By Stanley Lee
BEIJING, Oct. 17 (Xinhuanet) -- The line-up for the Rome Film Festival has been announced and this year’s festival sees a heavy dose of American entries competing for the top prizes. Although the festival only started in 2006, it attracts world-famous artists every year.
Among the American films in the competition are director Spike Jonze’s "Her" .The all-star cast includes Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Scarlett Johansson. The film is about a writer who develops a relationship with a female voice on his computer operating system.
The festival’s artistic director, Marco Muller, isn’t surprised by the dominance of American films.
"Obviously for an event that is happening in Rome there has to be American cinema, I mean after all it was the "Hollywood su Tevere", Hollywood on the Tiber River, and we are glad we can definitely boast that we have some of the better films that are coming out in the next few months," Muller said.
According to Muller, the competition is fierce and the judges face tough choices. "From "Her" to "Dallas Buyers Club", "Out of the Furnace" to a film like Aleksei German’s "It is hard to be a God". It is one of those masterpieces that will force us to go back and will change with every revision," he said.
One such American film is thriller "Out of the Furnace". Directed by Scott Cooper, the film stars Christian Bale and Casey Affleck who play two brothers struggling for better lives, only to find themselves lured into violence.
Muller also gave special mention to the Chinese film "The White Storm". The crime thriller is directed by Benny Chan and centres on an operation against drug cartels by the police. The film stars Sean Lau, Louis Koo and Nick Cheung.
There will also be 16 films participating out of competition, six of them world premieres. A total of 30 countries from Spain to Turkey are taking part in the festival. So keep your eyes peeled for the grand winners.