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ROMEFILMFEST 2007 Italy

The capital gears up for second edition

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The first names of the second edition of the RomeFilmFest (October 18-27) are out, and include Francis Ford Coppola, Shekhar Kapur, Silvio Soldini, Dario Argento, Alain Corneau, Hector Babenco, Julio Medem, Sydney Lumet, Franco Battiato and Guido Chiesa.

The Premiere section will this year focus on glamour and quality, with Kapur’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age [+see also:
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, starring Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush and UK star Clive Owen; and Coppola’s return to cinema, after a ten-year absence, with Youth Without Youth.

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The Italian section Premiere will feature Giorni e nuvole [+see also:
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(“Days and Clouds”) by Soldini, on the loss of work and love, and, in closing, Argento’s Mother of Tears: The Third Mother [+see also:
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, starring daughter Asia, the last, long-awaited instalment of the “mother trilogy” after cult films Suspiria and Inferno (the restored prints of which will screen the same evening as the premiering film).

Besides the announced opening film Le Deuxième souffle [+see also:
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by Alain Corneau, which will bring Daniel Auteuil and Monica Bellucci to Rome, the Cinema 2007 competition will also offer Babenco’s El Pasado, featuring Gael Garcia Bernal and Ana Celentano, and Caotica Ana by Spanish talent Medem, starring revelation Manuela Vellés alongside Charlotte Rampling.

Steven Sebring’s event-film Patti Smith: A Dream Of Life will be presented out of competition, as will, in honour of master of US cinema Sidney Lumet, his new, highly-anticipated film Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke.

The Extra section will feature the European premiere, in collaboration with AMREF, of Sean and Andrea Nix Fine’s War Dance, winner of the Best Documentary Directing prize at Sundance. The section will also include the world premiere of Battiato’s Niente è come sembra (“Nothing is as it Seems”) and the latest film by Chiesa, Le pere di Adamo (“Adam’s Pears”).

Alice nella città, the section dedicated to young viewers, will present And When Did You Last See Your Father? by Anand Tucker, starring Colin Firth and based on the best-selling English memoirs of Blake Morrisson, and the world premiere of Have Dreams, Will Travel by Brad Isaacs.

The full programme will be unveiled at the festival’s official presentation on September 27.

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(Translated from Italian)

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