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Paolo Sorrentino and Mario Martone come out on top at Italy's Nastri d’Argento awards

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- The Hand of God wins six awards, including Best Film and Best Actresses. Four awards go to Nostalgia and The King of Laughter, among them Best Director and Best Actors

Paolo Sorrentino and Mario Martone come out on top at Italy's Nastri d’Argento awards
Paolo Sorrentino with one of his Nastri d'argento for The Hand of God (© Matteo Mignani)

The big names of Italian cinema, as well as the city of Naples, triumphed at the 2022 edition of the Nastri d’Argento awards, handed out every year by the SNGCI, with Paolo Sorrentino and Mario Martone receiving the most votes from Italian film journalists. At the awards ceremony, held last night at the MAXXI in Rome, The Hand of God [+see also:
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interview: Paolo Sorrentino
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]
collected six awards: Best Film, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Teresa Saponangelo), Best Supporting Actress (Luisa Ranieri), Best Casting Director, Best Cinematography (ex aequo with The Inner Cage [+see also:
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interview: Leonardo Di Costanzo
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]
) and the 'Guglielmo Biraghi' Prize for its leading actor Filippo Scotti (who shares the award with Lina Siciliano from Una Femmina - The Code of Silence [+see also:
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interview: Francesco Costabile
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).

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Four Nastri d’argento awards went to Mario Martone, for his films Nostalgia [+see also:
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interview: Mario Martone
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and The King of Laughter [+see also:
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interview: Mario Martone
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, among them Best Director, Best Screenplay (shared with Ippolita Di Majo), Best Actor in a Leading Role for Pierfrancesco Favino (for his role in Nostalgia - ex aequo with Silvio Orlando in The Inner Cage and The Hidden Child [+see also:
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interview: Roberto Andò
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]
) and Best Supporting Actor (Francesco Di Leva and Tommaso Ragno, also for Nostalgia). 

The winner of the award for Best Emerging Director was Giulia Louise Steigerwalt with Settembre [+see also:
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. The award for Best Comedy went to both Come un gatto in tangenziale - Ritorno a Coccia di Morto [+see also:
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and Corro da te [+see also:
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by Riccardo Milani; the latter film also earning its lead actress, Miriam Leone, the Nastro d’Argento award for Best Comedy Actress. Meanwhile, the two Best Comedy Actors were Francesco Scianna and Filippo Timi for The Invisible Thread [+see also:
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by Marco Simon Puccioni.

Worth noting, too, are the three technical awards bestowed on Gabriele Mainetti’s blockbuster Freaks Out [+see also:
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interview: Gabriele Mainetti
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]
: Best Set Design, Best Costumes, and Best Editing. The brothers Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo won, with America Latina [+see also:
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, the Nastro d’Argento award for Best Story. A Chiara [+see also:
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]
by Jonas Carpignano received a Special Nastro d’Argento award as well as the ‘Graziella Bonacchi’ Prize for its female protagonist Swamy Rotolo.

The film of the year for the SNGCI is, for the record, Marx Can Wait [+see also:
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by Marco Bellocchio.

The list of winners is as follows:

Film of the Year
Marx Can Wait [+see also:
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- Marco Bellocchio

Best Film
The Hand of God [+see also:
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interview: Paolo Sorrentino
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]
- Paolo Sorrentino

Best Director
Mario Martone - Nostalgia [+see also:
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interview: Mario Martone
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]
(Italy/France), The King of Laughter [+see also:
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interview: Mario Martone
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]
(Italy/Spain)

Best Emerging Director
Giulia Louise Steigerwalt - Settembre [+see also:
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]

Best Comedy
Come un gatto in tangenziale - Ritorno a Coccia di Morto [+see also:
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]
, Corro da te [+see also:
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]
- Riccardo Milani

Best Story
Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo - America Latina [+see also:
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]
(Italy/France)

Best Screenplay
Mario Martone, Ippolita Di Majo - Nostalgia, The King of Laughter

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Teresa Saponangelo - The Hand of God

Best Actor in a Leading Role (ex aequo)
Pierfrancesco Favino - Nostalgia
Silvio Orlando - The Inner Cage [+see also:
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interview: Leonardo Di Costanzo
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]
(Italy, Switzerland), The Hidden Child [+see also:
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interview: Roberto Andò
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]
(Italy/France)

Best Supporting Actress
Luisa Ranieri - The Hand of God

Best Supporting Actor
Francesco Di Leva, Tommaso Ragno - Nostalgia

Best Comedy Actress
Miriam Leone - Corro da te

Best Comedy Actor
Francesco Scianna, Filippo Timi - The Invisible Thread [+see also:
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]

Best Cinematography (ex aequo)
Luca Bigazzi - The Inner Cage
Daria D’Antonio - The Hand of God

Best Set Design
Massimiliano Sturiale - Freaks Out [+see also:
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interview: Gabriele Mainetti
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]
(Italy/Belgium), Il materiale emotivo

Best Costumes
Mary Montalto - Freaks Out

Best Editing
Francesco Di Stefano - Freaks Out

Best Sound
Simone Olivero and Paolo Benvenuti live with Benny Atria, Marco Saitta and Matteo Gaetani - Il buco [+see also:
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interview: Michelangelo Frammartino
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]
(Italy/Germany/France)

Best Casting Director
Annamaria Sambucco, Massimo Appolloni - The Hand of God

Best Score
Nicola Piovani - I fratelli De Filippo [+see also:
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, Leonora Addio [+see also:
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interview: Paolo Taviani
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]

Best Song
“La profondità degli abissi”, musique, lyrics and performance by Manuel Agnelli - Diabolik [+see also:
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Special Nastri d’Argento Awards
Jonas Carpignano - A Chiara [+see also:
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]
(Italy/France)
Laura Morante

Special Nastro for Best Cameo Appearance of the Year
Drusilla Foer - Sempre più bello

Special Prizes for the Youth

‘Gugliemo Biraghi’
Filippo Scotti - The Hand of God
Lina Siciliano - Una Femmina - The Code of Silence [+see also:
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interview: Francesco Costabile
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]

‘Graziella Bonacchi’
Swamy Rotolo - A Chiara

Nastri d’Argento Nobis Foundation Prize
Giulia [+see also:
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interview: Ciro De Caro
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]
- Ciro De Caro

Nastri d’Argento Nuovo Imaie Prize
Vanessa Scalera - L’Arminuta [+see also:
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interview: Giuseppe Bonito
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]
(Italy/Switzerland)

Nastri d’Argento Hamilton Prize Behind the Camera
Edoardo Leo

Nastri d’Argento Persol Prize for Character of the Year
Francesco Scianna

Nastri d’Argento Wella Prize for the Image
Teresa Saponangelo

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(Translated from Italian)

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