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Moretti, Tornatore tussle for Ribbons

'Cayman,' 'Unknown' are top contenders

With seven nominations each, Nanni Moretti’s “Il Caimano” (The Cayman) and Guiseppe Tornatore’s “La Sconosciuta” (The Unknown) are the top contenders for Italy’s Nastri D’Argento (Silver Ribbons), the country’s oldest film awards.

Moretti’s satirical anti-Berlusconi pic picked up noms in the director and producer categories, plus leading actor (Silvio Orlando) and leading actress (Margherita Buy). Tornatore’s dark thriller, “The Unknown,” also earned nods in the director, screenplay, supporting actor (Alessandro Haber) and supporting actress (Claudia Gerini) categories.

Marco Bellocchio’s drama “Il Regista di Matrimoni” (The Wedding Director) and Turkish-born helmer Ferzan Ozpetek’s “Saturno Contro” (Saturn in Opposition) followed with six nods apiece.

Winners of the Silver Ribbons, voted by Italy’s national film journalists’ union SNGCI, will be announced in early June on a date to be determined. For the first time, SNGCI decided to extend the selection period to 15 months, including the top 100 films that unspooled between Jan. 1, 2006 and March 31, 2007; a total of 39 films received nominations.

SNGCI also added an award this year to highlight the top Italian film figures of the year. Nominated were directors Fausto Brizzi (“Night Before Exams”), Gabriele Muccino (“The Pursuit of Happyness”) and actor/director Michele Placido (“Criminal Novel”). The Silver Ribbon this year will also pay tribute to legendary director Dino Risi (“Poor but Beautiful”).

Key nominations, by category:

DIRECTOR:
Marco Bellochio, “Il Regista di Matrimoni”
Saverio Costanzo, “In Memoria di Me” (In Memory of Me)
Emanuele Crialese, “Nuovomondo”
Nanni Moretti, “Il Caimano”
Giuseppe Tornatore, “La Sconosciuta”

PRODUCER:
Angelo Barbagallo, Nanni Moretti (Sacher Films), “Il Caimano”
Donatella Botti (Bianca Film with Rai Cinema), “L’aria Salata” (Salty Air)
Marco Chimenz, Giovanni Stabilini, Riccardo Tozzi (Cattleya), “Ho Voglio di Te”/”La Stella che non c’e” (The Star That Isn’t There)/ “Lezioni di Volo” (Flying Lessons)
Francesca Cima, Nicola Giuliano (Indigo Film with Fandango and Medusa), “Apnea”/ “La Guerra di Mario”
Aurelio De Laurentiis (Filmauro), “Il Mio Miglior Nemico”/ “Natale a New York”/ “Manuale d’amore 2”

Fulvio and Federica Lucisano (IIF), Giannandrea Pecorelli (Aurora Film with Rai Cinema), “Notte Prima degli Esami” / “Notte Prima degli Esami, Oggi” (Night Before Exams — Today)

SCREENPLAY:
Antonio Capuano, “La Guerra di Mario”
Emanuele Crialese, “Nuovomondo”
Linda Ferri, Federico Starnone, Francesco Giammusso, Kim Rossi Stuart, “Anche Libero Va Bene” (Even Independent It’s All Right)
Alessandro Bencivenni, Domenico Saverni , “Le Rose del Deserto”
Ferzan Ozpetek, Gianni Romoli, “Saturno Contro”
Carlo Verdone, Silvio Muccino, “La Sconosciuta”

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