Festa Cinema Roma 2023, three Italians in competition: Cortellesi, Gabbriellini and Torre

Scheduled from 18 to 29 October. ‘There’s Still Tomorrow’ is the opening film

Paola Cortellesi but also Edoardo Gabbriellini and Roberta Torre. There are three Italian films in competition at the Rome Film Festival which will take place this year from 18 to 29 October.

‘There’s still tomorrow’ by Paola Cortellesi

One is the already well-known opening film, ‘There’s Still Tomorrow’, the first directorial work by Paola Cortellesi who is also the protagonist with Valerio Mastandrea, Romana Maggiora Vergano, Emanuela Fanelli, Giorgio Colangeli, Vinicio Marchioni. Cortellesi is a wife and mother of three children in post-war Italy who, thanks to a mysterious letter, discovers that there can be a better life.

‘Holiday’ by Edoardo Gabbriellini

The second is ‘Holiday’ by Edoardo Gabbriellini, a noir set among teenagers of generation Z produced by Luca Guadagnino and starring Margherita Corradi, Giorgia Frank, Alessandro Tedeschi, Alice Arcuri, Alessia Giuliani, Flavio Furno, Massimo Mesciulam, Alessio De Persio, Alessio Raffaghelli, Francesca Maselli, Anna Argenti, Asia Spina. Set in Genoa, the story follows Veronica: an eighteen-year-old girl accused of killing her mother and her lover who is released from prison. With the help of her friend Giada she tries to face the world, the media and an interrupted adolescence.

‘My hair hurts’ by Roberta Torre

The third Italian film, among the 18 in competition, is ‘My hair hurts’ by Roberta Torre, with Alba Rohrwacher and Filippo Timi. “It’s not a film about Monica Vitti as I’ve heard – explains the artistic director of the Rome Film Festival, Paola Malanga – it’s a tribute”. The plot tells of a beautiful blonde lady on the beach, footsteps, waves, she picking something up from the sand. She then approaches a boy and she tells him she’s lost. From a nearby house a man observes her: Monica is losing her memory, Edoardo, her husband, accompanies her with tenderness in the lives that she reconstructs through Monica Vitti’s films, La notte, L’eclisse, Red Desert, Teresa the Thief , My love help me, Stardust. Antonioni, Michele Placido, Alberto Sordi, with whom she converses through a mirror, clothes, hats, feelings, confusions. After many stories from the South and Shakespeare’s Riccardo and his fabulous ladies, Roberta Torre outlines with elegance, participation and modesty a tribute to Monica Vitti and the strength of the dream. Alba Rohrwacher twirls between memories and illusions, while a painful Filippo Timi tries to keep her in our world.