Historical drama stars Adrien Brody, Tim Robbins

ROME

Chinese helmer Feng Xiaogang’s blockbuster “Back to 1942″ will world preem as a surprise competition movie at the Rome Film Festival.

The historical drama about a devastating famine in the Henan province has an all-star Chinese cast, and also features Adrien Brody as a journo and Tim Robbins as a Catholic priest stationed in China during the war against Japan.

Feng’s recent hits include romantic comedy “If You Are the One” and earthquake drama “Aftershock,” which grossed $100,000 million in China and was the first major pic co-produced by Imax outside the U.S.

Like “Aftershock,” “Back to 1942″ is produced by China’s Huayi Bros., which is looking to make this pic travel internationally.

Fest will also announce a second surprise title. The seventh edition of the nine-day fest, the first headed by Marco Mueller, opens on Friday.

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