By Indiewire | Indiewire October 23, 2006 at 5:29AM
A modern-day Russian film, based on Shakespeare's Hamlet, won top prize at Rome's first international film festival as the nine-day marathon wrapped up on Saturday. "Playing the Victim" by Kirill Serebrennikov, a critically acclaimed theater director in his native Russia, was named best film among the 16 movies in competition. They were mostly art-house titles by new directors. Serebrennikov's film is a family drama centered on a young student who uncovers the mystery surrounding his father's death. Valentina Consiglio and Nicola Scevola report.