Screening of “Boulevard,” in which Williams plays a middle-aged married man who encounters a gay hustler on a Nashville street and faces his homosexuality late in life, bowed at Tribeca in 2014.
Pic is getting a theatrical release in the U.S. via Starz digital starting on July 10.
“We are proud to inaugurate the festival with a long-awaited work in which, according to U.S. critics, Williams delivers one of his best performances,” enthused Ischia topper Pascal Vicedomini in a statement.
Other U.S. pics set for Ischia launches include Doug Ellin’s “Entourage,” based on the HBO series; Paul Feig’s comedy “Spy”; James Kent’s First World War drama “Testament of Youth”, and Rob Cohen’s thriller “The Boy Next Door,” toplining Jennifer Lopez.
Other titles unspooling include Sundance standout “The Truth About Emanuel,” by Francesca Gregorini; Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina,” and Alessandro Capone’s “Maid for You.”
Denmark will be the fest’s celebrated country with a screening of docu “My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn,” directed by Winding Refn’s wife Liv Corfixen. The Danish “Drive” helmer and his wife will both be making the trek to the Italian isle off the coast of Naples.
The 13th edition of Ischia will run July 12-19.