By FRANCESCA MIRABILE
From October 16 to October 25, Rome hosted one of the most awaited for and important events of the year – the International Film Festival. Unlike the previous nine editions, this year the winner was chosen directly by the public. For the first time ever during a film festival, audiences were able to vote their favorites through the iOS and Android App and the official website of the Festival (www.romacinefest.org).
After 10 days of openings, special events, and meetings with professionals from the world of film, the festival ended with the People’s Choice Awards. Stephen Daldry’s Trash was awarded with the Premio del Pubblico BNL (BNL People’s Choice Award), the main award of the film competition.
The feature film deals with the extraordinary and dangerous adventure of Rafael and Gardo, two teenagers from Rio’s favelas. While scrambling through some trash, the two scoundrels find a wallet filled with secrets, which will take them through their exciting journey.
This edition of the Rome Film Festival hosted 113 films and documentaries of 23 different countries. International stars, such as Benicio Del Toro, Clive Owen, Richard Gere, Kevin Costner and Lily Collins, walked the red carpet and met with their fans.