'Madri' wins Donatello docu award


ROME -- Barbara Cupisti's "Madri" (Mothers), a critical hit when it screened in the Horizons sidebar at the Venice Film Festival last year, was selected Thursday as the winner of the David di Donatello prize for documentaries.

Donatello organizers also said that "Uova" (Egg), from Alessandro Celli, would receive the prize for best short film when the rest of the Donatello prizes are handed out in a gala ceremony April 18.

The Donatello nod was not the only good news for "Madri," which explores the lives of several mothers from war-torn parts of the world. The docu's producers also said they had inked a distribution deal with RAI Cinema that would land the 90-minute project on RAI television networks and could even see it screen in some cinemas.

The Donatello awards are Italy's highest film honors.