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ROME 2021 Alice nella Città

Alice nella Città focuses on the young generations

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- From 14 to 24 October, the festival dedicated to youth issues presents the best of Italian cinema and great international authors such as Kenneth Branagh, Céline Sciamma and Louis Garrel

Alice nella Città focuses on the young generations
Belfast by Kenneth Branagh

The 19th edition of Alice nella Città will take place in Rome from 14 to 24 October, within the framework of the Festa del Cinema. Attentive to the themes linked to the younger generations, the festival opens with the European premiere of Ghostbusters: Legacy and will present a programme of world premieres, films, documentaries and short films in competition, plus the selection of Sintonie, the new programme line conceived in collaboration with the Venice Film Festival and the Berlinale, which will include four films from Venice 78 and three films from Generation 14plus. The programme is completed by 3 series, 4 restorations and 20 short films.

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Dario Albertini's Anima bella [+see also:
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, the only Italian film in the Young Adult Competition, is a profound and authentic look at family relationships, while in Céline Sciamma's Petite Maman [+see also:
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, childhood clashes with the cycle of life and death. Kenneth Branagh in Belfast [+see also:
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reconstructs his coming-of-age story in his hometown during the turmoil of Northern Ireland in the late 1960s, with an exceptional cast: Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciaran Hinds and newcomer Jude Hill. Samuel Theis in his second feature Softie [+see also:
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captures the inner life of a child trying to deal with both his growing sexuality and the difficulties of relationships with the adult world. Female stories from Mexican Tatiana Huezo with Prayers for the Stolen [+see also:
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, Elie Grappe, director of Olga [+see also:
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who in his debut (already submitted by Switzerland for the 2022 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film), brings the revolutionary message of a young gymnast, and Michaela Pavlátová who directs a 2D animated film, My Sunny Maad [+see also:
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, about the search for identity. Based on the novel by Arthur Loustalot, The Hive [+see also:
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directed by Christophe Hermans offers a reflection on norm and deviance and is echoed by The Justice of Bunny King by Gaysorn Thavat, on possible ways of being in the world. Finally, Mamoru Hosoda returns to Alice nella Città with his long-awaited new anime Belle.

Out of competition, we find Souad [+see also:
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by Egyptian director Ayten Amin; Cusp, a documentary filmed in vérité style by Isabel Bethencourt and Parker Hill; Futura [+see also:
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, a collective investigation by Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi and Alice Rohrwacher; and The Crusade [+see also:
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, in which actor and director Louis Garrel stages the hopes of a group of kids from the Greta Generation. Special screenings for Andrea Arnold's new film, Cow [+see also:
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, five years after American Honey [+see also:
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, and Lamb [+see also:
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, Valdimar Jóhannsson's debut feature with Noomi Rapace and Hilmir Snaer Gudnason.

In Panorama Italiano, dedicated to young talents, we find The Legionnaire [+see also:
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, with which Hleb Papou, a Belarusian "naturalised" Roman, tackles the theme of second generations; Lorenzo Pallotta's first feature, Sacro moderno, tells the story of the lives of the last four boys in a ghost town in the Abruzzo mountains; Francesco Montagner's Brotherhood [+see also:
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focuses on the lives of a group of Bosnian brothers. Other titles include La tana [+see also:
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by Beatrice Baldacci, Takeaway [+see also:
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by Renzo Carbonera, Mancino naturale [+see also:
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by Salvatore Allocca; Come prima by Tommy Weber, Corpo a corpo [+see also:
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by Maria Iovine, War is Over by Stefano Obino, Let's Kiss by Filippo Vendemmiati. There will also be Special Screenings of Sempre più bello by Claudio Norza, Anni da Cane by Fabio Mollo, Una notte da dottore by Guido Chiesa, and Another World by Luigi Pane.

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(Translated from Italian by Manuela Lazic)

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