—– by: lunaviola
Tonight at 7:30 pm in the Sala Sinopoli of Auditorium Parco della Musica, the Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard will be on stage for the screening of his film Pavarotti, my most respected and icon of Italian opera singer, as part of the program in the 14th Rome Film Fest.
Federico Fellini once said “Cinema is the most direct way to get in touch with God”. Considering myself with a romantic Roman soul, or a half Roman woman as considered by the others (out-shaped in a docile Chinese look though), I may also acclaim to feel bothered every time hearing people around talking about Venice Film Festival like the only existing Italian film scene. But those whole lot scenes of resplendent celebrities and serried clicks photo shooting finish in the 10 meters red carpet but then that’s it! Let’s make it clear, Oscar didn’t make the American film industry, but Hollywood does! Just to be fair, I believe it is also time that we should turn the spotlight from Venice to Rome to clean up the dusts and highlight the under-shaded film power station and Hollywood of Italy: the internal city of great ROME!
Creative City of Film
When you think of the linkage of Rome and film, the only thing comes up to your mind is “Roman Holiday” featuring the divine beauty Audrey Hepburn? Then obviously you are just a visiting tourist.
Rome is designated “Creative City of Film” by UNESCO (In addition to Rome, four other Italian cities have been granted this acknowledgment: Bologna for Music, Fabriano for Crafts and Folk Arts, Turin for Design and Parma for Gastronomy).
Cinema is actually a fundamental part of the identity of the city, and this flourishing sector is very vital to Rome’s economy, boasting more than 1300 businesses. An immense heritage composed of archives, images, professional expertise is dedicated to promote the advent of a new generation on the creative scene, that can reconcile tradition with future, state-of-the-art technology with established knowledge, and use audiovisuals in a new way that promotes the archeological, historical and artistic heritage of the territory.
With more than 80 years of history in cinema, Cinecittà has still more story to tell.
This Italian “Hollywood” boasts of 19 stages for productions, with approx. 400 offices, dressing rooms, hair and make-up spaces and storage rooms, plus a spacious backlot of over 100,000 square metres.
Throughout the entire 20th century, Cinecittà never stopped creating dreams for the country: from the initial design by Gino Peressutti whose construction was inaugurated in 1937 to the American productions that filled the capital with new splendour in the post-war years and the blockbuster titles that would reinvent the history of cinema, from Mervyn LeRoy’s Quo Vadis to William Wyler’s Ben Hur.
Many of the founding pages of the universal history of film have been written on its sets; pages that have exported the most vibrant face of Rome to the world, its unmistakable Dolce Vita.
Rome Film Fest
The 14th Rome Film Fest will be on these days until 27th October 2019. The Auditorium Parco della Musica has been the heart of the festival since 2006 with the red carpet and the screening films. Te event hosted a large and challenging program of screenings, master classes, tributes, retrospectives, panels, and special events.
Here’s the link of the complete program: https://www.romacinemafest.it/en/rome-film-fest/programme/
Be sure to look at the program also in CityFest, a container for events and cultural initiatives filling every possible corner of the city.
Take the chance for a visit to Rome, with exploring eyes seeing its beauty as a film capital!