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 II?

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.



ROMA 2018