"Juno" wins top prize at Roma film festival
The teen comedy "Juno" -- revolving on a pregnant girl who tries to find a couple to adopt her baby -- won the top prize at the second RomaCinemaFest on Saturday.
Ellen Page ("Hard Candy") stars in the title role as a precocious Minnesota schoolgirl facing an unwelcome pregnancy with supportive parents and friends. Co-starring Jennifer Garner and Jason Batemen, it was directed by Jason Reitman ("Thank You For Smoking").
The announcement was greeted enthusiastically by the full house gathered in the main auditorium at the Italian capital`s Parco della Musica. The 50-member jury consisted of 50 ordinary moviegoers from across Europe.
"Juno," the runner-up for the people`s choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, will open in New York and Los Angeles on December 5 via Fox Searchlight.
Croatian Rade Serbedzija won the best actor prize at RomaCinemaFest for his role in "Fugitive Pieces" as a Greek archeologist who saves a Jewish orphan during World War II. And Jang Wenli of "Le Chun" (And the Spring Comes) won the best actress prize for her portrayal of a provincial opera singer with big dreams.