The official lineup announcement will not be made until Oct. 10, but anticipation is already growing for the event in its first year under the direction of Marco Mueller.
ROME – With two weeks to go before the International Rome Film Festival unveils its full lineup, anticipation is already growing for the first edition of the event under artistic director Marco Mueller.
At each of his previous stops as artistic director -- including eight years at the Venice Film Festival, and before that with stints in Locarno and Rotterdam -- Mueller has earned praise for his ability to organize compelling and eclectic lineups and for his keen eye for up-and-coming new talents. And he has vowed to continue the trend in Rome, boldly promising in July a lineup with an unprecedented 60 world premieres.
But so far, there has been little official word on what those films will be. For its part, the festival has named only two: the Cinema XXI Section will open with the world premier of Centro Histórico (Historic Center), a film about the Portuguese city of Guimarães jointly directed by Aki Kaurismäki of Finland, 103-year-old Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira, two-time Cannes Palme d’Or nominee Victor Erice, and Pedro Costa, another Cannes regular. The festival also announced that its Perspectives Italy sidebar will open with the screening of Carlo!, a documentary about Italian comic actor and director Carlo Verdone directed by Gianfranco Giagni and Fabio Ferzetti.