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


ROME --  As the second RomaCinemaFest draws to a close, the race for the
event's Marcus Aurelius prize for best film appears as wide open as the path
down the festival's red carpet is well worn.

With critics and the local media split on the best films of the festival, attention
has focused on the red carpet which, despite a smattering of last-minute
cancellations, has nonetheless hosted a steady stream of A-list talent.

The most recent stars to waltz down the crimson path to the Parco della
Musica were Ang Lee and Sean Penn, with Halle Berry expected to be the
focus of paparazzi flashbulbs Friday.

Lee came to town for the official screening of "Once Upon a Time in the
West." The Sergio Leone classic was refurbished by Martin Scorsese's Film
Foundation, of which Lee is one of the leading lights.

Penn, meanwhile, came to Rome ahead of the screening of his fifth
directorial effort, "Into the Wild," which tells the story of a 22-year-old who
gives away everything to set out on a life of adventure. An enthusiastic Penn
and the film's Emile Hirsch charmed the three-deep crowd along the red
carpet for several minutes, signing autographs and posing for photos.

As of Thursday, no competition film seemed to attract more than its fair
share of attention. It was a marked contrast from last year, when the eventual
winner, Kirill Serebrennikov's Russian drama "Playing the Victim," had
become a critics' darling. Among the 13 competition films to have screened
through Thursday, at least seven had been mentioned in the local media as
a possible prize winner.

Friday will see the arrival of Berry with her dramatic love story "Things We
Lost in the Fire," which co-stars Benicio Del Toro and David Duchovny. The
final competition title, Jason Reitman's "Juno," also premieres Friday.

The festival's prize ceremony takes place Saturday.
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strong; Popular 'Juno' wins
Best Film

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