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Rome Film Festival goes green

Climate change themed sidebar introduced

The Rome Film Festival is going green with an Eye on the World sidebar on climate change that will unspool eco-pics and environmental events, including a conversation/live perf by British singer Jarvis Cocker.

Cocker, the former Pulp frontman, will make the trek to the Eternal City extravaganza as a member of Cape Farewell, a group of artists and environmental activists. Group will preem a montage of clips from “Disko Bay,” helmed by Cape founder David Buckland, an unfinished film about an expedition to the West Coast of Greenland. Cape Farewell will also set up an “Art and Climate Change” show in the fest’s Auditorium venue.

Helmer Louie Psihoyos’ documentary “The Cove,” about the annual slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, will unspool as a special event on Oct. 16 as part of the World Food Day celebrations planned by the United Nations’ Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization.

Other pics in the sidebar include “Turtle: The Incredible Journey,” by Brit filmmaker Nick Stringer; Japanese helmer Seichi Motohashi’s “A Thousand Year Song of Baobab,” about the importance of the baobab tree to villagers in Senegal; and “The End of the Line,” the Rupert Murray doc about the devastating effects of overfishing, which unspooled at Sundance.

The Rome fest opening party will also have an eco-vibe, with giant floating sculptures of rare or extinct animals in the garden of the Renaissance-era Villa Medici above the Spanish Steps.

The fest, which has presold more than 20,000 tickets, runs Oct. 15-23.

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