Tonight at 9 pm, the screening of “Hug me tight”By Mathieu Amalric. The film will usher in the new Villa Medici Film Festival, organized by the French Academy in Rome and dedicated to artists and filmmakers who explore the contemporary practices of the moving image. Serre-moi fort, which will take place at Villa Medici (viale della Trinità dei Monti 1, Rome), will take place with the support of the Cinema per Roma Foundation in the presence of the director Mathieu Amalric, introduced by Laura Delli Colli, President of the Cinema for Rome Foundation, e Sam Stourdze, Director of the French Academy in Rome.
For over a decade, the contacts between cinema and contemporary art have not ceased to intensify and to stimulate new cinematographic writings. The role of Villa Medici it is to make the arts dialogue and to explore these new territories of creativity. The festival showcases films that invent their own form and embody a freedom of thought, research and sharing like so many personal views on the world.
Fourteen films of all formats and genres (documentary, fiction, essay), made in 2020 or 2021, will be presented in international competition. Two prizes will be awarded by the jury composed of Teresa Castro, Mati Diop and Béla Tarr: the Villa Medici Award of the best film and the Jury Prize for a particular film that caught the jury’s attention. These cash prizes will also offer the two authors the opportunity to carry out a film writing residency at Villa Medici.
by Marcello Strano