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Rome International Film Festival

4 th Edition

When: 15-23 October 2009

Where: Auditorium Parco della Musica

This year the Rome International Film Festival opens its fourth edition.

The festival was organized for the first time in the year 2007 by its founders: The city of Rome, the Lazio region, the Chamber of Commerce and the Foundation for the Music, and back then was already an event that can be called “global”.

From October 15th 2009 the eternal city will be the frame and the Auditorium della Musica the canvas of this picture on which the cinema will be the star.

As in past editions, this year the festival will be divided in sections:

  • The official selection of 12 films in competition, and 6 out of competition. The best film will be awarded with the golden Marc’Aurelio. There will be as well Silver Mar’Aurelio for the best actor and best actress and a Grand Prize from the jury, composed of 7 members, whose president this year will be Milos Forman.
  • L’altro cinema extra (“The Other Cinema”) is a series of interviews with great actors and directors who interact with the audience. There will be an hommage to the great Italian director Luigi Zampa and a section dedicated to documentaries.
  • Alice nella città (“Alice In the City”) is a section of the festival on which will be shown films made by kids for kids, paired with encounters with many cinema celebrities.
  • ocus. Every year is chosen a theme worth reflecting on. This year the festival brings to the spotlight global ecology through encounters with public celebrities, architects and ecologists who will offer their insight and will suggest some possible solutions.
    There will be great names on the red carpet, among the most popular, Meryl Streep who will be awarded the Marc’Aurelio to her notorious career and Paolo Coehlo, the best-seller writer who will present “The experimental witch project", a cinematic version of his book “The Witch of Portobello”. The story of the film is certainly interesting: Coelho asked young filmmakers to send him their versions of his book, and the best clips form the actual movie.

    This is definitely a not-to-be-missed event: a unique occasion to see Rome illuminated by the stars…and not only those on the red carpet!