'Consequences' takes five Davids

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ROME — Young helmer Paolo Sorrentino’s stylish Mafia drama “The Consequences of Love” was the big winner Friday at Italy’s 49th David di Donatello Awards, scooping five statuettes in key categories and outshining veteran auteurs Ferzan Ozpetek and Gianni Amelio.

The 34-year-old Neapolitan helmer’s sophomore feature about a money launderer for the mob leading a monastic life in a Swiss hotel – save for his once-a-week heroin shot – nabbed nods for picture, director, screenplay and cinematography, as well as an acting David for thesp Toni Servillo’s measured, melancholy perf.

Produced by Nicola Giuliano and Domenico Procacci, “Consequences” was Italy’s sole competition entry last year at Cannes.

The actress statuette went to Barbara Bobulova for her perf as a cold-hearted rich woman who becomes a patron of the poor in Ozpetek’s social drama “Sacred Heart.” Despite 12 noms, however, pic’s only other prize was for Andrea Crisanti’s set design.

Amelio’s father-and-disabled-son drama “The Keys to the House,” which received seven noms, took home only a tech prize, for sound recording.

The David for first feature went to Saverio Costanzo’s drama “Private,” about a Palestinian family trapped in its own home by Israeli soldiers. Pic won the 2004 Locarno Golden Pard.

Italy’s version of the Academy Awards tried to boost its profile this year, luring Tom Cruise – who came to Rome to receive a lifetime achievement David and to promote Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds” before its June release. A trailer for the blockbuster H.G. Wells adaptation opened the televised ceremony. Cruise delivered a brief acceptance speech in Italian, praising Italy’s artistic and historical heritage.

Another Hollywood star, Hilary Swank, picked up the foreign film David, which went to “Million Dollar Baby.” Swank took time off from the Bulgarian set of Brian de Palma’s “The Black Dahlia.”

Despite the double dose of Hollywood star power, ceremony was irredeemably lusterless and parochial.

Event was hosted by veteran TV presenter Mike Bongiorno, and sidekick Luisa Corna, with presenters including producer Aurelio De Laurentiis, composer Ennio Morricone and set designer Dante Ferretti.

Named after Donatello’s famous statue of a naked warrior, the Davids are voted by representatives from all working sectors of Italy’s film industry.

And the winners are…

PICTURE
“The Consequences of Love,” Paolo Sorrentino

DIRECTOR
Paolo Sorrentino, “The Consequences of Love”

DEBUT DIRECTOR
Saverio Costanzo, “Private”

SCREENPLAY
Paolo Sorrentino, “The Consequences of Love”

PRODUCER
Rosario Rinaldo, “A Children’s Story”

ACTRESS
Barbara Bobulova, “Sacred Heart”

ACTOR
Toni Servillo, “The Consequences of Love”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Margherita Buy, “Manual of Love”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Carlo Verdone, “Manual of Love”

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Luca Bigazzi, “The Consequences of Love”

ORIGINAL MUSIC
Riz Ortolani, “But When do the Girls Get Here?”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Christmas in Love,” from the film “Christmas in Love”

SET DESIGN
Andrea Crisanti, “Sacred Heart”

COSTUME DESIGN
Daniela Ciancio, “The Remains of Nothing”

EDITING
Claudio Cutry, “A Children’s Story”

SOUND
Alessandro Zanon, “The Keys to the House”

EUROPEAN UNION FILM
“The Sea Within,” Alejandro Amenabar.

FOREIGN FILM
“Million Dollar Baby,” Clint Eastwood

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Tom Cruise

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