Roseto Opera Prima, the Roseto degli Abruzzi film festival

A story of love for cinema

Roseto Opera Prima is one of the longest running film festivals dedicated to first-time directors, founded in 1996 by the late director Tonino Valerii. The festival has 26 editions to its credit and over the course of a quarter of a century has helped introduce such directors as Ferzan Ozpetek, winner of the 1997 edition with “The Turkish Bath,” Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu – winner of the 2001 edition with “Amores perros” and Oscar winner for best director in both 2015 with “Birdman” and 2016 with “Revenant” – and Danis Tanovic, winner of the 2002 edition with “No Man’s Land” and in the same year of the Oscar Award. So many big names in Italian cinema have visited the Lido delle Rose for its evening screenings over the years: Alberto Sordi, Bud Spencer, Terence Hill, Marco Bellocchio, Giuliano Montaldo, Giuliano Gemma, Florinda Bolkan, Nanni Moretti, Pupi Avati, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Michele Placido and many others, who have allowed the festival to grow and earn the honor of being considered among the longest-running festivals dedicated to debut works.

27 edition

The selected works that will be presented by the authors and screened to the public during the three evenings of the festival, starting at 9 p.m., will also compete for the final Roseto Opera Prima award, decreed by a jury composed of three members of the editorial staff of “Longtake” and awarded during the awards ceremony scheduled for Saturday, July 22. The films are: Shark Teeth by Davide Gentile, The Land of Dreams by Nicola Abbatangelo and.Amanda by Carolina Cavalli.

Many guests from the Italian film scene have confirmed their participation in the 2023 edition of the Festival, hosted by young film critic Davide Stanzione and actress Antonella Carone on the final evening: Daniele Pecci (July 19), Ninni Bruschetta (July 20), Vanessa Gravina (July 21), Edoardo Leo (July 22). The actors will be featured in a new format “Scene First – Stories of Debuts” in which, through an interview on the festival stage, they will tell anecdotes and stories related to their own film debuts.

Not only film screenings but also moments of meeting and cultural insights will have ample space within the 27th edition of Roseto Opera Prima.

On Wednesday, July 19, at the Municipal Villa, from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., the Festival will host the presentation of Piercesare Stagni‘s book The Strong and Kind Cinema. Films shot in Abruzzo, plots, locations and anecdotes Vol. II published by Arkhé. The following day, Thursday, July 20, also in the same time slot, Abruzzo screenwriter Davide Orsini will talk about his experience in the world of writing for film and TV series in dialogue with film critic Davide Stanzione. On Friday, July 21, the Rose Garden Opera Prima will host the book presentation of Giorgia Tribuiani “Writing the uncanny” edited by. Audino. Discussing with the author will be psychologist and psychotherapist Daniela Di Sante. The event will be held in collaboration with La Cura bookstore. On the same day, at 9:30 p.m., screenwriter Umberto Braccili will present the short film Letter from the Future, an intense work on the tragedy of the earthquake that occurred in L’Aquila in 2009.

An audience award will also be established in collaboration with the Sulmona International Film Festival, an exclusive partner of the film festival in Roza, through the screening of three short films during the final awards evening on July 22: An Irish Goodbye By Ross White & Tom Berkeley, Namoo by Erick Oh and Until the end By John Dota.

A symbolic ticket of €4.00 is required for participation in the three-day screening. It will also be possible to subscribe for a mini-subscription to the three evenings of film screenings at a cost of €10.00. The July 22 awards night is free admission. Ciaotickets provides (for online sales only) a 1 euro premium on ticket purchases.

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