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Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Jonathan Demme and More Talk Movies at Upcoming Rome Film Festival

Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Jonathan Demme and More Talk Movies at Upcoming Rome Film Festival

The Rome film Festival (November 8-17) is once again offering on-stage
conversations (“Movie Talks”) with an impressive list of actors
and directors. This year Jonathan Demme, Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Spike
Jonze, John Hurt, Álex de la Iglesia and Italian comedian Checco Zalone will
meet the audience, and get the chance to talk about their relationships with cinema, commenting on their most significant film scenes and answering questions from the audience.

Full schedule below.

Saturday, November 9 – 4pm Sala Petrassi

John Hurt

moderated by Sandra Hebron and Mario Sesti

John Hurt, amazing protagonist of four decades of cinema,
has been directed by Alan Parker (Midnight Express, 1977), Ridley Scott (Alien,
1979), David Lynch (The Elephant Man, 1980), Michael Cimino (Heaven’s Gate,
1980), Sam Peckinpah (Osterman Weekend, 1983), Gus Van Sant (Even Cowgirls Get
the Blues, 1993), Robert Zemeckis (Contact, 1997). He also starred in big
budget productions such as, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by Chris
Columbus (2001), Hellboy (2004) and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008) by
Guillermo Del Toro. Among his most recent films, Melancholia by Lars Von Trier
(2011) and Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmush.

Sunday, November 10 – 4pm Sala Petrassi

Jonathan Demme

moderated by Giona A. Nazzaro and Mario Sesti

American director, screenwriter, and producer Jonathan
Demme, winner of an Oscar® for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and the author
of films such as Philadelphia (1993), Rachel Getting Married (2008) and
Something Wild  (1986), earned his place
in the history of cinema with his rich and versatile style, which over the
years became increasingly sensitive to non-conventional narratives and social
commitment, drawing him into the world of documentaries, which he approached
with a sharp and lucid vision. Demme will meet the audience on the occasion of
the world premiere screening of Fear of Falling, presented in the CinemaXXI
section, dedicated to new trends in international cinema.

Sunday, November 10 – 5.30pm Teatro Studio

Álex de la Iglesia

moderated by Manlio Gomarasca and Giona A. Nazzaro

Spanish director and screenwriter Álex de la Iglesia since
his debut has been inspired by the work of Guillermo del Toro and Peter
Jackson. Film and comics buff, his debut film is a science-fiction story,
Acción mutante (Mutant Action, 1993), produced by Pedro Almodóvar. El dia de la
Bestia (The Day of the Beast, 1995) earns him a Goya Award as Best Director. In
1997 he directs Javier Bardem in Perdita Durango (Dance with the Devil). His
first film in English is Oxford Murders (2008) with Elijah Wood and John Hurt.
Balada triste de trompeta (The Last Circus, 2010) presented in competition at
the 2010 Venice Film Festival, wins the Golden Lion as Best Director. He
presented La chispa de la vida (As Luck would have it, 2011) at the 2012

Monday November 11 – 4pm Sala Petrassi

Spike Jonze

moderated by Sandra Hebron and Mario Sesti

Spike Jonze, director of the award-winning Being John
Malkovich (1999), Adaptation and Where the Wild Things Are, creator and
scriptwriter of the controversial television series “Jackass”, and director of
ground-breaking music videos (among others for Beastie Boys, Arcade Fire,
Bjork, Chemical Brothers, R.E.M., Daft Punk), producer of awarded documentary
Heavy Metal in Baghdad, will present at the Rome Film Festival his latest film,

Wednesday November 13 – 5.30pm, Sala Petrassi

Wes Anderson | Roman Coppola

moderated by Mario Sesti

A conversation will take place between director,
screenwriter, and producer Wes Anderson and director, actor and producer Roman
Coppola. The “Duet” will be the occasion to discuss the long-term collaboration
between the two American directors, who have been working together since 2004,
with The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou directed by Anderson. They went on to
work  together on The Darjeeling Limited
(2007) directed by Anderson, and produced and co-written by Coppola, and more
recently in Moonrise Kingdom, opening film at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival
(directed by Wes Anderson, from a script by Roman Coppola). After the
conversation Castello Cavalcanti, the latest 
short film by Wes Anderson, will be screened.

Thursday November 14 – 5pm, Sala Petrassi 14

Checco Zalone

moderated by Marco Giusti

The audience will meet Italian comedian Checco Zalone, the
star of the blockbuster hit Sole a catinelle, the versatile actor, comedian,
screenwriter and television host, will be on the stage to talk about his
career, his debut as a musician, and his latest box-office hits (Cado dalle
nubi, 2009, e Che bella giornata, 2011, both directed by Gennaro Nunziante),
commenting on the funniest scenes in his films and answering questions from the

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