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Rome Film Festival opens

Rome Film Festival opens

The Rome Film Festival opened on Thursday (Oct 15) with a screening of the Pixar animated film about a jazzman's dreams, "Soul," despite the lingering coronavirus that has transformed film watching in public.

At the world-famous cinema festival in Venice last month, thermal scanners measured audience members' temperatures at the theater doors, mask-wearing was compulsory and fewer spectators were allowed.

"The safety of everyone takes precedence over everything else," said festival director Antonio Monda in an interview with Il Messaggero daily.

Attending the opening night ceremony was Italy's Culture Minister Dario Franceschini and the Italian actors lending their voices to the characters of "Soul," which has received rave early reviews and will be released directly on the Disney+ platform, bypassing movie theaters.

The film premiered last week at the London Film Festival.

One of the most eagerly awaited films in Rome is the documentary, "Mi chiamo Francesco Totti" ("My name is Francesco Totti"), about the legendary footballer who spent his entire career at AS Roma.

However, whether Roma's ex-number 10, who has just lost his father, will turn up is uncertain.

The 15th edition of the festival will end Oct 25.

– Source: News websites