The twenty-first edition of Alice in the City has been presented, an independent and parallel section of the Rome Film Festival, scheduled from 18 to 29 October in many places in the capital. The program and the suggestions that she gives.
Twenty-one years of Alice in the cityan independent and parallel section dedicated to the children of the Rome Film Festivaldirected by Gianluca Giannelli and Fabia Bettini, whose name pays homage to a masterpiece by Wim Wenders and it now represents a widespread reality throughout the constantly moving capital, which also this year wants to reinvent itself to meet the requests and areas of interest of the youngest. Precisely that audience that does not go to the theater frequently and wants to ask questions without accepting pre-packaged and unconvincing answers.
Dedicated to young people, talent and debuts, yes will take place from 18 to 29 Octoberand presents two important events in collaboration with the Rome Film Festival, which presented its program a few days ago: the preview of the eagerly awaited new (and probably last) film by the Japanese animation master, Hayao Miyazaki, The boy and the heronreleased in theaters on January 1st by Lucky Red ei first two episodes of the fourth season of Mare Fuorithe Rai series suddenly became a large-scale social phenomenon.
The opening is intriguing, dedicated to How to Have Sex by Molly Manning, winner of Certain Regard at the last Cannes Film Festival, in theaters at the beginning of 2024 Theodora and then exclusively streaming on the platform THE BAD. The closing film will be, in its European premiere, One Life by James Hawes, with protagonists Anthony Hopkins e Helena Bonham Carterthen distributed in sala da Eagle Pictures.
The 4K restoration will then be presented as a preview The island by Costanza Quatriglio (2003), one of the films from the first edition of Alice in the City, as well as animation The non-existent knight by Pino Zac (1969), on the centenary of the birth of Italo Calvino. A tribute to the animator is also planned Simone Massi. After the success of the past editions of the short films section, this year, Palazzo Esposizioni Roma will join the Auditorium Parco della Musica, the Auditorium della Conciliazione and the Cinema Adriano to welcome the industry program of the first edition of Short Film Days.
Always attentive to issues related to the younger generations, Alice in the city presents a program of previews, directorial debuts and original confirmations: 10 works in the Competition and 4 films Out of Competition to which are added, in the competitive section Panorama Italia, 8 films in competition and 4 special screenings that place the emphasis on cinema independent Italian, with screenings of films and documentaries. There are also 4 Special Screenings alongside 2 co-productions with the Film Fest and the selection Sintonie, a program line designed in collaboration with the Venice International Film Festival and which welcomes 6 films presented this year in the Venezia 80 and Orizzonti Section. Also on the program are 2 restorations and 30 short films (10 in international competition, 10 in Panorama Italia competition and 6 Out of Competition screenings) 4 special screenings, selected by Niccolò Gentili in collaboration with Premiere Film.
Among the titles presented in competition, in addition to the aforementioned How to Have Sexthe documentary by the Swiss Michele Pennetta, Lonelythe Australian drama The New Boyseen at Cannes, directed by Warwick Thornton and starring Cate Blanchettand an Italian title, Me and the dry by Gianluca Santoni, with Andrea Lattanzi, Francesco Lombardo, Barbara Ronchi, Andrea Sartoretti and Swamy Rotolo. The already announced one is also out of competition To Lesliewith the Oscar nominee Andrea Riseborough, Superluna by Federico Bondi e Club Zeroin competition at Cannes, directed by Jessica Hausner and with Mia Wasikowskaboth expected in Rome.
Within Panorama Italia there are eight titles that represent “A cinematographic ‘biodiversity’ – indispensable – which is now more than ever looking for an audience and a viable space capable of valorising it. Among the protagonists Emiliano Corapi with the thriller Suspicious Mindwith Francesco Colella and Amanda Campana, A mother by Stefano Chiantini, with Aurora Giovinazzo and Micaela Ramazzotti, We were children by Marco Martani, with Lorenzo Richelmy, Alessio Lapice and Lucrezia Guidone.