Italy’s sole competition entry at last month’s Cannes Film Festival, “L’Amore Molesto,” may have walked away empty-handed from the Croisette at prize time, but the film landed a healthy share of laurels June 3 in the country’s top film awards, the David di Donatellos.
Mario Martone’s psychological roller-coaster ride around the complex contours of a tangled mother-daughter relationship took prizes for direction, actress (Anna Bonaiuto) and supporting actress (Angela Luce).
Best film went to “School,” Daniele Luchetti’s bittersweet look at the trials of teachers in a suburban high school.
The actor nod went to Marcello Mastroianni in “Pereira Declares” (aka “According to Pereira”). The actor dedicated his award to fellow nominee Massimo Troisi, who died last year.
The Donatello organizers also announced that the best actor prize will now be known as the Massimo Troisi award.
In honor of the film centennial, four special David awards were presented. These went to Milcho Manchevski for “Before the Rain,” Vittorio Cecchi Gori for his production activity, Aurelio De Laurentiis for his work as a distributor, and to actor-director Michele Placido for “Ordinary Hero.”
A complete awards list follows:
“School, ” Daniele Luchetti.
Mario Martone, “L’Amore Molesto.”
“Living it Up,” Paolo Virzi.
“No Skin,” Alessandro D’Alatri; “Childhood Enemies,” Luigi Magni, Carla Vistarini.
Pietro Valsecchi, “Ordinary Hero.”
Anna Bonaiuto, “L’Amore Molesto.”
Marcello Mastroianni, “Pereira Declares”
Angela Luce, “L’Amore Molesto.”
Giancarlo Giannini, “Like Two Crocodiles.”
Luca Bigazzi. “Lamerica.”
Franco Piersanti, “Lamerica.”
Andrea Crisanti. “A Pure Formality.”
Olga Berluti, “Farinelli.”
Roberto Perpignani, “The Postman.”
Alessandro Zanon, “Lamerica.”
LUCHINO VISCONTI CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
“Pulp Fiction,” Quentin Tarantino.
ACTRESS IN A FOREIGN FILM
Jodie Foster, “Nell.”
ACTOR IN A FOREIGN FILM
John Travolta, “Pulp Fiction.”