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Nastri d'Argento Winners: 'The Unknown Woman'

Kseniya Rappoport in The Unknown Woman by Giuseppe Tornatore

Unsurprisingly, Giuseppe Tornatore's dark drama La Sconosciuta / The Unknown Woman was the top winner at this year's Nastri d'Argento (Silver Ribbons) presented by the National Union of Italian Film Journalists at the Teatro Antico di Taormina, Sicily, this past June 23. Even so, as was the case at the Italian Academy's David di Donatello ceremony a week or so earlier, no particular film dominated the awards.

La Sconosciuta, the story of a mysterious foreigner (Kseniya Rappoport) who finds employment at the house of an Italian family, won Tornatore the best director award (there's no Nastro d'Argento for best film), in addition to awards for best supporting actor (Alessandro Haber, also for Le rose del deserto / The Roses of the Desert) and best composer (Ennio Morricone).

Neither the Italian Film Academy nor the Italian Film Journalists hand out awards according to the calendar year. Making things more complicated, both organizations have different qualifying periods for its nominees. As a result, films that were in competition for the 2006 David di Donatello were in the running for several Nastri this year. (By the same token, several films nominated for this year's David will only show up at next year's Nastri d'Argento nominations.)

Thus, the anti-Silvio Berlusconi Il Caimano / The Cayman, winner of the 2006 David, won Nastri for producers Angelo Barbagallo and Nanni Moretti (who also directed), actress Margherita Buy (also for Saturno contro / Saturn in Opposition), and actor Silvio Orlando.

Pedro Almodóvar's mothers-and-daughters comedy-drama Volver was chosen best European film, while Clint Eastwood's World War II drama Letters from Iwo Jima won the best foreign film award.

61st Nastri dArgento Italian Cinema Awards 2006-2007

The 61st Nastri dArgento (Silver Ribbons) were presented by the Sindacato Nazionale Giornalisti Cinematografici Italiani (National Union of Italian Film Journalists) to Italian films or, at times, to Italian talent in foreign films released between Jan. 1, 2006, and March 31, 2007.

The 61st Nastri dArgento Italian Cinema Award nominations were announced on April 16, 2007.

The 61st Nastri dArgento Italian Cinema Award winners were announced at the Teatro Antico di Taormina, Sicily, on June 23, 2007.

(* denotes the winner in each category)

DIRECTOR OF THE BEST ITALIAN FILM / REGISTA DEL MIGLIOR FILM ITALIANO
Marco BELLOCCHIO, Il Regista di matrimoni / The Wedding Director
Saverio COSTANZO, In memoria di me / In Memory of Myself
Emanuele CRIALESE, Nuovomondo / The Golden Door
Nanni MORETTI, Il Caimano / The Caiman
Ferzan OZPETEK, Saturno contro / Saturn in Opposition
* Giuseppe TORNATORE, La Sconosciuta / The Unknown Woman

BEST EUROPEAN FILM / MIGLIOR FILM EUROPEO
Casino Royale, Martin Campbell (Columbia Tristar)
Die Große Stille / Into Great Silence / Il Grande silenzio, Philip Gröning (Metacinema)
The Wind That Shakes the Barley / Il Vento che accarezza lerba, Ken Loach (Bim)
* Volver, Pedro Almodóvar (Warner Bros. Italy)
Adams Á¦bler / Adams Apples / Le Mele dAdamo, Anders Thomas Jensen (Teodora)
The Queen, Stephen Frears (Bim)

BEST NON-EUROPEAN FILM / MIGLIOR FILMEXTRAEUROPEO
* Letters from Iwo Jima / Lettere da Iwo Jima, Clint Eastwood (Warner Bros Italia)
Little Miss Sunshine, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Fox)
Match Point, Woody Allen (Medusa)
Sanxia haoren / Still Life, Jia Zhang Ke (Lucky Red)
The Departed, Martin Scorsese (Medusa)
Water, Deepa Metha (Warner Bros Italy)

BEST DOCUMENTARY / DOCUMENTARI
Il Fantasma di Corleone / The Ghost of Corleone, Marco Amenta
Pasolini prossimo nostro / Pasolini Next to Us, Giuseppe Bertolucci
Volevo solo vivere, Mimmo Calopresti
La Strada di Levi / Levis Road, Davide Ferrario
* LOrchestra di Piazza Vittorio / The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio, Agostino Ferrente
In un altro paese / In Another Country, Marco Turco

