ROME FILM FEST
18th-29th October 2023
The ENIT 'Il Viaggio in Italia' Award goes to the documentary L’impero della Natura. Una notte al Parco del Colosseo (The empire of nature. A night at the Colosseum Park) by Luca Lancise and Marco Gentili
by Luca Lancise and Marco Gentili, Italy, 2023, 100 min.
In the shadow of the Colosseum, amidst the vestiges of the Roman Empire, lies a unique ecosystem that emerges when silence falls among the ruins of the Roman Forum. With exclusive access to the Colosseum Archaeological Park, it offers unique insight into the lives of numerous unexpected animal species that have made the millennia-old ruins their new home. We, too, can experience close encounters with emerald toads, prehistoric crabs, hermit rabbits, hornets and many other surprising inhabitants of this hidden planet, where the only human beings - when the tourists leave - are the pious men who inhabit the ancient monasteries on the Palatine Hill. The evolution of these animals in the ancient heart of Rome teaches us how Nature adapts to chaotic urban environments.