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The Nastri d’Argento jury crowns Bad Tales Best Film, while Pinocchio scoops Best Direction

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- The D’Innocenzo brothers’ film won five awards in all, Matteo Garrone’s took home six, Pierfrancesco Favino and Jasmine Trinca were named best actor and actress

The Nastri d’Argento jury crowns Bad Tales Best Film, while Pinocchio scoops Best Direction
The evening’s host, actress Anna Ferzetti, with the D'Innocenzo brothers during the prize-giving ceremony

On the same day that Italian film lost its greatest musical composer Ennio Morricone, the sector is trying to raise itself up, after months of Coronavirus-related inactivity and uncertainty, by celebrating the very best of the talent among its ranks. And it was the younger nominees who triumphed this year at the 74th edition of the Silver Ribbons, the awards ceremony of which took place yesterday evening, dedicated to the late master, at Rome’s National Museum of 21st Century Arts (MAXXI), attended solely by the prize-winners and unfolding in line with health and safety guidelines. The 2020 Nastro for Best Film went to Bad Tales [+see also:
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interview: Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo
film profile
]
, by the 31-year-old twins Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo, which bagged five trophies in all, out of its nine nominations: aside for Best Film, the movie was rewarded for its screenplay (likewise acclaimed in Berlin), which was written by the two directors themselves, for its production (Pepito Produzioni with Rai Cinema, who also triumphed with Hammamet [+see also:
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), for its photography (Paolo Carnera) and for its costume design (Massimo Cantini Parrini, similarly recognised for his work in Pinocchio [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Matteo Garrone
film profile
]
).  

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The second biggest Nastro - that of Best Director - was won by Matteo Garrone for Pinocchio, which the Italian film journalists honoured with five additional gongs: Best Supporting Actor (Oscar-award winner Roberto Benigni in the role of Gepetto), Best Set Design (Dimitri Capuani), Best Editing (Marco Spoletini), Best Soundtrack (Maricetta Lombardo) and Best Costumes (Cantini Parrini).

Pierfrancesco Favino enjoyed an encore (after the Nastro he won last year for The Traitor [+see also:
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Q&A: Marco Bellocchio
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]
), scooping the Best Actor award for his extraordinary portrayal of Bettino Craxi in Gianni Amelio’s Hammamet, while Jasmine Trinca was named Best Actress for The Fortune Goddess [+see also:
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by Ferzan Özpetek, a role which already bagged her a David di Donatello award in May of this year. Valeria Golino was crowned Best Supporting Actress (for 5 Is The Perfect Number [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Igort
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]
by Igort, for which the actress has already won the corresponding David, and for Portrait of a Lady on Fire [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Céline Sciamma
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]
by Céline Sciamma).

The Comedy of the Year, in the eyes of the Italian film journalists, is Figli [+see also:
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]
by Giuseppe Bonito, a film thought up by the late screenwriter Mattia Torre, which also earned its two protagonists, Paola Cortellesi (who’s now on her third consecutive Nastro) and Valerio Mastandrea, the Best Comedy Actors accolade. Marco D’Amore, meanwhile, was named Best New Director for The Immortal [+see also:
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.

Of the various special prizes in the offing, the most memorable included Film of the Year, which went to Hidden Away [+see also:
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interview: Giorgio Diritti
film profile
]
by Giorgio Diritti, the Lifetime Achievement Nastro, won by Toni Servillo, and the European Nastro, handed to Pedro Almodóvar for Pain and Glory [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Antonio Banderas
Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
film profile
]
.

The full list of 2020 Nastri d’Argento winners is as follows:

Best Film
Bad Tales [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo
film profile
]
– Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo (Italy/Switzerland)

Best Director
Matteo Garrone – Pinocchio [+see also:
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interview: Matteo Garrone
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]
(Italy/France)

Best New Director
Marco D’Amore – The Immortal [+see also:
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]

Best Comedy
Figli [+see also:
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trailer
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]
– Giuseppe Bonito

Best Producer
Agostino, Giuseppe and Mariagrazia Saccà - Pepito Produzioni with Rai Cinema, in co-production with Vision DistributionBad Tales; and with Rai Cinema, in association with Minerva Pictures Group, Evolution People - Hammamet [+see also:
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]

Best Actor
Pierfrancesco Favino – Hammamet

Best Actress
Jasmine Trinca – The Fortune Goddess [+see also:
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trailer
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]

Best Supporting Actor
Roberto Benigni – Pinocchio

Best Supporting Actress
Valeria Golino – 5 Is The Perfect Number [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Igort
film profile
]
, Portrait of a Lady on Fire [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Céline Sciamma
film profile
]
(France)

Best Comedy Actor
Valerio Mastandrea – Figli

Best Comedy Actress
Paola Cortellesi – Figli

Best Story
Pupi, Antonio and Tommaso Avati – Il Signor Diavolo [+see also:
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]

Best Screenplay
Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo – Bad Tales

Best Photography
Paolo Carnera – Bad Tales

Best Set Design
Dimitri Capuani – Pinocchio

Best Editing
Marco Spoletini – Pinocchio, Guests in the Villa [+see also:
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making of
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]
(Italy/France)

Best Costume Design
Massimo Cantini Parrini – Pinocchio, Bad Tales

Best Sound
Maricetta Lombardo – Pinocchio

Best Soundtrack (tied)
Brunori Sas – Odio l’estate [+see also:
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Pasquale Catalano – The Fortune Goddess

Best Original Song
“Che vita meravigliosa” by Diodato – The Fortune Goddess

Special Prizes (awarded by the Executive of the National Council)

Film of the Year
Hidden Away [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Giorgio Diritti
film profile
]
Giorgio Diritti

Lifetime Achievement Nastro
Toni Servillo

European Nastro
Pedro Almodóvar – Pain and Glory [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Antonio Banderas
Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
film profile
]
(Spain)

Golden Nastro
Vittorio Storaro – A Rainy Day in New York (US)

Special Nastro
Lorenzo Mattotti – The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily [+see also:
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interview: Lorenzo Mattotti
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]
(France/Italy)

Law and Order Nastro
Aspromonte: Land of the Forgotten [+see also:
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]
– Mimmo Calopresti

Best Casting Director
Davide Zurolo – The Immortal

Guglielmo Biraghi Award (for the year’s most promising talent)
Giulio Pranno – Volare [+see also:
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]

Special Mention for Federico Ielapi – Pinocchio

Graziella Bonacchi Award
Barbara Chichiarelli

Nino Manfredi Award
Claudio Santamaria – Volare, The Best Years [+see also:
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]

Nastri d’Argento - SIAE Award (for screenwriting)
Emanuele Rossi – Darkness [+see also:
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]
(Italy)

Nastri d’Argento – New IMAIE Award (for dubbing)
Stefano De Sando – Robert De Niro in The Irishman
Claudia Catani - Angelina Jolie/Emanuela Rossi - Michelle Pfeiffer in Maleficent

Cameo of the Year
Barbara Alberti – The Fortune Goddess

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(Translated from Italian)

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