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Al Pacino collects award in Rome

Al Pacino signs autographs for fans
Pacino signed autographs for fans before taking questions at the festival

Oscar-winner Al Pacino has been given a lifetime achievement award at the Rome Film Festival in Italy.

He took questions from fans, telling would-be actors to "learn your words and how to rehearse and then rehearse".

A short trailer of his next movie - Salomaybe?, inspired by Oscar Wilde's play Salome - was also screened.

The emphasis of this year's 10-day festival is European talent, and opens with Italian love drama L'Uomo Che Ama (The Man Who Loves).

Political film Good, by British director Vincente Amorim, is in the running for best film at the event alongside 19 other movies, chiefly from European film-makers.

Only one US film will take part in competition - Pride and Glory, starring Hollywood actor Edward Norton.

Festival awards

Honours for best actor and actress will also be handed out, while Godfather star Pacino will picked up an award on behalf of New York's Actors Studio.

Gina Lollobrigida
Italy's Gina Lollobrigida will also be honoured at the festival
The drama school is famous for teaching method acting, and since its foundation in 1947 has produced many famous graduates including Pacino, Robert De Niro and the late Paul Newman.

Other films which will be showcased out of competition at the festival include Huit/Eight - a project about world poverty involving Mexican star Gael Garcia Bernal and directors Wim Wenders, Gus Van Sant and Jane Campion.

Documentary Theatre of War - starring Meryl Streep as herself - will also be shown. It chronicles the staging of a New York production of Bertolt Brecht play Mother Courage.

The festival is set to close with the screening of Italian film L'Ultima Pulcinella.

It is the Italian capital's third annual film showcase.

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