Roma fest grows in second year


ROME -- The second edition of the RomaCinemaFest will screen 140 films -- 45 more than last year -- all of them international and European premieres, the festival said Monday.

The competition lineup will be slightly more streamlined, with 14 films rather than the 16 featured during last year's inaugural edition. But the festival itself is set to be much larger, with 22 films in the Extras sidebar and 14 from the Alice in the City sidebar.

The films will screen at the six cinemas in Rome's state-of-the-art Auditorium -- the festival's headquarters -- as well as selected cinemas around the Italian capital.

The full lineup will be announced Sept. 25, but several films have already been confirmed for the Oct. 18-27 festival, including the European premiere of Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" as the festival's opening film.

Francis Ford Coppola's first film in a decade, "Youth Without Youth," is confirmed for the program, along with Alain Corneau's "Le Deuxieme Souffle" (The Second Wind), starring Daniel Auteuil and Monica Bellucci; Steven Sebring's documentary "Patti Smith: A Dream of Life"; Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney and Marisa Tomei; and Italian art house drama "I Giorni e le Nuvole" (Days and Clouds) by Silvio Soldini.

Organizers have promised a galaxy of stars for the nascent festival's red carpet.