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Youth movement

Francis Ford Coppola's "Youth Without Youth," the helmer's first feature film effort in 10 years, will have its world premiere at the RomeCinemaFest, 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.

Geike upped

BERLIN — Willi Geike, head of German theatrical operations for Warner Bros., has been promoted to president and managing director of Warner Bros. Entertainment Germany and Austria. In his new position, Geike will be responsible for all of Warners' activities in Germany and Austria, from theatrical production and distribution through to home video, marketing, TV distribution and consumer products.

Hail Fellowes

LONDON — Ealing Studios is partnering with Lionhead Prods. to back and produce Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes' sophomore directorial outing, "From Time to Time." Starring Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, Hugh Bonneville and Anne Reid, the film details the story of a boy's journey through time to discover his family's dramatic and mysterious past. Fellowes, who will direct from his own screenplay, also is co-producing