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FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DEL FILM DI ROMA
Italian film stars are set to take the limelight at this year’s Rome Film Festival but that doesn’t mean there won’t be room for the Hollywood giants.
Al Pacino has been named as one of the leading guests at the festival this October and he will be meeting fans in the flesh as part of a newly created section called “L’altro Cinema” – meaning “other cinema”. It looks to give film fanciers a different look at the silver screen, featuring displays, clips and interviews with a handful of movie stars and special effects production staff.
Joining Al, who famously played mob boss Michael Corleone in the Godfather, will be Italian actors Toni Servillo and Carlo Verdone.
The Rome Film festival, which is in its third year, has recently been in the news worldwide following a radical shake-up to its programme. It will now have a closer emphasis on Italian film rather than international premieres, a decision which was taken by the festival’s new president, Gian Luigi Rondi.
The biggest sign of the change is of course shown in the festival’s new title – Festival Internazionale Del Film Di Roma – as opposed to the Rome Film Festival which is the English translation.
The change is also clearly demonstrated in the chosen opening and closing films – led by Italian sex symbol, Monica Belluci. Her new film, L’uomo Che Ama, which is directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi, will open the festival on October 22.
Monica, who has recently been posing in a series of kinky lingerie TV ads, stars alongside Pierfrancesco Favino and Kseniya Rappoport.
Meanwhile the closing film will be Huit or “Eight”, a film inspired by the eight millennium development goals decided by the United Nations.
Other international highlights include Keira Knightly and Ralph Fiennes in “The Duchess”, a film about the 18th century Duchess of Devonshire. Bob Marley will also be on the lips of many film fans as “Bob Marley Exodus 77” is revealed for the first time. Anthony Wall’s widely anticipated film retraces the life of the reggae king.
Fans are not just being asked to watch movies this year – they’ll also get a chance to vote for the best film in the official section. The one with the most votes will be awarded the Golden Marc’Aurelio award at the closing ceremony of the Rome Movie Festival on October 31.
The festival takes place in the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Viale Pietro de Coubertin.
For a full movie programme, and how to buy tickets, visit the official Rome Cinema Festival
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