Scott Cooper’s western Hostiles, starring Christian Bale, will open the 2017 Rome Film Festival (October 26 –November 5, 2017).
The announcement was made by the festival’s artistic director Antonio Monda.
Hostiles stars Bale as an army chief who agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to his tribal lands in 1892.
It co-stars Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi and had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.
Creative Artists Agency are handling international sales.
Cooper’s previous film was Black Mass starring Johnny Depp.
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Monda said: “I am extremely excited to open the 12th Rome Film Fest with Hostiles. This is a… brave and important film inspired by the cinematic tradition of John Ford and the literary tradition of Cormac McCarthy.”
As previously announced, the Rome Film Festival will honour David Lynch with a lifetime achievement award.
There will also be onstage masterclasses with Lord Of The Rings star Ian McKellen, who will discuss Jacques Tati; Cannes favourite Xavier Dolan (Mommy); Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk, who will talk horror films, and actress Vanessa Redgrave.
It’s also been announced that Logan Lucky, Steven Soderbergh’s first film since Behind The Candelabra, has been selected as one of the 35 films in the official selection.