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Rome celebrates cinema in a festival where spectators are king

by Nicoletta Cottone

For ten days, Rome becomes a film capital. Starting from today, October 16, until October 25, the Auditorium-Parco della Musica rolls out the red carpet for the International Film Festival, a mix of film shows, movie stars, debates and premieres. The fair opens with an Italian comedy movie, “Soap Opera” by Alessandro Genovesi, and closes on Saturday with “Andiamo a Quel Paese,” a film by comedians Salvatore Ficarra and Valentino Picone.

The festival will last for 10 days, with 51 feature films presented at the official competitions, 24 world premieres, 6 international premieres and 6 European premieres.
The 2014 edition, organized, as usual, by film critic and producer Marco Muller, features a slew of international stars including Richard Gere, Kevin Costner, Geraldine Chaplin, Clive Owen, Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Rooney Mara, Wim Wenders, Walter Salles, Brad Anderson, Takashi Miike.

Many of them will meet the audience in keenly-awaited public events during the festival.
The opening and closing nights, as well as the award ceremonies, will be hosted by actress Nicoletta Romanoff.

The festival's official selection comprises four sections: “Cinema d'oggi,” featuring movies from both established and emerging filmmakers; “Gala,” with a selection of popular movies from the new movie season; “Mondo Genere,” a section open to different cinema genres; “Prospettive Italia,” which takes stock of the newest trends in national fiction and documentary filmmaking; and the classic retrospective of movies for children “Alice nella città,” an autonomous section.

Among the premieres in the “Cinema d'oggi” section, Angels of Revolution by Aleksej Fedorcenko and Time Out of Mind by Oren Moverman (starring Richard Gere) are on the schedule, while the '”Gala” section will feature Gone Girl by David Fincher (starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike); Black and White by Mike Binder (starring Kevin Costner), the tv series The Knick, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen, and Escobar; Paradise Lost by Andrea Di Stefano, starring Benicio del Toro as drug lord Pablo Escobar. Still Alice by Richard Glatzer (starring Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart), Trash by Stephen Daldry and Love, Rosie by Christian Ditter, with Lily Collins and Sam Claflin, are also awaited.

This year, the awards will not be decided by a jury, but by viewers, who will cast their votes as they exit the movie theater.