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ROME, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- The 16th edition of the Rome Film Fest officially kicked off here on Thursday, one day after the revamped COVID-19 rules enabled cinemas to operate at full capacity again.

The event, hosted by the multi-functional public music complex Auditorium Parco della Musica in northern Rome, will last until Oct. 24 and will offer 23 movies and documentaries in its official selection.

The festival opened with the screening of "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," a film based on the true story of American televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, who is played by Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain.

The festival's world premieres include Silenn Thomas' documentary "Frank Miller -- American Genius" and Jens Sjogren's biopic "I Am Zlatan" about football player Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

As in recent years, the festival will offer master classes and Close Encounters with authors, actors and other artists, as well as retrospectives and tributes dedicated to famous masters of cinema, and debates exploring the technical, artistic and production aspects of audio-visual creation.

This year's festival will again spread beyond the boundaries of the Auditorium as screenings, exhibitions and other events will be held at different locations across Rome.

Guests must still have the Green Pass, the proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, tested negative or recovered.

The wearing of face masks and keeping a safe social distance will also be mandatory at all times inside the venues.

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