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In July, the festival’s new Artistic Director Marco Mueller promised at least 60 world premieres at his first festival. The lineup announced today includes 59 premieres, with at least two surprise films yet to be named.
It seems likely that Quentin Tarantino’s Spaghetti Western homage Django Unchained will be one of the surprise films after Mueller said at a press conference today: “Tarantino’s film is not in the program, but you’ll see him here soon.”
Roman Coppola, the son of director Francis Ford Coppola, will come to Rome with A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, which stars Bill Murray, Charlie Sheen, and Jason Schwartzman, while Miike’s Aku No Kyoten (Lesson of Evil) is a thriller about a bullied teacher in a Japanese secondary school. Both films are among the 13 that will compete for the festival’s main prize.
Tajikistan-born Russian director Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov’s new film V Ožidanii Morja (Waiting for the Sea) is the festival’s opening film, while Una pistolla in cada mano (A Gun In Each Hand) from Spanish director Cesc Gay, will close the festival on November 17. Both films will screen out of competition.
The International Rome Film Festival will take place from 9 to 17 November, 2012.