Big chill at start of Rome film fest

Paz Vega turns out for 'Triage' red carpet premiere

ROME -- The fourth Rome International Film Festival got under way Thursday with the in-competition European premiere of "Triage" from Danis Tanovic, but cool temperatures and a no-show from the film's star, Colin Farrell, limited interest in the red carpet.

Temperatures dipped to an unseasonably cool 46 degrees for the first night on the red carpet, with similarly cool temperatures predicted for the next several evenings.

In the absence of Farrell, who skipped Rome to await the birth of his child, it was left to co-star Paz Vega to add some sizzle to the evening, and she did, lingering on the red carpet in a sexy black dress, to the delight of autograph-seeking fans and the Italian paparazzi.

Christopher Lee, another of the film's stars, was also on hand for the red carpet opening, along with Tanovic, whose 2001 film "No Man's Land" won the Oscar for best foreign-language film.

Friday will be the first full day for the festival, which concludes Oct. 23.