'Lago' makes splash at Donatello Awards


ROME -- Andrea Molaioli's "La Ragazza del Lago" (The Girl From the Lake) was the surprise star of the David di Donatello Awards on Friday, taking home the prizes for best film, director, emerging director, producer and screenwriting.

The Davids were dished out at a gala ceremony that attracted intense attention from the local media as well as large crowds that gathered outside the theater despite cloudy skies.

Molaioli, the only helmer nominated in the director and emerging director categories, won both for his murder mystery set in northern Italy.

"Lago," which premiered at last year's Venice Film Festival, also earned nods for Sandro Petraglia (screenwriting), Francesca Cima and Nicola Giuliano (producer), Toni Servillo (best actor) and Ramiro Civita (cinematography).

The best actress prize went to Margherita Buy for her role in "Giorni e Nuvole" (Days and Clouds), which premiered last year at the RomaCinemaFest. And actor Silvio Muccino, brother of director Gabrielle Muccino, won the Young David award for his directoral debut, "Parlami d'Amore" (Talk to Me About Love).

The most-nominated film, Antonello Grimaldi's "Caos Calmo" (Quiet Chaos), was shut out of the major prizes but did take awards for best score and original song. The film, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, was co-written by and stars helmer Nanni Moretti.

Joel and Ethan Coen's Oscar winner "No Country for Old Men" won the foreign-film prize.