He'll get Cubovision prize for multi-level approach to film

ROME — The Rome Film Festival will fete U.S. multihyphenate James Franco with its Cubovision prize awarded by its new CineMaxxi section dedicated to cutting edge films and multidisciplinary moviemaking.

Franco, who besides acting, writing and directing, has been teaching an NYU Film School course on transposing poetry to short films, was praised by Rome topper Marco Mueller for “moving continuously between different artistic languages and establishing an across-the-board dialogue between the arts.”

Franco, who co-helmed Rome player “Tar,” based on poems by C.K. Williams, with 10 NYU students, will be feted in the Eternal City on Nov. 16. Pic stars Franco as the poet plus turns by Mila Kunis and Jessica Chastain.

His one-minute short “Dreams,” will also screen in CineMaxxi.

As a thesp, Franco is currently working on Paul Haggis’ relationship drama “Third Person,” now shooting in Rome.

Mueller on Tuesday also announced the addition of U.S. maverick Amos Poe’s “Walk in the Park” and cult Brazilian helmer Julio Bressane’s “O batuque dos Aatros” among CineMaxxi world preems.

As previously announced, Paul Verhoeven will world preem “Tricked,” touted as the first “user-generated” movie. Plot twists in this dark tale of a real estate tycoon whose business partners are scheming behind his back were decided by the public via social media.

Portmanteau pic “Centro historico,” helmed by Aki Kaurismaki, Pedro Costa, Victor Erice and Manoel de Oliveira will open the section.

The rebooted fest, headed by Marco Mueller, runs Nov. 9-17.

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