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First titles unveiled by Rome all European

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First titles unveiled by Rome all European

The first eight titles unveiled by the Rome International Film Festival (October 22-31) today all are European.

The Anteprime section will feature The Duchess by the UK’s Saul Dibb, with Keira Knightley once again donning an 18th century costume to play the Duchess of Devonshire, the fascinating ancestor of Lady Diana. German cinema offers a new reflection on the recent past with Uli Edel’s La Banda Baader Meinhof, set in Germany during the terrorism of the 1970s and starring Bruno Ganz and Alexandra Maria Lara.

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Cinema 2008 will include the collective film 8 (Huit), a humanitarian project against poverty produced by France’s LDM and featuring directors from the world over (including Wim Wenders and Jane Campion); and the French/Cambodian Un barrage contre le Pacifique by Rithy Panh, based on Marguerite Duras’ novel Dam Against the Pacific.

The section L’Altro Cinema confirms its predilection for documentaries with Bob Marley: Exodus ’77 by Anthony Wall and Teresa Marchesi’s Effedià – Sulla mia cattiva strada, which uses interviews and never-before-seen footage to create a portrait of singer-songwriter Fabrizio De Andrè.

Alice in the Cities, the sidebar dedicated to children and adolescents, will feature (among its 12 world or European premiere titles) UK film Summer by Kenneth Glenaan, with Robert Carlyle and Rachael Blake, and French title Lol by Lisa Azuelos with Sophie Marceau. There will also be a tribute to five historic names of Italian animation: Bruno Bozzetto, Giulio Gianini, Emanuele Luzzati, Toni Pagot and Leo Lionni.

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(Translated from Italian)

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