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CinemaFest: Rome Film Festival
The annual festival,  takes place at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, using all of halls in the complex for screenings and press conferences, as well as huge tents set up on the grounds, a cinema  "village", with shops, restaurants and services, and, of course, a red carpet. Additional screenings are held at the MAXXI museum and at the Cinema Barberini  in Piazza Baberini. This year's festival, November 9 - 17, has a new director, Marco Mueller,  and a new focus. This year, many more of the films are Italian productions, there's much less Hollywood glamor, and more attention has been paid to smaller independent productions, experimental films and shorts. That said, there still plenty of interesting screenings, including 59 World Premieres. Ticket prices for premiere screenings can be costly, up to €30, other screenings €18-5. The following films were shot in English.
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In Competition:

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
Directed by Roman Coppola (USA, 86')
In the 1970s, successful graphic designer and ladies man (Sheen), is dumped by his girlfriend and it throws his life into a tailspin. He starts to suffer from nightmares, fever dreams of past relationships and hits rock bottom as he tries to recover from the recent breakup.
With Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Katheryn Winnick, Patricia Arquette
At the Auditorium Sala Cinema Lotto, Thursday, November 15, 10:30 pm; Friday, November 16, 3 pm; and at the Baberini Sala 1, Sunday, November 18, 10:30 pm

Marfa Girl
Directed by Larry Clark (USA, 106')
Set in the titular Texan town, a coming-of-age story, following three local characters whose lives intersect in a dramatic and tragic twist.
With Adam Mediano, Drake Burnette, Jeremy St. James, Mary Farley, Mercedes Maxwell, Indigo Rael
At the Auditorium Sala Cinema 2, Tuesday, November 13, 10 pm, and at the Barberini Sala 1, 10:30 pm

The Motel Life
Directed by Gabriel Polsky, Alan Polsky (USA, 95' )
Based on tje debut novel by musician and writer Willy Vlautin, the story of two brothers from Reno, Nevada whose lives are thrown into turmoil following a tragic accident.
With Stephen Dorff, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson
At the Auditorium, Sala Cinema Lotto, Friday, November 16, 8:30 pm and at the Barberini Sala 1,
Sunday, November 18, 10:30 pm

Out of Competition:

Bullet to the Head
Directed by Walter Hill (USA, 88')
Based upon Alexis Nolent's French graphic novel Du Plomb Dans La Tete. A hitman (Stallone) teams with a young NYPD detective (Kang) in a high-stakes investigation that leads from dingy back alleys to the power corridors of New Orleans.
With Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater, Sarah Shahi, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Sung Kangtrailer [/url]

Mental
Directed by P. J. Hogan (USA - Australia 113')
An autobiographical story by the Australian director (Muriel's Wedding), the story of his mother, disillusioned and battered by her inability to maintain the affection of her husband, who, when the director is aged 12, breaks down and is sent to an institution.
With Toni Collette, Liev Schreiber, Anthony Lapaglia, Rebecca Gibney
At the Sala Cinema Lotto, Saturday, November 10, 8:30 pm; and Sunday November 11, 3 pm and at the Barberini Sala 1, Tuesday, November 13, 8 pm.
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Rise of the Guardians
Directed by Peter Ramsey (USA 94')
The new Dreamworks animation. Jack Frost is a carefree boy who has no responsibilities in the world aside from bringing winter wherever he goes. But everything changes when Pitch, the Nightmare King, begins his plan to engulf the world in darkness. Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and the Sandman enlist Jack to join their group to stop Pitch and protect the children of the world.
With the voices of Chris Pine, Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Jude Lawtrailer [/url]

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Directed by Bill Condon (USA 110')
The next chapter in the modern vampire story: After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.
With Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Dakota Fanning, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Taylor Lautner, Nikki Reed, Michael Sheen
At the Sala Cinema Lotto, Tuesday, November 13, 8:30 pm
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CinemaXXI
Focusing on works that reflect the continuous reinvention of cinema in the contemporary audiovisual landscape, including feature-length, medium-length and short films.

