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Sergio Castellitto named Rome Fest jury prez

Won the best actor prize at last year's Rome event

ROME -- Italian actor Sergio Castellitto, who won the best actor prize at last year's International Rome Film Festival, will head the main competition jury at this year's edition of the five-year-old event, organizers said Tuesday.

Castellitto, who was a member of the Cannes jury two years ago, won the Rome festival's top acting prize last year for his role as a single father in "Alza la testa" (Raise Your Head).

The festival also announced the rest of the six-person jury: U.K.-based writer Patrick McGrath, German director Edgar Reitz, Belgian director Ulu Grosbard, Italian writer and journalist Natalia Aspesi, and Olga Sviblova, director of the Multimedia Arts Museum in Moscow. The jury will select the winner of the Marcus Aurelius Award for best film, best actor, best actress, and the special jury prize.

"The jury is composed of extraordinarily personalities and it will be a great pleasure and honor for me to preside over it," Castellitto said in a statement.

This year's edition of the Rome festival will run Oct. 28-Nov. 5.