Financial constraints and a new director on the horizon. The Rome International Film Festival doesn’t get off on the right foot. This year, however, it should be better than the last highly controversial edition.
The 8th edition of this young festival, invented by a politician with a knack for cinema in a time when budget was not a priority, should combine both indie and commercial productions. A mix that should fit the current director’s artistic ambitions and the smaller budget of a happening that was seriously in doubt until a few weeks ago due to the recent elections that changed the people in charge of earmarking the money for it (more than half of the resources come from the city of Rome, the province of Rome, and the Lazio region).
Anyway, let’s see what will go on during these 10 Festival days: fewer world premieres this year (18 only) and more general interest films, to sum it up in one line!
The passion of Eastern Asian culture and movies of the Fest director is well known. And this is also one of the reasons for the special Maverick Director Award to Tsui Hark who changed Hong Kong’s movies in the 1980s-90s. He will also hold a master class. His latest 3d work Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon will be screened on November 16 and 17.
From Eastern Asia also Snowpiercer by the South-korean master Bong Joon-Ho. Takashi Miike presents two movies: Blue Planet Borthers and Mole’s Song. Kiyoshi Kurosawa‘s Seventh Code and Benny Chan‘s The White Storm.
And if Mr Muller is a big fan of Eastern Asia and relies so much on its movies this should also explain why the 8th edition starts on November 8!
A major role will be played by horror films: Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi by Alex de La Iglesia, Tales from the Dark and Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno.
The main competition, the International Award, should see Her by Spike Jonze as the most promising movie.
The world premiers of the second episode of The Hunger Games will definitely please the crowds on November 14 and 15, a week before it will be in our cinema theaters.
The leading Indie figure should be Jonathan Demme who will not only present his film Fear of Falling in the avant-garde/young talents section CinemaXXI, but will also hold a master class.
The special Prize for the career achievements will go to the Russian Aleksej Jurevic German, who recently passed away. His wife will present his latest production, It’s hard to be a God, probably the most longed-for movie of the 2013 Festival.
Last but not least, these are some of the celebrities that you can see on the red carpet between November 8 and the 17th: Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, Joaquin Phoenix, Zoe Saldana, Christian Bale and Olivia Wilde.
PS All movies are in original language with subtitles.