The second edition of the Villa Medici Film Festival takes off

– The festival organized by the French Academy in Rome from September 14 to 18 will screen 14 films in its international competition, and will host masterclasses and carte blanche programs

Saint-Omer by Alice Diop

Organized by the French Academy to celebrate the vitality of contemporary cinematographic practices of various lengths and genres, which are distinguished by the originality of their discourse and form, the Villa Medici Film Festival is back in Rome for its second edition. Fiction and documentary, intimate stories and collective epics, visual research and new narrative forms make up the rich program of the festival, which takes place from September 14 to 18 between the Sala Michel Piccoli, the Grand Salon and the Piazzale of the Roman headquarters of the Academy. It includes 14 international films in Competition, a selection of films Out of Competition, encounters, carte blanche programs, masterclasses and installations.

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Feature films in competition include Saint-Omer [+see also:
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by Alice Diop (which has just won the Grand Jury Prize and the prize for Best First Feature at the Venice Film Festival), The Adventures of Gigi the Law [+see also:
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by Alessandro Comodin (Special Jury Prize at Locarno), The dam [+see also:
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by Ali Cherri, De Humanis Corporis Fabrica [+see also:
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by Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, See you Friday Robinson [+see also:
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by Mitra Farahaniand, as a world premiere, the Lebanese title The field of words by Rania Stephan. The screenings of the films in competition will be followed by meetings with the directors present at the Villa Medici.

The jury, made up of French directors-producers Marie-LosierItalian filmmaker Pierre Marcello and French writer Sylvain Prudhomme, will award two prizes: the Villa Medici Prize for Best Film and the Jury Prize for an original film particularly appreciated by the jurors. Both prizes come with a cash prize and will offer the two winners the possibility of being invited in residence at the Villa Medici. The three members of the jury will also host three “carte blanche” programs as part of the Focus section, which includes films by artists out of competition and offers screenings and in-depth discussions with filmmakers. Losier’s carte blanche will present his films The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye [+see also:
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(2011) and The ontological cowboy (2005), while Marcello’s will include The mouth of the wolf [+see also:
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; Prudhomme will present for the first time his film co-directed with Philippe Beziat, Almighty Mama Djombo (2022).

Among the outdoor night screenings of recent films, which include many Italian premieres, stand out The mountain [+see also:
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by Thomas Salvador (former scholarship holder of the Villa Medici), who will open the festival, as well as Other people’s children [+see also:
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by Rebecca Zlotowskipremiered in Competition at Venice; Father Pio [+see also:
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by Abel Ferrara, presented on the Lido in the Giornate degli Autori section; and Stella in love [+see also:
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by Sylvie Verheydein Competition at the recent Locarno Festival.

This second edition of the Villa Medici Film Festival will close with the presentation, per la for the first time in Rome, of the restored version of Shoe polish by Vittorio De Sicafounding work of Italian neorealism and winner of the first Oscar for best foreign film in the history of the Oscars (1947).

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(Translated from Italian)

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