Woody Allen Flick to Open Jerusalem Film Fest

The film, the first Allen has appeared in since 'Scoop' in 2006, tells four different stories of adventures and misadventures in the Italian capital.

Itamar Zohar
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Woody Allen's romantic comedy, "To Rome With Love," is to open the 29th Jerusalem Film Festival, which begins on July 5.

The film, the first Allen has appeared in since "Scoop" in 2006, tells four different stories of adventures and misadventures in the Italian capital.

Allen plays a retired director who visits Rome and tries to promote the career of a man who sings quality opera, but only when in the shower.

The film also stars Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni and Penelope Cruz. The 10-day film festival features dozens of films in a variety of categories.

Last year, at the 28th Jerusalem International Film Festival, more than 200 films were screened over 10-days.

Achievement awards were granted to Israeli director Eran Riklis ("The Syrian Bride," "The Human Resources Manager"), critic, lecturer and artistic director Nachman Ingber and Hungarian director Bela Tarr, the festival's guest that year.

U.S. director Woody Allen and his wife Soon Yi Previn pose during the premiere of his film 'To Rome with Love' in Rome April 13, 2012. Credit: AP