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Interesting article from The Hollywood Reporter.

Excerpts:

With two weeks to go before the International Rome Film Festival unveils its full lineup, anticipation is already growing for the first edition of the event under artistic director Marco Mueller.

At each of his previous stops as artistic director -- including eight years at the Venice Film Festival, and before that with stints in Locarno and Rotterdam -- Mueller has earned praise for his ability to organize compelling and eclectic lineups and for his keen eye for up-and-coming new talents. And he has vowed to continue the trend in Rome, promising in July a lineup with an unprecedented 60 world premieres.

But so far, there has been little official word on what those films will be...

Until the Oct. 10 official announcement of the festival lineup, that is a matter of pure speculation. But there are some titles that have been whispered about among Italian industry figures, international distributors, and in the local press.

The biggest names include Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, Du zhan (Drug War) from Johnnie To, Gabriele Muccino's Playing For Keeps, The Twilight Saga: Breaking down Part 2, and a special event dedicated to the 007 James Bond franchise.

Muccino's comedic drama Playing For Keeps is a less-talked-about inclusion in the lineup, but it is an intriguing possibility. Muccino grew up in Rome before moving to Hollywood and making a name for himself with a string of hits including The Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds. And the film is already set to open in Italy Nov. 29, just 12 days after the close of the festival and about a week before opening in the U.S. and in other territories -- a successful premiere in Rome could give it an Italian box office bump. The film stars Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, and Dennis Quaid in a story about an ageing sports star who tries to rebuild his life while coaching his son's soccer team.

Read the entire article here

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Got to see this movie just a couple of weeks ago. It is the cutest movie. There are so many stories going on at once, the relationship between Father and son is absolutely the best. Gerry seems quite relaxed and is humorous in the rom-com. ENJOY!!

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The lists of movies (competition/non-competition) have been released, and Playing for Kereps is NOT included.

Lists at IndieWire

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