The most anticipated titles of the Rome Film Fest 2022

The hummingbird by Francesca Archibugi

From the novel Strega by Sandro Veronesi, a film with an all-star cast (Pierfrancesco Favino, Kasia Smutniak, Nanni Moretti, Bérénice Bejo, Laura Morante, Benedetta Porcaroli and many others) directed by the sensitive hand of Francesca Archibugi, who also written together with Laura Paolucci and Francesco Piccolo. Will it be the Italian hit of the autumn? Meanwhile, the Festival opens, while inaugurating the new Grand Public section.

Amsterdam by David O. Russell

Another round, another cast of stars. That is Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Anya Taylor-Joy, Robert De Niro, Rami Malek, Michael Shannon, Chris Rock, Zoe Saldana, Mike Myers and… Taylor Swift. All directed by specialist David O. Russell (On the plus side, American Hustle). The US criticism was lukewarm, in front of this thriller-comedy with a historical background. But the expectation, even just for the names involved, remains very high. In cinemas from October 27th.

Causeway by Lila Neugebauer

Jennifer Lawrence in Lila Neugebauer’s ‘Causeway’. Photo: Apple TV +

Actress darling is Russell and J.Law. Which returns to the screen in a drama as hard and pure as the ones who launched it (remember A cold winter?). In Lila Neugebauer’s film produced by Apple TV +, the Oscar-winning diva is a former soldier who, due to a post-traumatic disorder, struggles to resume everyday life. She will be another “Oscar vehicle“For the protagonist? Also starring Brian Tyree Henry and Samira Wiley of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Let’s rob the Duce by Renato De Maria

It seems the title destined to break the bank in the Italian streaming (it will be on Netflix from next October 26th). And this too deploys a handful of local stars: Pietro Castellitto, Matilda De Angelis, Tommaso Ragno, Filippo Timi, Isabella Ferrari, and even Maccio Capatonda. “Inglorious basterds” de noartri involved in another historical thriller with Mussolini’s treasure (true or false?) at the center. Directed by Renato De Maria, from cult like Paz! on Andrea Pazienza to blockbusters already “made in Netflix” like The ruthless starring Scamarcio.

The Menu by Mark Mylod

Did we already say “all-star cast”? Now catch Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult in this black comedy by Mark Myold, one of the directors of the cult Succession. A young couple travels to a remote island to eat at an exclusive restaurant run by the famous chef Slowik (Fiennes), who has prepared a molecular cuisine menu in which food is treated as conceptual art. But his approach to gastronomy holds shocking surprises for guests …

The War – The desired war by Gianni Zanasi

Edoardo Leo and Giuseppe Battiston in ‘The War – The desired war’ by Gianni Zanasi. Photo: Vision Distribution

The always adored Gianni Zanasi is back (Don’t think about it, Too much grace) with a socio-political comedy starring Edoardo Leo, Miriam Leone and Giuseppe Battiston. A graduate in Romance languages ​​who rears clams (!) Meets the daughter of the Undersecretary of Defense. It is a clash immediately, but what is happening around them is much worse: a tragic diplomatic incident between Spain and Italy is triggering a war in the heart of Europe… It could (and should) be the Italian surprise of this edition.

The Last Movie Stars by Ethan Hawke

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward undisputed protagonists of the Rome Film Fest 2022. They are the two faces of the official poster, the names of the special retrospective, and are also at the center of this sumptuous six-part documentary produced by HBO. Ethan Hawke, as a director, tells the couple of the “last stars of cinema” between public and private, great films and stories of (extra) ordinary life. Stunning archival materials, not for cinéphiles only.

Django – The series by Francesca Comencini

One of the two original Sky Italia series presented at the 2022 Festival. Francesca Comencini (Gomorrah – The series) takes up the cult of Sergio Corbucci loved by Quentin Tarantino and makes it a western that is both classic and contemporary. It is Matthias Schoenaerts who gives the face of the iconic title character, flanked by Noomi Rapace, Nicholas Pinnock and Lisa Vicari. Also directed by David Evans (Downton Abbey) and Enrico Maria Artale (Romulus).

Romulus II – The war for Rome by Matteo Rovere

Second title Sky, is the sequel to the imaginative exploits that led to the birth of Rome. Spoken in rigorous protolatin, the Matteo Rovere spin-off series of First king puts Yemos (Andrea Arcangeli), Wiros (Francesco Di Napoli) and the vestal Ilia (Marianna Fontana) in the center, this time grappling with the assault of the king of the Sabines. Among the performers also Vanessa Scalera and the new entry Valentina Bellè.

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