Now directed by Marco Müller, formerly the artistic director of the Venice Film Festival, the festival highlights upcomingFrench talents, in particular in the sidebar sections.
Among the films in Official Competition, we find Main dans la Main by Valérie Donzelli and Un enfant de toi by Jacques Doillon. Out of Competition: La Bande des Jolas by Marjane Satrapi, Le Guetteur by Michele Placido, and Populaire by Régis Roinsard.
In the independent and parallel sidebar, Alice nella citta, five French films find their place: Jeunesse by Justine Malle and Comme un lion by Samuel Collardey (in Competition); Du vent dans mes mollets by Carine Tardieu, Le Petit Prince by Pierre-Alain Chartier and Kirikou and les hommes and les femmes by Michel Ocelot (Out of Competition).
All the artists associated with these films will come to Rome to present them: Valérie Lemercier, Valérie Donzelli, Jacques Doillon, Lou Doillon, Marjane Satrapi, Carine Tardieu...
Marco Müller has also created a "new space," Prospettive Italia, with discussions and screenings related to Italian cinema, presently facing huge drops in audience numbers.
In all, 59 features, including 8 debut films, will have their world premieres at the festival, and 26 countries will be participating in it. A film market will also be operating during the second half of the festival, from Novemver 14 through 18.
The Ambassade de France and uniFrance Films will organize a reception in honor of French cinema on November 15.