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Lynch will receive the award 40 years after the release of his first feature-length film, Eraserhead. He will hold court at this year’s Rome fest, discussing his long career from The Elephant Man to the return of Twin Peaks. As is customary with international guests, Lynch will discuss the top three films that influenced his career, including Federico Fellini’s 8½.
Actors Ian McKellen and Vanessa Redgrave, helmer Xavier Dolan and writer Chuck Palahniuk are also confirmed to attend and sit down with festival director Antonio Mondo for his “Close Encounters” conversation series.
The official selection of the fest will include approximately 35 feature-length films, the first announced being Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky. The Academy-Award winning director returns to cinema with a heist film that takes place during NASCAR races and stars Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Daniel Craig, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes and Hilary Swank.
The new film NYsferatu, a hand-drawn recreation of Nosferatu set in contemporary New York, will also screen, accompanied by the Luigi Boccherini Orchestra from Lucca.
The retrospective this year is dedicated to lesser-known, behind-the-scenes Italian professionals. Film restorations include Dillinger Is Dead by Marco Ferreri, Poverty and Nobility by Mario Mattoli and Sacco and Vanzetti by Giuliano Montaldo.
The 12th Rome Film Festival is set to run Oct. 26-Nov. 5.
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