Helmer Ferzan Ozpetek’s “Facing Windows,” Gabriele Muccino’s “Remember Me” and Gabriele Salvatore’s “I’m Not Afraid” tied for trophies in the country’s oldest film awards.
“Windows,” a thoughtful love-triangle set in working class Rome, is the account of a woman helping an aging man suffering from memory loss. Pic took story, actress (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) and song.
“Remember Me,” a multi-layered view on modern Italo-bourgeois family and social values, took awards for supporting actress (Monica Bellucci), producer (Domenico Procacci of Fandango) and screenplay.
Helmer Gabriele Salvatore’s “I Am Not Afraid” tells the story of a boy who discovers a child hidden in a hole near the village where he lives. Pic won for director, supporting actor (Diego Abatantuono) and Cinematography.
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Ozpetek and Muccino’s films are close box office rivals with “Windows” grosses approaching e10.5 million ($12.5 million) to “Remember Me’s” $11.8 million.
Roberto Benigni’s 2002 B.O. hit “Pinocchio” took honors for music.
Directof of a foreign film was awarded to Roman Polanski for his Oscar winner, “The Pianist”
Close to midnight in the candle-lit 2,000-year-old Greco-Roman theater, a special award was dedicated to the memory of comic Alberto Sordi, who passed away in February.
Director: Gabriele Salvatores, “I Am Not Afraid”
New Director: Maria Sole Tognazzi, “Passato Prossimo”
Producer: Domenico Procacci, “The Embalmer,” “Remember Me,” “Maximum Velocity”
Story: Ferzan Ozpetek and Gianni Romoli, “Facing Windows”
Screenplay: Gabriele Muccino and Heidrun Schleef, “Remember Me”
Actress: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, “Facing Windows,” “Ilaria Alpi: The Cruelest of Days”
Actor (tie) : Neri Marcore, “The Heart is Elsewhere,” and Gigi Proietti, “Febbre da cavallo 2 — La Mandrakata”
Supporting Actress: Monica Bellucci, “Remember Me”
Supporting Actor: Diego Abatantuono, “I Am Not Afraid”
Cinematography: “I Am Not Afraid”
Sound: “El Alamein”
Art Direction: “Gangs of New York”
Costumes: “L’importanza di chiamarsi Ernest — Ma che culpa abbiamo noi”
Editing: “The Embalmer,” “Maximum Velocity”
Song: “Gocce di memoria” from”Facing Windows”
Directof of a Foreign Language Film: Roman Polanski, “The Pianist”