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The Macaluso Sisters wins Best Film and Best Director at the Nastri d’Argento awards

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- Emma Dante’s film walked away with five prizes in all, while Rose Island triumphed in four categories and Pietro Castellitto was crowned Best Emerging Director

The Macaluso Sisters wins Best Film and Best Director at the Nastri d’Argento awards
The Macaluso Sisters by Emma Dante

The Macaluso Sisters [+see also:
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reigned triumphant at the 75th edition of the Nastri d’Argento awards, whose winners are voted upon by the Italian film journalists of the SNGCI and whose annual prize-giving ceremony took place last night, in person, at Rome’s National Museum of 21st Century Arts (MAXXI). Already armed with multiple awards from the 77th Venice Film Festival, Emma Dante’s movie scooped five trophies in all, for best film, director, production, editing and sound.

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Sydney Sibilia’s Rose Island [+see also:
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, meanwhile, was victorious in four categories, earning itself the Best Comedy accolade and bagging further awards for Elio Germano’s acting performance (Best Comedy Actor), for set design and for casting. Pietro Castellitto was confirmed as Best Emerging Director by way of The Predators [+see also:
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(a title he previously won at the David di Donatello awards), which also earned supporting actor Massimo Popolizio a trophy. Two Nastri awards also went to Francesco Bruni’s Everything’s Gonna Be Alright [+see also:
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, in the form of Best Screenplay and, for Kim Rossi Stuart, who was crowned Best Actor.

In terms of actress accolades, the Nastro for the best leading performance was won by Teresa Saponangelo for Il buco in testa [+see also:
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, while Sara Serraiocco was named Best Supporting Actress for Thou Shalt Not Hate [+see also:
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. Miriam Leone (Love Under House Arrest [+see also:
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) and Valentina Lodovini (When Mom Is Away… With the Family [+see also:
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), meanwhile, both won the category of Best Comedy Actress.

Miss Marx [+see also:
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by Susanna Nicchiarelli was voted the film of the year, in recognition of “one of the most innovative and interesting women directors, and the winning team behind this original and diverse, international film”: Nastri awards were handed to the director, to the producers Vivo Film together with Rai Cinema, to Massimo Cantini Parrini for costume design and to Gatto Ciliegia contro il Grande Freddo for the film’s music.

For the record, as of this year, the Best Film award also pays tribute to the film’s production, meaning that, for The Macaluso Sisters, a Nastro award was also won by Rosamont and Minimum Fax Media, alongside RAI Cinema.

Set to be delivered on stage at the Taormina Film Fest, which open this Sunday 27 June, the Nino Manfredi Prize is scheduled to close this session of the Nastri d’Argento awards, while the brand-new Nastri Awards for Major International Series will unfold in Naples on 18 and 19 September.

The list of winners is as follows:

Best Film (and producer)
The Macaluso Sisters [+see also:
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- Emma Dante
Produced by Rosamont and Minimum Fax Media alongside RAI Cinema

Best Director
Emma Dante - The Macaluso Sisters

Best Emerging Director
Pietro Castellitto – The Predators [+see also:
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Best Comedy
Rose Island [+see also:
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- Sydney Sibilia

Best Story
Padrenostro [+see also:
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- Claudio Noce, Enrico Audenino

Best Screenplay
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright [+see also:
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- Francesco Bruni, in collaboration with Kim Rossi Stuart

Best Actress
Teresa Saponangelo - Il buco in testa [+see also:
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Best Actor
Kim Rossi Stuart – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

Best Supporting Actress
Sara Serraiocco – Thou Shalt Not Hate [+see also:
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(Italy/Poland)

Best Supporting Actor
Massimo Popolizio – The Predators

Best Comedy Actress (tie-break)
Miriam Leone – Love Under House Arrest [+see also:
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Valentina Lodovini – When Mom is Away… With the Family [+see also:
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Best Comedy Actor
Elio Germano – Rose Island

Best Photography
Daniele Ciprì – The Bad Poet [+see also:
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Best Costume Design
Andrea Cavalletto – The Bad Poet

Best Set Design
Tonino Zera – Rose Island

Best Editing
Benni Atria - The Macaluso Sisters

Best Sound
Gianluca Costamagna - The Macaluso Sisters

Best Casting Director (tie-break)
Francesca Borromeo – Rose Island
Federica Baglioni - Carosello Carosone (TV movie)

Best Soundtrack
Stefano Bollani - Carosello Carosone

Best Original Song
"Io Sì (Seen)" – Music and lyrics by Laura Pausini and Niccolò Agliardi, performed by Laura Pausini – The Life Ahead [+see also:
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Special Prizes (awarded by the National Steering Committee):

Platinum Nastro
Sophia Loren – The Life Ahead

Film of the Year
Miss Marx [+see also:
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- Susanna Nicchiarelli (Italy/Belgium)
Nastri d'Argento awards for Best Director, Production (Vivo Film, RAI Cinema), Costumes (Massimo Cantini Parrini) and Soundtrack (Gatto Ciliegia contro il Grande Freddo)

75th European Nastro
Colin Firth

Special 75th Edition Nastro Award
Renato Pozzetto – We Still Talk [+see also:
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Special Nastro for Best Cameo Appearance of the Year
Giuliano Sangiorgi – The King’s Musketeers 2 [+see also:
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The New IMAIE Nastro for Dubbing
The Father [+see also:
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- Florian Zeller (UK/France)
Dario Penne/Anthony Hopkins - Ida Sansone/Olivia Colman

Prizes for Young Filmmakers

'Guglielmo Biraghi' Prize for Young Filmmakers
Ludovica Francesconi - Sul più bello [+see also:
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Alice Pagani - Non mi uccidere [+see also:
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Jacopo Costantini, Matteo Gatta, Lodo Guenzi - Est [+see also:
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'Graziella Bonacchi' Prize
Ginevra Francesconi - Genitori Vs Influencer [+see also:
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, Regina [+see also:
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Nastri d’Argento Persol Prize for Character of the Year
Lorenzo Zurzolo - Morrison [+see also:
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(Translated from Italian)

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