Comedy earns six kudos at Italian awards

Nanni Moretti’s comedy “Habemus Papam,” about a panicked, newly elected pope, was the big winner at the Nastri d’Argento (Silver Ribbons), the country’s oldest film awards, winning six prizes Saturday.

“Papam” scooped ribbons for film, producer Domenico Procacci whose Fandango co-produced the pic with Italy’s RAI Cinema and Gaul’s Le Pact, story idea, cinematography, set design and costumes.

“Papam,” which pulled in more than $8 million at the local box office, has been sold by Fandango Portobello to more than 30 territories, with a U.S. deal imminent.

The actor ribbon went to Kim Rossi Stewart for his role as a Milan mob boss in “Angel of Evil,” Fox Intl. Prods.’ first foray in Italy. The biopic also nabbed nods for editing and music.

Alba Rohrwacher took the actress award for her role as an emotionally scarred woman in Saverio Costanzo’s “The Solitude of Prime Numbers.” Her sister, Alice Rohrwacher, reaped the prize for debut helmer with “Corpo Celeste,” about Catholic education in southern Italy, which screened in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

Euro pic honors went to Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech,” while Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter” won for best pic from outside the EU.

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

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