'Sconosciuta' will vie for Diamond nod


ROME -- Giuseppe Tornatore's "La Sconosciuta" (The Unknown Woman) is among the three best-film nominees for the fifth annual Diamanti al Cinema (Cinema Diamonds) awards, announced Friday.

The Diamanti al Cinema awards are voted on by filmgoers at more than 500 cinemas across Italy. More than 25,000 votes are expected for the contest, for which any film released during the 12-month period ending in March is eligible.

The award winners will be announced Sept. 2 during the Venice Film Festival.

"La Sconosciuta" and Tornatore have received multiple honors in recent months. The film dominated the David di Donatello awards in June and was the only film to receive three nominations for the new Cinecitta awards for behind-the-scenes excellence in film. Tornatore also was the toast of the recent Taormina Film Festival, where he received was the subject of a comprehensive retrospective.

Other nominees for the best film prize are Emanuele Crialese's "Nuovomondo" (Golden Door), winner of a special jury prize at last year's Venice festival; and "Saturno Contro" (Saturn in Opposition) from Ferzan Opzetek.

Tornatore and Opzetek were both nominated for best director, along with Gabriele Muccino, the Italian director behind the U.S.-made film "The Pursuit of Happyness."

Best actor nominees include Pier Francesco Favino for "Saturno contro"; Sergio Castellitto for "La stella che non c'e" (I Only Wanted to Live); and Diego Abatantuono for "La cena per farli conoscere" (The Dinner). Best actress nominees are "Saturno contro" star Margherita Buy; "La cena per farli conoscere" actress Vanessa Incontrada; and Laura Chiatti, the star of both "Ho voglia di te" (I Want You) and "L'amico di famiglia" (Family Friend).

Other categories include nominations for best supporting actor and actress, best cast, screenplay and music.