Rome Film Festival Unveils Slimmed-Down Lineup

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The Italian fest is heavy on local fare and emerging directors

The ninth edition of the Rome Film Festival will take place in October with a focus on Italian cinema and emerging directors.

Organizers, led by artistic director Marco Mueller, unveiled the slimmed-down lineup of 51 official selection films on Monday, including Italian premieres of David Fincher's Gone Girl, Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler, and Kevin Smith's Tusk. 

The Rome lineup is a little over half the size of last year's as the event has been looking to rebrand itself as a smaller audience festival. The festival is largely doing away with juries this year. All sections will now be competitive, with top prizes being voted on by the audience. 

The new sections include Cinema d'Oggi, films of today by both established and new directors; Gala, for mainstream films; Mondo Genere, for a variety of genre films; and Prospettive Italia, with a focus on Italian narrative and documentary films.

The local comedy Soap Opera by Alessandro Genovesi, an ensemble piece about the misadventures of the tenants in one apartment building over New Year’s Eve, will open the festival, as previously announced.

The closing night film is another Italian comedy, Andiamo a quel paese by Salvatore Ficarra and Valentino Picono, about a duo who use the economic crisis to take advantage of elders in Sicily.

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TV is once again getting the spotlight after Olive Kitteridge’s Venice debut last year. Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick will get the red-carpet treatment this year. Clive Owen will host the entire first-season screening of the Cinemax drama, in which he stars as a daring surgeon at the turn of the 20th century in New York.

Mike Binder’s Toronto standout Black & White, starring Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner, will also make its way to Rome, as will Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind with Richard Gere. New films from Brad Anderson (Stonehearst Asylum, with Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine and Kate Beckinsale) and Stephen Daldry (Trash, with Rooney Mara and Michael Sheen) will also get their European premieres in Rome.

Other highlights of the festival include a career tribute to Japanese director Takashi Miike with the screening of his latest film, As the Gods Will. Russian director Aleksey Fedorchenko will also be honored as he presents the world premiere of his new film Angels of Revolution. And Spandau Ballet will be on hand to introduce their career documentary Soul Boys of the Western World by George Hencken.

The festival runs Oct. 16-25. 

The official lineup is:

CINEMA D’OGGI

  • ANGELY REVOLUCII/ ANGELS OF REVOLUTION by Aleksey Fedorcenko
  • BIAGIO by Pasquale Scimeca, Italy
  • DÓLARES DE ARENA/ SAND DOLLARS by Laura Amelia Guzman Conde
  • LA FORESTA DI GHIACCIO by Claudio Noce
  • ITAR EL-LAYL/ THE NARROW FRAME OF MIDNIGHT by Tala Hadid
  • LUCIFER by Gust Van den Berghe
  • DIE LÜGEN DER SIEGER/ THE LIES OF THE VICTORS by Christoph Hochhäusler
  • LULU by Luis Ortega
  • OS MAIAS – (ALGUNS) EPISÓDIOS DA VIDA ROMÂNTICA / THE MAIAS - STORY OF A PORTUGUESE FAMILY by João Botelho
  • MAURO by Hernán Rosselli
  • I MILIONARI by Alessandro Piva
  • NN by Héctor Gálvez
  • OBRA by Gregorio Graziosi
  • SHIER GONGMIN/ 12 CITIZENS by Xu Ang
  • TIME OUT OF MIND by Oren Moverman
  • WIR SIND JUNG. WIR SIND STARK./ WE ARE YOUNG. WE ARE STRONG. by BurhanQurbani          
GALA
  • ANDIAMO A QUEL PAESE by Salvatore Ficarra and Valentino Picone
  • BLACK AND WHITE by Mike Binder
  • BUONI A NULLA by Gianni Di Gregorio
  • EDEN by Mia Hansen-Løve
  • ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST by Andrea Di Stefano
  • GIULIO CESARE– COMPAGNI DI SCUOLA by Antonello Sarno
  • GONE GIRL by David Fincher
  • KAMISAMA NO IUTOORI/ AS THE GODS WILL by Takashi Miike
  • KAHLIL GIBRAN'S THE PROPHET by Roger Allers, Gaëtan & Paul Brizzi, Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, Michal Socha, Joan C. Gratz & Mohammed Saeed Harib
  • THE KNICK by Steven Soderbergh
  • LOVE, ROSIE by Christian Ditter
  • PHOENIX by Christian Petzold
  • SOUL BOYS OF THE WESTERN WORLD by George Hencken
  • SOAP OPERA by Alessandro Genovesi
  • STILL ALICE by Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
  • TRASH by Stephen Daldry
  • TRE TOCCHI by Marco Risi

MONDO GENRE

  • A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT by Ana Lily Amirpour
  • HAIDER by Vishal Bhardwaj
  • NIGHTCRAWLER by Dan Gilroy
  • QUANDO EU ERA VIVO/ WHEN I WAS ALIVE by Marco Dutra
  • LA PROCHAINE FOIS JE VISERAI LE COEUR/ NEXT TIME I'LL AIM FOR THE HEART by Cédric Anger
  • STONEHEARST ASYLUM by Brad Anderson
  • TUSK by Kevin Smith

PROSPETTIVE ITALIA

  • FINO A QUI TUTTO BENE by Roan Johnson
  • INDEX ZERO by Lorenzo Sportiello
  • LAST SUMMER by Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli
  • DUE VOLTE DELTA by Elisabetta Sgarbi
  • LARGO BARACCHE by Gaetano Di Vaio
  • LOOKING FOR KADIJA by Francesco G. Raganato
  • MENO MALE È LUNEDÌ by Filippo Vendemmiati
  • ROMA TERMINI by Bartolomeo Pampaloni

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