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Paolo Virzi’s Like Crazy was the big winner at Monday night’s David di Donatello Awards in a decadent ceremony in Rome that aired on Sky Italia.
Like Crazy, the story of two women who escape a Tuscan psychiatric home to confront their pasts, won honors for best film, director and actress (for Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), as well as prizes for production design (for Tonino Zera) and hair (for Daniela Tartari).
Virzi previously won David di Donatello best film awards for Human Capital and August Vacation.
Best foreign film honors went to Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, which also also took home the Venice Film Festival’s Silver Lion for best director last fall.
The best European film prize went to I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach, the director’s second Palme d’Or-winning pic.
Among other winners, Edoardo De Angelis‘ Indivisible won for best screenplay and the best producer award went to the film’s Attilio De Razza and Pieropaolo Verga. Indivisible also took home honors for best supporting actor (for Valerio Mastandrea), supporting actress (for Antonia Truppo), costumes (for Massimo Cantini Parrini) and for score and original song by Enzo Avitabile.
The best actor award went to Stefano Accorsi for Italian Race. The film also won honors for best cinematographer (for Michele D’Attanasio), makeup (for Luca Mazzoccoli), editing (for Gianni Vezzosi) and digital effects (Artea Film and Rain Rebel Alliance International Network). Angelo Bonanni, Diego De Santis, Mirko Perri and Michele Mazzucco also shared the prize for best sound on the pic.
The night also saw Academy Award winner Roberto Benigni honored with a special career achievement award, presented by President Sergio Mattarella and Italy’s Culture Minister Dario Franceschini.
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