Stars flock to Rome Film Festival
Hollywood royalty Meryl Streep, star of films The Devil Wears Prada, Julie & Julia and Kramer vs. Kramer, will be presented with the Marcus Aurelius award for lifetime achievement.
The festival director Piera Detassis said: "The thread running through the festival will be the central role of women in contemporary cinema."
Helen Mirren, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell will also attend the festival, reports the Daily Telegraph.
A jury, led by American director Milos Forman, will consider 14 films for the Marc'Aurelio prizes.
Other jury members include Algerian novelist Assia Djebar, Austrian actress Senta Berger, Italian director Gabriele Muccino and Russian filmmaker Pavel Lounguine.
In contention for best film ward is The Last Station, a film about Leo Tolstoy's last days which stars Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer.