Other winners included Chinese crime drama 12 Citizens and an Indian adaptation of Hamlet.
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The 9th Rome Film Festival (Oct 15-25) drew to a close tonight with an awards ceremony that saw Stephen Daldry’s Trash take home the BNL People’s Choice Gala Award.
Set in Brazil, the film centres on three youngsters who make a discovery in a trash dump that puts them on the run from the police. Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen star in the film from Oscar-nominated Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours).
It beat competition from 14 other titles including David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Steven Soderbergh’s TV series The Knick and Andrea Di Stefano’s Escobar: Paradise Lost.
This year for the first time the award-winners in each section of the programme were decided by the audience on the basis of votes cast after the screenings.
The People’s Choice Award in the Cinema d’Oggi section went to Chinese film 12 Citizens, the debut of renowned theatre director Xu Ang and inspired by the 1957 classic Twelve Angry Men.
The film, the first from China to win a top prize at Rome, centres on a young man adopted by a rich family who murders his real father. Then, in a virtual court case, a jury of 12 ordinary people discuss his guilt.
The People’s Choice Award in the Mondo Genere strand went to Indian feature Haider, Vishal Bhardwaj’s adaptation of Hamlet, beating competition from Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler and Kevin Smith’s Tusk among others.
The film, in which a young man returns to Kashmir to confront his uncle following his father’s disappearance, is Bhardwaj’s third Shakespearian adaptation after Omkara (2006) based on Othello and Irrfan Khan-starrer Maqbool (2003) based on Macbeth.
The People’s Choice Awards in the Cinema Italia section went to fiction feature Fino a qui tutto bene by Roan Johnson and documentary Looking for Kadija by Francesco G. Raganato.
All the debut features included in all the sections also competed for the TAODUE Camera D’oro Prize for Best Debut Film, judged by a jury that was presided over by Rio-based US director Jonathan Nossiter.
In the gala section, the award went to Andrea Di Stefano, director of Escobar: Paradise Lost, while from the Alice nella città strand the prize went to Laura Hastings-Smith, producer of Morgan Matthews’ X+Y.
Special mention went to Last Summer by Lorenzo Guerra Seràgnoli, which played in the Prospettive Italia section.
Full list of winners
BNL People’s Choice Award | Gala
Trash by Stephen Daldry
People’s Choice Award | Cinema d’Oggi
Shier gongmin / 12 Citizens by Xu Ang
People’s Choice Award | Mondo Genere
Haider by Vishal Bhardwaj
BNL People’s Choice Award | Cinema Italia (Fiction)
Fino a qui tutto bene by Roan Johnson
People’s Choice Award | Cinema Italia (Documentary)
Looking for Kadija by Francesco G. Raganato
TAODUE Camera D’oro Prize for Best Debut Film
- Andrea Di Stefano director of Escobar: Paradise Lost (Gala)
- Laura Hastings-Smith producer of X+Y by Morgan Matthews (Alice nella città)
- Special Mention: Last Summer by Lorenzo Guerra Seràgnoli (Prospettive Italia)
DOC/IT Award to the Best Italian Documentary
- Largo Baracche by Gaetano Di Vaio (Prospettive Italia)
- Special Mention: Roma Termini by Bartolomeo Pampaloni (Prospettive Italia)
The Collateral Awards
Farfalla d’Oro Prize – Agiscuola
- Gone Girl by David Fincher
The SIGNIS Award – Ente dello Spettacolo (€ 5,000 prize)
Fino a qui tutto bene by Roan Johnson
Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark by Burhan Qurbani
- Special mention: Biagio by Pasquale Scimeca
L.A.R.A. (Libera Associazione Rappresentanza di Artisti) for the Best Italian Actor
- Marco Marzocca for Buoni a nulla by Gianni Di Gregorio
- Special mention: Silvia D’Amico for Fino a qui tutto bene by Roan Johnson
AIC 2014 Award for Best Cinematography
- Luis David Sansans per Escobar: Paradise Lost by Andrea Di Stefano
AMC Best Editing
- Julia Karg for Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark by Burhan Qurbani
Best Sound Award - A.I.T.S.
- Last Summer by Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli
La Chioma di Berenice Award for Make Up Artist
- Simona Castaldi for Soap Opera by Alessandro Genovesi
La Chioma di Berenice Award for Best Best Hairstyling
- Fabio Lucchetti for Soap Opera by Alessandro Genovesi
Akai Award International Film Fest
- Fino a qui tutto bene by Roan Johnson
Green Movie Award
- Biagio by Pasquale Scimeca
“Sorriso diverso Roma 2014” Award
- Italian film: Biagio by Pasquale Scimeca
- Foreign film: Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark by Burhan Qurbani