The Irishman by Martin Scorsese will be presented as the centerpiece at the 14th Rome Film Fest.
Martin Scorsese’s movie The Irishman, starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, will be among the highlights of the 2019 Rome Film Festival, which runs from 17-27 October.
The Italian premiere of the much-anticipated Netflix movie will take place on 21 October, a week after its European launch at the BFI London Film Festival.
The screening of movie is described by Rome Film Fest director Antonio Monda as the “centerpiece" of the 14th edition of the annual gala event.
Billed as an epic saga of organised crime in post-war America, The Irishman features a stellar cast; in addition to De Niro and Pacino, the line-up includes veteran actors and Scorsese collaborators Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel.
There is speculation in the media that some of the movie's cast members will attend the screening at the Rome festival which honoured Scorsese last year with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Irishman sees Scorsese reunite with screenwriter Steve Zaillian - after working together in Rome on the 2000 movie Gangs of New York - and the storyline is adapted from Charles Brandt’s novel I Heard You Paint Houses about the unsolved mystery behind the disappearance of union boss Jimmy Hoffa.
Several other events have already been announced for the 2019 Rome Film Fest, including a Lifetime Achievement Award for Bill Murray - to be conferred by Wes Anderson - and the Close Encounters with Ron Howard who will present his documentary on Pavarotti.
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The Irishman by Scorsese to be centrepiece of Rome Film Fest
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