Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe and Alejandro González Iñarritu, as well as Romanian director Radu Mihăileanu, are among the stars who endorsed the support of a group of Italian filmmakers who attack Rome on the far right, Mediafax writes.
Bioscope America Rome in Rome has released a letter of support signed by directors such as Alfonso Cuarón, Spike Lee, Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Radu Mihailále and Stephen Frears, and actors including Jeremy Iron, DeGuard Winger, Richard Gere, Keanu Reeves and John Malkovich. Four Cinema America screenings have been attacked on June 16 after Paula Reid's "First Reformed" Paula Schrader's screening. The extremists who had attacked four were begging them to wear jerseys with the name of the project that organized the projections. One of the victims came to the hospital after being attacked by bottles and bumps because he did not want to take off the shirt written by Cinema America.
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"It is unacceptable that there are still people who think they can impose their vision of violence. We can not accept such a wound that is caused not only by the art world and by cinematography, but by the whole world," I write to the filmmakers.
According to the Italian press, at least one of the attackers is an advocate of the extreme right-wing formation Blocco Studentesco, the young wing of the neo-fascist party CasaPound.
In an interview with Indiewire, the founder of Cinema America, Valerio Carocci, said: "We are oppressed because most of us can turn in a non-partisan way. It is quite clear that worldwide is sending a message about accepting violence in everyday life."