New film by Kira Muratova Eternal Return. Screen Tests will participate in the main competition of the Seventh International Rome Film Festival. This year there are 13 film participants. In Muratova’s film one and the same scene will be played out by different sets of actors, including Renata Litvinova, Sergei Makovetsky, Oleg Tabakov, Alla Demidova, Natalia Buzko, and Vitalii Linetsky.
Film’s producer Oleh Kokhan said earlier that the screenplay is based on a true story that happened to Kira Muratova when a man, with whom she studied at university came to her and began complaining about the fact that he is torn between his wife and his mistress.
The press service of the SOTA Cinema Group Company reported that the budget of the film was more than two million US dollars.
The Seventh International Rome Film Festival will take place from November 9 through 17 in the cinema complex “Auditorium” and on other venues of the Italian capital. The artistic director of the festival this year is Marco Muller (from 2004 through 2011 he was the head of the Venice Film Festival). In addition to the main competition and non-competition program, this time there will be two more sections of the fest. Thus, the section “Cinema XXI” focuses on new trends in contemporary cinema. It will be launched with an almanac Historical Center filmed by directors Aki Olavi Kaurismaki, Pedro Costa, Victor Eris, and Manuel de Oliveira. The film is dedicated to the Portuguese city of Guimaraes which was named the European Capital of Culture 2012. The head of the jury for this program will be the artist Douglas Gordon. Another program – “Italian Perspective,” consists of feature, documentary, and short films of Italian directors. The head of the jury for this program will be the screenwriter and director Francesco Bruni.
All in all, it is planned to screen about 60 films at the festival.