Brit queen, film king set for Roma

'Golden Age' to open fest; Coppola will hit red carpet

Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" will open the sophomore edition of the RomaCinemaFest, organizers said Thursday.

The announcement came as part of an early look at the Oct. 18-27 festival's lineup, which appears set to produce a star-laden red carpet.

Francis Ford Coppola will be on hand with his previously announced entry "Youth Without Youth," his first film in a decade.

In explaining his decision to screen the romantic thriller starring Tim Roth in Rome, Coppola praised the second-year festival.

"My film was requested by every film festival," Coppola said. "But I didn't want to send it. I think film festivals are … just good at creating controversies. There's not any real interest in the movies, which are sacrificed to feed film critics. On the contrary, in Rome there seems to be a goodwill to choose and screen films for the audience."

Coppola and Roth will be joined on the red carpet by Coppola's son Roman who has a small role in the film; daughter Sofia; his wife, Eleanor; and Bruno Ganz, one of the film's co-stars.

Other films set for the Roma program include Italian art house drama "Days and Clouds" by Silvio Soldini and "The Third Mother," a new horror thriller from Dario Argento. The film, which features his daughter, Asia, is the last part of the director's "Three Mothers" trilogy.

Other films include Alain Corneau's "The Second Wind," starring Daniel Auteuil and Monica Bellucci; Hector Babenco's comedy "The Past"; Steven Sebring's documentary "Patti Smith: A Dream of Life"; and Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," which stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney and Marisa Tomei.

Organizers said that all 14 competition titles in Rome will be world or European premieres.

Accompanying "Golden Age" to Rome will be director Kapur, Clive Owen and Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush. Among those joining them on the red carpet are Soldini, Dario and Asia Argento, Auteuil, Bellucci, Smith, Lumet, Hoffman, Hawke, Finney, Tomei, Colin Firth, Val Kilmer and Matthew Modine.

The full lineup for RomaCinemaFest will be released in September.