The hotly-awaited new documentary by Mark Cousins, is the film presented as a Special Event that will lead off the 19th edition of GdA on its opening day.

March on Rome, the hotly-awaited new film by Mark Cousins, is the film presented as a Special Event that will lead off the 19th edition of Giornate degli Autori on its opening day. The independent sidebar of the Venice Film Festival, promoted by ANAC and 100autori, has announced that on August 31th, together with the first film competing in the Official Selection under Artistic Director Gaia Furrer, it will be this documentary by the director of The Story of Film: An Odyssey that will set the tone for a program in which narrative features and documentaries are on an equal footing and reflect the guiding spirit of this year’s showcase: the courage of cinema and its filmmakers.

Produced by PalomarDOC and Luce Cinecittà, in collaboration with Il Saggiatore, March on Rome is slated for release on October 20th courtesy of I Wonder Pictures, on the one-hundredth anniversary of the March on Rome. The film takes its cue from the film A Noi by Umberto Paradisi, produced in 1923 under the aegis of the Fascist Party as an official documentary about the period leading up to Benito Mussolini’s takeover of the Italian government. Co-written by Mark Cousins and Tony Saccucci, the film sees Alba Rohrwacher in the role of Anna, a working-class woman embodying the feeling of ordinary Italians at the time, initially an enthusiastic supporter of the regime, then disillusioned and a fierce critic. Striking stock footage and photos provided by the Luce Archives.

“Italy,” declared filmmaker Mark Cousins, “is the country that has inspired me the most on a visual level. So I am thrilled about making a film about the culture of images right here.”

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