Chinese helmer Feng Xiaogang’s blockbuster “Back to 1942” will world preem as a surprise competition movie at the Rome Film Festival.
The historical drama about a devastating famine in the Henan province has an all-star Chinese cast, and also features Adrien Brody as a journo and Tim Robbins as a Catholic priest stationed in China during the war against Japan.
Feng’s recent hits include romantic comedy “If You Are the One” and earthquake drama “Aftershock,” which grossed $100,000 million in China and was the first major pic co-produced by Imax outside the U.S.
Like “Aftershock,” “Back to 1942” is produced by China’s Huayi Bros., which is looking to make this pic travel internationally.
Fest will also announce a second surprise title. The seventh edition of the nine-day fest, the first headed by Marco Mueller, opens on Friday.