A U.N.-backed movie on poverty made of eight segments by directors including Jane Campion and Wim Wenders will make its world premiere at the Rome Film Festival later this year, organizers said Wednesday.
The project, called "8 (Huit)" (Eight), is aimed at raising awareness on world poverty. Gael Garcia Bernal, Gus Van Sant, Mira Nair, Jan Kounen, Abderrahmane Sissako and Gaspar Noe are also among the movie's directors.
The festival's third edition, running Oct. 22-31, will present Saul Dibb's historical pageant "The Duchess," starring Ralph Fiennes and Keira Knightley as the spirited and unconventional Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, an 18th century ancestor of Princess Diana.
A French-Cambodian film, "The Sea Wall (Un barrage contre le Pacifique)" _ a screen adaptation of a Marguerite Duras novel starring Isabelle Huppert _ will also screen at the festival.
Al Pacino is expected to be at the event to receive an acting award and take part in public meetings and conferences, organizers said.
The complete lineup of the festival has not yet been announced.