Rome FilmFest's Winners


The Popular Jury, made up of 50 members and presided over by Ettore Scola, has yesterday assigned the Rome FilmFest’s official awards to the following films:
The award for Best Film goes to Izobrajaya Zhertvy / . The RomeFilmFest – BNL Best Actress Award is for Ariane Ascaride in Le Voyage en Arménie / Armenia by Robert Guédiguian. The RomeFilmFest – Chamber of Commerce award for Best Actor Award goes to Giorgio Colangeli in L´ aria Salata by Alessandro Angelini. Finally, the Jury Special Prize is for This is England by Shane Meadows
A special Rome FilmFest – BNL Award has been assigned to Gillo Pontecorvo. The prize has been delivered by Giuliano Montaldo, close friend of the filmmaker, to the wife Picci and their sons Marco and Simone.
But yesterday was also the Robert De Niro Day.
Accompanied by his wife Grace Hightower and a large delegation from the Tribeca Film Fest, Robert De Niro, walked quickly down the red carpet without heeding the endless and pressing requests by the hundred of photographers behind the walkway’s barricades. He was greeted by the city’s mayor Walter Veltroni.
De Niro then spoke with audiences in the Auditorium’s Sala Sinopoli. Mario Sesti and Vincenzo Mollica (two of our Italina best journalists) kicked off the event, mentioning first of all the presentation of Italian citizenship to the legendary American actor. “The circle closes, my family’s destiny is fulfilled, I can finally say I’ve come home. I’m happy for my children, who will be Italian like me.” In regards to the matter, Veltroni said: “Presenting Robert De Niro with an Italian passport is a simple gesture of, however, great importance. If a Roman passport existed, we would have given him that as well”.
Mayor Veltroni and Fest organizers looked very pleased of this first edition, even if – they admitted – there’s still a lot of work to do to make it a real, perfect, Cinema Festival. The appointment with the second edition of the Fest is for the next year… but the appointment with me is for the next week, so stay tuned!


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Francesca Castro's love for film surfaced watching cult movies and films like 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' and 'Shawshank Redemption'. Inspired, her interest in moving images emerged, sparking her media career at the age of 17. She volunteered for her local cable channel, Rogers Cable 10 in Mississauga, Ontario, filling a variety of positions such as Studio Camera Operator, Floor Director and Production Assistant, her main position as a News Show Editor. Her passion for motion pictures grew with age, and Francesca now, 'lives, breathes, and eats cinema!' She is currently building on her superb knowledge of film at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario.

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