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Helen Mirren Wins Best Actress Award In Rome Festival

British actress Dame Helen Mirren won  best actress award at the Rome International Film Festival for her depiction of Leo Tolstoy's wife in Michael Hoffman's "The Last Station". The 64-year-old wore a white skirt and

PTI [ Updated: October 24, 2009 8:43 IST ]
helen mirren wins best actress award in rome festival
helen mirren wins best actress award in rome festival

British actress Dame Helen Mirren won  best actress award at the Rome International Film Festival for her depiction of Leo Tolstoy's wife in Michael Hoffman's "The Last Station".

The 64-year-old wore a white skirt and black jacket to collect the Silver Marc Aurelio Jury Award on Friday.

A Danish film about a gay love affair between two members of a neo-Nazi group won top honors while Meryl Streep picked up a career achievement award.

The winning movie, "Brotherhood," takes a hard look at the neo-Nazi group that the leading character, Lars, joins after leaving the army.

The group carries out raids on homosexuals, but Lars and his mentor in the group, Jimmy, begin a love affair that they try to keep secret.

"Brotherhood" is the first feature film by Nicolo Donato, a 35-year-old who previously worked as a fashion photographer.

The jury handing out the awards was headed by Oscar-winning director Milos Forman.

The best actor award went to Italy's Sergio Castellitto, who played a single parent and blue-collar worker dreaming that his son will become a boxing champ in the movie "Alza la Testa."

The festival paid homage to Streep through the career award and a retrospective of her work.

Her cooking flick "Julie & Julia," in which she plays Julia Child, was shown out of competition and was chosen to close the festival.

At the award ceremony, a black-clad Streep was presented with the career achievement prize by Giuseppe Tornatore, the Italian director who won an Oscar for best foreign film with "Cinema Paradiso." AP

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