Blanchett 'Golden' for Rome film fest


ROME -- Oscar winner Cate Blanchett will officially open this year's RomaCinemaFest, and her new film, Shekar Kapur's "The Golden Age," will receive its European premiere there, organizers said Thursday.

It will be the second time in as many years that the Rome event will be opened by an Australian actress. Last year, Nicole Kidman opened the festival's debut edition prior to the screening of her film "Fur."

"The Golden Age," in which Blanchett reprises her role as Queen Elizabeth I, explores the relationship between the queen and explorer Sir Walter Raleigh, played by Clive Owen. The film also stars Geoffrey Rush as Sir Francis Walsingham and Samantha Morton as Mary Queen of Scots.

The second RomaCinemaFest will take place Oct. 18-27.