New section bookended by world premieres of Historic Centre and Amos Poe’s A Walk in the Park [pictured].

Julio Bressane’s O Batuque Dos Astros, anthology Centro Histórico (Historic Centre) (featuring contributions from Aki Kaurismäki, Pedro Costa, Victor Erice and Manoel de Oliveira) and Margarida Gil’s O Fantasma Do Novais will receive their world premieres out of competition in the Rome Film Festival’s new CinemaXXI strand.

Historic Centre will open the section, with Amos Poe’s A Walk in the Park (in Competition) the closing film.

The three world premieres were announced today at the MAXXI Auditorium in Rome to go with the 17 world premieres previously announced in contention for the CinemaXXI Award, including Alina Marazzi’s Tutto Parla Di Te, Stéphanie Argerich’s Bloody Daughter and Mike Figgis’s Suspension of Disbelief.

Anthology Mundo Invisível will also receive its international premiere out of competition in the section which is aimed at new trends in world cinema embracing various genres and lengths.

Among the mid-length and short films screening as part of CinemaXXI are Paul Verhoeven’s Tricked (with the director in attendance at the first screening), Yuri Ancarani’s Da Vinci, James Franco’s Dreams, Lotte Schreiber’s GHL and Eugenio Polgovsky’s Mexican Ritual. With the exception of Verhoeven’s Tricked, those films are among those in contention for CinemaXXI Award for Short Films and Medium-length Films.

Scottish artist Douglas Gordon is president of the CinemaXXI jury, with Vienna International Film Festival director Hans Hurch, cinematographer Ed Lachman, art historian Andrea Lissoni and contemporary artist Emily Jacir also on the jury.

Rome Film Festival runs Nov 9-17, with the full CinemaXXI lineup available on the festival’s website.