'Girl,' 'Chaos' lead Davids field with six noms each

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Murder mystery "La Ragazza del Lago" (The Girl by the Lake), the debut film from Andrea Malaioli, and Antonio Grimaldi's "Caos Calmo" (Quiet Chaos), a story about a man's behavior after his wife dies, dominated the David di Donatello award nominees list revealed Thursday.

Each film was nominated in at least six major categories, with Malaioli in the unusual position of being nominated as both best and best new director.

Malaioli's film, which premiered last year in Venice, tells the tale of a detective from northern Italy brought in to solve a murder in a tranquil town. The film also was nominated for best film, screenplay (Sandro Petgraglia), producer (Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima), actress (Anna Bonaiuto) and actor (Toni Servillo).

"Caos Calmo," co-written by and starring Italian director Nanni Moretti, also was nominated as best film. Grimaldi got a nom for best director, Moretti and co-writers Laura Paolucci and Francesco Piccolo were nominated for screenplay, Domenico Procacci for producer and Moretti for best actor. The film's international premiere took place this year at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Other films nominated for the top film prize were Silvio Soldini's drama "Giorni e Nuvole" (Days and Clouds), "La Giusta Distanza" (The Right Distance) from Carlo Mazzacurati and Giorgio Diritti's "Il Vento da il suo Giro" (The Wind Blows Round), which was completed in 2005 but released in Italy only last year.

Cristina Comencini's interracial love story "Bianco e Nero" (Black and White) earned her a a spot in the best director race alongside Molaioli, Grimaldi, Mazzacurati and Soldini.

Oscar winner "No Country for Old Men" from Joel and Ethan Coen led the nominees for best foreign film. Other nominees were "There Will be Blood" from Paul Thomas Anderson, Paul Haggis' "In the Valley of Elah" and "Into the Wild" from Sean Penn.

The David de Donatello awards ceremony will take place April 18.
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