'The Lady' opens the International Rome Film Festival 2011

Michelle Yeoh at Rome Film festival
The sixth edition of the International Rome Film Festival opened yesterday evening and saw the dazzlingly beautiful Michelle Yeoh grace the red carpet at the Auditorium Parco della Musica for the first Out of Competition movie of the Official Selection, The Lady by Luc Besson. She was accompanied by co-star David Thewlis and the director, with both actors taking the time to meet fans, sign autographs and generously pose for photos before entering the Sala Santa Cecilia. I've been a huge Michelle Yeoh fan ever since her Hong Kong action movie days, so I was thrilled to have tickets for the film and for the chance to see the actress up close.

Both Michelle Yeoh as Burmese pro-democracy activist and Nobel Peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and David Thewlis as her Oxford academic husband Michael Aris, give wonderfully measured and often moving performances in The Lady, the true story of the personal sacrifices the couple were forced to make for the sake of the wider political cause. The film received warm and protracted applause from the audience in Rome last night and a standing ovation for its stars.

To get a taste of the event watch the video of Michelle Yeoh in Rome below (or click here to watch on YouTube).