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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

60th David di Donatello Awards Winners


Last Monday the Accademia del Cinema Italiano had their award ceremony and to the surprise of many the so-called "offbeat superhero" movie They Call Me Jeeg was the big winner of the night as collected seven (7) prizes including best debut director but top awards went to more traditional cinema as Perfect Strangers by Paolo Genovese won Best Picture, Matteo Garrone won Best Director for Tale of Tales and film also won best cinematography plus several tech categories for a total of also seven (7) prizes.

Legend Gina Lollobrigida and venerable auteur duo the Taviani Brothers were honored with Special Davids earlier in the day by Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella and Culture Minister Dario Franceschini.

Have not seen Gabriele Mainetti film as is definitively not my kind of cinema as we all have Hollywood for that kind of movies and somehow regret that countries with extraordinary cinema tradition are choosing to go mainstream, while its great directors go to make English-speaking movies. Something must be happening with Italian Cinema industry and hope soon great Italian master filmmakers will go back to do great Italian Cinema. Sigh.

To read winners at official site go here, available only in Italian. Winners are in *BLUE.

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3/22/16
Francesco Castelnuovo and Gianni Canova announced a few minutes ago the nominations for the 60th edition of the David di Donatello awards and somehow signaled the many changes that the award will have this year.

Actually changes started a few months back when organizers did a major design overhaul to the official site and today there are new, more professional-looking graphics plus for the first time their association with Sky became visible when the nominations were broadcasted live. As a matter of fact for the first time the awards ceremony will be broadcasted by Sky, via Sky Cinema and TV8, on April 18, but more interesting the show will be produced by Sky so we can expect a show with more production values than before as well as probably will be more entertaining. On the not-so-good side of the news, we are not sure IF broadcast will be open to everyone around the world as used to be when RAI was in charge.

The nominations bring attention to films that already have been in the radar of many as most come from the three major festivals, but the BIG surprise is the inclusion of Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot by newcomer director Gabriele Mainetti that collected 16 nominations! Also with 16 nods Italy's submission to Oscars, Non essere cattivo by Claudio Caligari. Following close is Youth by Paolo Sorrentino with 14 and Tale of Tales by Matteo Garrone with 12.

Most notable among the films nominations is the a documentary that just a couple of months ago won the Golden Bear at 2016 Berlinale, Fuocoammare by Gianfranco Rosi whom, according to Italian press, is rubbing shoulders with some of the contemporary "Gods" of Italian cinema. Also my attetion went directly to the Best Actress category and was surprised to find seven (7) nominees,  definitively there are too many nominees, but definitively approve (lol) the honor given to Juliette Binoche and Valeria Golino.

The most curious observation comes when you realize that this year Ennio Morricone won an Oscar, got a Cèsar nomination and now a David di Donatello nomination with three (3) different films! That's what you can call a very prolific 87-years-old musician. Bravo and Congrats to Morricone.

Best Film
Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea), Gianfranco Rosi
Il racconto dei racconti (Tale of Tales), Matteo Garrone
Non essere cattivo (Dont' Be Bad), Claudio Caligari
*Perfetti sconosciuti, Paolo Genovese
Youth, Paolo Sorrentino

Best Director
Gianfranco Rosi for Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea)
*Matteo Garrone for Il racconto dei racconti (Tale of Tales)
Claudio Caligari for Non essere cattivo (Don't Be Bad)
Paolo Genovese for Perfetti sconosciuti
Paolo Sorrentino for Youth

Best New Director
Carlo Lavagna for Arianna
Adriano Valerio for Banat – Il viaggio
Piero Messina for L'Attesa (The Wait)
*Gabriele Mainetti for Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg Robot)
Fabio Bonifacci e Francesco Micciché for Loro chi?
Alberto Caviglia for Pecore in erba

Best Screenplay
Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti, Matteo Garrone and Massimo Gaudioso for Il racconto dei racconti (Tale of Tales)
Nicola Guaglianone and Menotti for Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg Robot)
Claudio Caligari, Giordano Meacci and Francesca Serafini for Non essere cattivo (Don't Be Bad)
*Filippo Bologna, Paolo Costella, Paolo Genovese, Paola Mammini and Rolando Ravello for Perfetti sconosciuti
Paolo Sorrentino for Youth

Best Actress
Àstrid Bergès Frisbey in Alaska
Paola Cortellesi in Gli ultimi saranno ultimi
Sabrina Ferilli in Io e lei
Juliette Binoche in L'attesa (The Wait)
*Ilenia Pastorelli in Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg Robot)
Valeria Golino in Per amor vostro
Anna Foglietta in Perfetti sconosciuti

Best Supporting Actress
Piera Degli Esposti in Assolo
*Antonia Truppo in Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg Robot)
Elisabetta De Vito in Non essere cattivo (Don't Be Bad)
Sonia Bergamasco in Quo vado?
Claudia Cardinale in Ultima fermata

Best Actor
*Claudio Santamaria in Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg Robot)
Alessandro Borghi in Non essere cattivo (Don't Be Bad)
Luca Marinelli in Non essere cattivo (Don't Be Bad)
Marco Giallini in Perfetti sconosciuti
Valerio Mastandrea in Perfetti sconosciuti

Best Supporting Actor
Valerio Binasco in Alaska
Fabrizio Bentivoglio in Gli ultimi saranno ultimi
Giuseppe Battiston in La felicità è un sistema complesso
*Luca Marinelli in Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg Robot)
Alessandro Borghi in Suburra

