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Thursday, October 19 - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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Based on the Stephen King novel. . When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of them face an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries. Directed by Andy Muschietti ("Mama"), with In The New York, Richard Brody wrote, "The movie is not terrifying but blandly edifying; its scares, foreshadowed as if by telegram, are delivered less effectively than its life lessons." But other reviews were more positive. In the New York Times, A.O. Scott wrote, "The filmmakers honor both the pastoral and the infernal dimensions of Mr. King's distinctive literary vision." In the Chicago Sun-Times, Richard Roeper wrote, "When a film of this magnitude has so many young characters front and center in the lead roles, so much depends on the casting -- and in this case, there's not a single misstep." And Michael O'Sullivan wrote in the Washington Post, "Call it a symphony of orchestral meta-horror, an elaborate waking nightmare in which you, as the dreamer, are constantly reminded of what the film is trying to do, and yet are powerless to stop it."

Nuovo Olimpia, Via in Lucina 16/g  (near via del Corso, via Frattina) tel 06 8880 1283
5:30, 8, 10:30 pm

Multisala Lux, Via  Massaciuccoli 39 (Trieste) tel 06 8639 1361
8, 10:30 pm

Space Cinema Moderno, Piazza della Repubblica tel 892 111
6:35 pm


Nico 1988
A road-movie dedicated to the last years of Christa Päffgen, aka "Nico". One of Warhol's muses, singer of the Velvet Underground and a woman of legendary beauty, Nico lived a second life after the story known to all, when she began her career as a solo artist. Her music is among the most original of the Seventies and Eighties, and has influenced much of the musical production that followed. The "priestess of darkness", as she was called, found her true calling after age forty, when she shook off the weight of her beauty and rebuilt her relationship with her forgotten son. Nico, 1988 is the story of Nico's last tour with the band that accompanied her around Europe in the Eighties. It is the story of a rebirth, an artist, a mother, the woman beyond the icon. Early reviews were positive. In Daily Variety, Owen Gleiberman wrote that the film"understands the mystique of her anti-mystique, and deserves to attract a small but fascinated audience on the specialty circuit. And in the Hollywood Reporter, Deborah Young wrote, "Nicchiarelli dives deeply into the life of a tragic but remarkable woman, memorably portrayed by Danish actress and singer Trine Dyrholm as an unpleasant, hurtful junkie plagued with memories and regrets."

Nuovo Sacher,  Largo Ascianghi, 6 (Trastevere) tel 06 581 8116 
In English Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 4:30 pm only


Blade Runner 2045
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, written by Michael Green and Hampton Fancher. Reviews have been mostly great.  In the New York Times, A.O. Scott wrote, "There is a something to think about here, a fair amount to feel and even more to see."  And in Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote, "Villeneuve's dazzling sequel is on its own march to screen legend. Gosling and Ford are double dynamite in a mesmerizing mindbender that asks new questions meant to tantalize, provoke and keep us up nights. Would you have it any other way?"

Intrastevere, Vicolo Moroni 3/a (Trastevere) tel 06 5884230
4, 7 pm, 10 pm

Nuovo Olimpia, Via in Lucina 16/g  (near via del Corso, via Frattina) tel 06 8880 1283
6, 9:15 pm


The Viceroy's House
New nations are rarely born in peace... India, 1947: Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville) is dispatched, along with his wife Edwina (Gillian Anderson), to New Delhi to oversee the country's transition from British rule to independence. Taking his place in the resplendent mansion known as the Viceroy's House, Mountbatten arrives hopeful for a peaceful transference of power. But ending centuries of colonial rule in a country divided by deep religious and cultural differences proves no easy undertaking, setting off a seismic struggle that threatens to tear India apart. Directed and Produced by Gurinder Chadha. Written by Paul Mayeda Berges and Moira Buffini. In the Washingto Post, Stephanie Merry wrote that  the film, "works, but mainly as a historical refresher on the 70th anniversary of Indian independence. As drama, it's a reminder that truth is sometimes more affecting than fiction." In the New York Times, Ben Kenigsberg wrote, "The film carries a trace of the sweep of a great screen epic along with the straightforward, explanatory qualities of mass-audience TV, and is never less than absorbing." And in her review for NPR, Ella Taylor said, "At the end of this sprawling, passionate but generously non-partisan epic, a moving coda reveals the director's personal stake in telling the story her way. You should stay for the credits."

