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Rome Film Fest has announced a second lifetime achievement award for its upcoming edition in October. In addition to the previously announced award planned for Martin Scorsese, French actress Isabelle Huppert will take home the fest’s top career honor.
Italian actor Toni Servillo will present the award to the Golden Globe award-winning actress in a special ceremony in Rome.
Huppert has worked with a variety of European and American filmmakers throughout her career, including Jean-Luc Godard, Marco Ferreri, the Taviani brothers, Michael Haneke, Michael Cimino and David O. Russell. She will also participate in one of the festival’s Close Encounter talk series, where she will discuss her favorite career collaborations with the audience.
In other Rome news, filmmaker Edoardo De Angelis will debut his new film The Vice of Hope in the official selection of the fest. De Angelis is riding high in international film circles after the success of his latest film, Indivisibili, which won six David di Donatello awards.
The Vice of Hope stars Pina Turco and Cristina Donadio in a modern tale of revenge and reconciliation on the backdrop of the Volturno river. Pierpaolo Verga and Attilio De Razza produced the film, with Medusa signed on to distribute.
“I am happy and honored to host a film that confirms the great talent of Edoardo De Angelis at the film festival,” said Rome chief Antonio Monda of the announcement. “What makes his film so moving and powerful is the way he manages to tell hope within a world of desolation.”
The 13th Rome Film Fest takes place Oct. 18-28.
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