“Like Crazy”, Paolo Virzi’s road movie about two women who escape from a mental institution in Tuscany, was awarded five statuettes on Monday night at the 61st edition of the Donatello Awards, the Italian equivalent of the Oscars. It took home Best Picture, Best Director – Virzì -, Best actress – Valeria Bruni Tedeschi -, Best Production Design – Tonino Zera -, and Best Hair Artist – Daniela Tartari. A visibly moved Valeria Bruni Tedeschi thanked, among others, “my poor psychoanalyst” and Franco Basaglia, the Italian modern psychiatry pioneer who inspired the shut down of the country’s prison-like mental asylums. “Like Crazy”, which was launched last year from Cannes, sold widely internationally, with Strand Releasing distributing on the American market.
Another two key movies of the night have been Edoardo De Angelis’ “Indivisible” and Matteo Rovere’s “Italian Race”, which both won six awards. “Invisible”, a Neo-Gothic drama set in Naples tells the story of teenage conjoined-twin sisters with beautiful voices, was awarded Best Screenplay – Nicola Guaglione, Barbara Petronio and De Angelis himself -, Best Producer – Attilio De Razza and Pierpaolo Verga -, Best Supporting Actress – Antonia Truppo -, Best Score – Enzo Avitabile -, Best Original Song – Enzo Avitabile’s “Abbi Pietà di Noi” -, and Best Costume Design – Massimo Cantini Parrini.
While Rovere’s movie, set in the world of GT racing, won Best Actor – Stefano Accorsi -, Best Cinematography – Michele D’Attanasio -, Best Editing – Gianni Vezzosi -, Best Makeup Artist – Luca Mazzoccoli -, Best Sound – Angelo Bonannini, Diego De Santis, Mirko Perri and Michele Mazzucco -, and Best Digital Effects – Artea Film & Rain Rebel Alliance International Network.
The award for Best First-time Director went to Marco Danieli for “La ragazza del mondo”, the story of a romance between a girl who is a Jehovah’s Witness and a young ex-con, which has been internationally distributed with the title “Worldly girl”.
The two foreign movies to receive an award were Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals”, which took the David for Best Foreign Film from outside the European Union, and “I, Daniel Blake,” by Ken Loach that won the statuette for Best European Union Picture.
Triple Oscar-winner Roberto Benigni was honored with a Special David earlier in the day by Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella and Culture Minister Dario Franceschini in honor of his career. Whereas the David Giovani, awarded to the best young director, went to Pierfrancesco Diliberto, known as Pif, for “In guerra per amore” (At war for love), a touching dramatic comedy that tells the story of a young man who, in1943 decides to enlist in the US Army, which is preparing to travel to Sicily to fight the Nazi, in order to be able to reach the island and ask his loved one’s father the permission to marry her.
Ilona Catani Scarlett