Rome Film Festival: 'Girl in the Spider's Web' World Premiere Among Full Lineup Highlights
The 13th annual edition features a number of awards hopefuls that have made the rounds on the festival circuit this fall, including 'If Beale Street Could Talk' and 'Green Book.'
The Rome Film Festival has announced the full lineup for its 13th annual edition, including 38 films and documentaries in the official selection as well as multiple special events and retrospectives from 31 countries and 14 “Close Encounter” talks.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web starring Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander will have its world premiere in Rome on Oct. 24 with the cast and crew present. The film is based off of the fourth book in the Millennium series after David Lagercrantz took over from Stieg Larssoon.
Sverrir Gudnason, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Merchant, Sylvia Hoeks and Vicky Krieps also star. The film opens in the U.S. on Nov. 9.
As previously announced, Bad Times at the El Royale will open the festival.
Other highlights include Bart Layton’s American Animals, Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9, Eli Roth’s The House With a Clock in its Walls and David Gordon Green’s Halloween.
Peter Farrelly’s acclaimed Green Book starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali will screen, as will Felix Van Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet.
After Moonlight opened the festival two years ago, Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk starring KiKi Layne and Stephan James, will join the official lineup. Edoardo De Angelis highly-anticipated followup to Indivisible, The Vice of Hope will also screen.
Park Chan-wook’s The Little Drummer Girl starring Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Shannon will also compete. And George Tillman Jr. will present The Hate U Give starring Issa Rae, Anthony Mackie, Regina Hall and Common.
Other films include Monsters and Men by Reinaldo Marcus Green, The Old Man & The Gun by David Lowery, A Private War by Matthew Heineman, Stan & Ollie by Jon S. Baird and Three Identical Strangers by Tim Wardle.
And Paolo Virzi’s Notti Magiche, set during Italy’s 1990 World Cup, will close the festival.
Martin Scorsese and Isabelle Huppert are set to receive the festival’s lifetime achievement awards and deliver "Close Encounters" talks. Other "Close Encounters" speakers include Cate Blanchett, Theirry Fremaux, Mario Martone, Michael Moore, Shirin Neshat, Alice and Alba Rohrwacher, Jonathan Safran Foer, Giuseppe Tornatore and Sigourney Weaver.
Outside of the official competition, Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased starring Lucas Hedges and Nicole Kidman, as well as The Miseducation of Cameron Post, starring Chloe Grace Moretz will screen. Rome is set to sign the festival gender parity pledge prior to Cameron Post with a special red carpet event.
Two retrospectives are planned for Peter Sellers and Maurice Pialat. And another tribute is set for films shot at Cinecitta Studios, including Once Upon a Time in America, 8 ½,Bellissima and Attack and Retreat. And Scorsese will present a special restoration of the Taviani Brothers’ St. Michael Had a Rooster followed by a conversation with Rome film students.
The 13th Rome Film Fest takes place from Oct. 18-28.