Free open-air film festival claims victory in dispute with city.Il Cinema in Piazza, the free open-air film festival screening 200 original language movies, will return to its original base at Piazza di S. Cosimato in the Trastevere district on 2 July, following an about-turn by the city.
The return to S. Cosimato, for 31 nights, brings to an end a protracted dispute between the festival and Rome's deputy mayor Luca Bergamo who insisted that the piazza be put out to tender this summer, with a reduced time-frame, under the city's Estate Romana programme of events.
Festival organisers I Ragazzi del Cinema America resisted Bergamo's demands, announcing their departure for two new destinations in Rome's suburbs while remaining in the Trastevere neighbourhood thanks to an agreement with the nearby Kennedy high school.The city's u-turn comes after its failure to source alternative cultural activities for Piazza S. Cosimato during the summer months.
The festival will continue to screen movies at J.F. Kennedy high school on Via Dandolo until 29 June before moving on 2 July to Piazza S. Cosimato where its nightly programme will include two evenings a week when the audience is equipped with earphones.
It will also continue to screen films at its two locations in the suburbs: the Porto Turistico di Roma marina in the Ostia coastal district and the Casale della Cervelletta in the far-eastern suburb of Tor Sapienza.
For full details see festival's website or Facebook page.