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Nastri d’Argento: Father-Son Drama Tops Italian Film Awards

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The Keys to the House Kim Rossi Stuart: Nastri d'ArgentoThe Keys to the House with Kim Rossi Stuart. Gianni Amelio’s father-son drama topped two Nastri d’Argento categories: Best Director (there’s no Best Film category) and Best Cinematography (Luca Bigazzi, also for two other films).
  • Italy’s submission for the Academy Awards, Gianni Amelio’s well-received father-son drama The Keys to the House nabbed the top prize at the Italian Film Journalists’ Nastri d’Argento ceremony.
  • Other Nastri d’Argento winners include Best Actor Toni Servillo and Best Actress Laura Morante for, respectively, The Consequences of Love and Love Is Eternal While It Lasts.

Gianni Amelio’s father-son drama The Keys to the House tops Italian Film Journalists’ Nastri d’Argento

Ramon Novarro Beyond Paradise

The winner of the National Union of Italian Film Journalists’ (Sindacato Nazionale Giornalisti Cinematografici Italiani) top award – the Best Director Nastro d’Argento (Silver Ribbon) – was Gianni Amelio for The Keys to the House / Le chiavi di casa. (See further below the full list of this year’s Nastri d’Argento winners and a partial list of nominees.)

A top contender (and controversial loser) at last year’s Venice Film Festival, the father-son drama is Italy’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

The Keys to the House chronicles the challenges faced by a physically and mentally handicapped boy (Andrea Rossi) whose estranged father (Kim Rossi Stuart) is asked to accompany him to Berlin for medical tests.

Family members hope that the two will finally be able to form an emotional bond that should help to alleviate the boy’s condition. While in Berlin, the father becomes acquainted with a woman (Charlotte Rampling) dealing with similar issues.

Although Amelio was also a co-nominee in the Best Screenplay category, he lost out to Margaret Mazzantini and writer-director Sergio Castellitto for the romantic drama Don’t Move / Non ti muovere, which last December earned Penélope Cruz the Jameson People’s Choice Award for Best European Actress at the European Film Awards.

Gianni Amelio has directed only a handful of big-screen features in the last two decades, but among these are three of the most well-regarded films of the 1990s: Open Doors (1990), The Stolen Children (1991), and Lamerica (1994).

Toni Servillo + Laura Morante + Pedro Almodóvar

More Nastri d’Argento winners:

Toni Servillo was named Best Actor for his former investment broker indebted to the Cosa Nostra in Paolo Sorrentino’s thriller The Consequences of Love / Le Conseguenze dell’amore.

Laura Morante was chosen Best Actress for playing optician Carlo Verdone’s neurotic wife in Love Is Eternal While It Lasts / L’amore è eterno finché dura.

“Snubbed” by both the Goya Awards and the European Film Awards, Pedro Almodóvar was the year’s Best Foreign Director for Bad Education / La mala educación, a well-received mix of comedy, drama, film noir, gay sex, Catholic Church sexual abuse, and homage to cinema.

Veterans Mario Monicelli & Suso Cecchi D’Amico honored

Lastly, veteran filmmaker Mario Monicelli (The Great War, The Organizer) and veteran screenwriter Suso Cecchi D’Amico (Bicycle Thieves, The Leopard) – one of the relatively few women movie writers of the 1950s – were the recipients of special Nastri d’Argento.

Monicelli and D’Amico were frequent collaborators, including on the comedies Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958), starring Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, and Renato Salvatori; The Passionate Thief (1960), starring Anna Magnani, Ben Gazzara, and Totò; and Lady Liberty (1971), starring Sophia Loren and William Devane.

Update: Mario Monicelli was also one of the recipients of this year’s Special David at the Academy of Italian Cinema’s David di Donatello Awards.

Nastri d’Argento winners & nominees

Honoring Italian talent at home and in international productions, the Nastri d’Argento ceremony took place on Feb. 4 at the Auditorium di Roma.

Below the full list of Nastri d’Argento winners and a partial list of nominees.

* Gianni Amelio – The Keys to the House.
Sergio Castellitto – Don’t Move.
Davide Ferrario – After Midnight / Dopo mezzanotte.
Matteo Garrone – First Love / Primo amore.
Paolo Sorrentino – The Consequences of Love.

