"The festival doesn't seek to avoid or shy away from controversy. However, we have concerns with certain things in this film that we feel prevent us from presenting it in the festival program," he added.
"When I met with De Niro, he said, 'Look, I love the story, I won't touch the story, it should be the way it is,'" said Mr. Palminteri. "There was an honesty about Bob. I knew he was going to make a great movie."