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Rome 2012: Larry Clark's Drama 'Marfa Girl' Wins Top Honors

ROME – Larry Clark’s small-town drama Marfa Girl won the Marcus Aurelius Award for Best Film at the International Rome Film Festival Saturday, while Claudio Giovannesi’s small-time crime drama Ali ha gli occhi azzuri (Ali Has Blue Eyes) won the jury prize and also the special award for Best Debut or Second Film.

The festival, which got underway November 9, gave its Best Director prize to Paolo Franchi for E la chiamano estate (And They Call it Summer), helping to highlight a strong overall performance for Italian films in the competition. Isabella Ferrari won the Best Actress award for her role in the film, while the Best Actor honor went to Jérémie Elkaïm for his work in Main dan la main (Hand in the Hand).