Event unveils three Italian titles in competition
Nora Ephron’s “Julie and Julia” will close the fourth Rome Film Festival where pic’s star Meryl Streep will introduce at the gala screening Oct. 23.The Italo preem of Sony’s culinary dramedy, toplining Streep as chef Julia Child and Amy Adams as a latter-day acolyte, is among the first batch of pics unveiled by the fest Wednesday. Streep, who as previously announced will be honored with the Eternal City extravaganza’s Golden Marcus Aurelius acting award, is also booked for an onstage Q&A, similar to those held by previous Aurelius nod recipients Sean Connery, Sophia Loren and Al Pacino. The nine-day fest also announced three Italian titles in competition. Vying for Rome’s top nod will be Sicilian costumer “Viola di mare,” by Donatella Majorca; “Alza la testa,” a boxing drama by helmer Alessandro Angelini (“Salty Air”), toplining Sergio Castellitto; and World War II resistance drama “L’uomo che verra” by Giorgio Diritti, starring Maya Sansa and Alba Rohrwacher. Milos Forman, as previously announced, will head the main jury. Rome’s Extra section, comprising cutting-edge pics and special events, is breaking out a sub-section dedicated to docus about the deadly earthquake that struck Italy’s Abruzzo region in April. Extra will also feature an onstage conversation between helmers Giuseppe Tornatore and Gabriele Muccino.