A Belgian movie that uses black humor to explore the topics of suicide and euthanasia won the top award at the Rome Film Festival on Friday.
Olias Barco's "Kill Me Please" took the Marc'Aurelio prize for best film.
The movie is about a doctor who wants to turn suicide into a medically assisted act and not a tragedy. In a statement, the organizers praised it as "an irresistible, grotesque black comedy, shot in black and white, and very politically incorrect."
The Grand Jury Prize went to "In a Better World," chosen last month by Denmark as its entry in the foreign-language film category at the next Academy Awards. Susanne Bier's movie is about a doctor who returns to a small Danish town after working in a camp for refugees in Sudan.
Best actor honors went to Italy's Toni Servillo, of "Gomorrah" fame, for "Una Vita Tranquilla."
The entire female cast of the Mexican film "Las Buenas Hierbas" won the best actress honors.