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Rome Film Festival Lures Younger Generation with Day of 'Breaking Dawn' Part 2 and 'Beautiful Creatures'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 1, 2012 at 2:42PM

The Alice Nella Cita independent section of the Rome Film Festival unveils one of its most anticipated highlights of the fest: "The End of the Saga, and the Beginning of Another," a day dedicated to fans awaiting the final "Twilight" installment, and the launch of potential new young adult fantasy franchise "Beautiful Creatures."
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Kristen Stewart in "Breaking Dawn Part 2"
Kristen Stewart in "Breaking Dawn Part 2"

The Alice Nella Cita independent section of the Rome Film Festival (November 9-17) unveils one of its most anticipated highlights of the fest: "The End of the Saga, and the Beginning of Another," a day dedicated to fans awaiting the final "Twilight" installment (November 16), and the launch of potential new young adult fantasy franchise "Beautiful Creatures."

"Beautiful Creatures" is based on the first novel in the NY Times bestselling book series "The Caster Chronicles," by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. It centers on Southern small-town teen Ethan and his mysterious, curse-afflicted love interest Lena, who together uncover the dark secrets of their family histories. The film, which is slated to open wide February 13, 2013, is directed by Richard LaGravenese ("P.S. I Love You"), and stars Jane Campion's daughter Alice Englert ("Ginger & Rosa") as Lena and Alden Ehrenreich ("Tetro") as Ethan. It also stars Viola Davis, Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons.

Could "Beautiful Creatures" be the next "Twilight"? Or has the YA romance fantasy trend already been usurped by the colder, kick-ass sci-fi realism of "The Hunger Games"?

The Alice Nella Cita section, which runs parallel to the Rome Film Festival's programming and is aimed at a younger generation of moviegoers, is certainly situating "Beautiful Creatures" as the next reigning champ.

Below, the November 13 "Saga" program in detail:

This article is related to: Rome Film Festival, Festivals, Twilight, Beautiful Creatures


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.