Rome’s 17th Annual Film Festival will celebrate James Ivory with a career honor, a mini-retrospective and the Italian launch of the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s personal new documentary ‘A Cooler Climate’.
Ivory is expected to receive the award in Rome and present the document about his life as a traveler, based on boxes of film the director made during a life-changing trip to Afghanistan in 1960. The film will pre-premiere at the New York Film Festival.
Rome’s mini-retrospective Ivory will consist of his films “Maurice”; “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge,” starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward; “The Leftovers of the Day”; and “A Room with a View.”
The party in Rome – which has undergone a management change and is now led by former RAI Cinema director Paola Malanga as Artistic Director and Gian Luca Farinelli as President – unveiled a mixed lineup made up of a competitive section made up largely of first works on Thursday. , alongside a rich selection of crowd pleasers in a separate tier called Grand Public. There is also a Best of 2022 sidebar where a selection of highlights from the festival circuit will unfold.
Rome’s opener, in the Grand Public section, is “The Hummingbird” (“Il Colibrì”), directed by Francesca Archibugi (“A Question of the Heart”) and starring Bérénice Bejo (“The Artist”) and Pierfrancesco Favino (“The Traitor”). The film, which had its world premiere in Toronto, is based on the novel of the same name by Sandro Veronesi, winner of Italy’s highest literary prize, the Premio Strega 2020.
Other highlights in Grand Public include several other Toronto titles such as Billy Eichner’s gay rom-com “Bros”; Gabe Polsky’s Nicolas Cage starrer “Butcher’s Crossing”; and Ralph Fiennes and Anya Taylor-Joy starrer “The Menu” directed by Mark Mylod.
European entries include Fatih Akin’s “Rheingold”, about a rapper named Xatar; Stephen Frears’ “The Lost King”; and Shekhar Kapur’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” Italian titles include Michele Placido’s “Caravaggio’s Shadow,” starring Riccardo Scamarcio and Isabelle Huppert, and Renato De Maria’s heist film “Rapiniamo il Duce,” a Netflix original movie.
The organizers kept quiet about the participation of talent, but it is clear that they want to raise the international profile of the party by introducing the competitive side, even if it consists largely of first works by obscure directors, with the notable exception of Lila. Neugebauer’s “Causeway” – a slow-burning drama starring Jennifer Lawrence, which premiered in Toronto earlier this month.
Other notable Rome competition titles include Rodrigo Garcia’s road trip film “Raymond & Ray”, starring Ethan Hawke and Ewan McGregor; Palestinian coming-of-age drama “Alam” by Firas Khoury, about a Palestinian teenager named Tamer living in Israel; ‘El Caso Padilla’ by the Cuban director Pavel Giroud, about the arrest of the Cuban poet Heberto Padilla; Italian director Francesco Patierno’s “La Cura” is set in Naples during lockdown; and ‘Houria’, a new drama set in Algeria from Mounia Meddour, who helmed the Cesar-winning film ‘Papicha’.
Elsewhere, James Gray will make the trek for the Italian launch of “Armageddon Time,” which will be screened in the party’s separately organized Alice in the City section, dedicated to youth cinema. The helmer will also hold a masterclass on his debut film ‘Little Odessa’.
The main jury of the Rome fest has not yet been announced.
The festival runs from October 13-23.