RomaFictionFest fetes Helen Mirren

Actress receives career achievement honor

ROME -- Helen Mirren received the career achievement prize at the second RomaFictionFest on Tuesday in conjunction with a screening of the telepic "Elizabeth I," in which she plays the title role.

Mirren's honor was the highlight of the second day of the television fiction festival, which runs through Saturday. Photographers and onlookers were eager to catch a glimpse of Mirren, who has been a popular figure in Italy ever since "The Queen" held its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2006. Mirren later won an Oscar for her role in the film.

Among the day's other highlights were the screening of "Mi problema con las mujeres" (My Problem With Women) in the long series competition and a pair of controversial nonfiction productions: docus "Faut-il avoir peur de Google?" (Should We Fear Google?) and "Just Us -- Derek Rocco Barnabei," which explores the fate of the title figure, who was put to death for murder in the state of Virginia in 2000 despite pleas for mercy from Pope John Paul II.