BEST NEW DIRECTOR / MIGLIOR REGISTA ESORDIENTE
Massimo ANDREI, Mater Natura
Alessandro ANGELINI, LAria salata / Salty Air
Giambattista AVELLINO, Salvo FICARRA, Valentino PICONE, Il 7 e L8 / The 7 and the 8
Libero DE RIENZO, Sangue / Blood
Roberto DORDIT, Apnea
* Kim ROSSI STUART, Anche libero va bene / Along the Ridge

BEST ACTOR / ATTORE PROTAGONISTA
Diego ABATANTUONO, La cena per farli conoscere
Marco LEONARDI, Maradona, la mano de Dio / Maradona, the Hand of God
* Silvio ORLANDO, Il Caimano / The Caiman
Giorgio PASOTTI, Giorgio COLANGELI, LAria salata / Salty Air
Giacomo RIZZO, LAmico di famiglia / Family Friend
Carlo VERDONE, Silvio MUCCINO, Il mio miglior nemico / My Best Enemy

BEST ACTRESS / ATTRICE PROTAGONISTA
* Margherita BUY, Il Caimano / The CaimanSaturno contro / Saturn in Opposition
Laura CHIATTI, LAmico di famiglia / Family Friend
Donatella FINOCCHIARO, Il regista di matrimoni / The Wedding Director
Valeria GOLINO, La guerra di Mario / Marios War
Giovanna MEZZOGIORNOLezioni di volo / Flight Lessons
Laura MORANTE, Coeurs / Cuori / Private Fears in Public Places

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR / ATTORE NON PROTAGONISTA
Ninetto DAVOLI, Uno su due
Ennio FANTASTICHINI, Saturno contro / Saturn in Opposition
* Alessandro HABER, La sconosciuta / The Unknown WomanLe rose del deserto / The Roses of the Desert
Sergio RUBINI, La Terra / The LandCommediasexi / Sexycomedy
Riccardo SCAMARCIO, Dario BANDIERA, Manuale damore capitoli successivi / Manual of Love: The Next Chapters
Filippo TIMI, In memoria di me / In Memory of Myself

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS / ATTRICE NON PROTAGONISTA
* Ambra ANGIOLINI, Saturno contro / Saturn in Opposition
Michela CESCON, LAria salata / Salty Air
Isabella FERRARI, Arrivederci amore, ciao
Claudia GERINI, La sconosciuta / The Unknown WomanViaggio segreto / Secret Voyage
Monica BELLUCCI, Sabrina IMPACCIATORE,Francesca INAUDI, N - Io e Napoleone / N.: Napoleon Me
Francesca NERI, La cena per farli conoscere

BEST ORIGINAL STORY / SOGGETTO
* Marco BELLOCCHIO, Il regista di matrimoni / The Wedding Director
Francesca COMENCINI, A casa nostra / Our Country
Alessandro DALATRI, Gennaro NUNZIANTE, Commediasexi / Sexycomedy
Ermanno OLMI, Centochiodi
Francesco CENNI, Michele PELLEGRINI, Uno su due
Paolo SORRENTINO, LAmico di famiglia / Family Friend

BEST SCREENPLAY / SCENEGGIATURA
Antonio CAPUANO, La guerra di Mario / Marios War
Emanuele CRIALESE, Nuovomondo / The Golden Door
Linda FERRI, Federico STARNONE, Francesco GIAMMUSSO, Kim Rossi STUART, Anche libero va bene / Along the Ridge
Mario MONICELLI, Alessandro BENCIVENNI, Domenico SAVERNI, Le rose del deserto / The Roses of the Desert
* Ferzan OZPETEK and Gianni ROMOLI, Saturno contro / Saturn in Opposition
Giuseppe TORNATORE, La sconosciuta / The Unknown Woman

