Coppola 'Youth' to debut at Rome fest


Francis Ford Coppola's "Youth Without Youth," the helmer's first feature film effort in 10 years, will have its world premiere at the RomaCinemaFest, sales agent Pathe Pictures International announced Thursday.

Starring Tim Roth as an elderly professor whose apparent immortality makes him a target of the Nazis, the World War II-set tale was filmed in Romania. Coppola also wrote the screenplay, which is adapted from the novella by author Mircea Eliade.

"This film represents a new period in my career, where I intend to make only personal films," Coppola said. "I look forward to showing it at this new festival in Italy, whose great masters such as Rossellini, Fellini, Visconti, Pasolini and Antonioni inspired my early career."

"Youth," Coppola's first film since 1997's "The Rainmaker," also stars Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Pirici, Marcel Iures and Andre Hennicke.

The second annual RomaCinemaFest runs Oct. 18-27.