ROME — U.S. stage and screen helmer Ulu Grosbard and British author Patrick McGrath will be among jurors at the Rome Film Festival, where thesp/helmer Sergio Castellitto is replacing Giuseppe Tornatore as jury prexy.
Tornatore had quietly stepped down from doing jury duty in Rome due to a scheduling conflict with his new feature film, which is being kept under wraps.
Castellitto, who is among Italy’s most highly regarded thesps, directed Penelope Cruz in the drama “Don’t Move” in his acclaimed feature-film debut.
Grosbard, who has been very active as a Broadway director, also helmed several features, including Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep starrer “Falling in Love,” and “The Deep End of the Ocean.”
Three novels by McGrath have been adapted into films, including “Spider,” from which David Cronenberg made the eponymous pic.
Rounding off Rome’s six-member jury will be German helmer and critic Edgar Reitz, best known for the “Heimat” saga; eminent Russian art world figure Olga Sviblova, director of Moscow’s Multimedia Art Museum; and Italian journalist Natalia Aspesi, a senior writer for Rome’s La Repubblica.
Rome, which will run Oct. 28-Nov. 5, will open with Toronto closer “Last Night.” The Eternal City extravaganza’s only other announced title to date is Nicole Kidman starrer “Rabbit Hole,” also in Toronto.
The lineup will be announced Oct. 7.