ROME — Looking set to notch up another success after sweeping the national David di Donatello film awards in April and becoming the surprise local sleeper hit of the season, “Bread and Tulips” leads the field in nominations for this year’s Italian film critics awards, the Nastri d’Argento.
Director Silvio Soldini’s quirky comedy about a bored housewife who discovers a fresh perspective on life and love when she takes an impulsive trip to Venice landed nominations in seven categories.
These included best film, the prize for which is awarded to the director, screenplay (Doriana Leondeff, Soldini), actress (Licia Maglietta) supporting actor (Felice Andreasi) and supporting actress (Marina Massironi).
Screened in the Directors Fortnight at Cannes, “Tulips” was a hot market title for international sales agent Adriana Chiesa En-terprises, which has closed deals for theatrical acquisition in 15 territories.
Among other multiple Nastri nominees is Ricky Tognazzi’s English-language drama about a young violinist in pre-WWII Prague, “Canone Inverso – Making Love,” which earned five nods, including best film and best score for composer Ennio Morri-cone.
In the running for best foreign film — also awarded to the director — are Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Magnolia,” Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow,” Spike Jonze’s “Being John Malkovich,” Sam Mendes’ “American Beauty” and Goran Paskaljevic’s “The Powder Keg.
Voted by Italy’s national society of film journalists, the 55th Nastri d’Argento will be presented July 2 during the opening-night ceremony of the Taormina Film Festival.
This year’s Nastro Europeo for outstanding contribution to European cinema will go to actress Claudia Cardinale.
A special award will go to Tom Cruise, on hand to present “Mission: Impossible 2.”