Rome – Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” (pictured) and Paolo Virzì’s “Human Capital” split top honors at Italy’s David di Donatello Awards, where Sorrentino’s foreign-Oscar winner took nine statuettes, including best director, producer and actor.
Virzi’s stylish economic crisis drama, which has been a hit at the local box office, instead scooped seven Davids, including key categories such as best picture, screenplay, male and female supporting actors, editing and an actress nod for Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.
“Beauty’s” Toni Servillo took the best actor nod, perhaps the most predictable of the evening’s prizes.
“Beauty” producers Francesca Cima and Nicola Giuliano, of Rome’s Indigo Film, thanked the pic’s co-financer and distributor Medusa, and Gallic co-producer Babe Films.
The David for best first-time Italo helmer went to Sicilian TV satirist-turned-helmer Piefrancesco Diliberto, known as PIF, for his heartwarming Mafia-themed comedy “The Mafia Kills Only in Summer,” produced by Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Mieli’s Wildside in association with Rai Cinema.
The David for foreign film went to Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Stephen Frears’ “Philomena” won the nod for best foreign pic produced within the EU. Distributor/producer Andrea Occhipinti, whose Lucky Red released “Philomena” in Italy, received a special David.
Interestingly, while onstage Occhipinti urged Italian broadcasters to do more to support the movie industry in Italy and to stop competing with local indies like himself.
The Davids ceremony, aired live on RAI, was a particularly grotesque affair that caused Sophia Loren to shriek in horror, while on stage for a lifetime achievement nod, and to chastise the host for his crassness.
Complete list of winners:
DEBUT DIRECTOR Pierfrancesco Diliberto, “The Mafia Kills Only in Summer”
SCREENPLAY Paolo Virzi, Francesco Bruni, Francesco Bruni, “Human Capital”
PRODUCER(S) Francesca Cima, Nicola Giuliano, “The Great Beauty”
ACTRESS Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, “Human Capital”
ACTOR Toni Servillo, “The Great Beauty”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS Valeria Golino, “Human Capital”
SUPPORTING ACTOR Fabrizio Gifuni, “Human Capital”
CINEMATOGRAPHY Luca Bigazzi, “The Great Beauty”
EDITING Cecilia Zanuso, “Human Capital”
SCORE Pivio and Aldo De Scalzi for “Song’ e Napule”
ORIGINAL SONG “A Verità,” Franco Ricciardi
PRODUCTION DESIGN Stefania Cella, “The Great Beauty”
COSTUME DESIGN Daniela Ciancio, “The Great Beauty”
MAKEUP ARTIST Maurizio Silvi, “The Great Beauty”
HAIR ARTIST Aldo Signoretti, “The Great Beauty”
SOUND Roberto Mozzarelli, “Capitale Umano”
DIGITAL EFFECTS Rodolfo Migliari e Luca Della Grotta, “The Great Beauty”
EUROPEAN UNION PICTURE “Philomena,” Stephen Frears
FOREIGN FILM OUTSIDE THE E.U. “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Wes Anderson
DOCUMENTARY “Tahrir Liberation Square,” Stefano Savona
SHORT “Stop The Pounding Heart,” Roberto Minervini
YOUTH DAVID “The Mafia Kills Only in Summer,” Pierfrancesco Diliberto
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT DAVID 2014 Sophia Loren
SPECIAL DAVID Andrea Occhipinti