'Il Divo,' 'Gomorrah' compete in Silver Ribbon

MILAN — The battle between mafia-themed pics “Il Divo” and “Gomorrah” continues in this year’s Nastri d’Argento (Silver Ribbon) prizes, Italy’s oldest film awards, unveiled Thursday.

“Il Divo,” about the life of Giulio Andreotti, the seven-time, mafia-tainted Italo prime minister, grabbed nine nominations including director for Paolo Sorrentino, producer, screen play and actor for Toni Servillo as the Machiavellian pol.

Matteo Garrone’s gritty, Neapolitan mobster movie, “Gomorrah,” has noms for film, screenplay, photography and editing.

Local drama “Giovanna’s Father” gets six noms, including director for Pupi Avati, producer and mentions in all four acting categories.

Three other films, Fausto Brizzi’s “Ex,” Marco Risi’s “Fortapsc” and Marco Bellocchio’s “Vincere” also manage six noms a piece.

Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” and Stephen Daldry’s “The Reader” are in the running for best European film.

The nominees for best non-European film include Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” and Gus Van Sant’s “Milk.”

The winners, chosen by Italo film journalists’ union Sngci, will be announced in Taormina, Sicily, on June 27.

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