Rome's 'Cinema at the Maxxi' Program Features Verdone, Scola

Carlo Verdone - H 2012

Carlo Verdone - H 2012

The series runs for two months, drawing to a close just before the start of the Rome Film Festival.

ROME – The Maxxi Museum of 21st Century Art in the Italian capital unveiled its Cinema at the Maxxi film initiative Thursday, including a season-opening round table encounter with comic actor and director Carlo Verdone that will focus on Pietro Germi’s 1961 classic Divorzio all'Italiana (Divorce, Italian Style).

The series, which will get underway Saturday with the Verdone round table, will run through Nov. 6, just before the start of the nearby International Rome Film Festival, which runs Nov. 8-17. Both the Maxxi events and the film festival are run under the auspices of the Cinema for Rome Foundation, headed by former Warner Bros.-Italia head Paolo Ferrari.

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Next Wednesday, the Cinema at the Maxxi series will feature a meeting with Italian actor and producer Nicolas Vaporidis, who will host a preview of his latest film Il futuro (The Future), a story of two orphans directed by Alicia Scherson and featuring Rutger Hauer in its cast.

Other series highlights include an homage to Italian auteur Ettore Scola, the eight-time Cannes Palme d’Or nominee who was presented a career Golden Lion honor at the just-completed Venice Film Festival.

Cinema at the Maxxi is run by Mario Sesti, one of the founders of the Rome festival who this summer completed his second year as the artistic director of the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.

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