Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Hand of God” wins first prizes at Davids
Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar-nominated autobiographical drama ‘The Hand of God’ took top honors at the 67th Annual David di Donatello Awards in Italy, winning Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actress and tied for Best cinematographic statuette.
Sorrentino’s Naples film about the personal tragedy and other vicissitudes that drove him to become a top-notch director had been the favorite along with young director Gabriele Mainetti’s second feature, the elegant historical fantasy laden with “Freaks Out” effects.
“Freaks Out” won six awards, including for its producer, Andrea Occhipinti, as well as for director of photography, set design and effects.
The cinematography award, which was tied, was split between Daria D’Antonio, DP “Hand of God,” marking the first time this David has gone female, and Michele Attanasio for “Freaks Out.”
The Davids took place in an all-in-person ceremony at Rome’s Cinecittà studios, just as the famed facilities are undergoing a sweeping renewal implemented by former Sky and Warner Bros. executive Nicola Maccanico.
Italian Culture Minister Enrico Franceschini took the stage at the start of the ceremony to reaffirm the Italian government’s support for the local film industry, shortly after announcing plans to widen the window between the date of a movie’s theatrical release and when it can drop locally on a streaming platform. The Minister’s as-yet-unspecified widening of the cinema window is being driven by local producers and distributors who have sounded the alarm over their fight to bring audiences back to cinemas.
Ahead of the Davids ceremony, film critic Piera Detassis – who is the first woman to lead the Italian equivalent of the Oscars – pointed out that, unfortunately, this year no women are represented in the Best Picture and Best Picture categories. best director. But she also accentuated the positive, in terms of achieving a better gender balance, noting the fact that most of the best actress nominees had never been in the running for an acting David before.
Significantly, the Best Actress statuette went to 17-year-old Swamy Rotolo for her radiant role as the titular character in Jonas Carpignano’s “A Chiara,” a teenage girl who gradually discovers that her close-knit family has links to organized crime.
A visibly emotional Rotolo, in her second role in ‘A Chiara’ after her more minor turn in Carpignano’s ‘A Ciambra’, profusely thanked the New York-born director who now calls the Calabrian town of Gioia Tauro home, where Rotolo is also from and his films are set.
The Best Actor award went to veteran Silvio Orlando – who is best known internationally as Cardinal Voiello in Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Young Pope” TV series – for his role as an incarcerated mob boss who develops a close relationship with the prison guard in Leonardo di Costanzo. slow-burn prison drama “Ariaferma” (The Inner Cage) which also won the David for Best Screenplay.
First director honors went to Laura Samani’s magical drama “Small Body,” about a woman in rural northeast Italy trying to save the soul of her stillborn baby in 1900.
Giuseppe Tornatore’s Ennio Morricone doc “Ennio” won the David for best documentary and also won the David for editing shared by co-editors Annalisa Schillaci and Massimo Quaglia. ‘Ennio’, which also won the David for Best Sound Design, is a rare case of an Italian film that did well at the local box office.
Tribute was paid to the memory of the late Monica Vitti, muse of Michelangelo Antonioni and star of his “The Adventure”. Vitti died in February at age 90.
The prize for best foreign film went to “Belfast”, by Kenneth Branagh. The film’s 11-year-old star Jude Hill picked up the statuette and thanked David voters on Branagh’s behalf.
The David di Donatello Lifetime Achievement Award went to stage and film star Giovanna Ralli, 87, who embodies the greatness of Cinema Italiano, having worked with maestros such as Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini and alongside Marcello Mastroianni and Stefania Sandrelli, to name a few. Significantly, Ralli, who is still active, stars in actor Jasmine Trinca’s debut film “Marcel!” which will premiere at Cannes.
Here is the full list of 2022 David Awards winners:
“The Hand of God”, Paolo Sorrentino
“The Hand of God”, Paolo Sorrentino
“Little body”, Laura Samani
“Freaks Out”, Andrea Occhipinti, Stefano Massenzi, Mattia Guerra (Lucky Red) – Gabriele Mainetti (Goon Films) – RAI Cinema
Swamy Rotolo, “A Chiara”
Silvio Orlando, “Ariaferma” (The Inner Cage)
Teresa Saponangelo, “The Hand of God”
Eduardo Scarpetta, “Qui Rido Io” (The King of Laughter)
Leonardo di Costanzo, Bruno Oliviero, Valia Santella “Ariaferma” (The inner cage)
Best Adapted Screenplay
Monica Zappelli, Donatella Di Pietrantonio “L’Arminauta”
CINEMATOGRAPHY — Tie
Daria D’Antonio, “The Hand of God”
Michele D’Attanasio, “Freaks Out”
Massimo Quaglia, Annalisa Schillaci, “Ennio”
“Ennio”, Giuseppe Tornatore
Nicola Piovani, “I fratelli De Filippo”
“La Profondità degli abissi”, Manuel Agnelli – “Diabolik”
Massimiliano Sturiale, Ilaria Fallacara – “Freaks Out”
Ursula Patzak, “Qui Rido Io” (The King of Laughter)
Diego Prestopino, Emanuele DeLuca, Davide DeLuca, “Freaks Out”
Marco Perna, “Freaks Out”
Gilberto Martinelli, Fabio Venturi, Gianni Pallotto — “Ennio”
Stefano Leoni, “Freaks Out”
“Me against you”, Gianluca Leuzzi
“Maestrale”, Nico Bonomolo
BEST FOREIGN FILM
Belfast, Kenneth Branagh