ROME — Mirroring this year’s David of Donatello nominations, two of Italy’s youngest and brightest directors face off with the most noms for the Nastri D’Argento film critics awards to be presented June 14, the closing night of the Taormina BNL Film Fest in Sicily.
Ferzan Ozpetek ”Facing Windows” and Gabriele Muccino’s “Remember Me” swept up nine noms each including director, producer, screenplay and actress (Laura Morante for “Remember Me” and Giovanna Mezzogiorno for “Facing Windows”) as well as original song.
“Windows” other noms include story, supporting actor (Filippo Nigro), score and art direction. “Remember Me” took noms in actor (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), actress (Monica Bellucci), sound and editing.
“Windows,” a love triangle story, is produced by Tilde Corsi and Gianni Romoli for R & C Produzioni.
The film took home four statues out of 11 noms as well as the David Scuola award at this year’s David di Donatello ceremony, Italy’s highest film honors. Muccino’s “Remember Me,” about a family trying to survive amid decaying social values, took ten noms but left without honors.
Among other multiple Nastro nominees are helmer Gabriele Salvatores’ “Io non ho Paurea” (I’m not Scared) taking seven noms, including director, producer, screenplay, supporting actor (Diego Abatantuono), score, cinematography and sound.
Roberto Torre’s “Angela” took six noms while five noms each went to helmer Matteo Garrone’s “The Embalmer,” first time director Daniele Vicari’s “Velocita’ Massima” (Maximum Velocity) as well as “El Alamein” helmed by Enzo Monteleone.
Michele Placido’s love story between two poets, “Un Viaggio Chiamato Amore” took four noms as did “Prendimi l’anima” from helmer Roberto Faenza.
Three noms each went to Roberto Benigni’s “Pinocchio”, Italy’s biggest box office success of 2002 as well as to “The Heart is Elsewhere” helmed by Pupi Avati (in competition at the Cannes Festival), as well as “Ilaria Alpi: The Cruelest of Days” helmed by Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani.
Foreign film noms go to Leon De Aranda’s “Mondays in the Sun,” Aki Kaurismaki’s “The Man Without a Past,” Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist,” Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York” and Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report.”
A special Nastro d’Argento will go to Alberto Sordi, legendary Italo comic actor who died in February.
Gabriele Salvatores, “I Am Not Afraid”
Maria Sole Tognazzi, “Passato Prossimo”
Domenico Procacci, “The Embalmer,” “Remember Me,” “Maximum Velocity”
FerzaOzpetek and Gianni Romoli, “Facing Windows”
Gabriele Muccino and HeidruSchleef, “Remember Me”
Giovanna Mezzogiorno, “Facing Windows,” “Ilaria Alpi The Cruelest of Days”
Neri Marcore, “The Heart Is Elsewhere,” and Gigi Proietti, “Febbre da cavallo 2 — La Mandrakata”
Monica Bellucci, “Remember Me”
Diego Abatantuono, “I Am Not Afraid”
“I Am Not Afraid”
“Gangs of New York”
“L’importanza di chiamarsi Ernest — Ma che culpa abbiamo noi”
“The Embalmer,” “Maximum Velocity”
“Gocce di memoria” from “Facing Windows”
Director of a foreig language film
Roman Polanski, “The Pianist”