Mi fanno male i capelli by Roberta Torre with Alba Rohrwacher and Filippo Timi, Holiday by Edoardo Gabriellini and C'è ancora domani by Paola Cortellesi with Valerio Mastandrea, Emanuela Fanelli, Giorgio Colangeli and Vinicio Marchioni are the three Italian films in the running in this 18th edition of the Rome Film Festival (19 - 23 October) with many Italians, music and women.
Presented this morning in the Sala Petrassi of the Auditorium Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone by the president Gian Luca Farinelli and the artistic director, Paola Malanga, the Rome Festival 2023 will have two Lifetime Achievement Awards: to Isabella Rossellini, through a meeting with the public and a retrospective of works that have seen her as a protagonist, and to the Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi.
Many women also directing and music in this edition: among the special screenings, we find the docu Io, noi e Gaber by Riccardo Milani; Maria Callas Lettere e memorie - Monica racconta Maria by Tom Volf or the international tour, from November 2019 to January 2023, of the play Maria Callas interpreted by Monica Bellucci; Zucchero - Sugar Fornaciari by Valentina Zanella and Giangiacomo De Stefano, documentary on the singer's recent sold out world tour through European capitals, North America, Oceania.
In the Freestyle section there is also Fela, il mio dio vivente by Daniele Vicari who elaborated the materials on the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti and, among the restorations there is Ciao Ní! by Paolo Poeti, a 1979 musical thriller about and with Renato Zero. Also in the restoration section Farinelli then greatly emphasized that of Il camorrista, the series, "the most disappeared work ever" or five episodes filmed in 1985 and never aired or "a job that seems done today". Also on the serious front at the Rome Film Festival and the twenty-first edition of Alice nella città there will be a preview of the first two episodes of the new season of Mare Fuori. Among the Italians still to be reported: Jeff Koons. A private portrait of Pappi Corsicato; Gli immortali by Anne-Riitta Ciccone, À la recherce by Giulio Base and Misericordia by Emma Dante.
Then there will be at the Auditorium: Volare, the first work by Margherita Buy and that of Michele Riondino, Palazzina Laf, the already announced opening of the festival, Nuovo Olimpo by Ferzan Ozpetek and Cento domeniche by Antonio Albanese at his fifth direction.
And again, among the female works, Mur by Kasia Smutniak, the first work of the actress, who goes to the forbidden red zone of Poland to shed light on the border policies of her country and the refugee crisis in the European Union and Unfitting by Giovanna Mezzogiorno with Carolina Crescentini, Ambra Angiolini, Fabio Volo, Massimiliano Caiazzo, Marco Bonini and Moira Mazzantini.
However, missing from the appeal of this edition of the Rome Festival, the traditional meetings between talent and public and the juries, both will be announced later.
This year, also due to the Hollywood strike, few international stars: Farinelli a little defensive cites, among others, Binoche, Justine Triet, Cecile de France, Vincent Lindon and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. If Renato Zero and Zucchero are certainly present, they will not fail to create the right expectations at the Auditorium as it will be for the cast of Mare fuori.
Selection criteria? The usual, Malanga replies: "those of quality, but still no quota, neither for women nor for Italians".
Finally, from this year established the new SIAE Cinema award that will go to the best screenplay written by a screenwriter of Italian nationality or permanently resident in Italy who have not exceeded 35 years of age.
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