The 2020 RIFF, Rome Independent Film Festival goes online with more than 85 films, including feature films, documentaries, animated and experimental videos. The XIX edition of RIFF AWARDS 2020 will take place also online, on the scheduled dates, from November 26th to December 4th.
The competition sections will be: Feature film, International documentary, National documentary, International short, Italian short, Animation short, Sudent short and sections for screenplays and subjects
International Feature Film Competition
The International Feature Film Competition, open to first and second works, consists of 8 titles.
Havel by Slávek Horák (Czech Republic), Italian premiere. Film dedicated to the life of Václav Havel, eminent playwright, dissident and Czech president.
Surge by Aneil Karia (UK) Italian premiere. In competition at Berlinale and Sundance.
Ernesto by Alice De Luca and Giacomo Raffaelli (Italy), World premiere. First work of two very young directors starring Federico Russo (I Cesaroni, Curon). Ernesto is a film about the loss of youth, a mirror of the crisis of thought that afflicts our time.
Time for Love by Miguel J. Vèlez (Poland), European premiere.
Angie: Lost Girls by Julia Verdin (USA), European premiere. First work of the producer of the “Merchant of Venice” with Al Pacino.
La Fortaleza by Jorge Thielen-Armand (Venezuela/France/Colombia/Netherlands), Italian premiere.
Fires In The Dark by Dominique Lienhard (France/Belgium), European premiere.
7 Minutes by Ricky Mastro (France/Italy), Italian premiere.
Opeka by Cam Cowan (USA), Italian premiere.
Everything That Could Have Been by Trond Kvig Andreassen (Norway), Italian premiere.
Women According to Men by Saeed Nouri (Iran), Italian premiere.
The Fog of Peace by Joel Stangle (Colombia), Italian premiere.
Darryl Jones: In the Blood by Eric Hamburg (USA), Italian premiere. A documentary about Darryl Jones, extraordinary musician and activist, bassist of Miles Davis, Sting, Madonna and the Rolling Stones.
Paradise by Santiago Henao Velez & Manuel Villa (Colombia), World premiere.
I Am (Yo Soy) by Jaime Fidalgo (Spain), Italian premiere.
Mat and her Mates by Pauline Penichout (France), Italian premiere.
La mia storia si perde e si confonde by Daniele Gaglianone & Imogen Kusch, World premiere. Accompanied by the suggestions of Borges’ story “La forma de la espada”, the acting students of the Volonté School explore the boundary between lie and truth, interpreter and character.
Makarìa by Giulia Attanasio, Italian premiere. A musical journey in the countryside of southern Italy, through the gaze of a young folk musician and the pieces of an old, never finished film, between the discovery of the healing power of music and the residual dynamics of the patriarchy.
Viaggio attraverso la Città Possibile by Eugenio Corsetti & Emiliano Monaco, Italian premiere. Three analogue photographers walk through a portion of Rome, from a suburb to one of the central places of the city.
Under the Skin – In Conversation with Anish Kapoor by Martina Margaux Cozzi, Italian premiere. An art film that leads us to discover the creative world of Anish Kapoor and his personal relationship with art, as part of his exhibition-event at the MACRO in Rome.
Che fine hanno fatto i sogni? by Patrizia Fregonese de Filippo, Italian premiere.
Cinematti – Una storia folle by Giacomo R. Bartocci, Italian premiere.
Il Direttore by Maurizio Orlandi, Italian premiere.
A riveder le stelle by Emanuele Caruso, Italian premiere. It is a letter to the future of humanity.
Cicliste per Caso – Grizzly Tour by Silvia Gottardi, Italian premiere.
La Conversione by Giovanni Meola, Italian premiere.
61 Short films (including 24 Italian and 26 international), 10 Animated videos and Experimental videos.
LGBTQ+ Love & Pride Day
For the third year, an entire day will be dedicated to the topic of LGBTQ+ Love & Pride Day – Il valore della diversità, which includes, among others, the world premiere out of competition of Asphalt Goddess by Julián Hernández (Mexico), winner of the Teddy Awards at the Berlin Film Festival in 2003 and 2009 and of 7 Minutes by Ricky Mastro (France/Italy), European premiere, debut film of the RECIFEST director in Recife and programmer of the Goiás LGBTQ festival, both in Brazil. Great French presence in the other films presented. Mat et les gravitantes by Pauline Penichout (France) produced by the French school La Fémis. A vivid and intimate portrait of some young women, filmed through their personal and collective questioning of the relationship with themselves, love, sex and the bonds they have between them.
Mauvais genre by Sarah Al Atassi (France), Italian premiere.
Brûle by Elvire Munoz (France), Italian premiere.
È solo nella mia testa by Marius Gabriel Stancu, World premiere.
I Am by Jaime Fidalgo (Spain), Paradise by Santiago Henao Velez & Manuel Villa (Colombia).
Unliveable by Matheus Farias & Enock Carvalho (Brazil), European premiere.
Ten times love by Manuel Billi & Benjamin Bodi(France).
World premiere. Dustin by Naïla Guiguet (France), Italian premiere.