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Mafia pic ‘Gomorrah’ slays Davids

Garrone's crime drama wins top prizes in Italy

Matteo Garrone’s naturalistic crimer “Gomorrah” made a killing at Italy’s David di Donatello prizes, scooping statuettes for picture, director, screenplay, producer, editor, sound and original song on Friday.

Paolo Sorrentino’s “Il Divo” also took seven awards including the male thesp nod for Toni Servillo, whose role as controversial politician Giulio Andreotti has drawn plenty of raves, and a slew of technical prizes.

Produced by Domenico Procacci’s Fandango, “Gomorrah” is based on a bestselling expose of the Neapolitan mob by author Roberto Saviano, who now lives under police protection.

Garrone’s gritty pic has grossed more than $25 million to date, with the rare distinction that about half its take derives from distribution outside Italy.

The David for debuting director went to 59-year-old “Gomorrah” co-scribe Gianni Di Gregorio for ”Mid-August Lunch,” a bittersweet laffer about lively octogenarian ladies being catered to by a boyish, middle-aged boozer. Di Gregorio’s pic was produced by Garrone.

Rising Italo star Alba Rohrwacher took the actress David for her role as a homicidally insane young woman who ends up in a Fascist-era asylum in Pupi Avati’s “Giovanna’s Father.”

Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” took the laurel for foreign film, while the nod for European Union pic went to ”Slumdog Millionaire.”

The Davids were handed out in a televised ceremony at Rome’s Auditorium Theater where news that Italy’s long-awaited tax credits have cleared the final hurdle provided an upbeat note.

The incentives come at a crucial time for the declining local industry. During the first quarter of 2009 Italo pics accounted for 29% of the market compared with 34% for the first quarter in 2008.

And the winners are:

“Gomorrah,” Matteo Garrone

Matteo Garrone, “Gomorrah”

Gianni Di Gregorio, “Mid-August Lunch”

Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni Di Gregorio, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso, Roberto Saviano, “Gomorrah”

Domenico Procacci, “Gomorrah”

Alba Rohrwacher, “Giovanna’s Father”

Tony Servillo,   “Il Divo”

Piera Degli Esposti,  “Il Divo”

Giuseppe Battiston, “Don’t Think About It”

Luca Bigazzi,  “Il Divo”

Marco Spoletini, “Gomorrah”

Maricetta Lombardo, “Gomorrah”

Nicola Sganga, Rodolfo Migliari, “Il Divo”

Teho Teardo, “Il Divo”

“Herculaneum,” by Robert del Naja, “Gomorrah”

Francesco Frigeri, “The Demons of St. Petersburg”

Elisabetta Montaldo, “The Demons of St, Petersburg”

Vittorio Sodano, “Il Divo”

Aldo Signoretti, “Il Divo”

“Slumdog Millionaire,”  Danny Boyle 

“Gran Torino,”  Clint Eastwood

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