Roberto Rossellini centennial celebrations kicked off in Italy on Monday, which would have been his 100th birthday, when a piazza in the neorealist helmer’s seaside home of Ladispoli was named after him.
Besides restoring Rossellini classics, including “Rome, Open City,” which will unspool at the Venice fest, the Rossellini Foundation and the city of Rome is readying tributes ranging from the first Rossellini retro comprising all his TV work, to the exhibit “Roberto Rossellini: Art and Science of Humanism,” featuring a wide range of material, including photographs and writings.
The Cannes Film Festival will honor Rossellini with a showing of the docu “Il etait une fois … Rome ville ouverte,” by Marie Genin and Serge July.
“I would like my father to be remembered as one of the few auteurs for whom cinema was primarily an ethical, rather than an aesthetic, affair,” said Rossellini’s oldest son, Renzo, who heads the foundation.
Also on Monday, paybox Sky Italia aired the quirky Guy Maddin short “My Dad Is 100 Years Old,” in which Isabella Rossellini depicts her father as a giant talking belly. “My Dad” preemed at Tribeca.
RAI aired docu “The Last Utopia: Television According to Rossellini,” by Gallic helmer Jean-Luis Comolli.