A special year, for the whole world of cinema also for the Rome Festival, whose 15th edition was presented by the director Antonio Monda, looking to the future, to young authors and to the desire to start again, albeit with sobriety and respect of such a serious moment.
The fifteenth year will not be like all the others, there is no doubt about that. La Festa di Roma today presented its new edition at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, probably soon named after Ennio Morricone, in an era of pandemic. Between face masks and digital broadcast, there was talk of a year obviously in the name of sobriety, but also of the desire to restart, perhaps from the future, from the young Italian authors who will crowd the program.
A homage to the tone will be dedicated to Morricone, with all the notes that will cheer the red carpet from his repertoire. Speaking of freebies, the memory of Federico Fellini, on the occasion of one hundred years from birth. An edition that will open even more to the city, involving many of those halls that are in the front row and suffering in these months of product crisis. “We owe all of this to the public,” said the president Laura Delli Colli. “The keywords will be passion, discovery, emotion, we claim the right to cultural encounters and we hope to rekindle attention around cinema. The places of the festival will be distributed throughout the city, starting with the Rijeka district, with five rooms ”.
All while a new safety decree is expected by the hour, which will probably decrease further, reducing them to 200, the maximum seats granted for each indoor event. But how will gatherings be avoided during the event, scheduled from 15 to 25 October? The most feared bugbear seems to be Totti, with his highly anticipated presence at a meeting with the public and at the preview screening of the documentary dedicated to him by Alex Infascelli, My name is Francesco Totti. “Only those who have the right to enter will have access to the auditorium”, explained the general manager Francesca Via. “To avoid crowds, the red carpet will be darkened, but it can be safely experienced from the upper auditorium, entering from a side entrance and occupying the seats marked with a sticker, up to a capacity reduced by 40%”. Soon information on how to book your seat to see the red carpet of your favorite star from above, therefore, Totti included.
Director Monda, in the last year of his mandate, invited us to restart (“the show must go on”), recalling how the United States in 1929, a period of maximum crisis, knew how to recover by creating two jewels of the New York skyline like the Chrysler and the Empire State Building. “There will be popular, mainstream and other very refined events”, Monda postponed, “26 different countries will be represented, with 17 female directors, 20 world premieres, and a splendid poster inviting us to communion and interracial love. We are happy with the program, despite the postponement of a dry year of the release of films by two directors who have already come as Wes Anderson e Steven Spielberg. I am proud to aim for the future, with five Italian debut films planned ”.
The opening film will be Pixar’s highly anticipated new work, Soul, while the film by Francesco Bruni, What will be, with Kim Rossi Stuart, which “recounts Bruni’s experience with illness in a bittersweet tone”. Two career awards: to Pete Docter, head of Pixar as well as director of Soul, Inside Out, Up and Monsters & Co., and to Steve McQueen, “After only four films already one of the greatest authors in the world”, according to Monda. A streaming platform will be available to the public in which it will be possible to see “a selection of the films presented and an exclusive one, the documentary of Herzog e Oppenheimer, Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds.”
In official selection there will be two Italian films: Fortuna of Nicolangelo Gelormini, with Valeria Golino, and The Shift of Alessandro Tonda. Among the titles that we point out, in the various sections, Ammonite, with Saoirse Ronan e Kate Winslet, True Mothers di Naomi Kawase, Men di Lucas Belvaux, con Gérard Depardieu, Busy by Thomas Vinterberg, Summer 85 by François Ozon, Small Axe, three films by Steve McQueen of the five he dedicated this year to the Caribbean community of London between 1969 and 1982, Supernova with Colin Firth e Stanley Tucci, The life to come of Phyllida Lloyd, The shadow of the spies with Benedict Cumberbatch, Palm Springs by Max Barbakow, Peninsula by Sang-ho Yeon, Sixteen Spring at Suzanne Lindon.
Then there will be the restorations of two classics of our cinema such as Master father of the Taviani brothers and In the name of the law by Pietro Germi, the retrospective is dedicated to a master of Indian cinema, Satyajit ray. There will be the usual ones Meetings, which will feature very different characters such as the writer Zadie Smith, the D’Innocenzo brothers e Manetti, Gabriele Mainetti, which will present some films from his next film Freaks Out, Francesco Totti, with Pierfrancesco Favino to be the master of the house, Steve McQueen, Werner Herzog, via zoom, Francois Ozon, Gianfranco Rosi, the great Thom Yorke, Damien Chazelle and other.