Rome Film Fest: ‘The Walk’ to Screen in 3D

'The Walk' (Sept. 30)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays French high-wire artist Philippe Petit in this Robert Zemeckis-directed film about Petit's 1974 walk between the World Trade Center's Twin Towers. The 3D movie, which Zemeckis wrote with Christopher Browne based on Petit's memoir, will world premiere at the New York Film Festival.

The fest has also announced a retrospective of the work of Chilean director Pablo Larrain.

Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis will screen his newest film, The Walk, in 3D at the 10th annual Rome Film Fest, ahead of its Oct. 22 Italian premiere. The film has its world premiere on Saturday at the New York Film Fest.

The Walk stars Joseph Gordon Levitt as Philippe Petit, the French high-wire performer who walked a wire between the two towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. Sir Ben Kingsley and Charlotte Le Bon also star.

Zemeckis — director of the Back to the Future trilogy, Forrest Gump and Who Framed Roger Rabbit — said of the story: “I love the idea of a guy — a performance artist — who pulls off this great caper. The caper is illegal, it’s dangerous, but it doesn’t hurt anybody. It seemed like something out of another time — you don’t really see stuff like that anymore. It was almost like a fable.”

“Yet another magnificent film by a great director who can truly be an auteur while making incredibly spectacular films,” said Rome Film Fest’s artistic director Antonio Monda. “Zemeckis’ cinema is, happily, both art and industry.”

Also on tap for the festival’s decade celebration: a complete retrospective of the works of Chilean director Pablo Larrain, at the MAXXI. Curated by Mario Sesti, the tribute marks the first international retrospective of the 39-year-old director.

Larrain will be on hand to present his work, including his trilogy of films around the Pinochet dictatorship: Tony Manero (2008), Post Mortem (2010) and No (2012), which was nominated for an Academy Award. His latest film, The Club, which won the Silver Bear in Berlin this year, will be Chile’s submission for the best foreign-language Oscar nomination.

Truth, starring Robert Redford as Dan Rather, will open the Rome Film Fest, which takes place Oct. 16-24.