Hollywood stars on Rome’s red carpet

The guest list of stars attending the seventh edition of the Rome International Film Festival from 9-17 November includes Jude Law, Bill Murray, Stephen Dorff and Adrien Brody.

These stars will be joined on the red carpet by the previously-announced veteran Sylvester Stallone, James Franco , acclaimed for his role in "127 Hours", and Matthew Modine, who starred as Private Joker in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" – a restored version of which will screen at the festival on the occasion of the film's 25th anniversary. In addition, an exhibition of 100 photographs taken by Modine on the set of the 1987 Vietnam war classic will be on display at the festival's base at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.

Stallone stars in the action thriller "Bullet to the Head", which premieres at the festival and whose director Walter Hill will be awarded with Rome’s inaugural Maverick Director Award. Bill Murray, best known for being in films such as "Groundhog Day" and "Lost in Translation", stars in Roman Coppola's "A Glimpse Inside the World of Charles Swan III", premiering at the festival. Stephen Dorff, known for his portrayal of Stuart Sutcliffe in "Backbeat", is in Gabriel and Alan Polsky's "The Motel Life", also premiering in Rome.

Known for his appearances in films such as "Alfie" and "Sherlock Holmes", English actor Law's voice features in "The Rise of the Guardians", another of the festival's big premieres. Meanwhile Brody, whose role in Roman Polanski's "The Pianist" earned him an Oscar for Best Actor, is currently in Rome filming his new movie "The Third Person".

This impressive list of Hollywood stars goes a long way to combat the media's initial criticism of the perceived lack of "star power" at the festival, which is under the artistic direction of newly-appointed Marco Müller. In a recent interview Müller said he refused to pay the exorbitant fees requested by many stars to appear at previous editions of the festival.

Other international stars expected to attend the festival include Britain's Charlote Rampling and Rebecca Night; China's Feng Xiaogang; France's Déborah François; and Rii Sen from India. Among the stars of Italian cinema appearing are Carlo Verdone, Alessandro Gassman, Giuliano Montaldo and Giuseppe Tornatore.

All of the directors of the films screening in competition will attend. For full details including programme and tickets, see the festival website.

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