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Wizards, real life unspool

ROME — While Hollywood will be going to Giffoni in full force, there will be no lack of more esoteric international indie fare for young auds to discuss, vote on and digest as part of the Experience.

Sandwiched between the latest “Harry Potter” and “G-Force” are some of the top pics depicting the lives of young people to surface lately on the festival circuit.

They include: “Summerhood,” the John Cusack-narrated summer-camp comedy penned and helmed by Canadian former standup comic Jacob Medjuck; “It’s Not Me, I Swear,” the dark 1960s suburban laffer helmed by Quebec’s Philippe Falardeau; Dutch director Nicole van Kilsdonk’s coming-of-age drama “How to Survive Myself”; hard-hitting contempo Africa child soldiers drama “Johnny Mad Dog” by Gaul’s Jean-Stephane Sauvaire; and “Where God Left His Shoes,” the John Leguizamo starrer about a struggling ex-boxer and his family, helmed by Salvatore Stabile.

Meanwhile, other Hollywood titles launching into Italy from Giffoni include Fox’s “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” “Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience,” “Imagine That” and “S. Darko.” There will also be a 25 minute sneak peek — a world preem –of Sony’s “Planet 51,” the big-budget Spanish alien adventure toon helmed by Jorge Blanco and written by Joe Stillman (“Shrek”).

The festival’s laidback approach means stars don’t have to come to promote their films; however, they do come — and Eva Mendes, Baz Luhrmann, Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Christina Ricci and Wynona Ryder are among the talent expected to make the trek, in addition to Italo A-listers such as Sergio Castellitto, Laura Morante, Francesca Neri, Raoul Bova, Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Claudio Santamaria.

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