Rome Film Festival Line-Up Includes 'The Girl in the Spider's Web' with Claire Foy

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Rome Film Festival Line-Up Includes 'The Girl in the Spider's Web' with Claire Foy


Niola, Gabriele, Screen International


Other titles include Bad Times At El Royale and Park Chan-Wook series The Little Drummer Girl;

‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’

The 13th Rome Film Fest (18-28 October) has unveiled its line-up. It will feature in its non-competitive official selection 38 films, including the world premieres of Fede Alvarez’s The Girl In The Spider’s Web with Claire Foy and Gilles De Maistre’s Mia Et Le Lion Blanc, featuring Melanie Laurent.

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Opening with Drew Goddard’s Bad Times At El Royale, Antonio Monda’s fourth edition confirms itself as a “fest” and not a “festival” as the director specifies. “Whoever comes here expecting a festival will be disappointed, this is a fest,” he said at the line-up press conference.

Other hot titles include a two episode preview of Park Chan-Wook new series The Little Drummer Girl, Barry Jenkins’ new film If Beale Street Could Talk, David Gordon Green’s Halloween, Jon S. Baird’s Stan & Ollie and Robert Redford’s The Old Man And The Gun.

Traditionally very selective with Italian cinema, Monda has included local titles The Vice Of Hope by Edoardo De Angelis (Inseparable) and Notti Magiche by Paolo Virzì (The Leisure Seeker), which is closing the festival.

The event will feature one special guest per day on the stage talking to Monda in the Close Encounters section. Already announced guests include Martin Scorsese, Isabelle Huppert, Cate Blanchett, Sigourney Weaver, writer Pierre Bismuth and Michael Moore (bringing Fahrenheit 11/9 to the festival), Alice and Alba Rohrwacher, novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, Thierry Fremaux and Giuseppe Tornatore: “All of these talents will come to celebrate cinema and talk about movies” said Monda, “not necessarily promoting a film”.

Retrospectives on Maurice Pialat and Peter Sellers are also part of the celebrations.

At the press conference Monda was asked Alberto Barbera calling the Rome Film Fest a “local event”. “A lapse in taste from a director I admire,” he said. “A fest that features artists such as Martin Scorsese, Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert and in the previous editions Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, David Lynch, Don DeLillo, Chuck Palahniuk etc. …

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