ROME – Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk” – which opens the New York Film Festival Saturday – will launch into Italy from the Rome Film Festival which has secured several other Italo bows of pics with Oscar buzz and will honor hot Chilean auteur Pablo Larrain (“No,” “The Club”) with a complete retro.
“The Walk,” which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as famous high-wire artist Philippe Petit who performed on a tightrope connecting the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center, will screen at the Rome fest in 3D, ahead of its October 22 Italian release via Warner Bros. Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, and Charlotte Le Bon also star.
As previously announced, James Vanderbilt’s “Truth,” starring Robert Redford as Dan Rather,and Cate Blanchett as his producer Mary Mapes, in a depiction of the “Memogate” controversy that ended Rather’s career as CBS News anchorman, will open the recently reconfigured Rome fest on October 16.
The October 16-24 Eternal City event has a new artistic director, Antonio Monda, who is New York-based Italian journalist, writer, and academic, and also boasts a beefed up market component called MIA – an acronym for Mercato Internazionale Audiovisivo.
Pablo Larrain, who is 39, will be on hand for the first complete retro of his works comprising “Tony Manero,” “Post Mortem,” and “No,” which form a trilogy on the rise and fall of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. His “El Club,” which is about Catholic Church abuses in Chile, won the Silver Bear this year in Berlin and is Chile’s candidate in the foreign language category at the upcoming Academy Awards.
The Rome fest’s complete lineup will be announced on September 29.