An Italian love drama starring Monica Bellucci will open this year's Rome film festival, which will give more emphasis on Italian flavor rather than Hollywood presence. The festival includes 21 Italian films, featuring "8," a collection of eight short films inspired by the U.N. Millennium Development Goals on poverty.
Still, international stars like Keira Knightley, Colin Farrell and Viggo Mortensen are due to attend, while Al Pacino will receive a lifetime achievement award.
Six titles by Italian film-makers are in the main 20-title competition, including "L'Uomo che ama" (The Man Who Loves) with Bellucci which will kick off the movie marathon.
Other highlights include two films already presented at the Toronto festival last month, 18th-century romance "The Duchess" with Knightley and cop drama "Pride and Glory" - the only U.S. film in Rome's competition, starring Farrell and Edward Norton.