RomaCinemaFest spotlights China

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ROME -- The 2008 edition of the RomaCinemaFest will include a focus on China in honor of the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, the office of Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni said Tuesday.

Veltroni, in Beijing as part of a trade and culture mission, signed an agreement with city officials regarding the 2008 fest, which will include a focus on films made in China and those featuring the country prominently.

Last year's inaugural RomaCinemaFest had no geographical focus, nor will the upcoming Oct. 18-27 festival.

The festival will not be the only China-focused event in the Italian capital in 2008. It was announced this year that the same location that serves as home for the festival will host a major series of events featuring Chinese dance, music, theater and art.

The dates for the 2008 fest have yet to be announced.
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