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‘We Believed’ leads Davids noms

'Benvenuti al Sud' nabs 10 noms in Italo contest

ROME — Italo auteur Mario Martone’s 19th century-set drama “We Believed,” about the revolutionary turmoil that led to Italian unification, is the frontrunner for Italy’s David di Donatello Awards, with 13 nominations for the country’s top film nods.

Benvenuti al Sud,” the Italo remake of Gallic megahit “Welcome to the Sticks,” helmed by Luca Miniero, is the other top Davids contender with 10 noms, after scoring more than $50 million at the local box office.

Also prominent in the running for David statuettes this year are first-time Italo helmer Aureliano Amadei’s “20 sigarette,” an autobiographical account of surviving a suicide bombing in Iraq; sleeper hit “Basilicata Coast to Coast,” also a first work, by Rocco Papaleo; Daniele Luchetti’s working-class drama “La Nostra Vita” (Our Life); and Michele Placido’s gangster pic “Vallanzasca — Angels of Evil,” which marked Fox International Productions first Italo title. These all scooped eight David noms.

Winners will be announced May 6 at a Rome gala aired on RAI.

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