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DAVID DI DONATELLO 2019

Dogman takes home nine David di Donatello awards, including Best Film and Best Director

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- Matteo Garrone’s film is the out and out winner at the awards ceremony for Italian film, while On My Skin scoops four Davids and Nanni Moretti’s Santiago, Italia claims Best Documentary

Dogman takes home nine David di Donatello awards, including Best Film and Best Director
Matteo Garrone accepts his David di Donatello award for Best Director, alongside actor Marcello Fonte

“What a wonderful night!” These were the words of Matteo Garrone last night as he accepted the nineth statuette won by his film Dogman [+see also:
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, as it was announced Best Film 2019 at the 64th edition of the David di Donatello Awards. The biggest and most sought-after prize awarded by the Italian Film Academy was handed out at the end of a somewhat triumphant evening for the Roman director, to say the least (“film has the power to create unexpected and unrepeatable moments, and something has happened with this film”, he said), having already sailed victorious through the Nastri d’Argento Awards (read our news). Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Edoardo Pesce), Best Cinematography, Best Set Design, Best Make-Up, Best Editing and Best Sound are the other titles (out of 15 nominations) which the film can now add to its rich list of honours.

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But yesterday’s awards ceremony, held at the Studios on Rome’s via Tiburtina, was also a special night for the Netflix film On My Skin [+see also:
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by Alessio Cremonini, which inspired great emotion with its four prizes (Best New Director, Best Actor for Alessandro Borghi, Best Producer and the David Giovani Award): “This award is for Stefano Cucchi”, said Borghi, scooping his first David after five nominations, “and I dedicate it to human beings and to the importance of being considered as such, over and above all else”. Not much remained for for the other big favourites of the night: Capri-Revolution [+see also:
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by Mario Martone, which garnered 13 nominations, had to make do with prizes for Best Music and Best Costume Design; as for Call Me By Your Name [+see also:
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by Luca Guadagnino and Loro [+see also:
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by Paolo Sorrentino (boasting 12 nominations each), the former won the David awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Song, while the latter bagged Best Actress (Elena Sofia Ricci) and Best Hair Design. The David for Best Supporting Actress went to Marina Confalone for The Vice of Hope [+see also:
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, while Santiago, Italia [+see also:
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by Nanni Moretti was votedBest Documentary, with the latter thanking the Academy for recognising this “beautiful story of an Italian welcome” as she accepted the nineth David of her career (out of a significant 44 nominations).

The latest work by Gabriele Muccino, There Is No Place Like Home [+see also:
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, went home with the new “Spectators’ David”, awarded to the most watched Italian film over the previous season ("the most sought-after prize from hereonin", remarked the director), while Best Foreign Film was announced to be Roma by Alfonso Cuarón, who came to Rome to accept the award in person. And finally, among the recipients of the Special David was the King of Horror, Dario Argento.

The full list of winners at the David di Donatello Awards 2019 is as follows:

Best Film
Dogman [+see also:
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- Matteo Garrone (Italy/France)

Best Director
Matteo Garrone - Dogman

Best New Director
Alessio Cremonini – On My Skin [+see also:
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Best Original Screenplay
Matteo Garrone - Dogman

Best Adapted Screenplay
Luca Guadagnino, James Ivory, Walter Fasano – Call Me By Your Name [+see also:
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Q&A: Luca Guadagnino
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]
(Italy/France/US /Brazil)

Best Producer
Cinemaundici, Lucky Red – On My Skin

Best Actress
Elena Sofia Ricci - Loro [+see also:
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(Italy/France)

Best Actor
Alessandro Borghi – On My Skin

Best Supporting Actress
Marina Confalone – The Vice of Hope [+see also:
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Best Supporting Actor
Edoardo Pesce - Dogman

Best Cinematography
Nicolaj Brüel – Dogman

Best Music
Sascha Ring, Philipp Thimm - Capri-Revolution [+see also:
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interview: Mario Martone
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]
(Italy/France)

Best Original Song
“Mystery of Love” by Sufjan Stevens – Call Me By Your Name

Best Set Design
Dimitri Capuani – Dogman

Best Costume Design
Ursula Patzak - Capri-Revolution

Best Make-Up
Dalia Colli, Lorenzo Tamburini – Dogman

Best Hair Design
Aldo Signoretti – Loro

Best Editing
Marco Spoletini – Dogman

Best Sound
Maricetta Lombardo, Alessandro Molaioli, Davide Favargiotti, Mauro Eusepi, Mirko Perri, Michele Mazzucco - Dogman

Best Visual Effects
Victor Perez – The Invisible Boy: Second Generation [+see also:
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Best Documentary
Santiago, Italia [+see also:
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- Nanni Moretti (Italy/France/Chile)

Best Foreign Film
Roma – Alfonso Cuarón (Mexico/US)

Best Short Film
Frontiera - Alessandro Di Gregorio

Spectators’ David
There Is No Place Like Home [+see also:
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- Gabriele Muccino

Special David Awards
Dario Argento
Francesca Lo Schiavo
Uma Thurman

David Giovani Award
On My Skin

(Translated from Italian)

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