'Julie & Julia' to close Rome film festival

Meryl Streep expected to attend the event

ROME -- The Italian premiere of Nora Ephron's Julia Child biopic "Julie & Julia" will be the closing film at the fourth Rome International Film Festival, organizers said Wednesday.

The film will coincide with Rome's Marcus Aurelius career prize the festival already announced it would present to Meryl Streep, who stars in the film as Child.

Previous winners of the Marcus Aurelius nod include Sean Connery, Sophia Loren and Al Pacino.

"Julie & Julia" will be part of the festival's official selection but will screen out of competition. In conjunction with the screening, the festival said Streep would participate in Q&A session with the audience.

The festival also announced that jury member Gabriele Muccino and Oscar winner Giuseppe Tornatore would continue the festival's tradition of featuring Italian figures discussing and debating current issues in the Duetto series, which has in the past paired up directors Bernardo Bertolucci and Marco Bellocchio and actors Toni Servillo and Carlo Verdone.

The event, which runs Oct. 15-23, also released the name of some of the Italian titles it will feature, including two that focus on earthquakes. "Aquila Bella Me," a documentary that focuses on the events between April's quake in L'Aquila through the devastated city's hosting of the G-8 summit in July, and Gianfranco Pannone's "Immota Manet," which tells the story of a severe 1915 earthquake in Avezzano, are in this year's lineup.

Three Italian pics in the official selection were also announced, with Donatella Maiorca historical drama "Viola di Mare"; "Alza la testa," a coming-of-age story set around a boxing ring from Alessandro Angelini; and "L'Uomo che Verra" from Giorgio Diritto that tells the story of a poignant confrontation between Nazis and Italian partisans making the cut.
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