#RomaFF13 | Other Events at the Rome Film Fest



Cinema Trevi (vicolo del Puttarello, 25) | 18 – 28 October

During the Rome Film Fest, the Cineteca Nazionale will organize three film surveys dedicated to three protagonists of the Seventh Art: actress Antonella Lualdi (18-21 October), screenwriter-adapter Roberto De Leonardis, who passed away in 1984 (23-24 October), and director Luigi Magni, ninety years after his birth and five after his death (25-28 October). A graceful diva, a commander at the court of Walt Disney and a director who sang the praises of Rome, its beauty and its epic history: three different angles from which to appreciate the greatness of Italian cinema, from the 1950s to the end of the Millennium.


Teatro Palladium, Piazza Bartolomeo Romano | 24-27 October

The Teatro Palladium, a historic Roman theater owned by the Università Roma 3 for several years now, will be hosting some screenings from the Rome Film Fest lineup.

The initiative was made possible by an agreement establishing a collaboration between Fondazione Roma Tre Teatro Palladium and Fondazione Cinema per Roma, aimed at promoting films selected for the Rome Film Fest lineup and expanding their audiences to include university students in particular. indeed, Fondazione Roma Tre Teatro Palladium is committed to supporting education and training in the fields of film, theater, music and dance, with a special focus on initiatives developed by young people themselves. The screenings at the Palladium will run from October 24 to 27 at an admission price of 5 euros. The lineup will feature titles from the “Riflessi” section, mainly featuring documentaries, and this year also biographies of Italian artists and intellectuals. Info:


by Andrea Salvadore, Italy, 2018, 60’

MAXXI (Via Guido Reni, 4a) | 24 October, 9.15 am

The Rome Film Fest devotes a morning event to Italy’s military missions abroad, screening the documentary Soldati d’Italia, based on a six-part series created by Rai Italia, the RAI television channel for Italians living abroad. The film takes the form of immersive storytelling, quite different from a news-oriented approach and from an in-depth journalistic report. Soldati d’Italia shows us an anusual portrait of Italy abroad, one to be proud of. The international missions of over seven thousand Italian soldiers operate in areas of the world that are essential to the planet’s stability. In the film, the soldiers tell their stories as they come to represent Italy’s image abroad. They are part of the ‘brain drain’, crossing the fine line between youth and adulthood, in places that are in limbo, places that will leave their mark on the soldiers’ lives forever. In reality, they are select troops who volunteer for these missions, choosing a way of life that allows others to live their own with less fear, in peace. The screening will be followed by remarks by: Elisabetta Trenta (Minister of Defense), Marcello Foa (President, Rai), Marco Giudici (Director, Rai Italia), Andrea Salvadore (author and filmmaker), and Antonio Monda (Artistic Director, Rome Film Fest).


by Renat Davletyarov, Russia, 2018, 96’

Auditorium Parco della Musica – Sala Petrassi | 23 October, 5.30 pm

The Rome Film Fest presents the world premiere screening of Donbass. Borderland, by Russian filmmaker Renat Davletyarov. The film tackles the issue of the four-year-long armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine: a civil war that has caused over ten thousand deaths, both combatants and civilians. “The tragedy of this war,” the director declares, “is the fact that the people who are killing each other speak the same language and wear the same uniforms.”

August 2014. The suburbs of Donetsk. Andrey Sokolov, a young Ukrainian solider and driver on a mission in the combat zone of Donbass, seeks shelter from the grenades in the basement of an apartment building where he meets people from diverse social backgrounds, each with their own story and their own vision of the world. They all share the same dream: for the war to end as soon as possible.


Villaggio del Cinema – Cinema Hall | 21 October, 3.30 pm

The making of the feature film Detective per caso, directed by Giorgio Romano and produced by L’Arte nel Cuore Onlus and Addictive Ideas srl, marks the first time a film starring professional actors with disabilities is not actually about disability. The idea is to send a message and give it a completely new image, even at the level of film and television. Starring actors both with and without disabilities from the Accademia L’arte nel Cuore, the film is a comedy that handles social issues with a light touch, in order to highlight the talent of the cast members with disabilities. The aim of this film is to move the goalposts: there are no roles, no hierarchies, no distinction between healthy and ill. Just human beings with their personal ambitions and their own dreams.


