Rome Independent Film Festival kicks off online

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– Taking place today until December 4, the 9th edition of the festival will take place in a virtual cinema with Havel opening the focus on Czech cinema

7 minutes by Ricky Mastro

From today until December 4, the 9th edition of the RIFF – Rome Independent Film Festival takes place via the MYmovies virtual cinema, where the 13 competitive sections are scheduled to be screened. It all starts with the first of the international documentaries competing in the festival, Opeka through Cam Cowan (United States), which will be followed by Women according to men through Said Nouri (Iran). Meanwhile, at 8:20 p.m., Slavek Horak‘s Havel [+see also:
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will open the focus session dedicated to Czech cinema and organized in association with the Czech FAMU School, the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Rome and the Czech Cinema Center, paying homage to the life of Vaclav Havel, eminent playwright, dissident and ultimately President of the Czech Republic. This first day will be closed by the Norwegian doc All that could have been through Trond Kvig Andreassen, exploring the life of musician Magnus Eliassen.

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The International Feature Films Competition, open to first and second works, includes 8 titles, including Havel, next to Rise [+see also:
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through Aneil Karia (UK), which was shortlisted for this year’s Berlin and Sundance festivals; Ernesto, the first work of the super young Italian directors Alice De Luca and Giacomo Raffaelli, which is screened as a world premiere; Angie: Lost Girls through Julia verdin (WE); La Fortaleza [+see also:
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through Jorge Thielen-Armand (Venezuela / France / Colombia / Netherlands), who has already participated in the IFF Rotterdam; a European premiere of Lights in the dark through Dominique lienhard (France / Belgium) and, finally, Ricky mastrothe first job of 7 minutes (France / Italy).

There are 18 documentaries in competition. Stealing attention among the perspective international docs are I Am (Yo Soy) through Jaime Fidalgo (Spain); Mat and his friends through Pauline Penichout, produced by the French school La Fémis; The fog of peace through Joel stangle (Colombia), and Darryl Jones: In the Blood through Eric Hamburg (WE). Italian documentaries include The mia storia so lost and so confused through Daniele Gaglianone and Imogen Kusch, which is screened as a world premiere; Makarìa through Giulia Attanasio; Viaggio attraverso la Città Possibile through Eugenio Corsetti and Emiliano Monaco; Under the Skin – In conversation with Anish Kapoor through Martina Margaux Cozzi; Che fine hanno fatto i sogni? through Patrizia Fregonese de Filippo; Cinematti – A crazy story through Giacomo R. Bartocci; He Direttore through Maurizio Orlandi; To rivet the stelle through Emmanuel Caruso; Cicliste per Caso – Grizzly Tour through Silvia gottardi, and Conversion through Giovanni Méola.

For the third year in a row, an entire day will be devoted to LGBTQ + titles, with the world premiere of Asphalt goddess through Julián Hernandez (Mexico) – which twice won the Teddy Award at the Berlin Film Festival, in 2003 and 2009 – and the European premiere of the aforementioned film 7 minutes. Other works produced in France include Sarah Al Atassi‘s kind Bad, Elvire Munoz‘s Burns, Manuel Billi and Benjamin bodi‘s Ten times love (France), which is screened as a world premiere, and Naïla Guiguet‘s Dustin. Marius Gabriel Stancuitalian work È solo nella mia testa will also enjoy its world premiere in this category.

Between the various masterclasses scheduled online, the session on the theme “Black Films Matter” is jostling, which will be hosted by the historian and film critic. Lapo Gresleri, in collaboration with the press photographer Valerio Bispuri and director of photography Fabrice Lucci. A Focus on the future of post-Covid-19 Italian cinema is also on the agenda, entitledChe fine hanno fatto i sogni? (lit. “What happened to our dreams?”) and based on the doc of the same name currently competing in the festival. The focus titled “Il Cinema Nel Nuovo Mercato Post-Covid” (lit. “Film in the New Post-Covid Market”), meanwhile, will see the CEO of the Tixter platform Francesco Perciballi discuss digital technology for the financing and distribution of audiovisual and cinematographic products, and, last but not least, the virtual pitch day “Sceneggiatori incontrano il futuro” (lit. “Screenwriters against the future”) will host a selection of 8 -10 applicants – finalists in the RIFF screenplay competition – who are ready to compare their scores with guests online on how to pitch a project in the post-Covid market.

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(Translated from Italian)


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