BEST PRODUCER / PRODUTTORE
* Angelo BARBAGALLO, Nanni MORETTI Sacher film, Il Caimano / The Caiman
Donatella BOTTI - Bianca Film with Rai Cinema, LAria salata / Salty Air
Marco CHIMENZ, Giovanni STABILINI, Riccardo TOZZI Cattleya. Ho voglia di teLa stella che non cè / The Missing StarLezioni di volo / Flight Lessons
Francesca CIMA and Nicola GIULIANO Indigo Film, Apnea; (with Fandango and Medusa), La guerra di Mario / Marios War
Aurelio DE LAURENTIIS Filmauro, Il mio miglior nemico / My Best EnemyNatale a New York / Christmas in New YorkManuale damore capitoli successivi / Manual of Love: The Next Chapters
Fulvio and Federica LUCISANO IIF and Giannandrea PECORELLI - Aurora Film with Rai Cinema, Notte prima degli esamiNotte prima degli esami, oggi

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY / FOTOGRAFIA
Luca BIGAZZI, La stella che non cè / The Missing StarLAmico di famiglia / Family Friend
* Maurizio CALVESI, Viaggio segreto / Secret Voyage
Arnaldo CATINARI, Il Caimano / The CaimanLAria salata / Salty Air
Fabio CIANCHETTI, La Terra / The Land
Pasquale MARI, Il regista di matrimoni / The Wedding Director
Fabio OLMI, Centochiodi

BEST EDITING / MONTAGGIO
* Francesca CALVELLI, Il regista di matrimoni / The Wedding DirectorIn memoria di me / In Memory of Myself
Paolo COTTIGNOLA, Centochiodi
GiogiÁ² FRANCHINI, La guerra di Mario / Marios War
Patrizio MARONE, Maradona, la mano de Dio / Maradona, the Hand of God
Jacopo QUADRI, La guerra dei fiori rossi / The War of the Red Flowers
Marco SPOLETINI, Anche libero va bene / Along the Ridge

BEST SCORE / MUSICA
Antonio CASTRIGNANO, Nuovomondo / The Golden Door
Andrea GUERRA, The Pursuit of Happyness / La ricerca della felicitÁ 
Lele MARCHITELLI, Quale amore / What Love
* Ennio MORRICONE, La sconosciuta / The Unknown Woman
Pivio Aldo DE SCALZI, Piano 17- Maradona, la mano de Dio / Maradona, the Hand of God
TehoTEARDO, LAmico di famiglia / Family Friend

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN / SCENOGRAFIA
Giancarlo BASILI, Il Caimano / The Caiman
Paola COMENCINI, A casa nostra / Our Country
Andrea CRISANTI, La masseria delle allodole / The Lark Farm
Marco DENTICI, Il regista di matrimoni / The Wedding Director
* Dante FERRETTI, The Black Dahlia
Luca GOBBI, La Terra / The Land

BEST COSTUME DESIGN / COSTUMI
* Milena CANONERO, Marie Antoinette
Nicoletta ERCOLE, La sconosciuta / The Unknown Woman
Maurizio MILLENOTTI, N - Io e Napoleone / N.: Napoleon Me
Liliana SOTIRA, Baciami piccina / Three on the Road
Lina NERLI TAVIANI, La masseria delle allodole / The Lark Farm
Mariano TUFANO, Nuovomondo / The Golden Door

BEST SOUND / SONORO, PRESA DIRETTA
Emanuele CECERE, Daghi RONDANINI, La guerra di Mario / Marios War
Mario IAQUONE, Anche libero va bene / Along the Ridge
Gilberto MARTINELLI, La sconosciuta / The Unknown Woman
* Gabriele MORETTI, In memoria di me / In Memory of Myself
Remo UGOLINELLI, La stella che non cè / The Missing Star
Alessandro ZANON, Il Caimano / The Caiman

BEST ORIGINAL SONG / CANZONE ORIGINALE
Eppur sentire (Un senso di te), by Elisa and Paolo Buonvino, sung by Elisa, Manuale damore capitoli successivi / Manual of Love: The Next Chapters
Ho voglia di te, by Stefano Melani, sung by Laura Chiatti, Ho voglia di te
Trust in me, by Paolo Jannacci and Daniele Moretto, Mi fido di te
Brucia questo amore, by Carlo Muratori and Riccardo Tesi, sung by Laura Morante, Liscio
* Passione, by Neffa, sung by Neffa, Saturno contro / Saturn in Opposition

SPECIAL NASTRI DARGENTO:
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EUROPEAN NASTRI / NASTRI EUROPEI:
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