A brand new 17th edition
New president, new artistic director, new logo, new competitive and non-competitive sections,: the 17th edition of Rome Film Festival kicks off today, October 13, and runs until October 23, 2022.
“The 17th edition will be a Festa, a city festival for everyone, expressing the richness of contemporary cinema, in international and multiple ways”, said Gian Luca Farinelli, president of Fondazione Cinema per Roma.
“Rome Film Fest redesigned its profile in the international circuit of city festivals” added Paola Malanga, the new Artistic Director. “An international competition, Progressive Cinema – Visions for the World of Tomorrow, is officially introduced: the films in the competition, will be judged by a jury made up of cinema, culture and arts professionals”.
In addition to Progressive Cinema, the festival will consist of other non-competitive sections: Freestyle includes titles of different format, duration and style; Grand Public is dedicated to cinema for general audiences; Best of 2022 hosts some of the best titles of the season coming from other international festivals. The old Close Encounters turn into Paso Doble and Absolute Beginners: the first event is a series of dialogues between two authors; the second is dedicated to a single filmmaker that will tell the story of his debut in cinema.
As in the past, Rome Film Fest will also include Retrospectives, Restorations and other special events. This year, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward are the protagonists of the festival’s official poster: Rome Film Fest pays tribute to the couple, presenting Ethan Hawke’s The Last Movie Stars, a six-part HBO Max docu-series dedicated to the two artists.
Il Colibrì, by Italian director Francesca Archibugi, will open the 17th edition of the festival in the section Grand Public tonight. Among the events of the first day, director, producer and screenwriter James Ivory will receive the Life Achievement Award as well as meeting the audience during a Masterclass on October 14.