Rome film festival: the biggest open air cinema  | festival
Rome film festival: the biggest open air cinema Print

Rome film festival: the biggest open air cinema  | festivalMajors famous places of the city of cinema such as the Renzo Piano’s auditorium or Cinecittà will be the theatre of the projections of the fourteen films in competition. Locations in the province of Rome and the entire Lazio region will also be chosen for events during and immediately after the festival.

Obviously, the Rome film festival is not just a competition. Above all, it is a great feast about and for cinema. Creativity, freedom of expression, accessibility for the general public are the main values of the festival. Indeed, it is one of the only European film festival where the projections are open to everybody. Furthermore, several events will occur to celebrate and maintain the status of cinema as the greatest century art. In that way, the section “cinema 2007” features 22 Italian and international premieres (14 of which will make up the official competition). These are the films in competition :

Barcelona, un mapa (Barcelona, a Map) by Ventura Pons, Spain 2007 - European Premiere; Caotica Ana (Chaotic Ana) by Julio Medem, Spain 2007 – European Premiere;

Ce que mes yeux ont vu (The Vanishing Point) by Laurent De Bartillat, France 2007 - World Premiere

El pasado (The Past)by Hector Babenco , – Brazil 2007 – European Premiere

Fugitive Piecesby Jeremy Podeswa , Canada 2007, – International Premiere

Hafez by Abolfazl Jalili , – Japan 2007 – World Premiere

Juno by Jason Reitman , 2007 – European Premiere

La giusta distanza (The Right Distance) by Carlo Mazzacurati, Italy 2007 – World Premiere

Le deuxième souffle (Second Wind) by Alain Corneau, France 2007 – European Premiere

Li Chun (And the Spring Comes) by Chang Wei Gu, China 2007 – World Premiere

L’amour caché (Hidden Love) by Alessandro Capone, , 2007 European Premiere

L’uomo privato (The Private Man) by Emidio Greco, Italy 2007 – World Premiere

Mongol by Sergei Bodrov, – Kazakhistan - Germany 2007 – European Premiere.

Those are compete for the Marco Aurelio prize (which award the best film) but also the special jury prize and the best actor and actress prize.


“Première”, the red carpet of the RomeFilmFest is a non-competitive section for important international premieres. At the festival’s debut it was inaugurated by nine major film events, almost all of them were world premieres. Inaugurated by Britain’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age by Shekhar Kapur the second edition of “Première” confirms its spectacular vocation while tapping into signs of a new commitment in international cinema, particularly in Hollywood .

A clear example of this trend is the world premiere of Youth Without Youth , a surprising philosophical noir by Francis Ford Coppola, who returns to directing after a ten-year hiatus, leaving behind mega-productions to shoot independent-style in .

Alice in the city

The program “ Alice in the city” brings together an international selection of works dedicated to cinema made for and by young people... In the same spritit, “Extra” is designed to put a multi-faceted focus on the new frontiers opened up by those who are creating something fresh and different in the audiovisual field, from documentaries to trendsetting feature films, from cutting-edge television programs to digital animation, from film restoration to new high-definition cinema.. It is through this category that the prestigious Acting price awards a mythic actor : after Sean Connery in 2006; the star of Italian cinema, Sofia Lauren, will receive it this year.

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