'Caesar Must Die' wins big with five of the country's top film nods

Rome– Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s gritty semi-doc “Caesar Must Die,” shot in Rome’s maximum-security Rebibbia penitentiary where convicts perform Shakespeare, was the big winner at Italy’s David di Donatello Awards, scooping five of the country’s top film nods.

“Caesar,” winner of the Berlin Golden Bear earlier this year, took Davids for picture, director (shared by the brothers), producer, editor and sound.

The testimony to the therapeutic power of theater is produced by Grazia Volpi, in association with Stemal Entertainment, Agnese Fontana’s Le Talee and Associazione Culturale La Ribalta, with financing from RAI Cinema.

“Caesar” beat the frontrunners in the nominations: Marco Tullio Giordana’s political drama “Romanzo di una strage,” Nanni Moretti’s “We Have a Pope” and Paolo Sorrentino’s “This Must Be the Place.”

The David for best first-time Italo helmer went to scribe-turned-helmer Francesco Bruni for “Scialla!” (Chill), a coming-of-ager about the rapport between a melancholy professor and a rebellious teen.

Sorrentino’s English-language Sean Penn-starrer, “Place,” nabbed best score and song for David Byrne, and also nods for screenplay, cinematography, makeup and hair.

Gallic icon Michel Piccoli took the best actor David for his role as a just-elected pontiff who gets cold feet in “We Have a Pope.”

The David for foreign film went to Iranian helmer Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winner “A Separation,” while Gallic megahit “The Intouchables” took the David for best foreign pic produced within the EU.

Complete list of winners:

DAVID AWARDS:

PICTURE
“Caesar Must Die,” Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

DIRECTOR
Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, “Caesar Must Die”

DEBUT DIRECTOR
Francesco Bruni, “Scialla!”

SCREENPLAY
Paolo Sorrentio, Umberto Contarello, “This Must Be The Place”

PRODUCER
Grazia Volpi, “Caesar Must Die”

ACTRESS
Zhao Tao, “Io Sono Lì”

ACTOR
Michel Piccoli, “We Have a Pope”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Michela Cescon, “Romanzo Di Una Strage”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Pierfrancesco Favino, “Romanzo Di Una Strage”

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Luca Bigazzi, “This Must Be The Place”

EDITING
Roberto Perpignani, “Caesar Must Die”

SCORE

David Byrne “This Must Be The Place”

ORIGINAL SONG
“If It Falls, It Falls,” David Byrne, Will Oldham, Michael Brunnock

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Paola Bizzarri, “We Have a Pope”

COSTUME DESIGN
Lina Nerli, “We Have a Pope”

MAKEUP ARTIST
Luisa Abel, “This Must Be The Place”

HAIR ARTIST
Kim Santantonio, “This Must Be The Place”

SOUND
Benito Archimede and Brando Mosca, “This Must Be The Place”

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Stefano Marinoni and Paola Trisoglio, “Romanzo Di Una Strage”

EUROPEAN UNION PICTURE
“Untouchable,” Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano

FOREIGN FILM OUTSIDE THE E.U.
“A Separation,” Ashghar Farhadi

DOCUMENTARY
“Tahrir Liberation Square,” Stefano Savona

SHORT
“Dell’Ammazzare il maiale,” Simone Massi

YOUTH DAVID
“Scialla!,” Francesco Bruni

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT DAVID 2012
Liliana Cavani

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