari, Giogiò
Franchini, Esmeralda Calabria. The premiere of Paolo Virzì’s Magical Nights,
the retrospectives on Peter Sellers and Maurice Pialat, the restoration of
Giuseppe De Santis’ Attack and Retreat,
the exhibition on Marcello Mastroianni. These are the main sneak previews of
the upcoming Rome Film Festival as announced by Artistic Director Antonio Monda and Laura Delli Colli, Head of the Fondazione Cinema per Roma. The 13th
edition of the festival will take place from October 18 to 28 at the Auditorium
Parco della Musica. The full program will be unveiled during a press conference
on October 5.
Paolo Virzì’s Magical Nights will be presented as a Special Event. Produced by
Marco Belardi for Lotus Production, a society of Leone Film Group, with Rai
Cinema and to be released by 01 Distribution, the film is set in Rome in the
summer of 1990 during the soccer world cup. The protagonists are played by
young actors Mauro Lamantia, Giovanni Toscano and Irene Vetere. Supporting
roles are played by many well-known actors such as Giancarlo Giannini, Roberto
Herlitzka, Paolo Bonacelli, Ornella Muti, Marina Rocco, Andrea Roncato, Giulio
Scarpati, Emanuele Salce, Giulio Berruti, Ludovica Modugno, Ferruccio Soleri,
Simona Marchini. The script
was penned by the director himself with Francesca Archibugi and Francesco
Piccol. The film is both a comedy and a noir: 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.
As previously announced, Martin Scorsese will
receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented by Paolo Taviani. The
director will take part in a Close Encounter with the public. In conversation
with festival director Antonio Monda, Scorsese will review his fifty-year
career and discuss a selection of clips from Italian films that have had a
long-lasting effect on his life and his work.
Scorsese will also present a newly restored version of a classic of
Italian cinema, and have a public conversation with students from the
Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”.
The other Close Encounters will be with
American actress Sigourney Weaver, Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore, and
French artist Pierre Bismuth, author of exhibitions and video-installations blending
genres and languages in a revolutionary way, from sculpture to painting, from
collage to architecture and even music. Bismuth was awarded an Oscar for Best
Screenplay together with Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,
and directed himself the film Where Is Rocky
The retrospectives, curated by Mario Sesti,
will be dedicated to two sophisticated exponents of great European cinema. On
the one side, Peter Sellers, the multifaceted English artist, known for his
extraordinary comedic talent and the lucid madness of his characters – first
and foremost Inspector Clouseau; on the other side, Maurice Pialat, the French
filmmaker, winner of the Golden Palm at Cannes for Under the Sun of Satan. The retrospective on Peter Sellers will be
held in collaboration with the British Embassy and the British Council, the one
on Maurice Pialat will be organized with the Cineteca di Bologna and the
Embassy of France.
Several important Italian films will screen at
the next Rome Film Fest in a newly-restored version: among them, Attack and Retreat by Giuseppe De
Santis. The filmmaker, one of the founding masters of Neo-Realism, winner of
the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 1995, evokes the tragedy of Italian
soldiers during the Russia campaign in World War II. The restoration was
completed by the Cineteca Nazionale.
Between October and January, the Museum of the
Ara Pacis will host an important exhibition dedicated to one of the symbols of
Italian cinema in the world: Marcello Mastroianni. The exhibition,
curated by Gian Luca Farinelli, is promoted by Musei di Roma, Cineteca di
Bologna, Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Equa di Camilla Morabito.
Like every year, the Artistic Director and the
members of the Selection Committee will present the films that influenced their
passion for the cinema: after westerns and musicals, this year’s choice is the
film noir. Antonio Monda is assisted by a committee coordinated by Mario Sesti
and composed by Richard Peña, Giovanna Fulvi, Alberto Crespi, Francesco Zippel
e Valerio Carocci.
The Auditorium Parco della Musica has been the
heart of the Rome Film Fest since 2006 with the red carpet and the screening
venues. Like every year, the Rome Film Fest will extend to several other
locations in the city, including the Auditorium of the Rebibbia Prison (Nuovo
Complesso) and the Women’s Ward in Rome. Following the success of the
pilot-project that took place last year in Via della Frezza, the Rome Film Fest
has decided to continue bringing its initiatives into the heart of the city,
extending its iconic Red Carpet to a multiplicity of meeting points in the
historic city centre of Rome. The project, organized by the communication group
HDRA, will be called IT WILL HAPPEN ON THE RED CARPET and its goal will be to
promote quality cinema and the city of Rome.