The Rome Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 11th edition comprised of 40 films and featuring works from Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru , some of them in their world or international premiere.
From Mexico the festival will host the world premiere of Natalia Almada's debut feature Todo lo demás / Everything Else starring Academy Award nominee Adriana Barraza as Doña Flor, a bureaucrat who has worked in the same office for over three decades and who longs to reclaim her interior life.
Also from Mexico, Rome will host the international premiere of Jorge Michel Grau's 7:19AM set during Mexico City's 1985 devastating earthquake about two men—a senior government and a night watchman—who get buried beneath the rubbles of a collapsed building, and are left alone in the dark, clinging on for their lives while desperately waiting for help; and the European premiere of La caja vacía / The Empty Box by Claudia Sainte-Luce, based on the filmmaker's personal story in which a woman rencounters her father who suffers dementia. However, as strange as it seems, she thinks the more her father sickens, the more she can relate to him.
Starring Leonardo Sbaraglia, Pablo Echarri, Clara Lago, Federico Luppi, the Argentinean thriller film Al final del túnel / At the End of the Tunnel by Rodrigo Grande about a paraplegic computer engineer who starts to hear noises and the voices of bank robbers in his basement, will also be featured in the festival along with Joel Calero's La última tarde / One Last Afternoon from Peru, about two former urban guerrilla fighters, who reunite to sign their divorce papers after 19 years without seeing each other. As they catch up with their lives and revisit their shared romantic and political past, they unveil intimate secrets to finally discover who they truly are and how much their country and convictions still hurt them.
Rounding up the Latin American presence at this year's Rome Film Festival is the European premiere of Victor Gavíria's La mujer del animal / The Animal's Wife from Colombia, about a teenage girl who is kidnapped and forced into marriage with a ferocious shantytown thug in Medellín.
The 11th edition of the Rome Film Festival takes place October 13-23 in Italy.