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

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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

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