Branagh to receive Rome laurels

Festival tracks down 'Lost's' Lindelof, Cuse

ROME — Kenneth Branagh will be feted with a lifetime achievement award by the Rome Fiction Fest, the Eternal City’s TV extravaganza that is forging close ties to Blighty and Hollywood.

The Brit multihyphenate will make the trek to the Eternal City to tubthump “Wallander,” the BBC detective skein that he plays the lead in and also produced, and which recently won him a producer BAFTA.

Set and shot in Sweden, “Wallander,” which is based on a best-selling thriller, has been a hit in the U.S. on PBS’ “Masterpiece Mystery!”

Besides Branagh, the July 6-11 Rome Fiction Fest, now at its third edition, has secured several other high-profile guests this year, including “Lost” co-creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, who will hold a masterclass.

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