April 4, 1997


Lights! Camera! Action!/Worldfest ’97 screenings will start tonight at Meyerland


The 1997 edition of WorldFest Houston, the city’s own film festival, opens tonight with gala-style festivities, the screening of a new American comedy filmed in Italy and an after-movie bash.

‘FOR ROSEANNA”: 8p.m. On two screens. A 1997 romantic comedy from Fine Line that won’t be released in the United States until June. The movie, which is in English, was filmed in Sermoneta, Italy, by British director Paul Weiland, from a script by American writer Saul Turteltaub, with an international cast. It features Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl (“The Professional,” “The Fisher King”, French star Jean Reno (“Mission Impossible”) and British actress Polly Walker (“Enchanted April,” “Emma”). Reno plays Marcello, who is determined to grant his dying wife’s last wish-to be buried next to her daughter. But the local cemetery has only three plots left, so Marcello must keep everyone else in the village alive. The resulting adventures are pretty wild, but touched by the emotion of the situation. Meanwhile Roseanna, his wife, is trying to take care of her husband’s life after death.