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Italian erotic film wins prizes in Rome amid boos

Published on Nov 18, 2012 6:09 AM
 Italian Director Paolo Franchi (Right) poses with the Marc’Aurelio Award for Best director after winning for his film "E la chiamano estate" as Italian actress Isabella Ferrari holds the Marc’Aurelio Award for Best actress for her performance in the film, during the award ceremony at the Rome Film Festival, on Nov 17, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

ROME (AFP) - Italian erotic film And They Call it Summer which was booed during its screening at the Rome Film Festival, scooped two prizes at the awards ceremony on Saturday to catcalls from the audience.

Italy's Paolo Franchi won the best director prize for his steamy tale of a man unable to have sex with the woman he loves but who harbours a passion for prostitutes which strains the couple's relationship to breaking point.

"It is brave filmmaking, obsessive filmmaking, uncompromising. It will be hated and loved," said Australian director P.J. Hogan, a member of the international jury at the seventh edition of the festival. "This film angered many of us and it angered you. Many of you yelled at the screen during it, but many others stood up and applauded at the end. Good or bad, this film got under your skin," he said.

Best actress went to Isabella Ferrari, who was heckled with cries of "shame!" when she collected her award for her role in "E la chiamano estate." With tears in her eyes, she thanked the jury for supporting "a daring work," heralded by supporters as the Italian version of the critically acclaimed 2011 film Shame about a sex addict.

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