Disney's "Planes" will launch into Italy as the opener of the Rome Film Festival's independantly-run Alice in the City kiddie pics' section which has unveiled a rich lineup with a strong Gallic accent.

The 3D "Cars" spinoff will get Rome red carpet treatment prior to a November 8 matinee screening, out-of-competition, in the Eternal City's Auditorium theatre. Hollywood titles are often released late in Italy, due to a systemic summer box office lull.

Now at its tenth edition, Alice has assembled a showcase of standout pics for its Young/Adult category competition, comprising Finland's Foreign-Language Oscar candidate "The Disciple," by Ulrika Bengts, about the friendship and rivalry between two teenage boys on an isolated island in the Baltic Sea; Swedish helmer Kiell-Ake Andersson's "Nobody Owns Me," about a girl growing up with her single father; and "Juliette," a first work by 24-four-year-old French director Pierre Godeau, starring Astrid Berges-Frisbey ("Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides") as a young woman who keeps postponing the moment when she'll have to make life choices.

From Gaul, Rome's Alice section will also feature Marc Boreal and Thibaut Chatel's toon "My Mommy Is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill," which earned a special mention at Annecy; the international bow of Nicolas Vanier's "Belle & Sebastien," about an orphan who befriends a big dog during World War II, based on a French literature classic; and Julie Bertucelli's docu "School of Babel" shot in a multi-ethnic Paris high-school.

Docus unspooling in Alice include Marc Silver's Sundance entry "Who Is Dayani Cristal?," about a decomposing body with a mysterious tatoo found in the Arizona desert, starring Gael Garcia Bernal, who also produced.

Japanese helmer and scribe Hirokazu Kore-Eda will hold an onstage conversation preceded by a screening of two of his films, "I Wish" and "Like Father Like Son." This last film, which explores two families discovering that their 6-year-old sons were switched at birth, won the Jury Prize at Cannes this year.

Alice in The City, which is co-headed by Gianluca Giannelli and Fabia Bettini, will run concurrently with the Rome Film Festival November 8-17.

 


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