The curtain rises on the 20th RIFF – Rome Independent Film Festival

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– The Roman meeting of contemporary independent cinema, which takes place in the Italian capital from November 18 to 26, offers 95 works from around the world, as well as a Focus Poland

The miracle child by Silvia Brunelli

The 20th edition of the RIFF – Rome Independent Film Festival kicks off today with the pre-opening screening of Silvia brunellithe first job of The miracle child [+see also:
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, which was presented at the last Venice Film Festival. Unrolling from November 18 to 26, and produced by Fabrice Ferrari, the program of this year’s traditional Roman rendezvous with independent contemporary cinema will present 95 works in competition, whether feature films, documentaries or short films, originating in Italy, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, United States, Canada, Burkina Faso and Lebanon, with 21 world premieres, 9 European premieres and 45 Italian premieres , as well as a program full of associated events, meetings and masterclasses.

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Corruption, the pandemic, sport, mental illness, slavery, racism, life after prison, the carnation revolution in Portugal, the history of central Rome… these are just a few of the themes addressed by the films selected by the festival (partly viewable in virtual cinemas). , courtesy of MYmovies.it), with particular attention to the thriller genre. The feature films competition is made up of 8 titles, including Governance [+see also:
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through Michael zampino, Fino ad essere felici through Paul Cipolletta and the psycho-thriller put in confinement The Grand Bolero through Gabriele Fabbro, in addition to Germany ‘ The future is a lonely place through Martin Hawie & Laura Harwarth, Spain Mia & Me [+see also:
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through Borja de la Vega and Dear [+see also:
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through Grzegorz Jaroszuk (Poland / Czech Republic).

There are 13 documentaries competing in the event in total. These included From my house to Da House through Giovanni La Gorga & Alessio Borgonuovo, which is an ironic exploration of the last thirty years lived by central Rome; prosecute through Elisabetta larosa, which tells the story of three women who escaped slavery and regained their dignity; A love declaration through Marco speroni, revolving around a man who was found innocent and released from prison after spending 22 years on death row; Planet of clowns through Hector Square, about militant clowns found in all kinds of places, from Palestinian refugee camps to Russian orphanages.

Among the special events, the Focus on Poland, dedicated to Krzysztof Kieślowski 80 years after his birth and 25 years after his death, which also features works by more recent directors. There is also the projection of Hava, Maryam, Ayesha [+see also:
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by the afghan director Sahraa Karimi, who sees three women from Kabul, from different social backgrounds, having to face life alone for the very first time; masterclasses led by the Hungarian director of photography Gergely Poharnok – the four-time winner of the HSC – Kodak Cinematographer Prize – and Croatian documentary director Anja Strelec; and Love & Pride Day: The Importance of Diversity – a day dedicated to LGBT-themed titles for the third year in a row, which will spotlight the winner of the Teddy Prize of the Berlinale 2021 Miguel’s war [+see also:
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through Eliane Raheb, alongside other offers.

This year’s closing film, screened out of competition, will be The bachelorette party [+see also:
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through Francesco apolloni, who returns to RIFF twenty years after presenting his first feature film Do it in the same frame.

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(Translated from Italian)


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