Rome Film Festival: 'Breaking Dawn Part 1,' 'Magic Valley' Screen

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"Magic Valley" is the directorial debut from Jaffe Zinn and the only U.S.-made film in the main competition.

ROME – The European premiere of Magic Valley, the whodunit drama from U.S. director Jaffe Zinn was the centerpiece screening at the International Rome Film Festival Monday, screening to a full crowd at the festival’s Sinopoli venue following a weekend dominated by a pair of unlikely movie heroines.

The weekend screenings at the sixth edition of the Rome festival were highlighted by Nikki Reed’s portrayal of a teenage vampire twin in Bill Condon’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, a quirky love story between a human and a vampire. A day earlier, Maggie Gyllenhaal stole the show with her role in Tanya Wexler’s Hysteria, about the 19th century inventor of the vibrator.

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The strong female roles over the weekend came on the heels of Michelle Yeoh’s appearance in Rome for her role as the title character in Luc Besson’s The Lady, the bioflick about Burmese democracy activist and Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, which opened the festival on Thursday.
Like Yeoh, Reed -- along with co-star Jackson Rathbone – and Gyllenhaal all charmed deep red carpet crowds, stopping to sign autographs and pose for real and would-be paparazzi photographers in the crowd. The Twilight Saga was in the official selection of the Alice sidebar for family films, while Hysteria screened as one of the 15 films in Rome’s main competition.

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Monday night’s screening was a little more subdued, though the film itself -- the directorial debut from Zinn and the only U.S.-made film in the main competition -- was well received.

The Rome festival runs through Friday.