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Director Clarence Fuller presents 'Signs of Love' at the 2022 Rome Film Fest. Here's why critics are already raving over the new film sensation!

The Rome Film Fest presents Clarence Fuller’s critically-acclaimed film ‘Signs of Love’

Signs of Love premiered at the Rome Film Fest this past Tuesday and it’s already making headlines. During the Saturday Night awards show, the film was crowned with the Corbucci Distribution Prize. Clarence Fuller’s Signs of Love stars Rosanna Arquette, Dylan Penn, Hopper Penn, and Zoë Bleu Sidel (daughter of Rosanna Arquette). Supporting cast includes Wass Stevens, Jahlil Hill, Da’Jour Jones, Drew Moore, Shannan Wilson, David Pridemore, Cree Kawa, and more.

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About the film

In this Clarence Fuller-directed masterpiece, Frankie, a young man from north Philly, dreams of a better life. When he meets Jane, a deaf girl from a well-off family, he sees hope for love and life but only if he can escape the hardship of the streets and the influence of his sister.

Signs of Love takes place in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, a tough neighborhood where cultures mix but the law of the streets still rules. Frankie, a young man from north Philly who dreams of a better life, struggles to provide a normal existence for his teen nephew. Frankie just hopes they can escape the traps of petty crime and substance abuse his father has fallen into. When Frankie meets Jane, a deaf girl from a well-off nearby family, he suddenly sees hope for love, and a better life — but only if he can escape the predicament of the streets and the influence of his older sister.

  • Genre: Drama, Mystery & Thriller
  • Original Language:English
  • Director: Clarence Fuller
  • Producer: David Michaels, Alexander Norton
  • Executive Producer: Terek Ouertani
  • Writer: Clarence Fuller
  • Release Date (Theaters): Oct 7, 2022  Limited – 26 Cities
  • Box Office limited
  • Runtime: 1h 38m
  • Distributor: Blue Fox Entertainment

As of October 2022, Signs of Love is currently available in select theaters across 26 cities throughout the USA. (Europe distribution will be finalized depending on the results of the Rome win.)

Quote about Rome Win:

“We spent so much time perfecting this film and we knew Rome was a perfect home to showcase this movie. What an amazing achievement to receive at such an artistic and world renowned festival, featuring an incredible film slate. We are truly honored and humbled by the award received in Rome this past weekend. Our cast, writer and director truly are deserving. This was literally a labor of love” — Executive Producer Terek Ouertani

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Quotes Regarding the film itself:

“Growing up poor is stunting and multilayered. It can limit mentalities and therefore, opportunities. On the cover, everyone around you has cool clothes, the best sneakers, or the newest video game console, and you’re getting picked on because you don’t. Behind closed doors, you’re largely unsupervised; your mom is working 12-hour days to stay off food stamps and to raise 5 kids on her own. There isn’t any time to give you special attention and you are never coddled. Your dad is not present and you are winging it trying to figure out how to navigate what life throws at you. As a teen, you start to make choices based on tangible things in life so you can feel as cool as your peers. As an adult, you realize it’s the intangible things that are important, but you are already trapped by the choices you made as a teen. Or so you think… Meet Frankie.” 

—Clarence Fuller, Director

“ This story is undeniably relatable to the everyday struggles that broken families deal with, survival, stress, loneliness, and pursuit of happiness.”

—Terek Ouertani; Executive Producer

Rome Film Fest Awards List

Best Film

January [+] – Viesturs Kairišs (Latvia/Lithuania/Poland)

Grand Jury Prize

Jeong-sun – Jeong Ji-hye (South Korea)

Best Director

January – Viesturs Kairišs

Best Actress – “Monica Vitti” Award

Kim Kum-Soon – Jeong-sun

Best Actor – “Vittorio Gassman” Award

Karlis Arnolds Avots – January

Best Screenplay

Andrea Bagney – Ramona [+] (Spain)

Special Jury Prize

Foudre [+] – Carmen Jaquier (Switzerland) (for Marine Atlan’s cinematography)

Special Jury Mention

Lilith Grasmug – Thunder

Best Comedy

What’s Love Got To Do With It? [+] – Shekhar Kapur (United Kingdom)

Special Mention – “Ugo Tognazzi” Award

Ramona – Andrea Bagney

BNL BNP Paribas Best First Film Award

Causeway – Lila Neugebauer (United States)

Special Mention

Ramona – Andrea Bagney

Thunder – Carmen Jaquier

FS Audience Award

Shttl – Ady Walter (Ukraine/France)

Alice nella Città

Best Film Award

Summer Scars [+] – Simon Rieth (France)

Special Mention

Il cerchio – Sophie Chiarello (Italy)

Raffaella Fioretta Award for Italian Cinema

Primadonna – Marta Savina (Italy)

Do-Cine Rising Star Award for Best International Young Actor 

Mallory Manecque – The Worst Ones [+] (France)

RB Casting Award for Best Italian Young Actor 

Giuseppe Pirozzi – Piano piano [+] (Italy)

Special Mention

Lorenzo Richelmy –The Man on the Road [+] (Italy)

rome film fest signs of love

Corbucci Award

Signs Of Love – Clarence Fuller (United States)

Best Short Film Award

Torto marcio – Prospero Pensa (Italy)

Special Mention

File – Sonia K. Hadad (Iran)

Audience Award for Best Short Film

Caramelle – Matteo Panebarco (Italy)

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