Roma once again celebrates the “seventh art” with the 14th Rome Film Fest, hosted at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, where the pathway connecting to the Cavea turns into the longest red carpet in the world.
Since 2019, the event officially joins FIAPF’s (International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations) accreditation programme in the Non-Competitive International Film Festival Category.
The program includes screenings, master classes, tributes, retrospectives, panels, and special events. In addition to the movies of the Official Selection and “Tutti ne parlano“, a major role is dedicated to the Close Encounters with directors, actors and leading figures in the world of art and culture, to the Retrospectives, and to Tributes and Film Restorations. Besides, Alice nella città organises a kids movie festival.
Close Encounters, space dedicated to directors, actors and leading figures in the world of art and culture. Among the protagonists, Bill Murray (Lifetime Achievement Award), who reviews the most important events of his cinematic career in an on stage conversation with the public; the French director Olivier Assayas, who talks about Nouvelle Vague and his experience as a film critic for the Cahiers du Cinéma; Bret Easton Ellis, one of the leading figures in world literature; the Oscar winner Ron Howard, presenting the docu-movie “Pavarotti”, his new personal tribute to the world of music; Kore-eda Hirokazu, one of the most inspired auteurs of Asian cinema; the French director Bertrand Tavernier, who explores the so-called “cinéma de papa”.
The Official Selection features around 40 films from all over the world that compete for the BNL People’s Choice Award. The lineup includes “Pavarotti” by Ron Howard, an intimate and compelling portrait of the artist and the man, editing previously unseen footage and images from his most iconic performances.
The Retrospectives, curated by Mario Sesti, are dedicated to two of the world’s greatest filmmakers, from Europe to Asia: the German Max Ophüls, considered one of the most brilliant and sophisticated auteurs of the “seventh art”, and the Japanese cult filmmaker Kore-eda Hirokazu, whose work takes an original approach to themes such as life and death, family ties, loved ones and memories.
The restored versions of "Kapò" by Gillo Pontecorvo, released in theatres sixty years ago (1959) and Academy Award nominee as Best Foreign Language film in 1961, and of "Satyricon" by Fellini, released in theatres fifty years ago (1969), are featured in Tributes and Film Restorations section.
As usual, the Artistic Director and the members of the Selection Committee share with the audience a selection of films that have influenced their passion for cinema: after westerns, musicals and noir films, 2019 is the year of screwball comedies, the sophisticated American comedies from the 1930s and 1940s. Each film is introduced by a conversation with filmmakers, actors and other guests. Furthermore, before all the screenings at the Rome Film Fest, the audience can enjoy short clips from the most famous and beloved screwball comedies.
Like every year, Rome Film Fest involves several other locations, including MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Casa del Cinema, and new in this edition, MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, hosting two new sections: “Duel” and “Word/Image”. In the former, two renowned figures from the world of art, culture and the performing arts challenge one another in front of the audience, debating on themes relating to cinema, to its protagonists and its stories. Whereas, “Word/Image” features well-known Italian and international writers commenting on film adaptations of famous novels.
Photo by Fondazione Cinema per Roma
dal 17 al 27 ottobre 2019
Il programma completo sarà annunciato nel corso di una conferenza stampa che si terrà venerdì 4 ottobre 2019