Pacino in Rome spotlight

'Man Who Loves,' 'Eight' bow at third event

The third edition of the Rome International Film Festival kicked off Wednesday with a massive Brazil-themed party and hints from Al Pacino — the festival's most high-profile guest — that he might be up for making a repeat visit next year.

Pacino, in town to receive the festival's lifetime achievement award, is the subject of a major retrospective at a Rome festival that features less star power than previous editions.

During a meandering set of encounters with the press and the public, Pacino said it was "a shame" his just-completed directorial effort "Salomaybe?" — based on a once-banned Oscar Wilde play — could not be part of his Rome retrospective.

"I would have liked the film to come here," Pacino said, to the visible delight of Rome co-director Mario Sesti, seated next to him. "Maybe we can bring the film here next year."

Also on tap Wednesday were a pair of world premieres. A screening of Maria Sole Tognazzi's "The Man Who Loves" was followed by "Eight," an eight-part project from directors including Jane Campion, Gus Van Sant and Wim Wenders. (partialdiff)