Of the list of films that are “In Concorso”, in competition for the David di Donatello Awards, many have little chance of actually being nominated, but these films are likely make the second cut:
Fiore directed by Claudio Giovannesi
Starring Daphne Scoccia, Josciua Algeri and Valerio Mastandrea
Look for nominations for best screenplay (Claudio Giovannesi and Filippo Gravino) and best cinematography (Daniele Ciprì) for this realistic account of a teenager who gets by stealing cellphones and by robbing people at knifepoint. It was only a matter of time before she’s caught and sent to a juvenile detention center. She’s an adolescent combination of rage, depression, and childlike girliness, chain smoking, getting into tussles with the other girls, and mooning over a guy in the boy’s section. What she is longing for in her life is unclear, probably because she’s not used to getting anything of value or having anything go her way.
Indivisibili (Indivisible) directed by Edoardo De Angelis
Twins Angela and Marianna Fontana are a revelation playing eighteen-year-old conjoined twins Daisy and Viola and they deserve best actress nominations, and Edoardo De Angelis will surely be nominated for best director.
La Pazza Gioia (Like Crazy) directed by Paolo Virzì
La Pazza Gioia will likely be nominated for everything under the sun and maybe even be the big winner of the whole contest. Performances by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Micaela Ramazzotti were exceptional, Vladan Radovic’s cinematography is his best work ever as is Virzì’s direction, and Carlo Virzì, Paolo’s brother, will most certainly get a nomination for the musical score.
La Vita Possibile (A Possible Life) directed by Ivano De Matteo
Margherita Buy has garnered more best actresses in the David competition than any other actress in the history of the awards, and this is one of those performances that deserves yet another nomination for the top Italian actress. Her delicate portrayal of the fragile, broken mother in a domestic violence is one of her best ever.
Veloce Come Il Vento (Italian Race) directed by Matteo Rovere
Actor Stefano Accorsi rarely disappoints, but his role in Veloce Come Il Vento is a standout, playing the drug addicted ex-motor racer.
Fai Bei Sogni (Sweet Dreams) directed by Marco Bellocchio
Bellocchio and cinematographer Daniele Ciprì should end up with nominations for bringing Massimo Gramellini’s emotional best-seller Sweet Dreams, Little One, to life.
In Guerra Per Amore (At War With Love) directed by Pierfrancesco Diliberto
Pierfrancesco Diliberto (Pif) could come up with any number of nominations, having directed, penned and starred in the endearing “Italian Forrest Gump” story.
Un Bacio (A Kiss) directed by Ivan Cotroneo
This movie about teenagers and homophobia could end up nominated for directing or screenplay (also by Cotroneo), or cinematography, the work of Sorrentino’s favorite DP Luca Bigazzi.
Piuma (Roan Johnson)
I’d love to see all kinds of nominations for this sweet comedy about teenage pregnancy. Any one of the ensemble castmembers deserve recognition, but especially Sergio Pierattini, as the frustrated grandfather-to-be.
It would be my choice for the David Giovani, the Young David award.
Il Più Grande Sogno (I Was A Dreamer) Michele Vannucci
I’d love to see young director Vannucci win the award for best emerging director for this extraordinary first film about crime and redemption.