The International Rome Film Festival will host a Focus section on British Films including retrospectives, discussions, and exhibitions from film leaders including directors Terence Davies and David Hare, actress Tilda Swinton, and English film critic Jonathan Romney. To add a unique touch to the festivities, artist Simon Lycett who designed the flowers for the recent British Royal Wedding, will create an abstract rendition of Union Jack with three panels created from metal, fruit, vegetables.
The Rome Fest British retrospective entitled Punks and Patriots will screen twelve films, curated with the help of the BFI London Film Festival. Other screenings showcased are familiar to those on the fall fest circuit: David Hare’s Page Eight starring Bill Nighy, Terence Davies’ Deep Blue Sea, and Michael Winterbottom’s Trishna.
Meanwhile, the London Film Festival has added several new films to its existing program. Additions include Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon, to celebrate its homage in Scorsese’s upcoming Hugo, graphic novel-turned-film Alois Nebel, Drifters, and Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad, and the Politician.
[Photo from The Deep Blue Sea]