The Rome Film Festival across the entire city


16 | 25 October 2014

The Rome Film Festival across the entire city:

from the Auditorium to the MAXXI, from the Casa del Cinema to Via Veneto, from the Teatro Argentina to the Ara Pacis and the public libraries of Rome


The Festival returns to the suburbs:

Tomas Milian to meet the audience in Ostia and at the Centro Culturale ‘Elsa Morante’


The 9th Rome Film Festival will spread outwards to involve the entire city of Rome. In addition to the Auditorium Parco della Musica, the beating heart of the event with its screening rooms, spaces dedicated to conversations with the audience, and exhibitions and the Villaggio del Cinema, a series of other locations will host segments of the Festival’s programme.

The preview opening of the 9th Rome Film Festival will take place at the Casa del Cinema in collaboration with Ripley’s Film, Istituto Luce – Cinecittà and the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia: Prima della rivoluzione (Before the Revolution), the second feature film by Oscar®-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci, will be screened on October 15th to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its release in theatres (same date and time). The event, by invitation only, inaugurates the film series open to the audience at the Casa del Cinema, which will continue through the month of November, conceived to bring back to the big screen the most important films released in 1964. The screening of Before the Revolution will be preceded by Casarola, a seven-minute documentary on the origins of the Bertolucci family, directed by Lorenzo Castore and produced by Young Films. This short film will also be shown on October 20th in the Sala Sinopoli, before the screening of Obra by Gregorio Graziosi.

The MAXXI – National Museum of the XXI Century Arts will be the venue for a series of Special Events (screenings, conversations, and round table discussions) and for Wired Next Cinema powered by Mazda, the programme dedicated to new audiovisual languages (regardless of genre, length, format). The Museum will also host the Festival’s inauguration party organized with Wired Next Cinema, featuring a dj set with Italian band Subsonica.

From October 17 to 21, the Via Veneto area will be the place for screenings, conferences, conversations, and events of the Rome International Film Market (The Business Street and New Cinema Network): the venues involved will be the Hotel Bernini Bristol, the Casa del Cinema, and the Barberini Multiplex cinema which, in addition to the screenings for film industry professionals, will hold repeat screenings of all the films that premiere at the Auditorium. The prestigious Ara Pacis Museum will be the venue for the Market opening party, organized in collaboration with Cinema do Brasil and INCAA (Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales), the institutions promoting the film industry of Brazil and Argentina, the countries featured in this year’s special focus of The Business Street. During the party, the Ara Pacis Museum will be “awash in colour” thanks to a particular three-dimensional projection technique, and will rock to the sound of a dj set by Italian band No One.

Friday October 24th at 6 pm, the Teatro Argentina will host a public conversation on “Shakespeare and Cinema” with Indian director Vishal Bhardwaj, who will present at the Festival his new film, Haider, inspired by ‘Hamlet’. Bhardwaj will discuss with Antonio Calbi, director of the Teatro di Roma, Nadia Fusini, one of the most influential Shakespearean scholars, directors Andrea Baracco and Veronica Cruciani, who took on the play in two theatre productions. The film is the third chapter in Bhardwaj’s Shakespearean trilogy: the first two wereMaqbool (2003) and Omkara  (2006), both of which will be screened on Monday October 20th in the Teatro Argentina (Sala Squarzina, 3pm).

Just like Leonardo Di Caprio in 2006 and Sylvester Stallone in 2012, the Festival will tour the various districts of the city with another great actor, Tomas Milian, recipient of the 2014 Marc’Aurelio Acting Award. At 11am on Saturday October 18th, at the Teatro Lido di Ostia (Via delle Sirene 22), Tomas Milian will meet the high school students of Ostia and the audience; on the same day he will appear in the Quartiere Laurentino as a guest of the ‘Elsa Morante’ Cultural Centre, where a public debate will be held at 7:30pm.

In an ongoing collaboration with the Istituzione Biblioteche di Roma (i.e. the Rome Public Libraries Society), during the entire period of the Festival, a selection of libraries will offer a second screening of the documentaries from the Prospettive Italia section, followed by a question and answer session with the directors and protagonists. On Tuesday, October 21st at 5:30pm, the “Pier Paolo Pasolini” Library (Viale dei Caduti per la Resistenza 410/a) will be the venue for the screening of Looking for Kadija by Francesco G. Raganato, while on October 22nd (at 5:30 pm), the “Franco Basaglia” Library (Via Federico Borromeo 67) will feature the screening of the documentary Roma Termini by Bartolomeo Pampaloni. The following day at 5:30 pm, at the Vaccheria Nardi (Via di Grotta di Gregna, 27), there will be a screening of Meno male che è lunedi by Filippo Vendemmiati, and on Friday the 24th at 5:30 pm, L’orologia di Monaco by Mauro Caputo will be screened at the “Gianni Rodari” Library (Via Francesco Tovaglieri 237).

The Teatro di Rebibbia (Rebibbia Prison Theartre) will celebrate the memory of Enrico Maria Salerno on the 20th anniversary of his death. Following the ceremony to award the Enrico Maria Salerno Prize to Dario Argento, on the 18thand 20th of October, Rai Movie and Moviextra will sponsor a screening of Take Five by Guido Lombardi, in Competition at the Rome Film Festival in 2013, starring three artists who have personally experienced the pain of imprisonment: Gaetano di Vaio, Carmine Paternoster, and Salvatore Striano.

As part of the charity events, on October 23rd at the Open Colonna – Palazzo Esposizioni, the Fondazione Telethon is organizing a charity gala dinner with the participation of leading personalities from the field of industry and cinema. The next day, on the terrace of the Hotel Boscolo Exedra in Rome, a special event organized by Mediafriends Onlus, dedicated to the Oscar®-winning film The Great Beauty, will feature an auction of 20 works, a costume by Cesare Attolini worn by Toni Servillo, and other memorabilia from the film.

As part of the Spazio Risonanze programme, for the duration of the Festival, “La Scatola Chiara” will offer guided tours through the city to discover the locations where the Neo-Realist films and other films were shot: from the Portico d’Ottavia to Campo de’ Fiori, from the Pigneto district to Via Casilina, the Quadraro to the Mandrione, a series of itineraries will lead through the locations chosen by great filmmakers such as Roberto Rossellini, Pietro Germi, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Federico Fellini, and Mario Monicelli.

The release of the films of the 9th Rome Film Festival will begin regionally in Rieti, during the Festival: the Teatro Moderno movie theatre will screen one of the most highly anticipated films of the Festival, Buoni a nulla by Gianni di Gregorio. In November, a selection of films from the 2014 line-up will be screened in Viterbo and Civitavecchia, and in other towns in the region, in collaboration with the local film clubs.


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