A red carpet running down some of Rome’s most famous streets. From October 17 to 28, on the occasion of the 13th Rome Film Fest, Via Veneto, Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina, Via della Frezza and Galleria Alberto Sordi in downtown Rome will all be the backdrop to “It All Happens on the Red Carpet”. The event combining music, dance, art and culture that celebrates the world of film and its relationship with Rome. With its art shows, concerts, performances and book presentations, this will be a “festival alongside the festival” that leaves the Auditorium Parco della Musica to spread deep into the heart of the city. The event was created and organized with Municipio Roma I Centro and Hdrà, Italian group headed by Mauro Luchetti and Marco Forlani that specializes in ATL and BTL communications, media relations, public affairs, social networks and event planning. Two of Hdrà’s subsidiaries, Mad Entertainment and Skydancers, won a David di Donatello in 2017 for Crazy for Football, for Best Documentary, and again in 2018 for Cinderella the Cat, for Best Producer and Best Digital Effects.


Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli di Roma (largo Agostino Gemelli, 8)

The collaboration between MediCinema Italia Onlus and the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS continues for the second year in a row. Concurrently with the screenings at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, patients will be able to watch a series of films selected from the official lineup of the Rome Film Fest, carefully chosen for a very special audience.

Since April 2016, the Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli di Roma hospital has had a real movie theatre inside, which began operating regularly in September of that year with a bi-weekly schedule of screenings dedicated to making the patients feel better, on Tuesdays for all patients and on Thursdays reserved for the pediatric wards. The screenings of the films, concurrent with their release in movie theatres around the city – thanks to the committed cooperation of film production and distribution companies – are dedicated to the hospital’s patients and their family members and friends: an innovative therapeutic instrument that combines with traditional therapies to offer inpatients a “pause”, the relief of feeling back in everydays’ life. The methods and management of the programme, now being developed at the national level, is entrusted to MediCinema Italia Onlus, which is also promoting a scientific research project in collaboration with Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS in Rome, Grande Ospedale Metropolitano Niguarda in Milan and hospitals in other cities where MediCinema already operates. | Communication: Enrico Ercole | Nicola Cerbino 


Auditorium Parco della Musica – AuditoriumArte | 24 October ore 12.30 pm

The project “Io mi riprendo” (‘I take back control of my life’) has the support of Fondazione Cinema per Roma in collaboration with Arci Solidarietà Onlus, IT Roberto Rossellini in Rome, and the Center for Juvenile Justice in Lazio, Abruzzo and Molise. Ten Roma teenagers aged 14 to 19 and involved in the juvenile criminal justice circuit participated in the project. The training programme, which culminated in the making of an audiovisual project, was a valuable educational opportunity for the rehabilitation of the young people involved, based on inclusion and cultural expression, providing them with the tools to create an alternative narrative for their life stories and make a fresh start. Not only was this a stimulating experience that gave these young Roma occupational training; it also allowed them to make a film that would capture the social, environmental and cultural conditions of Roma adolescents and break out of the hyper-narrative of the ‘deviant’ Roma, culturally isolated and criminalized, as the mass media portrays them. The project and its results will be presented at the Rome Film Fest.


Auditorium – Rebibbia Prison (Via Raffaele Majetti, 70) | 24, 25 and 26 October | Free admission – mandatory online accreditation by and no later than October 16, 2018, on the website

At 24 frames per second, films can shift reality and reveal horizons even in cramped spaces where walls rise up on all sides. For years now, the Auditorium in Rebibbia Prison’s New Annex has let cinema in, thanks to a collaboration between Fondazione Cinema per Roma, the Enrico Maria Salerno Historical Archives, and the Department of Drama, Art and Music Studies at the Roma Tre University. The event is supported by the Department of Penitentiary Administration and the Management of Rebibbia Prison.

  • October 24, 4:30 pm – Screening of the film La stoffa dei sogni by Gianfranco Cabiddu. The film is inspired by the reworking in the seventeenth-century Neapolitan dialect of Shakespeare’s The Tempest by playwright Eduardo De Filippo. The director and cast will attend the screening.
  • October 25, 4:30 pm – Screening of the film Trek Point by Tommaso Cavallini, with a soundtrack by Italian pop band I Nomadi, who will perform some of the tracks they wrote for the film after the screening.
  • October 26, 4:30 pm – A tribute to the late Vittorio Taviani with the screening of the film Cesare deve morire (Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival). The film was actually filmed at Rebibbia Prison. The Taviani family along with the leading actors from the film, who are no longer in prison, will attend the screening.


The 2018 Rome Film Festival will be back again with its screenings at the Rebibbia Women’s Ward with a lineup curated by Giulia Merenda and supported by the Management of the Women’s Ward. On Monday, October 22 at 11 am, in the “Melograno” screening theater (screening reserved for inmates), and at the MAXXI Museum Auditorium at 3 pm (for the general audience), there will be the screening of the documentary Prove di libertà. Roma, quelli dell’articolo 21 by Carlo Bolzoni and Guglielmo Del Signore. The screening will be preceded by Parole in semilibertà, a stage monologue by Daniela Savu, a former inmate and actress with the theatre company “Le donne del muro alto”. This account of a female inmate in the Women’s Ward now on day release is directed by Francesca Tricarico.

