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Reuters: Rome unveils film fest lineup, plays down Venice row

Reuters: Rome unveils film fest lineup, plays down Venice row

A mix of big Hollywood productions and arty European movies will mark Rome’s first international film festival next month, organizers said on Tuesday as they played down rivalry with Venice’s venerable film contest. French and Italian movies dominate the 16-film lineup for the Rome festival’s main competition, which has a distinct European, art-house flavor and includes no U.S. title. In fact, the official competition is almost certain to take a back seat to a series of special events and screenings which include the presentation of Martin Scorsese‘s new thriller “The Departed” and a tribute to Sean Connery. Silvia Aloisi reports.

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