Sunday, September 27, 2009

Information on the 4th International Rome Film Festival

On Friday I went to the press conference announcing the line up for this year's festival (October 15th to October 23rd).

There are quite a few American films screening, including the latest from the Coen brothers and Jason Reitman's UP IN THE AIR. One of my friends sent me the script saying it was excellent.

I really want to see the short documentary I KNEW IT WAS YOU about the late great actor John Cazale (Fredo in Godfather I & II) who died young after starring in only five films.

However, each of those films (the Godfather movies, Dog Day Afternoon, The Deer Hunter, and The Conversation) were nominated for Best Picture Academy Awards. He was already dying of cancer while filming The Deer Hunter and the studio wanted to fire him. His fiancee Meryl Streep, who was also in the movie, threatened to quit.

Speaking of Meryl Streep, she's scheduled to attend the festival and several of her past films are screening. JULIE & JULIA is closing the festival.

The festival will also hold several exhibitions, concerts, and Q&As.

Here is the official SITE (the English version)


Jen of A2eatwrite said...

It sounds amazing. Are you doing work for it, as well?

homebody at heart said...

Rome's Film Festival is only 4 years old? I've never been to a film festival although I held one once in my house. It was a Monty Python Film Festival. (Random and inappropriate quotes from their movies sometimes still run through my head at the most inopportune times which I must suppress from repeating out loud.)

I read that director/singer/songwriter Luciano Ligabue was a judge over at the Venice Film Festival. I'm sure he is just a normal guy. A normal guy who's talented and hot (he did a cover shirtless for an Italian magazine, GQ?). Plus, I love his music. Maybe you'll run into him. Keep us posted on the happenings!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

jen - yes I am. The next few weeks are going to be hectic.

homebody - true. This is only the fourth year. Your private festival sounds fun. ha I will keep an eye for Mr. Ligabue.