Benny Chan Thriller 'The White Storm' to Close Rome Film Fest

7:42 AM PST 10/18/2013 by Eric J. Lyman
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Rme artistic director Marco Mueller

Organizers also revealed the CinemaXXI section would close with Amit Dutta's latest, art drama "The Seventh Walk."

ROME – The international premiere of The White Storm (Sou Duk /Saodu), an action film about a clash between a drug lord and an undercover cop, will be the closing film of the 8th Rome Film Festival, organizers said Friday.

The film is the latest from popular action film director Benny Chan, a former protégé of fellow Hong Kong director Johnnie To, whose thriller Drug War (Du zhan) premiered at the Rome festival a year ago.

The festival also announced that the world premiere of The Seventh Walk (Saatvin Sair), directed by India's Amit Dutta, would be the closing film in the festival's well-regarded CinemaXXI section, which is dedicated to trends in filmmaking. 

The Seventh Walk  is an examination of contemporary Indian art and the fourth feature-length film directed by Dutta, who had films screen in the Venice Film Festival's Horizons sidebar in consecutive years, winning a special mention in 2009 for The Man's Woman and Other Stories (Aadmi Ki Aurat Aur Anya Kahaniya).

Dutta also had a short film, The Museum of Imagination, screen in Rome's CinemaXXI section a year ago, meaning he has had a film screened in each of the last five festivals headed by Rome artistic director Marco Mueller who came to Rome from Venice last year.

Both The White Storm and The Seventh Walk will screen out of competition in their respective sections.

The festival previously announced that Giovanni Veronesi's comedy The Fifth Wheel would open the main section and that CinemaXXI would open with L'amministratore, a dissection of contemporary Italy from a Neapolitan point of view directed by Vincenzo Marra.

The lineup for Rome's official selection was announced Monday, but the full lineup for CinemaXXI won't be announced until Wednesday.

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