When not obsessing over the Toronto lineup, the international film community is very interested in seeing how things play out between the six-decade strong Venice Film Festival and the inaugural Rome Film Festival. Both are scheduled only weeks apart. BBC News reveals that Steven Shainberg’s Fur will have its world premiere as the Opening Night Film, and a few other titles have been announced. Over at The Guardian, reports come in over the potential tug-of-war between Venice and Rome, as their two mayors weigh in:
“If I find out that Rome is getting state funding, I’ll go for my gun,” said Massimo Cacciari, the [Venice] mayor.
In the same story, Italian critic Tulio Kezich suggests that the Rome festival should “do it in March.” Uh, I don’t think so.