Rome Film Festival Lineup Takes Shape

Black and White - H 2014
Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival

Black and White - H 2014

The first announced pics include ‘Black and White,’ ‘Stonehearst Asylum’ and 'Trash'

Rome Film Festival Artistic Director Marco Muller announced Tuesday the first five English-language pictures in the upcoming ninth edition of the Rome Film Festival.

European premieres include Mike Binder’s Black and White, Brad Anderson’s Stonehearst Asylum, Stephen Saldry’s Trash and Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind. German director Christian Ditter brings the international premiere of Love, Rosie to the festival.

Black and White premiered to great acclaim in Toronto, earning early Oscar buzz for its leads Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. The film, based on a true story, explores racial tension when Costner and Spencer’s characters must feud over a custody battle for a mixed-race child.

Richard Gere plays a homeless man down on his luck in Time Out of Mind, with Jena Malone as his estranged daughter. The film also premiered internationally in Toronto. 

Brad Anderson’s (The Machinist) latest Stonehearst Asylum is a thriller inspired by an Edgar Allan Poe short story starring Ben Kingsley, Kate Beckinsale, and Michael Caine. The film will be released in the U.S. theatrically and same-day VOD on October 24th.

Oscar-nominated Stephen Daldry’s long-awaited Trash stars Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen. Based on Andy Mulligan’s 2010 book by the same name, the film depicts three teenage boys who become wrapped up in a political scandal after coming across an unintentional treasure among the city’s garbage dumps. It's shot in Portuguese and in English.

Lily Collins and Sam Claflin star in Love, Rosie, about two faraway friends who attempt to keep their relationship strong through emails, letters and text messages.

The Rome Film Festival takes place October 16-25. 

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