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October 19, 2007
RomaCinemaFest gets Second Wind


ROME -- The second RomaCinemaFest got under way Thursday with a
low-key reception along the red carpet and high expectations for the coming

"Le Deuxieme Souffle" (The Second Wind), a French gangster flick starring
Italian actress Monica Bellucci, art house star Daniel Auteuil and retired
soccer player Eric Cantona, opened the festival.

Director Alain Corneau joined the film's stars on the red carpet, where the
number of photographers rivaled the number of fans on a day when
threatening weather and a citywide taxi strike may have collaborated to limit

Bellucci, wearing a long,
black dress, sparked a
smattering of applause
when she sauntered down
Rome's wide red carpet
and paused to sign a
handful of autographs.
But the rest of the
opening-night personalities
walked by to little reaction
from the crowd.

Operatic tenor Andrea Bocelli sang later in the evening to conclude the
opening day's activities.

The atmosphere is expected to be considerably more charged Friday, the
festival's first full day. The day's centerpiece will be the high-profile European
premiere of "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," in which Cate Blanchett reprises
the role that earned her an Oscar nomination from 1998's "Elizabeth."

Friday also is India Day at the festival, with a special India-Italy business
forum, the screening of four Bollywood films and a number of special
cultural events.

The world premiere of Francis Ford Coppola's "Youth Without Youth" --
perhaps the festival's most hotly anticipated film -- takes place Saturday. The
film is Coppola's first in a decade, and the five-time Oscar-winning director
is expected to attend the opening with members of his family and "Youth"
co-stars Tim Roth and Bruno Ganz.

The festival concludes Oct. 27.
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Volume 77; Number 9
Monica Bellucci arrives at the RomaCinemaFest on
Thursday. (Getty Images photo)
October 28, 2007
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at Rome festival

'Elijah' first production at
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RomaCinemaFest gets
Second Wind

Fellini script 'Viaggio' on
new voyage

October 18, 2007
Rome Fest dressed up in
second outing

Rome Fest dressed up in
second outing

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RomaCinemaFest sets
sophomore bar higher

Fest success good news for
the last paparazzo

Film spotlight: "Youth
Without Youth"

Italy offers versatile
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'Business Street' initiative a
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RomaCinemaFest owes debt
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