RomeFilmFest takes ‘Breath’

Remake stars Bellucci, Auteuil

The RomeFilmFest is going for Gallic flair, opening with Alain Corneau’s gangster pic remake “Le deuxieme souffle” (“Second Breath”), for which stars Monica Bellucci and Daniel Auteuil are expected on the red carpet.

Highly anticipated remake of the 1966 Jean-Pierre Melville noir will world preem in competish at Rome’s Auditorium on Oct. 18. Ambitious fest’s second edition runs Oct. 18-27.

Produced by ARP Selection, Wild Bunch and Canada’s Christal Films, 1950s-set crimer about an aging gangster who escapes from jail to find a deeply different criminal underworld is skedded to for Gallic release Oct. 24 via ARP.

Upcoming Rome edition’s Gallic opener represents something of a shift from the nascent fest’s accent on Hollywood glitz last year, when the curtain-raiser was Nicole Kidman starrer “Fur.” Selection is also ironic because many Italo bizzers are irked that no Italian pics made the cut for competish at the recent Cannes.

“We are proud to open the festival and its competition with a work that revisits a great tradition without giving up original vision for even one frame,” said RomeFilmFest selection curators Giorgio Gosetti and Teresa Cavina.

The Rome fest’s only other confirmed title at present is Francis Ford Coppola’s world preeming “Youth Without Youth.”

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