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'Room,' 'Kiss,' 'Steps' dominate Italo noms

ROME — Underlining the recent upturn in local audience acceptance of quality homegrown fare, three national productions that combined critical kudos with commercial success, “The Son’s Room,” “The Last Kiss” and “The Hundred Steps,” dominated the noms for the 2001 David di Donatello Awards, Italy’s top film honors, to be presented April 10 in Rome.

Widely considered to be a shoo-in for competition selection at the Cannes Film Festival in May, Nanni Moretti’s “The Son’s Room,” was nominated in 12 categories including best film.

Moretti is in the running for best director and actor, as well as producer — together with his Sacher Film partner Angelo Barbagallo — and screenplay, with co-writers Linda Ferri and Heidrun Schleef.

Pic also is up for best actress (Laura Morante), supporting actor (Silvio Orlando) and supporting actress (Jasmine Trinca), along with music, art direction, editing and sound.

The breakout hit of the current season with grosses fast approaching $12 million, Gabriele Muccino’s “The Last Kiss” was cited in 10 categories including best film, director, actor (Stefano Accorsi), actress (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), supporting actor (Claudio Santamaria) and supporting actress (Stefania Sandrelli).

“Kiss” also landed nominations for producer Domenico Procacci, for Muccino’s screenplay, and for editing and sound.

Marco Tullio Giordana’s “The Hundred Steps,” was nominated in 12 categories including best film, director, producer (Fabrizio Mosca), actor (Luigi Lo Cascio), supporting actor (Tony Sperandeo) and screenplay (Claudio Fava, Monica Zappelli, Giordana), as well as cinematography, costume design, editing and sound.

The remaining best actress nomination went to Margherita Buy for “Ignorant Fairies.”

Oscar-nominated cinematographer Lajos Koltai and composer Ennio Morricone received noms for their work on “Malena,” which also is a candidate for best art direction and costumes.

The awards ceremony will be broadcast live April 10 on pubcaster channel RAI-2.

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