Italian Documentary Maker Vincenzo Marra Subject of New Retrospective

From Marra's "L’amministratore"

Rome's Cinema at the MAXXI initiative will honour the filmmaker, whose latest project will open one of the Rome Film Festival sections.

ROME – The Cinema at the MAXXI section will dedicate a special retrospective to acclaimed Italian documentary maker Vincenzo Marra, the event’s organizers said Friday.

The Cinema at the MAXXI initiative is as series of screenings and other events for the two-month period leading up to the start of the eighth Rome Film Festival. Mario Sesti, one of the Rome Film Festival’s founders and the artistic director at Sicily’s Taormina Film Festival, oversees the Cinema at the MAXXI initiative.

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Marra’s latest film, L’amministratore, will open the CinemaXXI section at the Nov. 8-17 Rome festival, which, like Cinema at the MAXXI, will be housed in Rome’s celebrated MAXXI Museum for 21st-Century art.

Both Cinema at the MAXXI and the Rome Film Festival are run under the auspices of the Cinema for Rome Foundation, headed by former Warner Bros. Italia head Paolo Ferrari.

The retrospective will include four films: Estranei alla massa, winner of the Pier Paolo Pasolini honor from the Locarno Film Festival in 2002 and a special mention from the jury at the Turin Film Festival; The Session is Open (L’udienza è aperta) which screened at the 2006 Venice Days section at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for the David di Donatello honor as best Italian documentary; Il grande progetto, which screened in competition at the 2008 Turin Film Festival; and Il gemello, which appeared in Venice Days and earned a special mention at Italy’s Silver Ribbons (Nastri d’Argento) honors.

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