'Johnny English Strikes Again' to Kick Off Rome Film Fest’s Alice Nella Citta

The event, geared toward younger audiences, will present 36 new films in its 18th edition.

The Rome Film Fest’s independent sidebar, Alice nella Citta, will kick off with a pre-opening event in Milan featuring Johnny English Strikes Again. Star Rowan Atkinson will be present at the event on Sunday and also meet with film school students in the city.

Alice nella Citta is the annual festival’s special section geared toward younger audiences.

As usual, the Young/Adult competition will feature a jury of 27 members from around Italy between the ages of 14 and 18.

In the competition this year are: Amelie van Elmbt’s The Elephant and the Butterfly, produced by the Dardenne brothers and executive produced by Martin Scorsese; Joshua Leonard’s Behold My Heart, featuring Charlie Plummer and Marisa Tomei; the international premiere of Peter Hedges’ Ben Is Back, starring Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts; Jim Loach’s Measure of a Man, toplined by Judy Greer, Donald Sutherland and Luke Wilson; Ludovic Bernard’s entry In Your Hands, starring Kristin Scott-Thomas, Lambert Wilson and Jules Benchetrit; Salima Glamine and Dimitri Linder's For a Happy Life; Broken Mirrors by Imri Matalon and Aviad Givon; James Gardner's Jellyfish; and Carly Stone's The New Romantic featuring Jessica Barden. Two Italian films, Laura Luchetti’s Fiore Gemello and Alessandro Cassigoli and Casey Kauffman’s Butterfly, complete the lineup.

In the Panorama section, Elijah Bynum’s Hot Summer Nights, starring Timothee Chalamet, will screen; Crystal Moselle returns to the festival with her second feature, Skate Kitchen; and actor Tye Sheridan will journey to Rome to present Friday’s Child, directed by A.J. Edwards.

Additionally, Silas Howard’s A Kid Like Jake, starring Clare Danes, Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra and Jim Parsons, will screen in a special event.

New this year, Alice nella Citta will also take part in MIA Market, presenting a wide variety of young adult projects for international buyers and distributors.

The 18th edition of Alice nella Citta will run Oct. 18-28, parallel to the Rome Film Fest.