Nuovo Olimpia, Via in Lucina 16/g  (near via del Corso, via Frattina) tel 06 8880 1283
3:30,7:05 pm


Each fall, the Auditorium Parco della Musica is transformed into a Film Festival Village, with restaurants, cafés, shops and other attractions. The concert halls become cinemas and an enormous tent (this year sponsered by Google) is erected on the grounds to pick up the overflow. This year's offerings are particularly exciting, with new films by Richard Linklater, Steven Soderbergh, Sally Potter, Kathryn Bigelow, Paolo Genovese, the Taviani brothers and the much-awaited Spielberg documentary by Susan Lacy.  In addition to the major studio premieres, there are screenings of new films from HBO, Amazon and the like, as wel as a series called "Everybody's Talking About," screening interesting films that may have already opened elsewhere. And "Close Encounters," in person interviews with David Lynch (Saturday, Novembe 4, 5:30 pm Sala Sinopoli €15), Jake Gyllenhaal (Sunday, October 29, 5:30 pm Sala Sinopoli €15), Ian McKellan (Wednesday, November 1, 5:30 pm, Teatro S. G. Borgna €10), Vanessa Redgrave (Thursday, November 2, 5:30 pm €10)  Michael Nyman (Wednesday, November 1, 8:30 pm, Sala Petrassi €15) and Christoph Walz (Thursday, October 26, 5:30 pm Sala Petrassi €15).

While most events take place at the official festival village, Auditorium Parco della Musica, additional screenings are held at the MAXXI museum (Via Guido Reni 4/a) and at My Cityplex Europa (Corso d'Italia 107).  Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketone.it      Official festivall website

Movies in English: 


Borg McEnroe
The story of the 1980s tennis rivalry between the placid Björn Borg and the volatile John McEnroe.
by Janus Metz, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, 2017, 100’
Cast: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård, Tuva Novotny, Ian Blackman, Robert Emms,
Scott Arthur
Friday, November 3, 9:30 pm Sala Sinopoli €25
Sunday, November 5, 5 pm MAXXI €12


Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds.
by Kathryn Bigelow, United States, 2017, 142’
Friday, October 27, 7:30 pm Sala Petrassi €15
Saturday, October 28, 5 pm Google Cinema Hall €10
Sunday, October 29, 8 pm My Cityplex Europa €10


Ferrari: Ract to Immortality
In th 1950s, the iconic Scuderia Ferrari battle to stay on top in one of the deadliest decades in motor racing history, when cars and drivers were pushed to their limits.
by Daryl Goodrich, United Kingdom, 2017, 91’
Sunday, October 29, 10:30 pm Sala Petrassi €10
Monday, October 30, 5 pm Teatro Studio G. Borgna €10
Monday, October 30, 10 pm My Cityplex Europa €10


Hostiles (Opening Film)
In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.
by Scott Cooper, United States, 2017, 127’
Cast: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Jesse Plemons, Adam Beach, Rory Cochrane, Ben Foster
Thursday, October 26, 7:30 pm Sala Sinopoli €25
Thursday, October 26, 8 pm Google Cinema Hall €12
Friday, October 27, 5 pm Google Cinema Hall €12
Friday, October 27, 8 pm My Cityplex Europa €12

