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Olias Barco’s ‘Kill Me Please’ Wins Best Film at International Rome Film Festival
Barco’s latest project won the Marcus Aurelius Award at the Rome Film Festival on Friday
ROME - NOVEMBER 03: Actors Virgile Bramly, Virginie Efira, director Olias Barco and actress Zazie de Paris attend the 'Kill Me Please' Premiere during the 5th International Rome Film Festival at Auditorium Parco Della Musica on November 3, 2010 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
Olias Barco’s Belgian black comedy, Kill Me Please, which stars Aurelien Recoing, Benoit Poelvoorde, Bouli Lanners, and Virginie Efira, won the Marcus Aurelius Award for Best Film at the International Rome Film Festival, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In the five-year history of the Rome Film Festival, a director from a different country has taken home the most coveted prize each year. Kill Me Please tells the life of Dr. Kruger, who aims to turn suicide into a medically assisted act.
Dr. Kruger establishes a clinic that attracts a strange cast of characters, including an old Berlin cabaret singer, a traveling salesman, and a rich Luxembourg heir, AFP reports.
“It’s a film to have fun but also to talk about the big question of death,” transsexual actor Zazie de Paris told reporters after Kill Me Please premiered earlier this week.
“The film discusses a political question. Usually we talk about euthanasia only when we’re talking about terminal illnesses, but this is a much more controversial and personal perspective.”
Susanne Bier’s In a Better World was given the grand jury prize at the International Rome Film Festival. Toni Servillo won best actor for his work in Una Vita Tranquilla, while Julianne Moore, who received a career achievement award earlier in the festival, received the Marcus Aurelius acting award.