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Julianne Moore to be Honored at Rome Festival

Italian festival will also salute “La Dolce Vita,” screen Sam Mendes and Martin Scorsese

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A few days after Annette Bening receives the Hollywood Actress Award at the Hollywood Film Festival’s Hollywood Awards gala, her “The Kids Are All Right” costar Julianne Moore will collect an honor of her own in Europe. The International Rome Film Festival announced Thursday that it has chosen Moore to be the recipient of the Marcus Aurelius Award for lifetime achievement.

Julianne MooreIn addition, the Rome festival announced its 2010 lineup of films, which ranges from director Sam Mendes’ marital drama “Last Night,” with Kiera Knightley and Sam Worthington, to potential Oscar contenders “Rabbit Hole” and “Animal Kingdom.”

The 16 films screening in competition will also include “Oranges and Sunshine,” a film featuring actress Emily Watson and directed by Jim Loach, the son of Ken Loach; “The Back,” from adventurous Chinese director Liu Bingjian; “Dog Sweat,” from Iranian director Hossein Keshavarz; Nigel Cole’s “We Want Sex,” with Sally Hawkins and Bob Hoskins; and the French drama “Les Petits Mouchoirs” (“Little White Lies”), which recently played in Toronto.

The fest, which runs from October 28 to November 5, will present a few works with ties to television, among them Martin Scorsese’s pilot for the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire” and Olivier Assayas’ five-and-a-half-hour TV drama “Carlos,” a critical hit at Cannes.

The festival will also honor the 50th anniversary of Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” with a gala screening of a restored copy of the 1960 classic.

Besides Moore, celebrities expected to attend the festival include Knightley, Eva Mendes, Aaron Eckhart, director John Landis and French actress Fanny Ardant.

The full lineup is available at the festival website.