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Isabelle Huppert to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Rome Film Fest



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As previously announced, the Rome Film Fest, directed by Antonio Monda, will bestow its Lifetime Achievement Award to Martin Scorsese. Furthermore, this year the fest will give another Lifetime Achievement Award to French actress Isabelle Huppert.

The award will be presented by Italian actor Toni Servillo. Over the course of her career Isabelle Huppert worked with some of the greatest European and American filmmakers, such as Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Maurice Pialat, Marco Ferreri, the Taviani brothers, Marco Bellocchio, Michael Haneke, Andrzej Wajda, Michael Cimino and David O. Russell. The winner of international awards for her performances, including a Golden Globe for Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (2017), the Parisian actress will also attend an onstage conversation in the Close Encounters series and will comment on a series of clips selected from the films that influenced her life as an artist. “I am excited that the Rome Film Fest will celebrate an actress of extraordinary sensibility, sophistication and depth such as Isabelle Huppert – explained artistic director Antonio Monda – a magnificent humanistic performer who is always able to convey, even in difficult and dramatic roles, remarkable empathy for the characters she plays”.

The Close Encounters series will also feature onstage conversations with:


Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (The Aviator by Martin Scorsese, Blue Jasmine by Woody Allen) is one of the most extraordinary, intense and refined actresses of contemporary cinema, and since 1999, she was nominated seven times by the Academy. During her career Blanchett collected an extraordinary list of collaborations: from Steven Spielberg to Peter Jackson, from Wes Anderson to Ron Howard, from David Fincher to Steven Soderbergh, from Shekhar Kapur to Todd Haynes. In Rome, she will speak about her life as an artist as well as her dedication to social and environmental initiatives: in 2016 the United Nations High Commission for refugees nominated her a Goodwill Ambassador for her humanitarian commitment.


Novelist and author of essays Jonathan Safran Foer, one of the finest talents of world fiction, will attend a Close Encounter during the upcoming Rome Film Fest and will talk about his work and about the relationship between literature and cinema. Author of internationally acclaimed bestsellers, Safran Foer has examined both memory and current events in our contemporary society in “Everything is Illuminated” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” (both novels were made into films), has explored ethical and environmental issues of extraordinary significance in the pages of “Eating Animals”, and later addressed the theme of family and identity today in “Here I Am”.


Renowned French film critic Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival and Director of the Lumière Institute in Lyon, will meet the audience of the Rome Film Fest to discuss the significance of film festivals today and how they might evolve.


Iranian photographer and video-artist Shirin Neshat will be the protagonist of an onstage conversation at the MAXXI – the National Museum of 21st Century Arts, organized in collaboration with Videocittà. After winning an award at the Venice Art Biennale in 1999, Shirin Neshat earned a Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice International Film Festival in 2009 with her debut feature-length film Women without Men, adapted from the homonymous novel by Shahrnush Parsipur. Over the years, the artist has gained recognition thanks to her ability to describe the complex social conditions within the Islamic culture, turning her gaze to the role of women.

As previously announced, the Close Encounters will also feature directors, actors and leading figures in the world of art and culture, including Martin Scorsese, Sigourney Weaver, Giuseppe Tornatore, Pierre Bismuth. Furthermore, the conversations with cinema professionals will include cinematographers Luca Bigazzi and Arnaldo Catinari, and editors Giogiò Franchini and Esmeralda Calabria.

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Aquaman Director Teases Two Of The Film’s Creatures, And Gosh They Look Silly



So, Aquaman is a film that’s coming out. It feels like, as a culture, the general cinema-going public still hasn’t quite acclimated to the idea that an Aquaman film is just two months away. Like, y’know, a film about Aquaman. Aquaman.

One person looking to change that general perception is director James Wan, who shared new glimpses at some of the film’s mounted ocean creatures and… oh good lord, just look at them.

Click through to get an even-higher resolution look at what’s to come, but as you can see there’s a saddle-mounted hammerhead shark, and a tylosaurus (a sort-of prehistoric crocodile). Yeah.

Aquaman is due out on the 14th of December, rated 12A, and stars Jason Momoa as the titular rightful ruler of Atlantis. As the film’s PR campaign ramps up, WB released a five-minute extended trailer just a few weeks ago, which you can check out here.

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Halloween Scores Series-Best Opening, As Venom Crosses $450m Worldwide



Jamie Lee Curtis’ rebootquel Halloween scored a domestic opening of $77.5 million this weekend, after an impressive $27.2M Saturday. Not only does that easily make it the best US opening for John Carpenter’s four-decade old franchise, but it also solidifies it as the second-best opening ever for the month of October behind Sony’s Venom, which netted $80.2M just a few weeks ago.

Speaking of Venom, the critically-derided, audience-adored antihero flick starring Tom Hardy took another $18 million in the US this week, and a further $32 million internationally, taking the film’s global total to a staggering $460.2 million – for perspective, that’s bottom-end MCU money, beating out titles like Thor ($449.3m), Captain America: The First Avenger ($370.6m) and The Incredible Hulk ($263.4m), and gaining on films like Ant-Man ($519.3m) and the original Iron Man ($585.2m). Venom is still yet to open in China and Japan.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ smash-hit musical drama A Star Is Born is still raking in the dough. Star/director Bradley Cooper’s feature, which has garnered a big push in ticket sales from the successful stunt-casting of Lady Gaga as the secondary lead, brought its tally up to $201 million internationally this week, and looks set to continue hanging on at the box office despite fierce October competition.

All three films are in UK cinemas now, with Venom and A Star Is Born both rated 15, and Halloween rather expectedly rated 18.

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Ana de Armas Joins Daniel Craig In Rian Johnson’s Knives Out



Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049) has officially signed on to join actors Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, and Michael Shannon in Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson’s Knives Out.

The film, which Johnson also wrote, is scheduled to start shooting next month. Knives Out has been described as a contemporary whodunit, with Craig portraying an archetypal grizzled detective, tasked with getting to the bottom of a classic locked-room murder mystery.

Johnson is set to produce with his creative partner Ram Bergman, and studios are expected to bid fiercely for the rights to distribute the feature in the coming months. Craig was previously pencilled in to begin shooting Bond 25 for director Danny Boyle at the tail end of this year, but when Boyle departed that project following creative differences it freed up the Casino Royale actor’s schedule to join Knives Out.

Somewhat ironically, Ana de Armas can next be seen in an untitled project from Danny Boyle, which is likely to release prior to Johnson’s crime thriller.

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