“Obstacles should always be a push to keep going.” This is the tagline of this year’s Alice nella città, parallel festival of cinema for young adults taking place during the Rome Film Festival, and directed by Gianluca Giannelli and Fabia Bettini. The poster of this 16th edition, curated by Alexey Kondarov, expresses the same concept: a girl with renaissance traits trying to to keep going beyond a stop sign within a modern urban landscape.

The program is particularly rich. One of the highlight is Peter Hedges’ Ben Is Back starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Edges, on a problematic boy who must rebuilt his family relationships. Pre-Opening film is Johnny English starring Rowan Atkinson who will attend the screening in Rome. Competition titles include: Behold My Heart with Charlie Plummer, Fiore Gemello by Laura Luchetti, Jellyfish on school bullying, Butterfly by Alessandro Cassigoli and Casey Kauffman on the first Italian woman boxe champion who participated at the Olympics. Among the special events, the animations Tito and the Birds and Dilili in Paris, the premiere of Remi, Here Is Now on Lombardy’s orators and first film to be produced by the Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo, and series Skam Italia produced by Timvision and Kidding starring Jim Carrey. The International Panorama section includes Friday’s Child with Ty Sheridan, sci-fi Prospect telling of a father and his daughter travelling towards an unknown moon, Crystal Moselle’s Skate Kitchen on a group of skateboarders, Elijah Bynum’s Hot Summer Nights starring Timothée Chalamet.

Giannelli states: “These films are about relations and sharing, which at times can be problematic. They tell of the experience of doing something together. In fact, there are several co-directors, besides many first and second features.” Films in competition will be seen by a jury including, among the others, actor Vinicio Marchioni and director Andrea De Sica. There’ll be also a new competition for short film, whose jury is chaired by Fabio Guaglione.

The Italian Panorama section include: Margherita Ferri’s The Ice Rift, on a restless 16-year-old girl playing in a hockey team, to be released by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà; the classic Mignon Has Come to Stay by Francesca Archibugi; comedy Bene ma non benissimo by Francesco Mandelli; Luna Gualano’s Go Home, a zombie movie set in a reception center for asylum seekers; Guido Chiesa’s Ti presento Sofia starring Micaela Ramazzotti and Fabio De Luigi.

Alice is not only about films. A number of initiatives are integral parts of the event, like the Campus Leone Film Group for young directors, the project Alice PLUS at the MIA, the MyMovies First Feature Prize, the project Every Child Is My Child to protect children’s right in Syria, a masterclass with Andrej Konchalovskij, the Istant Stories Alice&Cinemotore Award.


ROMA 2018