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‘Chinese Takeaway’ wins Rome’s top prize

Fest ends on high note despite earlier infighting

Sebastian Borensztein’s Argentine comedy “Chinese Takeaway” was the big winner at the sixth Rome Film Festival, which wrapped on a positive note Friday.

Distributed by Disney in Argentina, where it’s been a smash, the quirky laffer, starring Ricardo Darin (“The Secret in Their Eyes”) as a Buenos Aires shopkeeper who helps out a Chinese immigrant, scooped best film as well as the audience award.

“Takeaway,” which has been sold widely by Madrid-based Latido Films, will be distributed in Italy via Archibald.

The jury, headed by Ennio Morricone and comprising Debra Winger and Susanne Bier, gave its grand jury award to Gallic helmer Claude Miller’s “Watch While They Dance,” starring Maya Sansa, while the special jury nod went to Fred Schepisi’s “The Eye of the Storm.”

The actress nod went to Noomi Rapace for her role as a mom trying to protect her son from an allegedly abusive father in psychological thriller “Babycall,” by Norwegian helmer Pal Seltaune. Gallic thesp Guillaume Canet scooped the actor prize for his role as a cook with credit issues in Cedric Kahn’s “A Better Life.”

Attendance was up more than 4% this year, with 123,000 tickets sold.

Meanwhile, Rome’s Business Street mart will be moving to slick digs next year in Rome’s Maxxi contempo art museum, upping its profile as a small but significant European industry event.

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