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Rome International Film Festival 2013: A Celebration of Cinema at the Auditorium
The eighth edition of the Rome International Film Festival opens on November 8 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. The Roman extravaganza, directed for the second year by Marco Müller, has already whetted the appetite of movie buffs around the world with the announcement of its shortlisted films.
Three Italian films are in the running for the Golden Marc'Aurelio Award: the dramatic Corpi estranei (Foreign Bodies) by Mirko Locatelli, who made a name for himself at the 65th Venice Film Festival with Il primo giorno d'inverno (The First Day of Winter); Take Five, a crime movie made in Naples by documentary filmmaker Guido Lombardi, another talent discovered in Venice, and Tir, a second documentary from the promising Alberto Fasulo.
Four foreign movies will be screened, which according to the bookies could stand a chance at the next Oscars: Her, an all-star romantic comedy that marks the return of Spike Jonze after Where the Wild Things Are, Dallas Buyers Club by Jean-Marc Vallée, based on the true story of Ron Woodroof, played by Matthew McConaughey, Out of the Furnace by Scott Cooper with the highly-rated Christian Bale and Zoe Saldana, and the thriller Another Me by Isabel Coixet, with the young star of the popular Game of Thrones, Sophie Turner.
Also showing at the Festival are the long-awaited Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment of the fantasy saga, which smashed box offices in the U.S. in 2012, and the world premiere of Fear of Falling by Jonathan Demme, who is expected to meet the public when he teaches a master class at the event.
With three large halls, an open-air amphitheater and even a piazza: the Auditorium Parco della Musica, which has hosted the Rome festival since it first took place, is an unrivaled architectural gem. And credit for the complex goes to Genoese architect Renzo Piano and his entourage: Thanks to this home-grown, world-acclaimed supremo, some twenty hectares of the city are devoted to this unique cultural venue. In the heart of Rome and yet escaping its chaotic traffic thanks to their proximity to Villa Glori park, the so-called "shells"—which first opened in 2002—come to life hosting some of the city's major events.
The marriage between Rome and the cinema is one of the longest and happiest in history: The big screen has celebrated the splendors of the Caput Mundi and made its monuments and streets legendary the world over. Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani, Alberto Sordi and Carlo Verdone are just some of the stars who have paid tribute to the traditions and culture of Rome with their masterful interpretations. The cinema has repaid the favor with countless movies set in the city: Fellini immortalized the Trevi Fountain in the memorable La Dolce Vita, Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck strolled along Via Margutta together in Roman Holiday, Woody Allen dedicated his To Rome with Love to the Eternal City and Paolo Sorrentino set La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) in papal Rome, a movie that will be shown at the 2013 Oscars.
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