Virzi wins best director at Nastri d'Argento awards

Taormina film fest kicks off with Silver Ribbons

TAORMINA, Italy -- Paolo Virzi took home a Nastri d'Argento (Silver Ribbons) award for best director for "Tutta la vita davanti" (Her Whole Life Ahead of Her) in a gala ceremony held Saturday before the start of the 54th Taormina Film Festival.

"Tutta la vita davanti" -- a satire about capitalism told from the perspective of employees at a Rome call center -- dominated Italy's oldest film honors. Virzi accepted his award in Taormina's ancient Greek theater along with Sabrina Ferilli, who won the supporting actress prize for her role as a call center supervisor. The film also won the best picture award.

"La Ragazza del Lago" was the day's other big winner, with Andrea Molaioli winning for best first-time director, and protagonist Tony Servillo winning the best actor award. Nastri regular Margherita Buy won best actress for "Days and Clouds."

The Taormina festival runs through Saturday.