ROME — Giuseppe Tornatore’s “The Unknown” scooped the top nod for best picture at Italy’s Silver Ribbons awards, which also bestowed kudos on Ennio Morricone for the score of Tornatore’s white slavery noir.
The ribbons’ main winner, Tornatore’s dark tale of a secretive Eastern European prostitute-turned-cleaning lady also nabbed a best supporting actor nod for Alessandro Haber, who plays the protagonist’s pimp.
Nanni Moretti’s “The Caiman,” which was the other big contender at Italy’s oldest film awards, had to make do with the best producer prize jointly given to Moretti and former production partner Angelo Barbagallo, and the best actor nod for Silvio Orlando, who plays a down-and-out producer in the pic.
Best debut ribbon went to actor/auteur Kim Rossi Stewart for his stirring father-and-son drama “Along The Ridge.”
Ferzan Ozpetek’s bereavement drama “Saturn in Opposition” won nods for screenplay and best actress for Margherita Buy.
The best docu prize went to Agostino Ferrente’s infectiously involving “The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio,” about the travails of a multi-ethnic Rome band.
Clint Eastwood’s “Letters from Iwo Jima” and Pedro Almodovar’s “Volver” were the foreign-film honorees.
The Silver Ribbons — voted by Italy’s national film journalists’ union SNGCI — were announced unexpectedly, stealing thunder from the official ceremony to be held June 23 at the Taormina Film Festival.