ROME, WHAT A SHOW YOU ARE
The curtain rises on the Rome Film Festival. Preparations for the thirteenth edition, from 18 to 29 October, are underway and thousands of visitors, dozens of international guests will all be welcomed with Italian flair
One of the film sector’s most noted events, packed with international guests easily accessible to the public, is about to kick off in one of the capital’s most unmistakable venues —Renzo Piano’s Auditorium Parco della Musica. Jake Gyllenhaal was last year’s big name, while this year Martin Scorsese takes front stage as the director with Italian roots. Scorcese will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award as thousands of attendees gather on ancestral soil to celebrate masterpieces such as the iconic Taxi Driver (1976), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006), Shutter Island (2010), and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013); both his maternal and paternal grandparents emigrated Sicily to New York at the beginning of 1900. His numerous fans will be able to meet the 4-time Golden Globe and Academy Award winner. The award will be presented by Italian director Paolo Taviani to the American filmmaker, author of a remarkable series of masterpieces from Mean Streets and Taxi Driver to Raging Bull, from Goodfellas to Casino, from Gangs of New York to The Departed, from The Wolf of Wall Street to Silence. “Presenting the career award to cinema’s giant is a unique experience - said the artistic director of the Festival Antonio Monda - I am thrilled and moved to celebrate Scorsese, not only as a great director but also for his extraordinary and priceless role in the rediscovery of great classical cinema and, in particular, of Italian cinema “. During his meeting with the public, Scorsese will retrace his 50-year career and show sequences chosen from the Italian films that have most influenced his life and his work. The 10 full days of events in Rome will not only orbit around Scorsese, but include numerous screenings and meetings: the Film Festival will open with a big screen reproduction of “Notti Magiche” (Magic Nights), the latest work by Paolo Virzì, which will preview at the Parco della Musica. The title, inspired by a song by Italian legends Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini, is the backdrop for Virzì’s comedy. Actress Sigourney Weaver, director Giuseppe Tornatore and Oscar-winning screenwriter Pierre Bismuth, as well as cinematographers Luca Bigazzi and Arnaldo Catinari, and two of the most talented Italian film editors, Giogiò Franchini and Esmeralda Calabria will also take part in the Close Encounters (Incontri Ravvicinati) meetings.
Scorsese will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award as thousands of attendees gather on ancestral soil to celebrate masterpieces such as the iconic Taxi Driver, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, and The Wolf of Wall Street
Another much-anticipated Close Encounter is with Sicilian director Guiseppe Tornatore — one of the best-loved, award-winning figures of Italian cinema who won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1988 with Nuovo Cinema Paradiso. Thanks to his works, The Star Maker (1995); The Legend of 1900 (1998) Malèna (2000); Baarìa (2009); Tornatore produced a universal language with his absolutely intrinsic and personal style, suspended between nostalgia and illusion, intimism and spectacularity. The filmmaker will meet with the public and discuss his deepening passion for noir, literature, cinema, and art.
The film festival also has venues outside of the Parco della Musica auditorium with events playing out around the capital. Rome Film Fest will hold events at the Auditorium of the New Prison Complex at Rebibbia, while on November 3, for the first time, it will go to the “Melograno” movie theatre in the women’s ward, the Casa Circondariale Femminile di Roma Rebibbia. Finally, the iconic red carpet will roll out to the historical center of Rome, creating a multitude of meeting points and events. At the Ara Pacis Museum, on the other hand, there will be a portrait exhibition dedicated to the actor Marcello Mastroianni, open until January 2019.
Left: actress Sigourney Weaver and the Italian director Paolo Virzi. Above: the artistic director of the Festival Antonio Monda