The Rome Film Festival has unveiled a first batch of English-language pics in its competition which will comprise the world preem of Fox International Productions' supernatural thriller "Another Me," by Isabel Coixet, and the launch of Scott Cooper's revenge thrilller "Out of the Furnace," toplining Christian Bale.
The hotly anticipated "Another Me," (aka "Panda Eyes") is based on the eponymous novel by Cathy MacPhail and stars Sophie Turner ("Game of Thrones") (pictured) as a teen haunted by her secret past.
"Furnace" is produced by Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio for Relativity Media which is releasing the pic November 27 in the U.S. on limited release, followed by a wider outing December 6.
Jean-Marc Vallee's "Dallas Buyers Club," which screened in Toronto, and Spike Jones' "Her," which will close the New York Film Festival, will also be competing in the Eternal City event headed by Marco Mueller.
Mueller, at his second edition at Rome's helm, is stepping up efforts to position the revamped fest as a pre-Thanksgiving and Christmas period launching pad for high-profile English-language pics.
As previously announced, Lionsgate will launch "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," out-of competish on November 14, in Rome, three days after its world preem in London and eight days prior to its U.S. Preem.
Eigth edition of Rome will run November 8-17. The full lineup will be announced October 14.