The Rome Film Festival, running November 8-17, has announced the first four competition titles in its lineup: Isabel Coixet’s “Another Me,” starring Sophie Turner and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers; Spike Jonze’s “Her” (trailer), which has its upcoming world premiere at NYFF and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Amy Adams and the voice of Scarlett Johansson; Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Dallas Buyers Club” (trailer), which recently premiered to awards buzz at TIFF and stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto; and Scott Cooper’s “Out of the Furnace” (trailer) starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker and Zoe Saldana.
“Her” has its stateside theatrical release December 18; “Dallas Buyers Club” November 1; “Out of the Furnace” December 6.
Here’s the official synopses:
A psychological thriller about a teenage girl, Fay (Sophie
Turner), whose once seemingly perfect life slowly begins to unravel when she
suspects that she’s being stalked by a mysterious “double”, who is out to steal
not just her identity, but her life.
Dallas Buyers Club
In 1985, the devil-may-care existence of Ron, an electrician
and rodeo cowboy from Texas, is suddenly blindsided by an unexpected event; he
is diagnosed as H.I.V.-positive and given thirty days to live. Despite what
everyone says, Woodroof refuses to accept this “death sentence” and begins his
struggle for survival. He soon discovers that there are no approved treatments
in the United States, and so decides to cross the border into Mexico where he
learns about alternative medical treatments, and begins to smuggle the new
medications into the United States. Ron challenges the American scientific
community and even his doctor Eva Saks (Jennifer Garner). An outsider to the
gay community, the hero finds an unlikely ally in Rayon (Jared Leto), an
H.I.V.-positive transsexual who shares Ron’s lust for life and entrepreneurial
spirit. Seeking to avoid government sanctions against selling non-approved
medicines, together they establish a “Buyers Club,” where AIDS patients pay
monthly dues for access to the newly acquired supplies. Ron fights for dignity,
for his new friends, and for the acceptance of their rights.
Set in Los Angeles, in the near future, Her follows Theodore
Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing
touching, personal letters for other people.
Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued
with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive and
unique entity in its own right. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet
“Samantha,” a bright, female voice (Scarlett Johansson) who is insightful,
sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with
his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.
Out of the Furnace
Russell Baze (Christian Bale) has a rough life: he works a
dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day, and cares for his
terminally ill father by night. When Russell’s brother Rodney (Casey Affleck)
returns home from serving time in Iraq, he gets lured into one of the most
ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and mysteriously disappears. The police
fail to crack the case, so – with nothing left to lose – Russell takes matters
into his own hands, putting his life on the line to seek justice for his