Coppola lights up Rome fest with 'Youth'


Review: Youth Without Youth

ROME -- The world premiere of Francis Ford Coppola's "Youth Without Youth" and the winding down of Business Street market were the highlights of the first full weekend at the RomaCinemaFest.

Organizers also announced that tickets were selling faster than expected and were on track to easily beat last year's levels.

Coppola's first film in a decade -- a highly symbolic and cerebral tale of an elderly man given a second shot at youth after being struck by lightning -- screened twice on Saturday to packed houses.

The four-day Business Street event closed on Sunday with a flurry of activity along the city's famous Via Veneto. Final statistics about the informal market will be released today.

Among the weekend's other big premieres were Francois Girard's "Silk" starring Keira Knightley and Michael Pitt, and "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," which features a star-studded cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke and Marisa Tomei.

The European premiere of Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" kicked off the weekend with a well-attended Friday night screening.

Over the first three days of the festival, about 42,000 tickets had been sold, well ahead of last year's pace at the same point.

The festival concludes Saturday.