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October 25, 2007
'Haifa' earns New Cinema's Italian


ROME -- The New Cinema Network on Wednesday announced that its prize
for Best Italian Project would be awarded to Mohsen Melliti for "Returning to
Haifa," an examination of the impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on a
single Palestinian a family.

The prize, sponsored by the Italian Society of Authors and Editors, is the
central award that identifies important in-progress projects and works to
help them be completed by matching the project with producers.

The selection of Melliti's project for the Best Italian Project honor is unusual
because the director was born in Tunisia. But he is eligible for the prize
because he has lived in Italy in exile since 1991.

The Best European Project prize went to Polish director Slawomir Fabicki's
"Bonobo Jingo," about a young boy whose family is forced to live in
abandoned railway carriages who ends up owning a monkey freed during a
robbery attempt.

Two other films were named as honorable mentions, both from French
directors: Dominique Lienhard's anti-war drama "Along the Main Road" and
Butano" from Laurent Negre, the story of a young Pakistani immigrant to

The New Cinema Network held the competition in conjunction with the first
part of the RomaCinemaFest. Both events started last Thursday, with the
New Cinema Network competition taking place at the Casa del Cinema in
the Villa Borghese, concluding Wednesday. The festival itself closes
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October 28, 2007
RomaCinemaFest ends
strong; Popular 'Juno' wins
Best Film

October 27, 2007
'Juno' takes home top prize
at RomaCinemaFest

'Canvas,' 'Pride' earn Rome
fest's Alice nods

October 26, 2007
Top prize still up for grabs at
Rome fest

October 25, 2007
'Haifa' earns New Cinema's
Italian nod

October 24, 2007
'Lambs' stars in like lions at
Rome fest

FilmItalia, UniFrance team
for young talent

October 23, 2007
Veneto buyer buzz builds on
Biz Street

Star wattage waning at
Rome fest

October 22, 2007
Coppola lights up Rome fest

October 20, 2007
Depardieu imposter fools
hotel staff in Rome

'Elizabeth,' Loren big draws
at Rome festival

'Elijah' first production at
new I am Third

October 19, 2007
RomaCinemaFest gets
Second Wind

Fellini script 'Viaggio' on
new voyage

October 18, 2007
Rome Fest dressed up in
second outing

Rome Fest dressed up in
second outing

October 12, 2007
RomaCinemaFest sets
sophomore bar higher

Fest success good news for
the last paparazzo

Film spotlight: "Youth
Without Youth"

Italy offers versatile
location, strong incentives

'Business Street' initiative a
high-end venue

RomaCinemaFest owes debt
to Auditorium

September 28, 2007
Rome Fest's love affair with
Hollywood continues