Euthanasia-themed black comedy won Rome fest

ROME — Belgian helmer Olias Barco’s euthanasia-themed black comedy “Kill Me Please” has been acquired by Italy’s Archibald Film from Gaul’s Le Pact after taking the top prize at the Rome Film Festival.

Rome’s surprise standout, set in an assisted-suicide facility and shot in black-and-white, has been generating plenty of praise in the Italian media.

Jury member and La Repubblica journo Natalia Aspesi called “Kill Me” irresistible in a front-page article on Saturday, the day after the fest ended.

Barco’s sophomore work, co-produced by Belgium’s La Parti with Gaul’s OXB and Les Armateurs, went on theatrical release Nov. 3 in France and Belgium.

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