Rome Film Fest Announces Hollywood-Heavy Lineup

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'Mudbound'

Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit,' Craig Gillespie's 'I, Tonya' and Dee Rees' 'Mudbound' are among the highlights of the 12th Rome Film Fest.

For its 12th year, the Rome Film Festival is getting a heavy dose of Hollywood.

The lineup, announced Tuesday, includes a slew of awards-season titles from the U.S., including Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, Craig Gillespie's I, Tonya, Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying, Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky, Dee Rees' Mudbound, Marc Webb's The Only Living Boy in New York, David Gordon Green's Stronger and Matthew Newton's Who We Are Now.

As previously announced, Scott Cooper's Western Hostiles will open the fest. The film is already picking up Oscar buzz for star Christian Bale.

Other highlights this year include Eugene Jarecki's Promised Land, Sally Potter's The Party, Janus Metz' Borg vs. McEnroe, Julia Solomonoff’s Nobody's Watching and Tom Volf’s documentary Maria by Callas, In Her Own Words

The first two episodes of the highly anticipated TV series Babylon Berlin by Tom Tykwer, Henk Handloegten and Achim von Borries will also have their Italian premiere at the festival. The big-budget crime show set in 1920s Germany has already been snatched up by Netflix for the U.S.

David Lynch will receive the Rome lifetime achievement award 40 years after the release of his first feature film, Eraserhead. Lynch will speak with festival director Antonio Monda in the festival's Close Encounters series about the three films that have influenced him the most, including Federico Fellini's 8 ½.  

Other guests for the Close Encounters series include Xavier Dolan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Phil Jackson, Ian McKellen, Nanni Moretti, Michael Nyman, Chuck Palahniuk, Vanessa Redgrave and Christoph Waltz.

Redgrave will also present her directorial debut, Sea Sorrow, a documentary about child refugees which premiered in Cannes. McKellen will present a new documentary on his life, McKellen: Playing the Part, directed by Joe Stephenson.

In total, some 39 films and documentaries will screen in the official selection at Rome, which also features several audience-friendly events, including an interactive cinema exhibition at Fendi's Palazzo della Civilta Italiana headquarters and a screening series inside Rome's Rebibbia Prison. There is no official competition in Rome, although the audience will vote for a People's Choice award.

"The Rome Film Fest is now an event to place your bets on: a showcase in demand, at which the best films to come out of the last decade or so have been and continue to be seen," said festival director Monda, who was recently confirmed for three more years at the helm of the event after helping to increase ticket sales 18 percent in 2016.

This year's retrospective, The Italian School, is dedicated to Italian works that set out to create or redefine genre film. Selections include Vittorio De Sica's Umberto D., Elio Petri's His Days Are Numbered, Francesco Rosi's Salvatore Giuliano, Federico Fellini's 8 ½, Luchino Visconti's The Damned, Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Gospel According to Matthew and Roberto Rossellini's The Flowers of St. Francis.

And four restored films will have their (re)debut: Carlo Verdone's Talcum Powder, Marco Ferreri's Dillinger Is Dead, Mario Mattoli's Poverty and Nobility and Giuliano Montaldo's Sacco and Vanzetti

The 12th edition of Rome Film Fest is set to run Oct. 26-Nov. 5. 

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