The Hungry
An adaptation of William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus set in contemporary New Delhi. The Hungry is a contemporary retelling of Shakespearian tragedy Titus Andronicus, set in the extravagant surroundings of an Indian wedding whilst exploring the role of the patriarch and corruption in Indian politics and big business.
by Bornila Chatterjee, India, United Kingdom, 2017, 100’
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Tisca Chopra, Neeraj Kabi, Arjun Gupta, Sayani, Antonio Aakeel, Suraj Sharma
Monday, October 30, 9:30 pm Teatro Studio G. Borgna €10
Tuesday, October 31, 2:30 pm MAXXI €10
Wednesday, November 1, 5:30 pm My Cityplex Europa €10

I, Tonya
Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises among the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the sport is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.
by Craig Gillespie, United States, 2017, 121’
Cast: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Julianne Nicholson, Paul Walter Hauser, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney
Monday, October 30, 5 pm Sala Petrassi €10
Tuesday, October 31, 10 pm My Cityplex Europa €10
Thursday, November 2,5 pm Google Cinema Hall €10

Last Flag Flying
Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.
by Richard Linklater, United States, 2017, 125’
Cast: Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne
Saturday, October 28, 10 pm Sala Sinopoli €10
Saturday, October 28, 10:30 pm Google Cinema Hall 22:30 €10
Sunday, October 29, 5 pm, Google Cinema Hall €10
Sunday, October 29, 5:30 pm My Cityplex Europa €10

Logan Lucky
Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.
by Steven Soderbergh, United States, 2017, 119’
Cast: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Hilary Swank, Daniel Craig, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, Brian Gleeson, Jack Quaid
Tuesday,, October 31, Sala Sinopoli 10 pm €10
Wednesday, Noveber 1, 10:30 pm Google Cinema Hall €10
Thursday, November 2, 5 pm, Sala Sinopoli €10
Sunday, November 5, 10:30 pm My Cityplex Europa €10

Love Means Zero
Nick Bollettieri coached a generation of tennis champions, but his relentless desire to win cost him the relationship he valued most. Documentary
by Jason Kohn, United States, 2017, 90’
Monday, October 30, 2:30 pm MAXXI €10
Tuesday, October 31,  6 pm My Cityplex Europa €10


Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.
by Dee Rees, United States, 2017, 134’
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, Jonathan Banks, Garrett Hedlund
Friday, November 3, 10:30 pm Sala Petrassi €10
Saturday, November 4, 3 pm My Cityplex Europa €10


The Only Living Boy in New York
Adrift in New York City, a recent college graduate's life is upended by his father's mistress.
by Marc Webb, United States, 2017, 89’
Cast: Kate Beckinsdale, Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, Kiersey Clemons, Tate Donovan, Cynthia Nixon, Callum Turner
Tuesday, October 31, 10 pm Sala Sinopoli €10
Tuesday, October 31, 10:30 pm Google Cinema Hall €10
Wednesday, November 1, 3 pm Sala Sinopoli €10
Friday, November 3, 8 pm My Cityplex Europa €10


A Prayer Before Dawn
Based on the true life experience of Billy Moore who survived his Thai prison ordeal by becoming a Muay Thai boxing champion. In English and subtitled Thai.
by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, France, UK, 2017 116'
Cast: Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm, Nicolas Shake
Thursday, November 2, 10:30 pm Sala Petrassi €10
Friday, November 3, 2:30 pm MAXXI €10
Friday, November 3, 10:30 pm My Cityplex Europa €10


Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood
A portrait of unsung Hollywood legend Scotty Bowers, whose bestselling memoir chronicled his decades spent as sexual procurer to the stars. Documentary
by Matt Tyrnauer, United States, 2017, 98’
Wednesday, November 1, 6 pm Sala Petrassi €10
Thursday, November 2, 2:30 pm MAXXI €10
Thursday, November 2, 5:30 pm My Cityplex Europa €10

by Susan Lacy
Documentary on the life and work of the filmmaker, with a star studded list of interviews, including disussions with Spielberg himself.
Saturday, November 4, 9 pm Sala Petrassi, €15
Sunday, November 5, 2 pm MAXXI €10

