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Rome International Film Festival

November 17, 2011

Art meets cinema in the concluding half of our film festival report

  • Text by Flavia Ferrucci

Over the years there have been numerous brilliant exhibitions related to and promoted by the artistic directors of the Rome Film Festival, honouring directors from Italian film history (Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone and Neorealism). This year special attention has been dedicated to Pier Paolo Pasolini. The exhibition "P.P.P." paid tribute to one of the most important figures of Italian culture with an exhibition that included on set photographs and portraits of the author, accompanied by an original and site-specific installations from Academy Award-winning production designers Dante Ferretti and Francesca Loschiavo.

Dante Ferretti has been a collaborator of Pasolini in many of his films, creating a cloud of pages, words and images coming out of a typewriter, a work of great impact that gives symbolic image of the multi-faceted body of work left by the author. Pier Paolo Pasolini was also central to Douglas Gordon's exhibition, which featured previously.

One of the most important events of the festivalcalendar was an in conversation with Wim Wenders prior to the premiere of his film "Pina" that the director made in memory of the German choreographer that died shortly before filming began. Wenders talked in a very intimate way about his personal relationship with the dancer, and the process that led to the making of the movie, an incredibly poetic tribute to Bausch's choreography, as well as a broader discourse on dance as an art and as a pure expression of emotions through the body.

Another inspired example of the meeting of cinema and art was the all-Italian gem, the documentary "The Dark Side of the Sun". The film shows the activities at Camp Sundown, a summer camp in the state of New York dedicated to children suffering from a rare disease, Xderoderma Pigmentosum. This condition forces them to live in isolation and away from the sunlight. The film projects the viewer in this nocturnal, dreamy world, where all activities are carried out after sunset.

The festival ended with the official awards ceremony, during which the jury - chaired by Ennio Morricone - unanimously awarded the Argentine movie "A Cuento Chino", directed by Sebastiàn Borensztein, the touching story of a man whose life is changed by the encounter with a Chinese immigrant who arrived in the South American country. 

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