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Teen pregnancy comedy scoops top prize at Rome film festival

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A comedy about a teenager who falls pregnant and tries to find suitable parents for her baby has scooped the top prize at the Rome film festival.

Juno was directed by Canadian-born Jason Reitman, who enjoyed success with 2005’s Thank You For Smoking, and stars Ellen Page as the Minnesota schoolgirl.

Accepting the award, Reitman said bringing the film to a different culture was ‘terrifying’.

‘They say you don’t really know another culture until you can make them laugh, so to hear your laughter, it warms my heart and makes me feel that perhaps we are closer than we all think,’ he added.

The film also stars Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman.

Meanwhile, Croatian Rade Serbedzija won the best actor prize for his role in Fugitive Pieces and Jang Wenli was named best actress for her performance in Le Chun.

The ceremony wrapped up the ten-day RomaCinemaFest, which is now in its second year.

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