Brotherhood, a film about two male Neo-Nazis who begin a relationship, has won the best film accolade at the Rome Film Festival.

It is the first film from Danish-Italian director Nicolo Donato, who previously worked as a fashion photographer.

The film tells the story of two men who are part of a Neo-Nazi group who persecute gay men. Main character Lars joins the group after leaving the Army but starts a secret relationship with his mentor in the group, Jimmy.

Other winners at Friday’s awards ceremony included Helen Mirren, who won best actress for her depiction of Leo Tolstoy’s wife in Michael Hoffman’s The Last Station, while Meryl Streep won a career achievement award.

Italian star Sergio Castellitto won the best actor award for his portrayal of a blue-collar worker and single parent in Alza la Testa.