From July 31 to August 30 (except for Saturdays, Sundays and August 15) the courtyard of Palazzo Valentini will be hosting for the third consecutive year an admission-free film festival organized by the President's Office of the Province of Rome and the Office of Arts and Culture, in collaboration with Agis Lazio.
The festival, "56 anni di Cinema – Rassegna cinematografica di film vincitori dei David di Donatello", pays homage to movies through a number of films winners of the David di Donatello award over its 56-year history. It is one of the most prestigious international prizes and is awarded by the Accademia del Cinema Italiano. Included in the festival program are also three films by young Moroccan directors as part of the collaboration between the Gian Maria Volonté Film School of the Province of Rome and the Casablanca Film School.
Showings begin at 9 pm and tickets – free of charge and with numbered seating – will be handed out by a representative of Agis in the lobby of Palazzo Valentini starting at 7 pm and as long as seats last. There are 199 total numbered seats and, to the extent possible, attendees can choose their preferred seat from the seating chart of the courtyard. The film calendar has been included.
From July 31 to August 11, in conjunction with the festival, starting at 7 pm, attendees will be able to sample traditional specialties from the province of Rome at the Enoteca Provincia Romana (Foro Traiano 82/84) for a set price of €12 on presentation of one of the two film ticket stubs. As part of the festival, the exhibition of film posters by Anselmo Ballester – “L’immaginario del Cinema nei manifesti di Anselmo Ballester” – will be on view in the Sala Stampa. The exhibition opened on July 27 immediately following the press conference presenting the event scheduled for 11 am in the Sala Peppino Impastato in Palazzo Valentini. It will remain open until August 30, opening hours: Monday to Friday 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday 10 am to 1 pm (closed August 15).
The exhibition is dedicated to Anselmo Ballester, a popular film poster artist and painter with his own unique style, who created posters that have become part of film history. Through his skill in capturing unusual details, his technically-competent but high-impact posters immediately caught the attention of the film-going public. One of the objectives of this exhibition is to show how a poster is created using a very original process. The artist starts from a series of cardboard sketches, then creates the tempera paint artwork that is then printed as the poster.