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Human Capital wins again at the 2014 Nastri d’Argento Awards

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- After having won at the David di Donatello Awards, Paolo Virzì’s film takes home six of the prizes handed out by Italian film journalists

Human Capital wins again at the 2014 Nastri d’Argento Awards
The winners at the 2014 Nastri d'Argento Awards

Paolo Virzì has triumphed at the Nastri d’Argento Awards (the prizes handed out by Italian film journalists) with Human Capital [+see also:
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, turning six out of his eight nominations into awards, in addition to the Biraghi Award won by the young actress Matilde Gioli for her debut performance on the big screen. The movie was not only chosen as Best Film, but was also awarded for its screenplay (co-written by Virzì, Francesco Bruni and Francesco Piccolo) as well as in the categories of Best Set Design (Mauro Radaelli), Best Sound (Roberto Mozzarelli) and Best Editing (Cecilia Zanuso). Finally, it earned its two lead actors, Fabrizio Bentivoglio and Fabrizio Gifuni, a joint Best Actor Award.

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Song’e Napule [+see also:
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, by the Manetti brothers, turned out to be the real surprise this year, taking home four Nastri Awards, in the categories of Best Comedy, Best Supporting Actor (Carlo Buccirosso and Paolo Sassanelli), Best Original Soundtrack (Pivio and Aldo De Scalzi) and Best Original Song (C Di Riso and F D’Ancona).

Kasia Smutniak and Paola Minaccioni, the two actresses from Fasten Your Seatbelts [+see also:
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 by Ferzan Ozpetek, won the Best Actress Awards, while the film also received the Best Casting Director Award for Pino Pellegrino.

For I Can Quit Whenever I Want [+see also:
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, the Best Producer Award was shared between Domenico Procacci and Matteo Rovere. Daniele Ciprì took home the Best Cinematography Award for Salvo [+see also:
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, while the Nastro for Best Costume Design went to Milena Canonero (who has already won several Oscars) for The Grand Hotel Budapest [+see also:
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 and Something Good [+see also:
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Pif (Pierfrancesco Diliberto) won the Nastri d’Argento for Best Debut Film and Best Subject (together with Michele Astori and Marco Martani), for La mafia uccide solo d’estate [+see also:
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A Special Prize was given to Dino Trappetti to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sartoria costume company, while Lifetime Achievement Awards went to Piero Tosi, Marina Cicogna and Francesco Rosi. A Special Prize was also awarded to Alice Rohrwacher, who, with her film The Wonders [+see also:
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, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes, has contributed to significantly increasing the international impact of Italian cinema.

“Once again, by rewarding the freshness of the many new arthouse releases, the Nastri Awards highlight a genuine renewal of Italian cinema. This ceremony has put a new generation of actors in the spotlight, not only through the official awards, but also through a whole raft of Special Prizes. The Nastri Awards have also honoured a certain type of cinéma vérité, which has unexpectedly left its mark on the comedies as well as some of the best feature debuts this year,” remarked Laura Delli Colli, a representative of the National Union of Film Industry Journalists of Italy.

(Translated from Italian)

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