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October 18, 2007
Rome fest dressed up in second


ROME -- The second RomaCinemaFest gets under way Thursday with all
the red carpet shindigs and champagne toasts befitting a rookie festival
playing in the big leagues. The event includes the highly anticipated
European premiere of "Elizabeth: The Golden Age."

A star-studded red carpet will be one of the signatures of the festival, which
runs through Oct. 27. And the glitter will start immediately, with "Elizabeth"
star Cate Blanchett and director Shekhar Kapur as well as operatic tenor
Andrea Bocelli -- who will sing at the opening night gala -- among the first
day's biggest names.

It will be the second high-profile event in Italy in five weeks for Blanchett, who
won best actress honors at the Venice Film festival for her portrayal of folk
icon Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There."

Also on the agenda for Thursday is "Le Deuxieme Souffle" (Second Wind), a
French gangster film from Alain Corneau. The main attraction for the
weekend will be the world premiere of Francis Ford Coppola's first film in a
decade, "Youth Without Youth," which screens Saturday.

Other big-name stars expected to travel to Rome for the festival include Tom
Cruise, Sophia Loren, Robert Redford, Jane Fonda and Gerard Depardieu.

The Rome festival bills itself as an event for the masses rather than for
industry insiders, and ticket sales are bearing that out. As the festival
approaches, organizers said ticket sales are on pace to outdistance last
year's 480,000.

The best film honor will be selected by a jury of 50 regular moviegoers, but
instead of an entirely Italian jury as in 2006 the group will be made up of 30
Italians and 20 members from 11 other European countries.
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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

October 26, 2007
Top prize still up for grabs at
Rome fest

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

October 24, 2007
'Lambs' stars in like lions at
Rome fest

FilmItalia, UniFrance team
for young talent

October 23, 2007
Veneto buyer buzz builds on
Biz Street

Star wattage waning at
Rome fest

October 22, 2007
Coppola lights up Rome fest

October 20, 2007
Depardieu imposter fools
hotel staff in Rome

'Elizabeth,' Loren big draws
at Rome festival

'Elijah' first production at
new I am Third

October 19, 2007
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

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

September 28, 2007
Rome Fest's love affair with
Hollywood continues