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Quentin Tarantino Holds Court at Italy’s David Di Donatello Film Awards

Tarantino met with Ennio Morricone in Rome to discuss a Morricone score

ROME — Quentin Tarantino held court Friday at Italy’s 59th David di Donatello Awards in Rome, which he attended to collect prizes from several years back for “Pulp Fiction” and “Django Unchained” and where Italian director Francesco Munzi’s potent Mafia drama “Black Souls” made a clean sweep, scooping nine prizes.

A relaxed Tarantino and girlfriend Courtney Hoffman pranced down the Rome Teatro Olimpico red carpet, mobbed by paparazzi and TV crews.

Onstage Tarantino was asked: “What ingredients does a Tarantino movie need to have?”

“Usually a healthy combination of horrible violence and funny comedy,” he answered. “I think the blood and the comedy together is one of the things you really need for an ‘à la Tarantino’ movie.”

Asked if he’d ever thought of making a Mafia pic, Tarantino replied: “I could totally do it! A favorite Italian director of mine is Fernando Di Leo, who specialized in making Mafia movies, and I’ve always considered that my movies are related to his.”

Tarantino went on to say that “one of the reasons that getting these awards tonight means so much to me is that the Italian film industry has influenced me since I was a little boy. ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ is one of the first movies I ever remember seeing.”

“Also, although a lot of people don’t realize it, a lot of inspiration for ‘Pulp Fiction’ came from Mario Bava’s ‘Black Sabbath.’”

Tarantino was handed the two statuettes by composer Ennio Morricone. Both artists revealed that they met in Rome yesterday and Morricone has agreed to compose music for a Tarantino movie, most probably Tarantino’s upcoming “The Hateful Eight,” for which the Weinstein Company has set a Christmas Day launch in the U.S.

Earlier in the day Tarantino attended an Italian film industry meet with Italian head of state Sergio Mattarella at Rome’s Quirinale Palace. When they shook hands, the Italian president, clearly a fan, told Tarantino that even “Pulp Fiction’s” Mr. Wolf could not solve all of the country’s problems, following Italy’s recent economic meltdown.

Munzi’s “Black Souls,” the big winner of the Davids, which are Italy’s top nods, is an unflinching look at the ‘Ndrangheta, Calabria’s version of organized crime.

Pic produced by Italy’s Good Films, Cinemaundici and France’s Babe Films, with support from Rai Cinema, bowed at Venice and Toronto and will be released in North America by Rialto.

Complete list of David Awards winners:

PICTURE 
“Black Souls,” Francesco Munzi
DIRECTOR 
Francesco Munzi, “Black Souls”
DEBUT DIRECTOR 
Edoardo Falcone, “Se Dio Vuole”
SCREENPLAY 
Francesco Munzi, Fabrizio Ruggirello, Maurizio Braucci, for “Black Souls”
PRODUCER(S) 
Cinemaundici, Babe Films, and Rai Cinema for “Black Souls”
ACTRESS 
Margherita Buy, “My Mother”
ACTOR 
Elio Germano, “Leopardi”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS 
Giulia Lazzarini, “My Mother”
SUPPORTING ACTOR 
Carlo Buccirosso,“Noi e la Giulia”
CINEMATOGRAPHY 
Vladan Radovich, “Black Souls”
EDITING 
Cristiano Travaglioli, “Black Souls”
SCORE Giuliano Taviani, “Black Souls”
ORIGINAL SONG 
“Anime Nere,” Massimo De Lorenzo
PRODUCTION DESIGN 
Giancarlo Muselle, “Leopardi”
COSTUME DESIGN 
Ursula Patzak, “Leopardi”
MAKEUP ARTIST 
Maurizio Silvi, “Leopardi”
HAIR ARTIST 
Aldo Signoretti, Alberto Giuliano “Leopardi”
SOUND Stefanio Campus, “Black Souls”
DIGITAL EFFECTS Visualogie, “The Invisible Boy”
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE “Belluscone. Una Storia Siciliana,” Franco Maresco
EUROPEAN UNION PICTURE 
“The Theory of Everything,” James Marsh
FOREIGN FILM OUTSIDE THE E.U. 
“Birdman,” Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu
SHORT 
“Thriller,” Giuseppe Marco Albano
YOUTH DAVID 
“Noi e la Giulia,” Edoardo Leo

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