David Giovani
Alaska, Claudio Cupellini
Gli ultimi saranno ultimi, Massimiliano Bruno
*La Corrispondenza, Giuseppe Tornatore
Non essere cattivo (Don't Be Bad), Claudio Caligari
Quo vado?, Gennaro Nunziante

Best Cinematography
*Peter Suschitzky for Il racconto dei racconti (Tale of Tales)
Michele D'Attanasio for Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg Robot)
Maurizio Calvesi for Non essere cattivo (Don't Be Bad)
Paolo Carnera for Suburra
Luca Bigazzi for Youth

Best Editing
Jacopo Quadri for Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea)
*Andrea Maguolo and Federico Conforti for Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg Robot)
Consuelo Catucci for Perfetti sconosciuti
Patrizio Maroneper for Suburra 
Cristiano Travaglioli for Youth

Best Sound
Maricetta Lombardo for Il racconto dei racconti (Tale of Tales)
Valentino Giannì for Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg Robot)
*Angelo Bonanni for Non essere cattivo (Don't Be Bad)
Umberto Montesanti for Perfetti sconosciuti
Emanuele Cecere for Youth

Best Score
Alexandre Desplat for Il racconto dei racconti (Tale of Tales)
Ennio Morricone for La corrispondenza
Michele Braga and Gabriele Mainetti for Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg Robot)
Paolo Vivaldi and Alessandro Sartini for Non essere cattivo (Don't Be Bad)
*David Lang for Youth

Best Original Song
La felicità è un sistema complesso with song "Torta di noi" music, lyrics and performed by Niccolò Contessa
Non essere cattivo (Don't Be Bad) with song "A cuor leggero"music, lyrics and performed by Riccardo Sinigallia
Perfetti sconosciuti with song "Perfetti Sconosciuti music by Bungaro e Cesare Chiodo, lyrics and performance by Fiorella Mannoia
Quo vado? with song "La prima repubblica" music, lyrics and performed by Luca Medici (Checco Zalone)
*Youth with song "Simple Song #3" music and lyrics by David Lang performance by Sumi Jo

Best Production Design
*Dimitri Capuani and Alessia Anfuso for Il racconto dei racconti (Tale of Tales)
Maurizio Sabatini for La corrispondenza
Massimiliano Sturiale for Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg Robot)
Giada Calabria for Non essere cattivo (Don't Be Bad)
Paki Meduri for Suburra
Ludovica Ferrario for Youth

Best Costume
*Massimo Cantini Parrini for Il racconto dei racconti (Tale of Tales)
Gemma Mascagni for La corrispondenza
Mary Montalto for Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg Robot)
Chiara Ferrantini for Non essere cattivo (Don't Be Bad)
Carlo Poggioli for Youth

Best Makeup
*Gino Tamagnini, Valter Casotto, Luigi D'Andrea e Leonardo Cruciano for Il racconto dei racconti (Tale of Tales)
Enrico Iacoponi for La corrispondenza
Giulio Pezza for Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg Robot)
Lidia Minì for Non essere cattivo (Don't Be Bad)
Maurizio Silvi for Youth

Best Hairstyle
*Francesco Pegoretti for Il racconto dei racconti (Tale of Tales)
Elena Gregorini for La corrispondenza
Angelo Vannella for Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg Robot)
Sharim Sabatini for Non essere cattivo (Don't Be Bad)
Aldo Signoretti for Youth

Best Visual Effects
EDI – Effetti Digitali Italiani for Game Therapy
*Makinarium for Il racconto dei racconti (Tale of Tales)
Chromatica for Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg Robot)
Visualogie for Suburra
Peerless for Youth

Best Producer
21uno Film, Stemal Entertainment, Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, Rai Cinema, Les Films d'Ici con Arte France Cinéma for Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea)
Archimede, Rai Cinema for Il racconto dei racconti (Tale of Tales)
*Gabriele Mainetti per Goon Films, Rai Cinema for Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They Call Me Jeeg Robot)
Paolo Bogna, Simone Isola and Valerio Mastandrea for Kimera Film, with Rai Cinema and Taodue Film, associate producer Pietro Valsecchi, in colaboration with Leone Film Group for Non essere cattivo (Don't Be Bad)
Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, Carlotta Calori for Indigo Film for Youth

Best Short Film
A metà luce,  Anna Gigante
*Bellissima, Alessandro Capitani
Dove l’acqua con altra acqua si confonde,  Gianluca Mangiasciutti e Massimo Loi
La ballata dei senzatetto, d Monica Manganelli
Per Anna, Andrea Zuliani

Best Documentary
Harry’s Bar,  Carlotta Cerquetti
I bambini sanno,  Walter Veltroni
Lousiana (The Other Side),  Roberto Minervini
Revelstoke. Un bacio nel vento (Revelstoke: A Kiss in the Wind), Nicola Moruzzi
*S is for Stanley, Alex Infascelli

Best European Film
45 Years, Andrew Haigh
Le Tout nouveau Testament (The Brand New Testament), Jaco Van Dormael
*Saul Fia (Son of Saul), László Nemes
Perfect Day, Fernando León de Aranoa
The Danish Girl, Tom Hooper

Best Foreign Film
*Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg
Carol, Todd Haynes
Inside Out, Peter Docter and Ronnie del Carmen
Remember, Atom Egoyan
Spotlight, Thomas McCarthy

To read the nominations at official site go here, available only in Italian.

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