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DAVID DI DONATELLO 2018

Love and Bullets wins the David di Donatello Award for Best Film

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- The musical by the Manetti Bros scooped a total of five Italian film awards, while the Best Director Award went to Jonas Carpignano; Nico, 1988 won four gongs

Love and Bullets wins the David di Donatello Award for Best Film
Love and Bullets by the Manetti Bros

“I want this David Award to represent the diversity of Italian cinema as a whole.” It was with these words that the newly-appointed president of the David di Donatello Awards, Piera Detassis, introduced the announcement for Best Film yesterday evening at the 62nd annual Italian film awards, held in Rome. Love and Bullets [+see also:
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interview: Marco and Antonio Manetti
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]
 is definitely “diverse,” the Neapolitan musical by the Manetti Bros screened in competition at last year’s Venice Film Festival – won five David Awards in total. As well as the prestigious Best Film Award, the title also scooped the Awards for Best Supporting Actress for Claudia Gerini (who has won her first David Award after six nominations), Best Sound for Pivio & Aldo De Scalzi, Best Original Song and Best Costume Design (a tie with Riccardo va all’inferno [+see also:
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).

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The other star of the night, receiving four awards in total, was the winner of the Horizons section at Venice, Nico, 1988 [+see also:
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interview: Susanna Nicchiarelli
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by Susanna Nicchiarelli, which scooped the Awards for Best Original Screenplay, Best Makeup, Best Hair Design and Best Soundtrack. However, the second prestigious David Award, for Best Director, went to the Italian Oscar candidate, A Ciambra [+see also:
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interview: Jonas Carpignano
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]
 by Jonas Carpignano, which also took home the Award for Best Editing (the Brazilian Affonso Gonçalves). The Best New Director Award went to Donato Carrisi for La ragazza nella nebbia [+see also:
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.

Naples featured heavily yet again in the winning films of this year’s David Awards. Both Naples in Veils [+see also:
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and Cinderella the Cat [+see also:
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interview: Alessandro Rak
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 picked up two awards each. The film by Ferzan Ozpetek, shot in the Neapolitan capital, won Best Set Design and Best Cinematography, while the animated film by Alessandro RakIvan CappielloMarino Guarnieri and Dario Sansone, also set in Naples, won the Awards for Best Digital Effects and Best Producer (Mad Entertainment and Rai Cinema). The important David Award for Best Actor also went to Renato Carpentieri for his performance in Holding Hands [+see also:
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interview: Gianni Amelio
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by Gianni Amelio (also set in Naples). The Best Actress Award went to Jasmine Trinca for Fortunata [+see also:
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interview: Sergio Castellitto
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]
, having already won a prize at Cannes for the same role. This is her first win after seven David di Donatello nominations.

The Best Supporting Actor Award went to Giuliano Montaldo for Friends by Chance [+see also:
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, a film that also won the David Giovani Award. Sicilian Ghost Story [+see also:
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by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza won Best Adapted Screenplay. However, left high and dry, despite eight nominations, was The Place [+see also:
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 by Paolo Genovese. Finally, the Best EU Film Award went to The Square [+see also:
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 by Ruben Ostlund, winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes.

The complete list of David di Donatello winners:

Best Film
Love and Bullets [+see also:
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interview: Marco and Antonio Manetti
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]
 - Manetti Bros

Best Director
A Ciambra [+see also:
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interview: Jonas Carpignano
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]
 - Jonas Carpignano (Italy/Brazil/USA/France/Germany/Sweden)

Best New Director
Donato Carrisi - La ragazza nella nebbia [+see also:
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]
(Italy/France/Germany)

Best Original Screenplay
Susanna Nicchiarelli - Nico, 1988 [+see also:
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interview: Susanna Nicchiarelli
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]
 (Italy/Belgium)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza - Sicilian Ghost Story [+see also:
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]
 (Italy/France/Switzerland)

Best Producer
Luciano Stella and Maria Carolina Terzi for Mad Entertainment and Rai Cinema - Cinderella the Cat [+see also:
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interview: Alessandro Rak
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]

Best Actress
Jasmine Trinca - Fortunata [+see also:
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interview: Sergio Castellitto
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]

Best Actor
Renato Carpentieri - Holding Hands [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Gianni Amelio
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]

Best Supporting Actress
Claudia Gerini – Love and Bullets

Best Supporting Actor
Giuliano Montaldo - Friends by Chance [+see also:
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Best Cinematography
Gian Filippo Corticelli - Naples in Veils [+see also:
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Best Sound
Pivio & Aldo De Scalzi – Love and Bullets

Best Original Song
“Bang Bang” - Pivio & Aldo De Scalzi, Nelson, Serena Rossi, Franco Ricciardi, Giampaolo Morelli – Love and Bullets

Best Set Design
Deniz Gokturk Kobanbay, Ivana Gargiulo – Naples in Veils

Best Costume Design (tied)
Daniela Salernitano – Love and Bullets
Massimo Cantini Parrini - Riccardo va all’inferno [+see also:
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Best Makeup
Marco Altieri - Nico, 1988

Best Hair Design
Daniela Altieri - Nico, 1988

Best Editing
Affonso Gonçalves - A Ciambra

Best Documentary Feature
Dangerous But Necessary [+see also:
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- Anselma Dell’Olio

Best Digital Effects
Mad Entertainment – Cinderella the Cat

Best Soundtrack
Adriano Di Lorenzo, Alberto Padoan, Marc Bastien, Eric Grattepan, Franco Piscopo - Nico, 1988

Best EU Film
The Square [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Ruben Östlund
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]
 - Ruben Ostlund (Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark/USA)

Best Foreign Film
Dunkirk [+see also:
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]
 - Christopher Nolan (UK/the Netherlands/France/USA)

Best Short Film
Bismillah - Alessandro Grande

The David Giovani Award
Holding Hands - Francesco Bruni

The Special David Award
Stefania Sandrelli
Diane Keaton

The David Achievement Award
Steven Spielberg

(Translated from Italian)

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