'Caravaggio' debuts at Rome TV fest


ROME -- The European premiere of "Caravaggio" was the highlight of Tuesday's first full day at the RomaFictionFest.

Veteran television director Angelo Longoni's biographical telefilm about the Renaissance master painter, screened to a full house Tuesday. It was only the second public screening for the film, which screened once in New York last month.

The RomaFictionFest encompasses some 140 programs created for television.

"Caravaggio" star Alessio Boni was among the stars on the event's orange carpet -- the festival uses an orange carpet rather than a red one to differentiate itself from a traditional cinema festival -- and he will appear here later in the week for Robert Dornhelm's "War and Peace," the centerpiece film of the July 2-7 festival.

Also screening Tuesday were the TV film "Dans L'Ombre du Maitre" (In Her Master's Shadow), a film about a young genius from France's David Delrieux; Kai Wessel's miniseries "Die Flucht" (March of Millions); and "The State Within," a miniseries about an air confrontation between the U.K. and the U.S. from Michael Offer and Daniel Percival.