Since November 8th, Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica has been lit by the endless flashes of cameras, as an international host of celebrities stroll down the red carpet. This is the 8th Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma (Rome's International Film Festival), which has attracted a cast of celebrities ranging from actors to directors and screenwriters, including Scarlett Johansson, Joaquin Phoenix, Eli Roth, Spike Jonze, Roman Coppola, Wes Anderson, Álex de la Iglesia, Checco Zalone and Nathalie Rapti Gomez, who chatted with us about the festival and Rome's important role in cinema.
The Film Festival is produced by the Fondazione Cinema per Roma (Cinema Foundation for Rome) which is dedicated to promoting film as an art form and to strengthening Rome's role as a major player in the film industry. Working to promote up-and-coming and Italian cinema, the festival hosts a Business Street where films can be viewed both during screenings and on demand by potential buyers and sales agents.
The Festival is held in the illustrious Auditorium Parco della Musica in conjunction with MAXXI. The Auditorium was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, who also designed London's The Shard, and Paris's Pompidou Centre.
The 10 days of the festival include screenings from 31 different countries of 71 feature length films and 30 shorts or mid-length films. These films will be viewed both in competitive and non competitive screenings. Additionally, the festival will hold Prospettive Doc Italia, which highlights up and coming young Italian documentary filmmakers, and Alice nella Citta', an independent sector of the festival which organizes screenings for young people. Finally, the festival pays tribute to renowned actors of Italian Cinematic history such as Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini, and Federico Fellini.
The festival ends on November 17th.