The second half of March offers an incredible array of independent movie events here in Rome. Not only in Italian and English, but also in other languages such as French and Spanish with films coming from all over the world including the very unusual (for Rome’s theatres) Australia.
The first appointment will be on March 18 when Rome’s Independent Film Festival kicks off. The tenth edition of RIFF will run until March 24 in the Nuovo Cinema Aquila with afternoon and evening showings. The Festival, focussed on the Italian cinema scene, celebrates its 10th year of life and will shed a light on young Italian directors. But there will also be international movies and documentaries.
On March 19 the French Movie Festival “Francofilm” will start at Rome’s French Culture Institute, Saint-Louis de France. The second edition of this event, gathering the film production of the 75 French-speaking countries, will feature 13 movies and meetings with actors and directors, and other cultural activities and shows. Free entrance.
Recounting, translating, sharing, reflecting, developing, transforming, revealing, disclosing,
enchanting is the slogan of “A Film Cycle”, an original movie festival because not only you watch films but you also meet the director and then watch a movie that inspired him/her. The directors invited to this 2-day event (March 26 and 27) are Duncan Campbell, Anja Kirschner and David Panos, Renzo Martens, Deimantas Narkevicius and Hito Steyerl. At Cinema Farnese, piazza Campo de’ Fiori 56.
Right after this event, the Australian Film Week will kick off in Nuovo Cinema Aquila. The Film Week features eight Australian classic movies showcasing some of the country’s most “successful exports” such as Heath Ledger; Eric Bana; Toni Collette; Geoffrey Rush and many more. The films chosen highlight the artistic talent and innovation of Australian culture and reflect the unique blend of long-established indigenous traditions and new influences which make Australian cinema so special. Admission to all of the Film Week’s screenings is free on a first-come, first-served basis (except for the opening night on 28 March which is by invitation only). From March 28 to April 1.
Finally, we would like to remind you that Rome’s Spanish culture Institute Short Movie showings “El Corto Sobre El Mapa” continue until April 17 at Cervantes‘ theatre in Piazza Navona 91. Free entrance.
A closing note, due to the recent earthquake that tragically hit the country, Japanese film lovers will no longer be able to see masterworks by Masumura on Tuesdays and Thursdays.