The story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
by David Gordon Green, United States, 2017, 119’
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown, Carlos Sanz, Frankie Shaw, Danny McCarthy, Lenny Clarke
Saturday, October 28, 7:30 pm Sala Sinopoli €25
Saturday, October 28, 8 pm Google Cinema Hall €12
Sunday, October 29, 3 pm My Cityplex Europa €12
Monday, October 30, 5 pm Sala Sinopoli €12

The Party
A comedy wrapped around a tragedy. It starts as a celebration and ends with blood on the floor
by Sally Potter, United Kingdom, 2017, 71’
Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall
Friday, October 27, 10 pm, Sala Sinopoli €10 Pubb Acc R
Friday, October 27 10:30 pm Google Cinema Hall €10
Saturday, October 28, 10 pm My Cityplex Europa €10
Monday, October 30, 3 pm Teatro Studio G. Borgna €10

Trouble No More
Live footage of Bob Dylan performing gospel music during a 1980 tour. The film also features actor Michael Shannon in the part of evangelical preacher giving sermons that appear between songs throughout the film. Documentary
by Jennifer Lebeau, United States, 2017, 59’
Thursday, November 2, 7:30 pm Sala Sinopoli €25
Thursday, November 2, Google Cinema Hall 8 pm €12
Friday, November 3, Teatro Studio G. Borgna 3 pm €12

The Breadwinner
A headstrong young girl in Afghanistan disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family. Animation
by Nora Twomey, Ireland, Canada, Luxemburg, 2017, 93’
Sunday, October 29, 3:30 pm Sala Petrassi €10

Saturday Church
A 14 year old boy, struggling with gender identity and religion, begins to use fantasy to escape his life in the inner city and find his passion in the process.
by Damon Cardasis, United States, 2017, 82’
Cast: Luka Kain, Margot Bingham, Regina Taylor, Marquis Rodriguez, MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Alexia Garcia, Kate Bornstein, Jaylin Fletcher
Wednesday, November 1, 3 pm Teatro Studio G. Borgna €10 P
Saturday, November 4, 7:30 pm MAXXI €10

Who We Are Now
An ex-con tries to get back custody of her son with the help of an idealistic young public defender and at the same time falls into a romantic fling with a traumatized former US soldier.
by Matthew Newton, United States, 2017, 99’
Cast: Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts, Zachary Quinto, Jimmy Smits, Jess Weixler, Jason Biggs
Monday, October 30, 10 pm Sala Sinopoli €10
Monday, October 30, 10:30 pm Google Cinema Hall €10
Tuesday, November 1,4 pm Sala Petrassi €10


Promised Land
Eugene Jarecki explores the parallels between the rise and fall of Elvis Presley and America itself during the 2016 presidential election. Alec Baldwin, James Carville. Documentary
by Eugene Jarecki, United States, Germany, 2017, 117’
Saturday, November 4, 9:30 pm Teatro Studio G. Borgna €10
Sunday, November 5, 3:30 pm My Cityplex Europa €10


UCI Cinemas
Porta di Roma, Roma Est, Parco Leonardo shopping malls and Marconi (Via Enrico Fermi)
The chain of multiplexes shows first-run films in English from time to time, on a one-day only basis.

Nuovo Cinema Aquila
Via L'Aquila 68 tel 06 70614390
Shows first run films, changing daily

Il Kino
Via Perugia 34 (Casilina, Pigneto) tel 06 965 25810
Now showing second-run films in the original language with Italian subtitles. €5 entrance.

The Casa del Cinema is located in a villa on the grounds of the Borghese Gardens. Inside you'll find projection rooms, a library, a cafe, and a 2,500 DVD library with 24 Toshiba laptops available for viewing movies in private cubicles. The auditorium shows both new and vintage films, sometimes in English. It's possible to purchase an "Amici Casa del Cinema" card, which gets you into the screenings and gives you preferred treatment when reserving space to view DVD's. To get there, enter the Borghese Gardens at the top of Via Veneto (Piazzale del Brasile) and proceed to Largo Marcello Mastroianni.
For info call 06 423601.

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