The 20th Rome Independent Film Festival raises its curtain

– From November 18 to 26, the Roman meeting of contemporary independent cinema offers 95 titles from all over the world and a close-up on Poland

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The 20th edition of the RIFF – Rome Independent Film Festival is kicking off today with the pre-opening screening of Silvia Brunelli‘s first work The Miracle Child [+lire aussi :
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, which was presented at the latest Venice Film Festival. Unspooling 18 – 26 November, and directed by Fabrizio Ferrarithe agenda of this year’s traditional Roman rendez-vous with contemporary, independent cinema will showcase 95 works in competition, whether feature films, documentaries or shorts, hailing from Italy, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina , Chile, the USA, Canada, Burkina Faso and the Lebanon, boasting 21 world premieres, 9 European premieres and 45 Italian premieres, alongside a jam-packed program 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 topics tackled by the festival’s selected films (partly viewable in virtual cinemas , courtesy of MYmovies.it), with particular attention paid to the thriller genre. The feature films competition is composed of 8 titles, including Governance [+lire aussi :
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by Michael Zampino, Fino ad essere felici by Paolo Cipolletta and the psycho-thriller set in lockdown The Grand Bolero by Gabriele Fabbroin addition to Germany’ Future Is a Lonely Place by Martin Hawie & Laura HarwarthSpain’s Mia & Me [+lire aussi :
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by Borja de la Vega and Dear Ones [+lire aussi :
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by Grzegorz Jaroszuk (Poland/Czech Republic).

There are 13 documentaries competing in the event overall. These include From My House in Da House by Giovanni La Gorga & Alessio Borgonuovowhich is an ironic exploration of the past thirty years as experienced by central Rome; Sue by Elisabetta Larosawhich tells the story of three women who escaped slavery and won back their dignity; A Declaration of Love by Marco Speronirevolving around a man who was declared innocent and released from prison after spending 22 years on death row; Clown’s Planet by Hector Carreabout activist clowns found in all kinds of places, from Palestinian refugee camps to Russian orphanages.

Stealing focus among the Special Events is the Focus on Poland, dedicated to Krzysztof Kieślowski 80 years on from his birth and 25 years after his passing, which also showcases works by more recent directors. There’s also the screening of Hava, Maryam, Ayesha [+lire aussi :
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by Afghan director Sahraa Karimi, which sees three women from Kabul, hailing from different social backgrounds, having to face life alone for the very first time; masterclasses led by 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 consecutive year, which will spotlight the 2021 Berlinale’s Teddy Award winner Miguel’s War [+lire aussi :
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by Eliane Rahebalongside other offerings.

This year’s closing film, presented out of competition, will be The Bachelorette Party [+lire aussi :
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by Francesco Apolloniwho is making his return to the RIFF twenty years after presenting his first feature film Just Do It in the very same setting.

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The 20th Rome Independent Film Festival raises its curtain