In his second year at the helm of Rome Film Fest, Antonio Monda is pulling out all the stops with his Close Encounters series to turn the 10-day festival into a major cultural conversation once again. For the Close Encounters series, Monda interviews a series of leading public figures before opening up the floor to questions with festivalgoers.
Oscar-nominated Viggo Mortensen will discuss his 30-year career, which has spanned everything from Lord of the Rings to a close collaboration with David Cronenberg in A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. His latest turn, in Captain Fantastic, will screen during the festivities, presented jointly by the festival and independent sidebar Alice nella citta. He plays a father living in isolation with his wife and six children.
Oliver Stone, director of the much buzzed about film Snowden, will also make the trek to Rome to discuss American politics on the eve of the presidential elections. Over his career, Stone won two best director Academy Awards, for Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July, and one for best adapted screenplay, for Midnight Express.
As previously announced, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, David Mamet, Don DeLillo and Daniel Libeskind will be joining the Close Encounters lineup. Local singer-songwriter Lorenzo Jovanotti Cherubini will speak to fans at the fest.
The event this year will include a retrospective to two-time Academy Award winner Michael Cimino, who died this past July. Other films in the lineup are 7 minuti by popular Italian actor Michele Placido and Afterimage by honorary Academy Award winner Andrzej Wajda.
In guerra per amore, the new film from director Pif, will screen as a pre-opening event. And the animated film Storks, directed by Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland, will screen out of competition in the Alice nella citta section.
Rome Film Fest runs Oct. 13-23. [Source]