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October 22, 2007
Coppola lights up Rome fest
Director's 'Youth' hit of weekend

By ERIC J. LYMAN

ROME -- The world premiere of Francis Ford Coppola's "Youth Without
Youth" and the winding down of the Business Street market were the
highlights of the first full weekend at the RomaCinemaFest.

Organizers also announced that tickets were selling faster than expected
and were on track to easily beat last year's levels.

Coppola's first film in a decade, a symbolic and cerebral tale of an elderly
man given a second shot at youth after being struck by lightning, screened
twice Saturday to packed houses.

The weekend provided plenty of exposure for the Coppola family: The
director's wife Eleanor participated in a question-and-answer session
related to her documentary "Coda: Thirty Years Later," and children Sofia and
Roman both were on hand for "Youth."

In a meeting with the press, Coppola said "Youth" was the most personal
film he had ever made.

"Thanks to some early successes, I had the career of a veteran filmmaker
when I was young," Coppola said. "So now I guess I want to have the career
of a young filmmaker now that I'm old."

The four-day Business Street event closed Sunday with a flurry of activity
along the city's famous Via Veneto. Final statistics about the informal market
will be released today.

Among the weekend's other big premieres were Francois Girard's "Silk"
starring Keira Knightley and Michael Pitt, and "Before the Devil Knows You're
Dead," which features a star- studded cast including Philip Seymour
Hoffman, Ethan Hawke and Marisa Tomei.

The European premiere of Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"
kicked off the weekend with a well-attended Friday night screening.

Also on Friday, Sophia Loren was presented with a lifetime achievement
award. Loren was given a standing ovation and later charmed a
standing-room-only crowd with tales about her early career. "I never forgot
how lucky I have been to have had the long career I've had," she said.

During the first three days of the festival, about 42,000 tickets had been sold,
well ahead of last year's pace at the same point. The festival concludes
Saturday.
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Volume 77; Number 9
Volume 77; Number 9
October 28, 2007
RomaCinemaFest ends
strong; Popular 'Juno' wins
Best Film

October 27, 2007
'Juno' takes home top prize
at RomaCinemaFest

'Canvas,' 'Pride' earn Rome
fest's Alice nods

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Top prize still up for grabs at
Rome fest

October 25, 2007
'Haifa' earns New Cinema's
Italian nod

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'Lambs' stars in like lions at
Rome fest

FilmItalia, UniFrance team
for young talent

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Rome fest

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Coppola lights up Rome fest

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Depardieu imposter fools
hotel staff in Rome

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at Rome festival

'Elijah' first production at
new I am Third

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RomaCinemaFest gets
Second Wind

Fellini script 'Viaggio' on
new voyage

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Rome Fest dressed up in
second outing

Rome Fest dressed up in
second outing

October 12, 2007
RomaCinemaFest sets
sophomore bar higher

Fest success good news for
the last paparazzo

Film spotlight: "Youth
Without Youth"

Italy offers versatile
location, strong incentives

'Business Street' initiative a
high-end venue

RomaCinemaFest owes debt
to Auditorium

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Rome Fest's love affair with
Hollywood continues