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Rome Film Festival Adds Two Out of Competition Titles; Jury Includes Nichols, Bekmambetov & Hatami

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 31, 2012 at 2:02PM

The Rome Film Festival (November 9-17) announces its jury members for the 2012 edition of the festival, including writer-director Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter," "Mud"), director Timur Bekmambetov ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer") and Iranian actress Leila Hatami (2012's Foreign-Language Oscar winner "A Separation")...
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Leila Hatami
Leila Hatami

The Rome Film Festival (November 9-17) announces its jury members for the 2012 edition of the festival, including writer-director Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter," "Mud"), director Timur Bekmambetov ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer") and Iranian actress Leila Hatami (2012's Foreign-Language Oscar winner "A Separation").

Also on the jury are Italian actress Valentina Cervi, American film critic and fest director Chris Fujiwara, Australian director P.J. Hogan and Argentine writer-director Edgardo Cozarinsky. The group of seven will hand out Golden Marc'Aurelio Awards for Best Film, Director, Actor, Actress, Jury Prize, Screenplay, Technical Contribution and Emerging Actor or Actress.

Additionally, the festival has added two out-of-competition films to its lineup -- Francesco Castellani's refugee football drama "Black Star," and Manuel Pradal's Peter Pan-update "Tom le Cancre."

Check out the rest of the festival's lineup here.

This article is related to: Rome Film Festival, Festivals, Jeff Nichols, Timur Bekmambetov, Leila Hatami


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.