'Man Who Loves' to open Rome fest

Monica Bellucci starrer will have its world premiere

ROME -- Monica Bellucci will grace the Rome Film Festival's opening-night red carpet for the second consecutive year, accompanying the Oct. 22 world premiere of Maria Sole Tognazzi's "L'Uomo che ama" (The Man Who Loves).

The film will share the spotlight with "Eight," an eight-part project from directors including Jane Campion, Gus Van Sant, Gael Garcia Bernal and Wim Wenders, which will premiere the same day. Each segment will focus on a threat to the planet from the director's point of view. It will be the first time the eight segments will screen together.

The selection of "L'Uomo che ama" marks the first time in the festival's three-year history that an Italian film has been chosen to open the event, which will have a more Italian focus under the presidency of Gian Luigi Rondi.

Last year, Bellucci came to Rome with the French gangster flick "Le Deuxieme Souffle" (The Second Wind), directed by Alain Corneau. Rome's inaugural festival opened with Steven Shainberg's "Fur," starring Nicole Kidman.

The Rome Film Festival closes Oct. 31.