Rome’s Cinema Festa unveils slate

Competish to host 14 preems by emerging helmers

Rome’s Cinema Festa Internazionale di Roma fest is moving forward with plans to unspool some 80 pics in five sections during the event’s first edition, scheduled for Oct. 13-21.

The competish will comprise 14 preems by emerging international helmers.

The noncompetitive sections are a Eurocentric “Premiere” section showcasing nine European pics; “Cinema Etcetera,” to feature a diverse range of international preems, including Hollywood fare; “The Actor’s Work,” which will pay homage to the work of a living thesp: and kiddie section “Alice in the City.”

Organizers said Rome’s “festa” is looking to differentiate itself from Italy’s age-old Venice fest by doing away with press conferences and press screenings, and by having a jury made up of ordinary folks with no film biz affiliation, presided over by a name director, possibly Bernardo Bertolucci, according to sources.

The metropolitan event’s budget will total a lavish E9 million ($10 million), which is more coin than Venice has.

Films will unspool in Rome’s modern Renzo Piano-designed Auditorium, which is being equipped with seven screening rooms, as well as other venues in the Italian capital.

As previously announced, head honchos of the Rome festa are current Venice Days chief Giorgio Gosetti and film critic Mario Sesti. Former Locarno deputy chief Teresa Cavina is in charge of the international side, while prominent journo Piera de Tassis will run galas.

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