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Marco Müller Brings New Spin To Rome Film Festival In His First Year As Artistic Director

This year will mark the 7th edition of the Rome Film Festival, but will be Marco Müller’s first running the show. Announcing a new look event today, the former Venice Film Fest chief will oversee a selection to include roughly 60 world premieres, various sidebars, a focus on emerging trends in contemporary film and an emphasis on Italian cinema. The Rome fest, a somewhat unwelcome upstart when it began, is now well-liked by the European industry. The arrival of the respected Muller will help grow the appreciation and should also act as a catalyst to bring more US films to the fest as awards season is gathering steam Stateside. All the films in the official selection will be world premieres, but notably there will be special exceptions for films not yet publicly screened outside their country of origin. The festival runs November 9-17. Concurrent film and co-production markets will run from Nov 14-18. Full details of the new regulations follow:
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Marco Müller Officially Named Artistic Director Of International Rome Film Fest

The move had been expected for some time with the board of directors of the Cinema per Roma Foundation confirming its decision this morning. The respected Müller was previously artistic director of the Venice Film Festival where he ran the show for 8 years. “I am really satisfied with this election of Marco Müller as artistic director of the International Rome Film Festival,” said festival president Paolo Ferrari. “I am sure that he is an extraordinary professional estimated both in Italy and abroad.” Müller added, “I could not be happier to be back in my city, Rome, after 22 years. I’m proud to work on an exciting project, to develop a festival that wants to respond to different needs: filmmakers, exhibitors, and audience.” The relative upstart Rome fest will run its 7th edition next fall.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: UK, Italy, Turkey

Creative England Launches, Sets Its Board And Funding
A new organization has risen from the ashes of the UK Film Council’s network of regional screen agencies. At its launch the nonprofit venture Creative England announced 7 board members and 3 senior managers and outlined its funding structure. On the board of Creative England are: Ruby Films founder Alison Owen, Illumina Digital’s Andrew Chitty, Reel Solutions executive director Bill Lawrence, Twofour Group CEO Charles Wace, former Shed Media chair Heather Rabbatts, Maverick TV’s Jonnie Turpie and BBC Four Controller Richard Klein. For 10 years, the regional screen agencies supported industries including film, TV, games and digital media across England outside of London. Creative England will have an initial film budget of £900,000 in grant-in-aid from the British Film Institute and £1m in lottery funds. The funding for other creative endeavors will come from public and commercial sources.

‘Tintin’ Will Screen At Rome Film Festival
Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn will screen at the International Rome Film Festival. Organizers announced that the 3D motion capture movie has been chosen as an out-of-competition official selection. It also will screen in the Alice sidebar focused on youth films. The film’s star Jamie Bell is set to attend the festival, which runs Oct. 27-Nov. 4. Tintin opens in Europe on Oct. 26 before its U.S. rollout on Dec. 21. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Russia, Canada, Italy

Did Kremlin Have Its Hands On Russia’s Choice For Oscars?
Russian critics are blaming the Kremlin and lamenting the country’s choice for the best foreign-language film entry at the Oscars. The most expensive film in the nation’s history — Burnt by the Sun-2: Citadel — was chosen despite being a box-office bomb. It was directed by Nikita Mikhalkov, a close friend of prime minister Vladimir Putin. Even the selection panel’s chairman, Oscar-winning director Vladimir Menshov, refused to sign off on the vote in protest. “The decision was unfair,” he told a correspondent from the UK’s Telegraph. “It was extremely badly received by critics, its box office receipts collapsed and it had no international festival success.” There were at least two other films that were more deserving, he added. Citadel is a three-hour take on the Red Army’s battle against the Nazis starring Mikhalkov himself and is the third installment of an epic saga. The first film in the trilogy, Burnt by the Sun, won an Oscar for the best foreign-language film in 1995. But Mikhalkov raised eyebrows by then making a two-part sequel over a period of eight years at a combined cost of $54M. Read More »

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