Olmi war pic leads Donatellos with 9 noms

Soldini's Czech-lingo drama nabs 8

ROME — Three somber dramas — about war and death, immigrant outsiders and emotional outcasts — dominate nominations for the 2002 David di Donatellos, Italy’s most important film awards, to be presented April 10 at Rome’s Cinecitta Studios.

Ermanno Olmi’s “The Profession of Arms,” Silvio Soldini’s “Burning in the Wind” and Giuseppe Piccioni’s “Light of My Eyes” are vying for the top honors of film and director.

Olmi’s medieval period piece on the horrors of war leads the field with nine nominations, including nods for producers Luigi Musini, Roberto Cicutto and Olmi, as well as for Olmi’s screenplay and for cinematography by the director’s son, Fabio Olmi.

8 noms for Soldini pic

Soldini’s Czech-lingo drama of East European factory workers in small-town Switzerland scored eight nominations, including producer for Lionello Cerri and Musini and screenplay for Doriana Leondeff.

Piccioni’s Rome-set tale of two lonely misfits also received eight nominations, including actress for Sandra Ceccarelli, actor for Luigi Lo Cascio and supporting actor for Silvio Orlando.

In contrast to the previous season’s boom period for homegrown productions — including “The Son’s Room,” “The Last Kiss,” “The Hundred Steps” and “Ignorant Fairies” — this season has seen only midrange hits, many of them given a mixed reception by critics. This factor is reflected in this year’s Donatello nominations.

Trio up for directing bow

In the running for debuting director are Vincenzo Marra for “Sailing Home,” Paolo Sorrentino for “One Man Up” and Marco Ponti for “Santa Maradona,” the latter a breakout hit that also landed a producing nod for Roberto Buttafuori.

Remaining actor candidates are Giancarlo Giannini for “I Love You Eugenio” and Toni Servillo for “One Man Up,” while the actress nominations are rounded out by Marina Confalone for “Neapolitan Spell” and Licia Maglietta for “Luna Rossa.

The nominations for foreign film are Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Amelie,” Danis Tanovic’s “No Man’s Land” and Joel Coen’s “The Man Who Wasn’t There.”

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