Feature length films:

A Walk in the Park
Directed by Amos Poe (USA 96')
Billed as "a documentary-like journey, progressing from non-fiction to fiction, and back again, an ironic biopsy of truth, depression, addiction, family relations, ambition, retribution,violence and poetry."
With Brian Fass, Adam Davids, Mark Eberle, Fred Sullivan, Charles Breiterman
At the Auditorium Sala Petrassi, Friday, November 9, 9 pm; at the Auditorium Teatro Studio, Saturday, November 10, 7:15 pm; and at the Barberini Sala 2 , Saturday, November 10, 8 pm and Barberini Sala 1, Sunday, November 11, 6 pm

Goltzius and the Pelican Company
Directed by Peter Greenaway, Netherlands, 2012, 128'
Based on the life of Hendrik Goltzius, a late 16th-century Dutch printer and engraver of erotic prints, who seduces the Margrave of Alsace into paying for a printing press to make and publish illustrated books. Goltzius promises him an extraordinary book of pictures of the Old Testament Biblical stories. To tempt the Margrave further, Goltzius and his printing company will offer to perform dramatizations of these erotic stories for his court.The second feature in Greenaway's film series "Dutch Masters", which includes the previous film Nightwatching. The third entry, focusing on Hieronymus Bosch, is planned to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Bosch's death in 2016.
With F. Murray Abraham, Ramsey Nasr, Kate Moran, Pippo Delbono, Giulio Berruti, Anne Louise Hassing, Flavio Parenti, Lars Eidinger
At the Auditorium Teatro Studio, Monday, November 12, 9:15 pm; and at MAXXI museum, Tuesday, November 13, 7:30 pm
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Suspension of Disbelief
Directed by Mike Figgis (UK 107')
Follows a world renowned screenwriter and literature professor who becomes deeply implicated in the murder of a mysterious and beautiful young woman.
With Sebastian Koch, Lotte Verbeek, Rebecca Night, Emilia Fox, Frances de la Tour, Julian Sands, Kenneth Cranham, Eoin Macken, Lachlan Nieboer
At the Auditorium Sala Petrassi, Monday, November 12, 7 pm; Auditorium Teatro Studio, Tuesday, November 13, 5:30 pm, also at the Barberini Sala 1, Tuesday November 13, 3:30 pm
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Tar
Directed by James Franco
Based on the poems of C.K. Williams with segments directed by NYU grad students under Franco's supervision. The screenings will be preceded by a short by James Franco, "Dreams".
With Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, Zach Braff, Henry Hopper, Bruce Campbell.
At the Auditorium Sala Sinopoli, Friday, November 16, 10 pm; and at the Auditorium Sala Cinema Lotto, Saturday, November 17, 3 pm

Feature Length Films Out of Competition
Not in English, but worth seeing.

Invisible World (Mundo Invisíel, Brazil 83')
by Atom Egoyan, Beto Brant, Cisco Vasques, Gian Vittorio Baldi, Guy Maddin, Jerzy Stuhr, Laís Bodanzky, Manoel De Oliveira, Marco Bechis, Maria de Medeiros, Theo Angelopoulos, Wim Wenders. These ten directors each address the concept of the invisibility of the modern world.
At the MAXXI Museum, Saturday, November 17, 11:30 am and 7:30 pm

Steekspel (Tricked)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
An experimental, user-generated film. The script consists of eight parts. Part one was written by Kim van Kooten. Participants in a competition subsequently wrote the scripts for the seven following parts. The process of making the film was shown in a TV show on Dutch channel Veronica.
At the Auditorium Sala Petrassi, followed by an interview with the director, Saturday, November 10, 4:30 pm; at the Auditorium Teatro Studio, Sunday, November 11, 5:30 pm and at the Barberini Sala 1, Monday, November 12, 4 pm
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