A-listers, including Keanu Reeves, Richard Gere, and Spike Lee, have come out in support of the Rome-based Cinema America — an outdoor screening series — after the group became a target of the far-right.
Four young men were hospitalized after being attacked by fascists after a screening of Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” on June 16.
Stars joined forces to release a letter shared on the Cinema America Facebook page.
Translated from Italian, the post read: “We express all our solidarity with the boys and girls attacked in Rome, as well as the experience of cinema America and all those young people who create a dialogue between the world of art and people.
“It is unacceptable that there is still someone who thinks to impose their view with the use of violence. You can’t accept such a wound, made not only in the world of cinema and art but in the world everything.”
Willem Dafoe, Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, Stephen Frears, Costa-Gavras, Amos Gitai, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Jeremy Irons were also among the names listed.
Cinema America’s founder, Valerio Carocci, told IndieWire: “We are under attack because we can talk to the vast majority of people in a very bipartisan way. It is pretty clear that all over the world right now, there is some message going on that the use of private violence is OK.”
Cinema America is not a political organization but the group’s organizers “openly embrace antifascist sentiments,” IndieWire reported.