The inmates appearing in the documentary have obtained special leaves to attend the screening, accompanied by city councillor Daniele Frongia and Roma Capitale’s guarantor for the rights of persons deprived of liberty, Gabriella Stramaccioni; both have supported the project, together with the Department of Penitentiary Administration.


Auditorium Parco della Musica – AuditoriumArte | 26 October ore 5.30 pm

Cinemadamare continues to promote young filmmakers and their films. Thanks to a collaboration with Fondazione Cinema per Roma and Roma Lazio Film Commission, Cinemadamare will be providing a space for aspiring filmmakers to present their work during the 13th Rome Film Fest. The aim is to provide needed visibility for films made outside the usual professional channels that are nevertheless remarkable achievements, and to do so during one of the most high-profile events in the national and global film industry. On the same occasion, Cinemadamare will guarantee the directors, writers, actors and other figures involved in films production that there will be film professionals in the audience who will be able to offer feedback on the films and advice about their potential market.


Villa Miani (via Trionfale, 151) | 19 October

Once again, this year Fondazione Telethon will be hosted at the Rome Film Fest with a charity gala dinner event. Now in its eleventh year, this occasion is dedicated to Telethon’s mission and its core values. For nearly thirty years, Fondazione Telethon has sought to answer the appeal of individuals and their families coping with rare genetic diseases for which no cure has yet been found, by funding the finest scientific research in Italy devoted to these diseases. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, in fact, researchers at the Telethon institutes strive daily to provide patients and their families with answers. Thus far, the results of their efforts have been remarkable: they include the gene therapy developed at SR-Tiget, the San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy in Milan; this therapy is now saving the lives of children once doomed by incurable diseases. Then there’s the Undiagnosed Diseases Project at Tigem, the Telethon Institute for Genetics and Medicine in Pozzuoli (Naples), which offers many families the certainty of a diagnosis for their children after several years without one.

The Telethon-Rome Film Fest Gala, organized by Fondazione Telethon with the managing director Tiziana Rocca, will take place on October 19, 2018, at Villa Miani. Leading business and entertainment figures will attend the event to support Telethon research. Funds will be raised through the sale of tables for the dinner and a lottery. Info:




Casa del Jazz (viale di Porta Ardeatina, 55) | 12 – 22 – 27 October, 9 pm

They blossomed in the same century and since they appeared, they have both had the same popular vocation: to speak to the body and mind, for everyone without distinction of language, social class or skin colour. What makes the language of images and sounds on a screen so akin to the most famous experiment in cultural and musical hybridisation (between the ancestral Afro-American legacy and the European musical tradition) of all time? Do cinema and jazz really share, like in the famous film by Martin Scorsese (New York, New York), a dream of a “magic chord”? Spectators and fans alike will be offered ideas, suggestions and perhaps even answers to these questions in three events. On October 12th, the screening of the documentary film Cocktail bar by Stefano Landini and Tony Lama, will reconstruct the remarkable adventure of the Music Inn, a legendary Roman club which has featured the greatest jazz musicians of all time. Two conversations will involve two influential musicians such as Enrico Pieranunzi, on October 22nd, and Lino Patruno, on October 27th, who will discuss about the most interesting and creative encounters between cinema and jazz. Curated by Luciano Linzi and Mario Sesti


Auditorium Parco della Musica – Sala Sinopoli | 28 October 9 pm

ACMF (Association of Composers of Music for Films) and Fondazione Cinema per Roma present “Cinema in Concert”, the closing event of the thirteenth Rome Film Fest, to be held on October 28th at 9 pm in Sala Sinopoli of the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome. On the program are 28 instrumental compositions from the films scored by composers who belong to ACMF, including Oscar-winning Maestros Ennio Morricone and Nicola Piovani, and other award-winning composers such as the Maestros Stefano Caprioli, Pasquale Catalano, Riccardo Giagni, Andrea Guerra, Stefano Mainetti, Lele Marchitelli, Pivio & Aldo De Scalzi, Giuliano Taviani. Maestro Alessandro Molinari, vice-president of ACMF, will conduct the scores. The prestigious Roma Film Orchestra composed of 46 elements will perform the scores with guest musicians. The evening, promoted by SIAE, Nuovo Iamaie and Digital Records, will be presented by actor Pino Insegno.


