Three pix share lead in Italo nominations

Bellocchio, Giordana, Virzi have eight noms apiece

ROME — Marco Bellocchio’s “Good Morning, Night,” Marco Tullio Giordana’s “Best of Youth” and Paolo Virzi’s “Caterina Goes to Town” are top contenders for Italy’s Nastri d’Argento (Silver Ribbon) film prizes, each with eight nominations including film, screenplay, editing and acting mentions.

Ermanno Olmi’s “Singing Behind the Screens” drew seven noms, including film and producer. Olmi’s eclectic pirate drama, which recently unspooled at Berlin, is co-produced by Mikado, RAI Cinema and Lakeshore Entertainment.

Bellocchio’s terrorism-themed “Good Morning” recently won the European Film Academy’s critics’ award, while “Best of Youth,” a six-hour epic about Italy’s 1960s generation, snagged the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes in May.

“Caterina,” a satire of modern Rome seen through the eyes of a provincial teenager, has marked a return to critical and box office success for Virzi, best known internationally for the comedy “Hard Boiled Egg,” winner of the 1977 Venice special jury prize.

In the running for foreign film are Oscar winner Denys Arcand’s “The Barbarian Invasions,” Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill Vol. 1,” Wolfgang Becker’s “Good Bye Lenin!” and Fernando Meirelles’ “City of God.”

Established in 1946 and voted on by members of Italy’s film journalists union, Sngci, the Nastri d’Argento kudos are Italy’s oldest film prizes.

The winners will be announced at a date to be finalized at the end of this month.

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