'Lake' makes a big splash at the Davids


Andrea Molaioli's "The Girl by the Lake" was the surprise star of the David di Donatello awards, taking home prizes for best film, director, emerging director, producer and screenwriting.

The Davids, which honor the best of Italian film, were presented Friday during a ceremony that attracted attention from the local media as well as large crowds that gathered outside the theater.

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

"Lake," 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 "Days and Clouds," which premiered at last year's RomaCinemaFest. Actor Silvio Muccino, brother of director Gabrielle Muccino, won the Young David award for his directorial debut, "Talk to Me About Love."

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

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