Moretti, Tornatore films lead way for d'Argentos

'Caimano,' 'Sconosciuta' top noms

Nanni Moretti's "Il Caimano" (The Caiman) and Giuseppe Tornatore "La Sconosciuta" (The Unknown) dominated the the Nastri d'Argento film award nominations with seven mentions each, as the contenders for Italy's oldest film honor were announced Monday.

Winners of the awards — selected by the National Film Journalists' Union — will be announced in June and handed out to winners during the Taormina Film Festival.

"Il Caimano" was nominated for the prestigious Palme d'Or prize at last year's Festival de Cannes and earned 7 prizes at last year's David di Donatello awards, Italy's top film honor. "La Sconosciuta," which premiered at least year's RomaCinemaFest, is the first film in six years from the director best known for 1989 Oscar winner "Cinema Paradiso."

Other top nominees include Marco Bellocchio's "Il Regista dei Matrimoni" (The Wedding Director) and Turkish helmer Ferzan Ozpetek's "Saturno Contro" (Against Saturn), with six each.

Five nominations each went to Alessandro Angelini's "L'Aria Salata" (The Salt Air), "La Guerra di Mario" (Mario's War) from Antonio Capuano and Paolo Sorrentino's "Amico di Famiglia" (Family Friend).