Auditorium Parco della Musica – Teatro Studio Gianni Borgna SALA SIAE | 24 October, 5.30 pm

If you want to describe what Italy was like in the 1960s, there is nothing better than the “musicarelli” films, the subgenre inspired by the songs of those years and starring famous young Italian singers. Those films, simple only in appearance, have it all: the spirit of the times, new ideas coexisting with old ones, conformism and the first signs of a revolt that would set the world on fire. Italian film critics Steve Della Casa and Alberto Crespi talk about the Musicarelli films with Shel Shapiro, leader of The Rokes and a shining star of those years, who has just released a brand-new album that is something of a meditation on that era.




Auditorium Parco della Musica – AuditoriumArte | 18 – 28 October, 9.30 am – 8.30 pm

Roma Lazio Film Commission promotes cinema, audio-visual productions and co-productions, offering itself as a meeting point between the major national and international production companies and the Lazio region, a territory with a great film tradition.

RLFC comes back to the Rome Film Fest with many new initiatives and activities, to be held in the AuditoriumArte venue, inside the Auditorium Parco della Musica:

  • Promotion of the resources in the territory
  • Orientation to understand the financial tools offered by the Regione Lazio for the audiovisual sector
  • Space for an immersive 3D experience of locations in the Lazio region using the Location360 app.
  • Training sessions:

– CineCampus Masterclass – Lesson on Cinema – XI edition

Educational opportunity for young students and professionals in the film and audiovisual industries with masterclasses dedicated to production, acting and film direction with masters in their fields.

– CineCampus Atelier – Film Technique – III edition

A course dedicated to the technical professions, with specific lessons on shooting techniques, viewing, sound, special effects and new methods for shooting with drones.


Auditorium Parco della Musica – AuditoriumArte | 19 October, 10 am

On the occasion of the Rome Film Fest, FERPI – Italian Federation of Public Relations organizes an event focused on the analysis and prospects of copyright curated by Elisa Greco and Daniele Salvaggio, members of the FERPI National Board, and by Federica Carini and Susanna Zirizzotti, members of the FERPI Lazio Delegation. In this edition, the conversation will involve professionals and professions in cinema and communication.


MAXXI (via Guido Reni, 4a) | 21 October, 11 am

“You can force someone to learn, but not to feel”. This principle, expressed in The Cinema Hypothesis: Teaching Cinema in the Classroom and Beyond (FilmmuseumSynemaPublications) by Alain Bergala, contains all the issues and challenges of teaching cinema, a practice in which it is paramount to remember that film must be approached as a work of art, as a sign left by the gesture of its creator.

Is it more important to use cinema as a tool to help students understand the themes it addresses (history, news events, literature, etc.) or to create the conditions by which anyone, at a critical age, can find the films that bring greater awareness of the self and of the world? Must we necessarily accept the essential requirements of entertainment or can we address the difficult and necessary measure of seeking something completely different from what habit and the market have to offer? Is it better to aim for a critical analysis or a creative reading? To shape taste or transmit knowledge? To seek an overwhelming experience or “calm saturation”? And which technology (movie theatre, DVD, streaming online) should we select, adapt, accept so that these processes of teaching and education achieve the highest results possible, adding cinema as a curricular subject in high school? Some of the finest international film critics, such as Alain Bergala, A. O. Scott, Serge Toubiana, will engage in a public conversation with Stefania Parigi (DAMS – Rome University) and Gian Luca Farinelli (Cineteca di Bologna) moderated and curated by Mario Sesti (artistic coordinator of the Rome Film Fest selection committee). The panel will focus on film education in schools and universities, in a post-media world in which traditional educational processes are becoming increasingly antagonistic to the power of social media and to the relentless innovation of technology.


MAXXI (Via Guido Reni, 4a) | 25 October 9.15 am

Poetry and cinema are two art forms that have fed into each other many times. Just summon up the names of Pasolini, Bertolucci, Ferreri, Benigni, Kurosawa, Tarkovsky, Wenders, and Scorsese, and the influence of poetic visions on films and film styles becomes clear. Yet poetry has also inspired a host of other screenwriters and directors. As the bicentenary of the publication of Giacomo Leopardi’s poem “The Infinite” approaches, Rome Film Fest organizes a tribute that takes several forms: a conversation between directors and poets on the relationship between film and poetry and the “premiere” of a short film devoted to Leopardi’s masterpiece, produced by Rai-Teche. This initiative has ties to “Infinito200-una poesia”, a project created by the Center for Contemporary Poetry at the Bologna University, Fondazione Claudi and Ce.S.Ma, which sponsors many occasions, in Italy and abroad, to celebrate and pay homage to that twenty-year-old poet who murmured “Infinito”.

