The newly elected president reaffirmed that the festival will be dedicated to “entertainment cinema” and will involve audiences and critics alike, “without competing with the Venice Film Festival” (which Rondi previously headed).
The sections Extra (renamed L’atro Cinema, or The Other Cinema) and Alice in the City, for youth films have been re-confirmed.
Other events announced for the event’s third edition include three tributes to three greats of Italian cinema: Alida Valli, Nino Manfredi and Dino Risi, along with the world premiere of David Cronenberg’s exhibit Chromosomes, a collection of 50 stills from his films.
Lastly, the festival, whose budget has been reduced from €17m to €15.5m, will bring together directors, producers, distributors and institutions for the General State of Italian cinema. The latter, added Rondi, is intended to help “understand where the industry is going and focus on piracy, a true plague to cinema”.
Camillo de Marco