A gritty movie about a romance between two men who are members of a neo-Nazi gang has won the main award at the Rome International Film Festival.
Brotherhood (Broderskab), the feature film debut by Danish-Italian director Nicolo Donato, is set in contemporary Denmark. It follows the secret relationship between a new recruit, Lars (Thure Lindhardt), to the violently homophobic group and one of its leaders, Jimmy (David Dencik).
Donato has worked as a fashion photographer and has previously directed short films, music videos and commercials.
Oscar-winning American actress Meryl Streep was honoured for her body of work with a Golden Marc’Aurelio Acting Award.
“At this moment in my life, after being an actress for more than 30 years, and having paid off all my student loans, all I feel is gratitude,” she said at the award ceremony.
The jury for this year’s event was headed up by the acclaimed filmmaker Milos Forman.