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Brussels, 6 November 2010

Film Festival: Commissioner Vassiliou salutes European winners at the International Rome Film Festival

Three films co-funded by the European Union's MEDIA programme were among those honoured at the closing ceremony of the International Rome Film Festival on 5 November. "Hævnen/In a better world" by Susanne Bier received two of the main awards: The Grand Prix of the Jury and the Prix of the Public for the best film. Toni Servillo got the Prix of the Jury as best actor for his role in the film "Una vita tranquilla/A quite life" of Claudio Cupellini. The Prix of best Italian actor was awarded to Francesco di Leva in the same film.

“It really looks like yet another good year for European film-makers and I congratulate all the winners. Many of the films of this year's festival will soon be in the cinemas near to you. Go and see them and enjoy them," said Androulla Vassiliou, the Commissioner responsible for culture.

Overall, the MEDIA programme contributes €755 million in support of Europe's film industry from 2007-2013, with a focus on improving the distribution and promotion of European films and strengthening the competitiveness of the sector.

Ten films supported by the MEDIA programme were present at the Rome Festival. During this Festival, the MEDIA programme is as well supporting side activities of the Festival, such as the film market, a forum to foster new European coproduction of films and a promotional campaign for young European actors.

For more information about the EU’s MEDIA programme:

Full list of prize winners and MEDIA-supported films at the International Rome Film Festival:

Official competition:

Golakani Kirkuk (The flowers of Kirkuk) - Fariborz Kamkari

Italy – Switzerland- Iraq

Project development: €50.000

Loan guarantees and other support: € 50.000

Hævnen (In a Better World) - Susanne Bier


Distribution support: € 447.000

Una vita tranquilla (A quiet life) - Claudio Cupellini

Italy - Germany – France

Loan guarantees and other support: € 50.000

Alice nella citta' competition:

Quartier Lointain (A Distant Neighborhood) – Sam Garbarski

Belgium – France – Luxembourg

Distribution support: € 125.500

Tête de Turc (Turk’s head) - Pascal Elbé


Distribution support: € 11.680

The Runway - Ian Power

Ireland – Luxembourg

Loan guarantees and other support: € 50.000

Out of competition:

Crime d'amour (Love Crime) - Alain Corneau


Distribution support: €112.000

We want sex - Nigel Cole

United Kingdom

Distribution support: € 117.000

Special events:

Carlos - Olivier Assayas


Distribution support: € 80.000

Extra – Out of competition:

Yves Saint Laurent, l’amour fou - Pierre Thoretton


Distribution support: € 6.000

International Rome Film Festival website:

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