Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze

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.

Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson

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 Berlinale.

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, Her.

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 audience.