Marco Müller describes the eighth edition of the International Rome Film Festival (8-17 November) as 'contradictory, schizophrenic, where there is everything and the opposite of everything," addi...
Vittoria Scarpa

16 Oct 2013 - 8:01 AM  UPDATED 16 Oct 2013 - 8:01 AM

Marco Müller describes the eighth edition of the International Rome Film Festival (8-17 November) as “contradictory, schizophrenic, where there is everything and the opposite of everything,” adding it will be “a season of adaptations.”

there is everything and the opposite of everything

“We followed no thematic line,” Müller explained when he announced the programme to the press today. “The selection was based on gut and heartfelt emotions, for a festival that is recuperating its celebration dimension, without any division between culture and market.”

Premieres are therefore not global, but there are many debut and second films, some grand events, a little comedy and much Italian cinema, including documentaries in an event that Müller imagines could become “Europe's answer to Toronto.”

The competition includes 18 films, half of which are European. Three are Italian: Take Five by Guido Lombardi (best debut film in 2011 in Venice with Là-bas - Educazione criminale), about five men caught up in a large scale robbery which transforms into a massacre game (stars include Salvatore Striano, Bruto in Caesar Must Die); I corpi estranei by Mirko Locatelli, with Filippo Timi, where illness is the occasion for the meeting of two fearful souls, tackling pain; and Tir by Alberto Fasulo, coproduced with Croatia, it is the story of Branko, a former Rijeka professor who became a lorry driver for an Italian firm (screenplay won the Solinas prize in 2010).

Spain is present with Isabel Coixet and her Another Me, a thriller with Jonathan Rhys Meyers coproduced with the United Kingdom; Denmark Sorrow and Joy by Nils Malmros (news), the story of a love which matures going through life's great joys and suffering; and Portuguese The Invisible Life by Vitor Gonçalves, Romanian Quod erat demonstrandum by Andrei Gruzsniczki, I Am Not Him by Tayfun Pirselimoglu (Turkey, France, Greece, Germany) and Out Of The Furnace by American Scott Cooper (coproduced with the United Kingdom). Click here for a full list of films.

Of the 20 films out of competition, 7 are Italian: L'ultima ruota del carro by Giovanni Veronesi (the opening film – read the news); Song'e Napule by Manetti Bros, a comedy set in the Neapolitan neo-melodic world of music; La luna su Torino by Davide Ferrario, about three people for whom the 45th parallel which goes through Turin becomes a metaphor for living a balanced life; Come il vento by Marco Simon Puccioni, with Valeria Golino, the story of Armida Miserere's life, who directed Parma's prison and committed suicide; La santa by Cosimo Alemà, Il venditore di medicine by Antonio Morabito and Border by Alessio Cremonini.

French films The Scapegoat by Nicolas Bary and Playing Dead by Jean-Paul Salomé, Witching & Bitching by Spanish Alex De La Iglesia, Romeo and Juliet by Carlo Carlei (United Kingdom), beyond the second instalment in the American saga success story Hunger Games. The closing film will be The White Storm by Benny Chan, presented as the most spectacular Chinese film this year.

The eighth edition of the Rome Festival will include an expanded section, Cinemaxxi (which programme will be spelled out on October 23) and will dedicate an entire section to Italian documentaries called Prospettive Doc Italia (read the news story).

The programme includes two homages to great protagonists of Italian cinema, who recently passed away. The Titans Are Coming, a peplum film from 1962 with Giuliano Gemma (news), and Il processo di Verona by Carlo Lizzani (news). The career award will be given posthumously to Russian filmmaker Aleksej German, who died last February. His ambitious latest film It's Hard being God will be screened.

Translated from Italian

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