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Scott Cooper’s new film Hostiles will open the 12th Rome Film Festival. This is Cooper’s fourth feature, following Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace and Black Mass. The period drama debuted in Telluride and also played in Toronto.
Hostiles stars Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike and Jesse Plemons. Set in 1892, the unconventional Western tells the story of an indoctrinated army captain who escorts a Cheyenne war chief and his family through dangerous tribal lands in Montana.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy called the film “contemplative and absorbing” in his review, adding that Bale’s character growth is “beautiful to watch.”
“This is a Western with an epic structure that looks deeply into eternal themes such as violence, the evil that dwells within the hearts of men, but also freedom and the possibility of starting over: a brave and important film inspired by the cinematic tradition of John Ford and the literary tradition of Cormac McCarthy,” said festival director Antonio Monda. “Powerful and moving, Hostiles is rooted in the finest tradition of American cinema: a journey inside the wild heart of that great nation and of our souls, in search of redemption.”
Last year’s fest opened with Moonlight, which went on to win the best picture Oscar.
The 12th Rome Film Fest is set to run Oct. 26-Nov. 5. Invited guests this year include David Lynch, Ian McKellen, Xavier Dolan, Chuck Palahniuk and Vanessa Redgrave.
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