Hidden Away triumphs at the David di Donatello awards
- Giorgio Diritti’s film walked away with seven trophies, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor, while Sophia Loren was crowned Best Actress and Pietro Castellitto Best Emerging Director
Hidden Away [+see also:
interview: Giorgio Diritti
film profile] is the champion of the 66th edition of the David di Donatello awards, following on from last night’s ceremony rewarding the best of Italian cinema. The event saw nominees from all categories attending the event in person, as opposed to last year’s virtual edition, with the ceremony unfolding in two separate venues: RAI’s television studios and Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera. Giorgio Diritti’s movie about the painter Antonio Ligabue scooped seven Davids out of 15 nominations: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Elio Germano), Best Set Design, Cinematography, Hair Design and Sound. “Let us remember Ligabue when we see a homeless person painting the Madonna”, the director insisted during his acceptance speech. “Let us remember the importance of all men and uphold that principle for as long as we can and in every way that we can”.
The other big favourite, Gianni Amelio’s Hammamet [+see also:
film profile] (14 nominations), ended up walking away with just one award to its name - that for Best Make-Up - while Bad Tales [+see also:
interview: Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo
film profile] by Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo (13 nominations) suffered a similar fate, winning just one David for Best Editor. Things went better for Miss Marx [+see also:
interview: Susanna Nicchiarelli
film profile] and Rose Island [+see also:
film profile], which saw three of their 11 nominations translate into trophies: Susanna Nicchiarelli’s work won Best Costumes, Best Composer and Best Producer, while the latter, directed by Sydney Sibilia, triumphed in the Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor categories (Matilda De Angelis and Fabrizio Bentivoglio), as well as in visual effects.
Heart-tugging moments included the presentation of the Best Actress David to Sophia Loren for her part in her son Edoardo Ponti’s film The Life Ahead [+see also:
film profile] (“Maybe this will be my last film, but I do still want to make another one because I couldn’t live without film”, admitted the emotional movie icon who’s now 86), and the David for Best Original Screenplay, which was awarded to Figli [+see also:
film profile] directed by the much adored Mattia Torre, who died before his time in 2019. The trophy was accepted by his 12-year-old daughter Emma (“I’d like to congratulate my father who managed to win this prize even though he’s not here anymore. Well done, Dad”).
Well worth a final mention is the David for Best Emerging Director, which went to Pietro Castellitto (The Predators [+see also:
interview: Pietro Castellitto
film profile]), that for Best Documentary which was awarded to Alex Infascelli’s My Name Is Francesco Totti [+see also:
film profile], and, in a huge twist, the David for Best Song which was won by Luca Medici, aka Checco Zalone, whose track “Immigrato” (from Tolo Tolo [+see also:
film profile]) triumphed over Laura Pausini and her song “Io sì” (from The Life Ahead), which recently won a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination.
The full list of 2021 David di Donatello winners is as follows:
Giorgio Diritti – Hidden Away
Elio Germano – Hidden Away
Best Supporting Actor
Fabrizio Bentivoglio – Rose Island
Best Director of Photography
Matteo Cocco – Hidden Away
Best Set Design
Hidden Away - Ludovica Ferrario, Alessandra Mura, Paola Zamagni
Massimo Cantini Parrini - Miss Marx
Best Hair Design
Aldo Signoretti – Hidden Away
Best Visual Effects
Rose Island – Stefano Leoni, Elisabetta Rocca
Best Short Film
Anne - Domenico Croce, Stefano Malchiodi
Lifetime Achievement Award
David di Donatello 2021 Honorary Award
Awarded to healthcare professionals Silvia Angeletti, Ivanna Legkar and Stefano Marongiu
(Translated from Italian)
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