Rome Film Festival Sets Physical Edition in October With Footballer Francesco Totti Pic, Cannes Titles

The Rome Film Festival has announced plans to hold a physical edition from Oct. 15-25, featuring several titles from the Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection, alongside a roster of other pics including local crowdpleaser “Mi Chiamo Francesco Totti” (“My Name is Francesco Totti”), a doc about the A.S. Roma soccer team’s iconic former captain.

Produced by Fremantle’s Italian units The Apartment and Wildside and other partners including Amazon Prime Video, “Totti” is described in promotional materials as an intimate tale, told in first person, about both Totti the athlete and the man, a native Roman who spent his entire 24-year career with A.S. Roma before retiring in 2017.

“Totti” is directed by Alex Infascelli who previously made a well-received doc titled “S is for Stanley,” about Stanley Kubrick’s Italian driver, that has been distributed around the world.

It’s a safe bet that Francesco Totti will be prancing down the Rome festival’s socially-distanced red carpet in the Italian capital’s Renzo Piano-designed Auditorium Park Della Musica. Totti, for Rome, has the same star wattage as any A-list Hollywood star.

Cannes director Thierry Frémaux is also expected to attend the Rome fest’s 15th edition to present a still unrevealed selection of Cannes 2020 Label films that will screen in Rome as part of Cannes’ collaboration with several other international festivals, including San Sebastian, following the French fest’s canceled edition due to the coronavirus crisis.

“Cannes didn’t take place this year, but we are honored to present the 2020 Official Selections’ movies where they are invited. In Rome, with its fest, its history and its spirit, cinema is still alive!” Fremaux said in a Rome fest statement.

Late great Indian auteur Satyajit Ray, perhaps best known for his “Apu” trilogy about childhood, youth and manhood in Bengal, will be honored with a retro.

Freshly restored versions of Italian cinema classics “In nome della legge” by Pietro Germi and “Padre padrone” by the Taviani brothers will also unspool.

More follows.