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Joe Dante at Rome FF

Joe Dante special guest at the Festival and New Cinema Network


New Cinema Network (NCN) announces the presence of Joe Dante as the special guest of the International Film Market, within the framework of the Rome Film Festival. The famous director of Gremlins, Piranha, Small Soldiers andThe Hole, will open the proceedings of the meetings organized by NCN in the section “Le Grande Bellezze”, the special showcase (eight projects from six countries: Brazil, China, Egypt, Italy, Luxembourg, United States) conceived and supported with determination by Director Marco Müller, and dedicated to film projects that promote Italy as a partner of excellence, with the purpose of reinforcing the central role and value of our country as both an ideal set and support for production and funding.

On Sunday 19, Monday 20 and Tuesday October 21, Joe Dante and his producer Elizabeth Stanley will participate in a one-to-one meeting of the NCN at the Hotel Bernini Bristol, to meet potential co-producers for the “Ombra Amore” project, the new film by the director from New Jersey, who with his usual sense of humour, his love of cinema and horror films in particular, invents a love story between a vampire and a werewolf in underground Rome, populated by strange creatures.

Dante himself likes to define his project as a sort of Romeo and Juliet among Rome’s vampires and werewolves in today’s economic crisis: Pete is a young werewolf belonging to a ferocious clan of stock market speculators, some of whom bear great responsibility for the current Italian economic crisis. Maggie is a vampire whose family belongs to the ancient aristocracy, fallen and impoverished because of the voracious appetites of the werewolves.

At the Rome Film Festival, Joe Dante will present the restored version of Kill Baby Kill (Thursday October 16th at 10:30 pm in Sala Petrassi), and will be a guest Friday October 17th at 11 am in the Spazio Rai Movie for a conversation with the audience moderated by Marco Giusti and Steve Della Casa, where he will talk about the golden age of “Gothic Italian” cinema, of genre cinema in Italy and its influence on Joe Dante’s cinema.


With his legendary The Movie Orgy, Joe Dante attracted the attention of Roger Corman, together with whom in 1975 he made Hollywood Blvd. The American director and producer’s most famous cult films include: The Howling, The Twilight Zone: The Movie Segment, Gremlins and Gremlins 2 – The New Batch, The Explorers, The ‘Burbs, Matinee, Small Soldiers, Looney Tunes Back in Action, The Hole 3D and Burying the Ex.

Furthermore, for television, Joe Dante has filmed Amazon Women on the Moon, Amazing Stories, The Twilight Zone, Night Visions, Picture Windows, Runaway Daughters, The Second Civil War, CSI: New York, Masters of Horror (The Screwfly Solution and The Homecoming), Hawaii 5-0, The Witches of East End and the pilot episodes of The Osiris Chronicles and Eerie, Indiana.