Writers, directors set to protest Donatello nods

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ROME -- Italy's David di Donatello Awards will be presented Thursday amid protests from some of the country's best-known screenwriters and directors.

The David Awards, Italy's highest film honor, will feature many figures involved with the "Centoautori" (Hundred Authors) movement. The movement includes such luminaries as Oscar winner Bernardo Bertolucci and fellow directors Marco Bellocchio and Daniele Luchetti, who have both received nominations for this year's awards.

The movement is calling for government reforms aimed at increasing spending on cultural projects and making them more accessible to the public.

So far, the year-old movement has had limited success in attracting attention from government officials. But on Thursday, any protest will be heard at the highest level as Italy's head of government, President Giorgio Napolitano, is expected to greet nominees at the Quirinale Palace before the awards.

Among the main figures nominated at this year's awards are 75-year-old Ermanno Olmi, with his record-tying seventh best film nomination for "Centochiodi"; Giuseppe Tornatore for "La Sconosciuta" (The Unknown); Emanuele Crialese's "Nuovomondo" (The Golden Door); "Anche Libero va Bene" (Along the Ridge) from Kim Rossi Stuart; Luchetti's "Mio Fratello e Figlio Unico" (My Brother Is an Only Child); and Bellocchio's "Il Regista di Matrimoni" (The Wedding Director).
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