Foreign Director
Kim Ki-duk – 3-Iron.
Fatih AkinHead-On / Gegen die Wand.
* Pedro Almodóvar – Bad Education.
Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury & Conrad Vernon – Shrek 2.
Alejandro González Iñárritu21 Grams.

Fabrizio Bentivoglio – L’amore ritorna.
Giorgio Pasotti – After Midnight.
* Toni Servillo – The Consequences of Love.
Kim Rossi Stuart – The Keys to the House.
Carlo Verdone – Love Is Eternal While It Lasts.

Nicoletta Braschi – Mi piace lavorare (Mobbing).
Margherita BuyThe Vanity Serum / Il siero della vanità.
Michela Cescon – First Love.
Francesca Inaudi – After Midnight.
* Laura Morante – Love Is Eternal While It Lasts.

Supporting Actor
Valerio Binasco – Working Slowly (Radio Alice) / Lavorare con lentezza.
Pierfrancesco Favino – The Keys to the House.
Elio Germano – What Will Happen to Us? / Che ne sarà di noi.
Luca Lionello & Mattia Sbragia – The Passion of the Christ.
* Raffaele Pisu – The Consequences of Love.

Supporting Actress
Monica Bellucci, Rosalinda Celentano & Claudia Gerini – The Passion of the Christ.
Cristiana Capotondi – Christmas in Love & To Sleep Next to Her / Volevo solo dormirle addosso.
* Giovanna Mezzogiorno – L’amore ritorna.
Vincenza Modica – Vento di terra.
Teresa Saponangelo – I Can See It in Your Eyes / Te lo leggo negli occhi.

Original Story
* Francesca Comencini – Mi piace lavorare (Mobbing).
Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso, Vitaliano Trevisan – First Love.
Vincenzo Marra – Vento di terra.
Sergio Rubini & Domenico Starnone – L’amore ritorna.
Paolo Sorrentino – The Consequences of Love.

Gianni Amelio, Sandro Petraglia & Stefano Rulli – The Keys to the House.
Pupi Avati – Christmas Rematch / La rivincita di Natale.
Davide Ferrario – After Midnight.
Andrea Frazzi, Antonio Frazzi, Marcello Fois, Diego De Silva & Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani – A Children’s Story / Certi bambini.
* Margaret Mazzantini & Sergio Castellitto – Don’t Move.

New Director
Antonio Bocola & Paolo Vari – Chemical Hunger / Fame chimica.
* Saverio Costanzo – Private.
Paolo Franchi – The Spectator / La spettatrice.
David Grieco – Evilenko.
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi – It’s Easier for a Camel… / Il est plus facile pour un chameau….

Cesare Accetta – The Smell of Blood / L’odore del sangue.
* Luca Bigazzi – The Keys to the House, The Consequences of Love & Another Life / Ovunque sei.
Maurizio Calvesi – Segui le ombre.
Dante Cecchin – After Midnight.
Marco Onorato – First Love.

Francesca Calvelli – Private & Radio West.
Daniele Ciprì, Franco Maresco & Claudia Uzzo – How We Got the Italian Movie Business Into Trouble: The True Story of Franco and Ciccio / Come inguaiammo il cinema italiano – La vera storia di Franco e Ciccio.
Giogiò Franchini – The Consequences of Love.
* Patrizio Marone – Don’t Move.
Simona Paggi – The Keys to the House.

Music: Banda Osiris – First Love.

Producer: Aurelio De Laurentiis – What Will Happen to Us? & Tutto in quella notte.

Production Design: Francesco Frigeri – The Passion of the Christ & Don’t Move.

Costume Design: Maurizio Millenotti – The Passion of the Christ.

Special Awards: Suso Cecchi D’Amico & Mario Monicelli.

“Nastri d’Argento: Father-Son Drama” endnotes

Nastri d’Argento website.

See also: Two brief Pedro Almodóvar quotes about the the Catholic Church’s long history of anti-gay bigotry and the issue of same-sex marriage.

Kim Rossi Stuart The Keys to the House image: Lionsgate Entertainment.

“Nastri d’Argento: Father-Son Drama Tops Italian Film Awards” last updated in September 2021.

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