Larry Clark wins top prize at Rome Film Festival for online movie

By Allison Cordaro,

Writer and director of cult 90s hit, Kids, Larry Clark took home the Golden Marcus Aurelius prize for best film at the Rome Film Festival for his movie, Marfa Girl, which will only be available to viewers online.

According to The Associated Press, the film, which is set in a small town in Texas, delves into the problems of teenage boys and others who live near the Mexican border. Marfa Girl follows the characters’ exchanges with border patrol police.

BBC News reports that the Bully director has decided to eliminate Hollywood distributors by rejecting the conventional practice of theatrical release. Viewers hoping to watch the winner of the Rome Film Fest can go online and pay $5.99 to watch Marfa Girl on Clark’s personal website.

Clark remarked on his decision, lamenting the fact that small theaters which feature indie and other art films cannot keep up with Hollywood.

"Every day another goes out of business because everything is digital now and it is quite expensive for the wonderful old smaller theatres to bear the cost of switching to digital."

Other winners include Australian director, Paolo Franchi, and Italian actress, Isabella Ferrari, for their film, And They Call It Summer.

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