ROME — Red carpets and parties at the RomeFilmFest were cancelled on Tuesday following a morning rush-hour subway collision in central Rome that left at least one dead and some 60 injured.
Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni himself made the drastic decision, in order to underscore the city of Rome’s mourning for the accident at the fest — which he has described as a “festa,” a “party,” for the entire Eternal City.
A fest press rep was not aware of anyone with a known link to the event to have been among the dead or injured in the accident, which took place at the Piazza Vittorio subway station, near Rome’s central station.
Screenings and a party for Italo comic Corrado Guzzanti’s political satire “Fascists on Mars” were cancelled because pic’s comic subject matter was not considered appropriate on this particular day.
But other screenings, including the international bow of Christopher Nolan’s “The Prestige,” which is unspooling sans talent, are being held, preceded by a minute of silence.
The fest’s planned closing party, a big bash at Cinecitta Studios on Saturday, with local pop star Jovanotti spinning discs, has also been cancelled.
“We are seeing how things develop,” said fest prexy Goffredo Bettini. “But it is likely that tomorrow as well there will just be film screenings and no glitz.”
The red carpet gala Wednesday is Giuseppe Tornatore’s “The Unknown,” which has a mostly Italian cast.
(Bernhard Warner contributed to this report.)