'Romanzo di una strage' nabs 16 David noms

ROME — Italo auteurs Marco Tullio Giordana, Nanni Moretti and Paolo Sorrentino lead the race for Italy’s David di Donatello Awards, the country’s top film nods.

Giordana’s political drama “Romanzo di una strage,” about Italy’s infamous Piazza Fontana massacre, leads the pack with 16 nominations. Meticulous reconstruction of Italy’s biggest postwar terrorism act is tipped for a possible slot at the Cannes Film Festival.

In second place is Moretti’s eclectic papal comedy “Habemus Papam” (We Have a Pope), on release Stateside via IFC, with 15 noms. The pic unspooled in Cannes last year.

Sorrentino’s Sean Penn starrer “This Must Be the Place,” also in Cannes last year, follows with 14 noms.

All three pics are eligible in the main categories.

Also prominent in the running for this year’s David statuettes are Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s prison-set docudrama “Cesar Must Die,” which won the Berlin Golden Bear, and Ferzan Ozpetek’s auteur ghost pic “Magnificent Presence,” which has scored a solid $4 million locally in four weeks.

Winners will be announced May 4 at a Rome gala aired on pubcaster RAI.

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