ROME, Italy (November 3,2008) - A hard-hitting new movie about the mass murder of some 10,000 Bosnian civilians committed by the genocidal Serbian fascist aggressor in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica in July 1995,during the Serbian aggression against Bosnia, has won the top prize at the Rome Film Festival in Italy."Resolution 819", directed by Italian Giacomo Battiato, won the Best Film Award on Friday (31Oct08).
The title refers to the UN resolution that guaranteed the security of Bosnian civilians in the "safe haven" of Srebrenica.
The film follows a French investigator played by Benoit Magimel, sent by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague to investigate the genocide in Srebrenica.
The public, who could vote as they left each screening, came out in favour of "Resolution 819" by Italian director Giacomo Battiato after a voting by the tens of thousands of people who attended the 10-day festival, where 150 films were screened.
The Rome Film Festival's Critics Award went to Afghan film Opium War.
Ukrainian Bohdan Stupka claimed the Best Actor prize for his part in Polish comedy With a Warm Heart and Italy's Donatella Finocchiaro took home the Best Actress honour for her role in Galantuomini.
Italy's Donatella Finocchiaro, who starred in the mafia film "Galantuomini" by Edoardo Winspeare, won best actress, while Bohdan Stupka of Ukraine won best actor for his role in the Ukrainian-Polish drama "Serce na Dloni" (A Warm Heart) by Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi.
Also Friday, a lifetime achievement award was bestowed on Italian legend Gina Lollobrigida, whose career has spanned more than six decades.