New noms keep Tornatore on a roll

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ROME -- Giuseppe Tornatore's "La Sconosciuta" (The Unknown) received three nominations for Italian film studio Cinecitta's prize designed to highlight behind-the-scenes excellence in film.

Tornatore and "La Sconosciuta" have been darlings of the Italian film sector this year. After debuting at the first RomaCinemaFest in October, "La Sconosciuta" dominated this month's David di Donatello Awards. He also was the toast of the just-completed Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, where he received an honorary prize and was featured in a comprehensive retrospective.

The prizes in categories for best set design, costumes, makeup and hair, special effects, sound and production, can be given to any film -- foreign or local -- shown in Italy over the one-year period that concluded March 31.

"La Sconosciuta" was nominated in the categories for best set design, sound and production.

Other films nominated in more than one category were Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoniette" (for costumes, makeup and hair), Mike Barker's Oscar Wilde adaptation "A Good Woman" (set design and sound), and Vittorio and Paolo Taviani's "Masseria delle Allodole" (the Lark Farm) (set design and costumes).

Additionally, five-time Oscar-winning costume designer Piero Tossi -- whose credits include the 1983 adaptation of "La Traviata" and the 1971 classic "Death in Venice" -- was named the recipient of a special career award.

The winners will be announced during the Sept. 29-Aug. 8 Venice Film Festival.
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