Alice nella Città, independent section of the Rome Film Fest (October 14th to 24th, 2021) dedicated to emerging filmmakers and the talent of new generations, has unveiled the program of its ninth edition, taking place this year at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Auditorium della Conciliazione, Cinema Savoy and Casa del cinema, in the spirit of an “opening that could embrace the whole city,” explain artistic directors Fabia Bettini and Gianluca Giannelli, who also adds: “The program of Alice nella città is about the beauty of the margins, a very modern idea of cinema. Our goal is to get these films and take them to our young audience and the cinemas.”

Key films of this year’s edition are the European premiere of Ghostbursters: Legacy (opening film) and big names in attendance like Kenneth Branagh (Belfast), Céline Sciamma (Petite Maman) and Louis Garrel (The Crusade). Other national and international stars include Johnny Depp – attending Rome for a masterclass and to present the animation Puffins – Achille Lauro, Frank Matano.

Italian cinema is very much alive and kicking with new and established directors. Among the special screenings, Fabio Mollo’s Dog Years, the first production of Amazon Original Italia, and Futura by Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi and Alice Rohrwacher. The festival will also present the restored copies of Francesco Nuti’s Tutta colpa del paradiso and Claudio Caligari’s Amore tossico.

Animation is another protagonist of this year’s program. Among the selected titles: Belle by Mamoru Hosoda, Lyzzie and Red in stop motion, Where Is Anne Frank by Ari Folman, and The Addams Family 2. This will be all presented as Special Events along with Elisa Amoruso’s Time Is Up starring Bella Thorne and Benjamin Mascolo.

The Young Adult competition includes 10 films, the only Italian is Dario Albertini’s Anima bella, “a profound and authentic look at family relations, but also on a suspended world, hidden between the nostalgia for a rural Italy and a place of the soul.”

Panorama Italia is the section entirely dedicated to Italian cinema and includes: The Legionnaire by Hleb Papou, Sacro Moderno by Lorenzo Pallotta, La Tana by Beatrice Baldacci, Brotherhood by Francesco Montagner, Let’s Kiss by Filippo Vendemmiati, Take Away by Renzo Carbonera, Mancino Naturale by Salvatore Allocca, Come prima by Tommy Weber, Corpo a corpo by Maria Iovina, War Is Over by Stefano Obino.

Other Special Screening include Claudio Norza’s Sempre più bello, Guido Chiesa’s Una notte da dottore and Luigi Pane’s debut Un mondo in più.


ROME 2021