L’Infinito Presente

WeGil (Largo Ascianghi 5) | 22 October, 7.30 pm

Another event that is part of the tribute to Giacomo Leopardi and his poem “The Infinite” is the Galleria La Nuova Pesa’s project “L’Infinito Presente”, curated by Simona Marchini and held at WeGil: the presentation of a book/art work with contributions by 29 poets and 29 artists, each with his or her own idea of the infinite, with the aim of reaffirming the need for the language of art to counter the poverty of the present.


During the Rome Film Fest, CNA Cinema e Audiovisivo in collaboration with CNA in Rome have organized the second CNA Cinema Day on October 21st. The event will present considerations on themes of local, national and international interest to an audience of professionals and institutions. CNA Cinema e Audiovisivo began as a special project developed by Sistema CNA with the purpose of providing an all-inclusive representation and a comprehensive strategic vision of the businesses in the supply chain.

– Auditorium Parco della Musica – AuditoriumArte | 10 am

Presentation, in collaboration with the Roma Lazio Film Commission, of the agreement between CNA Roma and Fondazione Cinema per Roma to support the Independent Cinema Festival circuit. This agreement will build a bridge between the Rome Film Fest and other Roman festivals that have become, over the years, a significant cultural reality in the Capital. The objective is to offer our city a far more interesting and varied cultural agenda than it has enjoyed so far and to make certain that the spotlight shines on our world all year round, and not only during the ten days of the Rome Film Fest.

 – WeGil (Largo Ascianghi 5) | 4 pm

Conference: the new technological challenges for the audiovisual industry. Netflix, Amazon and OTT, risk or opportunity?

Being afraid of market evolution and of innovation very often means to suffer it. To regulate the market with a small number of clear rules, to give certainty to industry operators and ensure the growth of the entire sector, riding the wave of the technological challenge, is the real goal that operators and institutions must set.

 – WeGil (Largo Ascianghi 5) | 9 pm

Preview Cinearti La Chioma di Berenice Award

Cinearti La Chioma di Berenice is an Italian film prize awarded annually since 1998 to craftsmen and artists working in the film industry (hairdressers, makeup artists, costume designers, set designers, decorators and musicians) created and promoted by the CNA (National Confederation of the Craft Industry and Small and Medium Businesses). In this preview event, for the first time, the protagonists of the opening credits will be acknowledged: Best Female Producer, Best Male Producer, Best Actress, Best Actor, and further awards for important technical categories.


Auditorium Parco della Musica – Teatro Studio Gianni Borgna SALA SIAE | 22 October, 11.30 am

The protection of cultural goods and the free circulation of ideas. The distribution of music and audiovisual works online, weighing the rights of the players at every stage of the creative process against the rights of users to learn and share ideas and information. All these issues and more are on the agenda of the conference “The circulation of culture online,” which NUOVOIMAIE (Istituto Mutualistico per Artisti Interpreti Esecutori), the syndicate for the protection of performing artists’ rights, has arranged for the 13th Rome Film Fest.

At the recent vote, on the EU Copyright Directive at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, two sides clearly emerged: one championing the protection of the creative industries and the other appealing to the free circulation of ideas online. NUOVOIMAIE is convinced that only by understanding the positions of both sides will a balanced solution to the problem be found. Representatives of the Italian government and other political institutions, players in the creative fields and numerous artists will attend the conference.


MAXXI (Via Guido Reni, 4a) | 24 October 10 am

During the Rome Film Fest, the association “Cultura Italiae” is promoting the conference titled “The future of cinema from multimedia platforms to movie theatres, from individual to collective experience: new technologies, new challenges, new frontiers”. “Cultura Italiae” represents the joint efforts of women and men from the worlds of culture, sports, innovation, arts, business and professions who have decided to put their skills together to develop concrete projects that can best represent the excellence and merit found in Italy.

Screening for the accredited press only


by Sabrina Paravicini and Nino Monteleone, Italy, 2018 

After months of work, a self-produced, almost home movie, conceived by Sabrina Paravicini as a gift to her son Nino, has become a real film about the journey, as a little co-director, of a person who is diverse within diversity. Several people will cross their path: author Roberto Saviano, with whom Nino discusses the theme of happiness according to Epicurus; actor Fortunato Cerlino, who helps a young actor within the autistic spectrum to prepare Robert de Niro’s pivotal scene in Taxi Driver; astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, who talks to Nino about the value of diversity. These meetings alternate with several others and with moments that come together as a great story with a happy ending. The project, supported by Gucci, which has always been committed to creating awareness on themes such as diversity and inclusion, will be part of Gucci Equilibrium.


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