Anti-poverty film '8' screening at Rome fest

'Duchess,' 'Baader-Meinhof' also get slots

A film by eight high-profile directors sanctioned by the United Nations as part of its campaign against poverty will make its world premiere at the third annual Rome Film Festival in October.

"8" (Huit) is divided into eight segments, directed by Jane Campion, Gael Garcia Bernal, Jan Kounen, Mira Nair, Gaspar Noe, Abderrahmane Sissako, Gus Van Sant and Wim Wenders. The film is part of a program designed to cut global poverty in half and is supported by 191 countries.

The Keira Knightley/Ralph Fiennes period piece "The Duchess" and Uli Edel's "The Baader-Meinhof Complex" (Der Baader Meinhof Komplex) are two other titles to make the Cinema 2008 lineup for the festival, which is set for Oct. 22-31.

"The Duchess," from director Saul Dibb, is about the unconventional and controversial 18th century duchess of Devonshire, an ancestor of Princess Diana. Bruno Ganz and Alexandra Maria Lara star in Edel's story set in the 1970s during a period of violent conflict in Germany.

Also on the Cinema 2008 program is the Franco-Cambodian film "The Sea Wall" (Un barrage contre le Pacifique), directed by Rithy Panh and starring Isabelle Huppert.

Two world premieres focused on musicians, Bob Marley and Fabrisio de Andre, also are on the schedule. "Bob Marley: Exodus 77," directed by Anthony Wall, retraces the career of the reggae icon. "Effedia -- sulla mia cattiva strada," by Teresa Marchesi, intertwines interviews and never-before-seen images to evoke the life and art of the Italian singer-songwriter.

"Summer" is one of 12 other features that will make a world or European premiere in the festival's Alice Nella Citta (Alice in the City) section, and the L'Occhio Sul Mondo (Focus) sidebar will profile Brazilian cinema with a selection of 10 films having their European or international premieres.
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