October 16-24, 2015
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the nine-day Rome Film Festival will host screenings, exhibitions, on-stage conversations, events, conferences and panels. This year, the festival has a new artistic director in Antonio Monda, who has renamed the event ‘Festa del Cinema’, which translates as ‘film party’ rather than ‘festival’. Monda has decided to do away with the competition, the juries and the opening and closing ceremonies but the 10th edition will continue with the People Choice Awards as it underscores the idea of a ‘people’s festival’.
The festival produced by the Fondazione Cinema per Roma aims to offer a mix of genres from around the world and will feature an Official Selection including 37 films, documentaries and TV series; 2 special events; 3 films in collaboration with Alice nella città; 9 films, documentaries and projects in the programme branches Work in Progress, Hidden City and Reflections; 3 retrospectives; 10 conversations and 11 tributes. This year, the festival has received entries from 24 countries.
In 2014, Vishal Bhardwaj’s film Haider, a modern-day adaption of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet, was screened under World category at the Rome Film Festival. It also bagged the People’s Choice Award for the same category. This year, Director Pan Nalin’s 2015 Hindi drama film Angry Indian Goddesses is the only Indian film shortlisted for screening at the Rome Film Festival. Revolving around the story of seven girls, the film starts with Frieda played by Sarah-Jane Dias, who invites her closest girlfriends to Goa to announce her wedding, which turns into a wild bachelorette part. The film is receiving accolades from around the world and is been sold to over 32 countries. It was honoured with the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and was screened at the 35th Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax. It was also screened at the 11th edition of the Zurich Film Festival.
Watch Out For
THE OFFICIAL SELECTION
Angry Indian Goddesses
Au Plus Pres Du Soleil
The Confessions Of Thomas
The End Of The Tour
The category will celebrate the work of Academy Award-winning director Paolo Sorrentino with Rio, Eu Te Amo and La Grande Bellezza.
IN COLLABORATION WITH Alice Nella Città
Le Petit Prince
WORK IN PROGRESS | HIDDEN CITY | REFLECTIONS
The fest will feature three programs that will branch along with the Official Selection:
Work In Progress
This space is dedicated to two Italian projects that are currently in progress - 2 Di Noi by Ivan Cotroneo and Liberi Tutti by Luca Rea.
The category will feature three films that explore the city of Rome such as Tevere, Showbiz and Mon Amour.
The category will screen Una Magia Saracena, Racing Extinction, Swinging Roma and Watatu.
The category will also host a Masterclass with Kelsey Mann: Journey into the Pixar World.
The Big Day
The New Classmate
OUT OF COMPETITION
Belle & Sebastian, The Adventure Continues
Iqbal: Tale Of Fearless Child
The Little Prince