The International Rome Film Festival announces fifteen films playing in competition at the fest’s 6th edition. From October 27-November 4, the Italian festival will open with Luc Besson’s The Lady (out of competition), close with a digitally restored version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (marking its 50th anniversary), and in-between will showcase Leander Haubmann’s Hotel Lux, Pål Sletaune’s Babycall, Tanya Wexler’s Hysteria, Juhn Jaihong’s Poongsan, Fred Schepisi’s The Eye of the Storm, Cédric Kahn’s Une vie meilleure, Jaffe Zinn’s Magic Valley, Sebastián Borensztein’s Un Cuento Chino and Pawel Pawlikowski’s La Femme du cinquièmen (The Woman in the Fifth), starring Kristin Scott Thomas (pictured).
The four Italian films playing in competition are Ivan Cotroneo’s La kryptonite nell borsa, Pupi Avati’s Il cuore grande delle ragazze, Marina Spada’s Il mio domani and Pippo Mezzapesa’s Il paese delle spose infelici.
Additional films playing out of competition include Anne Fontaine’s Toronto title Mon pire cauchemar, starring Isabelle Huppert, Stephan Elliott’s world premiere of Aussie comedy A Few Best Men, starring Olivia Newton-John, and Curtis Hanson’s HBO film Too Big to Fail, starring Bill Hurt. Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin will also screen, along with the opening sequences of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, which screened as a work-in-progress at the New York Film Festival.
Other Rome Fest events include a Cinema Lesson by Michael Mann, Wim Wenders introducing 3-D Pina and 1953’s Totò 3D, by Mario Mattioli, plus several awards including the Marc’Aurelio Actor’s Prize to Richard Gere, who will introduce a screening of Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven. The Focus section features British film, screening works by Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea), David Hare (Page Eight) and Michael Winterbottom (Trishna) plus a “Punks & Patriots” retrospective chosen by the likes of Tilda Swinton, Michael Nyman and Hanif Kureishi.
Composer Ennio Morricone is Jury President, assisted by director Susanne Bier, actor Roberto Bolle, Brit actress/director/author Carmen Chaplin, producer David Putnam and actress Debra Winger, who will award the Marc’Aurelio Prize for best film, Grand Jury Prize, and Jury Prizes for best actress and best actor. Another jury will choose the best of 12 documentaries. The fest also announces an audience award for best film and a prize for best first film.