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ROME — Marco Tullio Giordana’s epic about Italy’s 1960 generation, “Best of Youth,” has swept the Nastri D’Argento (Silver Ribbons) awards, scooping seven nods and notching another success after last year’s Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes.

Ribbons for the six-hour “Best of Youth,” for which Miramax has U.S. and U.K. rights, include helmer, producer (Angelo Barbagallo), ensemble nods for lead actor and actress, screenplay (Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli), editing (Roberto Missiroli) and sound (Fulgenzio Ceccon).

Originally conceived as a TV mini-series for pubcaster RAI, “Best” has pulled in more than $1 million theatrically in Italy, where it screened last summer in two three-hour installments. It aired to respectable ratings last year.

Tullio Giordana’s historical chronicle tracing the parallel lives of two brothers over four decades won out against another terrorism-themed drama, Marco Bellocchio’s “Good Morning, Night,” and Paolo Virzi’s comedy “Caterina Goes to Town.” All three pics had received eight noms each.

The prize for debuting director went to pop star Franco Battiato’s autobiographical romancer “Lost Love.”

Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation” got the foreign film ribbon.

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

And the winners are…

PICTURE/DIRECTOR
“Best of Youth,” Marco Tullio Giordana

DEBUTING DIRECTOR
Franco Battiato, “Lost Love”

PRODUCER
Angelo Barbagallo, “Best of Youth”

ORIGINAL IDEA
Ermanno Olmi, “Singing Behind the Screens”

SCREENPLAY
Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli, “Best of Youth”

ACTRESS
The ensemble female cast of “Best of Youth,”
Adriana Asti, Sonia Bergamasco, Maya Sansa, Jasmine Trinca

ACTOR
tie
The ensemble male cast of “Best of Youth,”
Alessio Boni, Fabrizio Gifuni, Luigi Lo Cascio, Andrea Tidona
and also
Roberto Herlitzka, “Good Morning, Night”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Margherita Buy, “Caterina Goes to Town”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Arnoldo Foa, “People of Rome”

ORIGINAL MUSIC
Paolo Fresu, “The Island”

ORIGINAL SONG
Lucio Dalla, “First Give Me a Kiss”

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Fabio Olmi, “Singing Behind the Screens”

SOUND
Fulgenzio Ceccon, “Best of Youth”

SET DESIGN
Luigi Marchione, “Singing Behind the Screens”

COSTUME DESIGN
Francesca Sartori, “Singing Behind the Screens”

EDITING
Roberto Missiroli, “Best of Youth”

FOREIGN FILM
“Lost in Translation,” Sofia Coppola

SPECIAL EUROPEAN RIBBON 2004
Fanny Ardant

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