October 14: Oliver Stone to meet the audience, Michael Bublé on the red carpet of the Auditorium

Filmmaker Oliver Stone, the winner of two Oscars® as Best Director for Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July, and one for Best Adapted Screenplay for Midnight Express, will be the featured guest of one of the Close Encounters of the eleventh Rome Film Fest: tomorrow, Friday October 14th at 5:30 pm in Sala Petrassi at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, the auteur from New York – who made the representation of power and a critical view of American society the core of his cinema – will talk about American politics, on the eve of the presidential elections in the United States. At 7 pm in Sala Sinopoli, Snowden, the new film written and directed by Stone, will be screened. The movie, based on a true story, features actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the role of Edward Snowden, a computer professional and former employee of the CIA known for having publicly exposed the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programme. The screenplay is adapted from the books “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man” by Luke Harding and “Time of the Octopus” by Anatoly Kucherena.

At 7:30 pm Sala Sinopoli will be the venue for the film Manchester by the Sea by Kenneth Lonergan, in the Official Selection: the film – with its extraordinary cast that includes Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler and Matthew Broderick – explores family love, the spirit of sacrifice and hope, with an approach that is touching, unexpected and funny.

At 10 pm (Sala Sinopoli), Michael Bublé, the four-time Grammy Award winner and considered one of the most important heirs of the great American musical tradition, will present to audiences Michael Bublé –Tour Stop 148 by Brett Sullivan. The documentary brings to the screen Stop number 148 of a brilliant tour, in Birmingham: a live performance of many of the singer-songwriter’s greatest Grammy award-winning hits (such as “Home”, “Haven’t Met You Yet”, “Cry Me A River” and “Feelin’ Good”) will enliven an exclusive fifteen-minute introduction in which Bublé will talk about his innermost motivations, his music and his experiences of life ‘on the road’.  Before the film, at 9:15 pm, Michael Bublé will walk the red carpet of the Auditorium Parco della Musica.

At 10:30 pm, in Sala Petrassi, the feature will be Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny, an unconventional look at the work of the American director from Texas, known for his independent style: the documentary mixes rare repertory videos, interviews with the director on and off the sets of his films, and other archive material with clips from his films Dazed and Confused, Boyhood,  and more. It also includes interviews with actors and collaborators, from Matthew McConaughey to Patricia Arquette, from Ethan Hawke to Jack Black, and including Julie Delpy and Kevin Smith.

Powidoki (Afterimage) by Andrzej Wajda and Todo lo demàs by Natalia Almada complete the day’s line-up from the Official Selection. Powidoki, for Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda who passed away just a few days ago, is his last work, and will be shown at the Rome Film Fest in its European premiere screening (at 7 pm in the Teatro Studio Gianni Borgna). “It is the portrait of Władysław Strzemiński – said Wajda. A righteous man, certain of his convictions; a man devoted to hard-to-understand art. He was an exceptional teacher, and a founder in 1934 of the Modern Art Museum in Łódź. The film focuses on four difficult years, from 1949 to 1952, during which the Sovietization of Poland took place in its most radical form, and Socialist Realism became the mandatory style of artistic expression”.

To follow, at 9:30 pm, Todo lo demàs brings the story of Doña Flor to the screen, for a fascinating story about solitude. “I wanted to turn my attention towards the violence of bureaucracy – said Natalia Almada. I borrowed the idea from Hannah Arendt for whom even bureaucracy could be a serious form of violence, because it dehumanizes the individual, making him a mere cog in a mechanism”.

For the retrospective dedicated to Tom Hanks, Studio 3 will show Big by Penny Marshall at 6 pm, and Sleepless in Seattle by Nora Ephron at 9 pm.

At the MAXXI, the American Politics retrospective offers a double feature: at 4:30 pm Nixon by Oliver Stone, and at 8:30 pm Lincoln by Steven Spielberg, introduced respectively by two exceptional guests, Martino Mazzonis and Fernando Masullo.

The Casa del Cinema will feature three films for the tribute to Citto Maselli: at 3:30 pm, there will be a screening of Storia di Caterina and Civico 0, at 6 pm, Avventura di un fotografo and at 8:30 pm Storia d’amore restored by Istituto Luce Cinecittà.

Also at the Casa del Cinema, at 11 am, the “United Artists for Italy” event will be dedicated to pluralism and inclusion in the Italian film industry, with the opportunity to meet Italian artists of various origins. The event will be preceded by the Italian premiere, open to the public, of the documentary Blaxploitation One Hundred Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema directed by Fred Kuwornu.

In the line-up of the independent and parallel sidebar Alice nella città: London Town by Derrick Borte (at 11 am in Sala Sinopoli), Layla M. by Mijke de Jong (at 11 am in the Mazda Cinema Hall) and, for the tribute to Abbas Kiarostami, the short film Two Solutions for One Problem followed by Traveller. At the Cinema Admiral movie theatre, at 6:30 pm, the Rufa event, at 8:30 pm Kids in Love by Chris Foggin and at 10:30 pm Acqua di marzo by Ciro De Caro.


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