Rome Film Fest unveils the program for its 17th edition

– New director Paola Malanga reintroduces a competitive element, with 130 titles screened throughout the festival from October 13 to 23

The lock tower by Guillaume Nicloux

Popular and experimental films, a section of new talent, resurgent genres such as westerns and romantic comedies, a widespread female presence (7 of the 16 films in competition are directed by women) and so much Italian cinema “wanted and deserved “. This is how Paola Malanga – the festival’s new artistic director, who takes up the torch after Antonio Monda’s seven years at the helm of the event, which is now in its 17th edition – presented her very first Rome Film Festival. New sections but above all the return of an international competition “that everyone wanted” characterize the new direction of the festival, which will take place from October 13 to 23 this year, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica and on 28 screens all throughout the city, including the Nuovo Sacher cinema belonging to Nanni Morettiwhich will compose its own selection of films to be promoted from the festival.

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The new progressive film competition features 16 titles, including fiction films, documentaries and animations. Among these are European titles such as French films The lock tower by Guillaume Nicloux and Houria by Mounia MeddourFranco-Ukrainian film shttl by Amy Waltergermany In a country that no longer exists by Aerun GoetteItalian works The cure by Francesco Patierno and I morti rimangono con la bocca aperta by Fabrice Ferrarospanish movies ramona [+see also:
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by Andrea Bagney and The Padilla caso by Pavel Giroudlatvia January [+see also:
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by Viesturs KairissSwitzerland Thunder [+see also:
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by Carmen Jaquier and the Franco-Tunisian-Palestinian-Saudi-Qatari co-production alam [+see also:
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by Firas Khoury. The selection is completed by American films Pavement by Lila Neugebauer, Raymond and Ray by Rodrigo Garcia and Sanctuary by Zachary Wigonas well as Korean works Jeong-sun by Jeong Ji-hye and that of Hong Kong The hotel by Wang Xiaoshuai.

The non-competitive Mainstream section consisting of 16 titles aimed at a wider audience is expected to feature highly anticipated Italian titles such as The Hummingbird [+see also:
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by Francesca Archibugi (opening movie), The shadow of Caravaggio [+see also:
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by Michele Placido (with Louis Garrel and Isabelle Huppert), The stranezza by Roberto Ando, War – The guerra desiderata by Gianni Zanasi, Rapiniamo the Duce by Renato De Maria, The Roma principle by Edoardo Falcone, era ora by Alessandro Aronadioand Astolfo by Gianni De Gregorio. European films on the program include The lost king [+see also:
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by Stephen Frears, Signora Harris goes to Paris by Antoine Fabien, What’s love got to do with it [+see also:
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by Shekhar Kapurand Rhine gold by Fatih Akin.

Among the titles deserving of a mention within the Freestyle section – composed of 25 works free in both form and style – are Bassifondi which is led by Francesco Prividori and written by the D’Innocenzo brothers, Django, the series by Francesca Comenciniwith Matthias Shoenaertz and Noomi Rapace, the second season of Romulus by Matteo Roverethe series Sound Lillo by Eros Pugliellithe Italian-Spanish documentary Daniel Pennac: ho visto Maradona! by Ximo Solanothe italian-german doc Trained to See – Three Women and War by Luzia Schmidand Jane Campion, the cinema woman by France Julie Bertuccelli.

Films slated for special screening include A cooler climate by James Ivory (who is about to receive the Lifetime Achievement award), kill me if you can by Alex Infascelliand Polansky, Horowitz. Hometown by Mateusz Kudla and Anna Kokoszka-Romer. The Best of 2022 section will bring together 11 films from other international festivals, including the Palme D’Or winner triangle of sadness [+see also:
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by Ruben Ostlund, Final cut! [+see also:
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by Michel Hazanavicius, Scarlet [+see also:
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by Pierre Marcello, the innocent [+see also:
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by Louis GarrelUkrainian Oscar nominee Klondike [+see also:
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by Maryna Er Gorbach, The beasts [+see also:
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by Rodrigo Sorogoyanand forever Young [+see also:
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by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

The public will also be able to see personalities such as Mario Martone, Luc Besson, Stephen Frears, Paolo Virzi and James Gray, who will talk about their first films. Tributes and retrospectives, meanwhile, will be dedicated to the protagonists of this year’s festival, Joan Woodward and Paul Newmanas well as Marisa Paredes and Jean-Luc Godard. Many restored films are also on the program, including The big party by Marco Ferreri, The Stolen Children by Gianni Amelio and Heaven’s Gate by Vittorio De Sica.

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(Translated from Italian)

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