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The Best Offer wins multiple prizes at Italy's David Awards

The Best Offer

Story by Jack Foley

GEOFFREY Rush-Jim Sturgess star vehicle The Best Offer has won six of the top awards at Italy’s David Awards, their Oscar equivalents.

Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, the art world thriller sees Rush playing an eccentric auctioneer obsessing over an heiress with a villa full of art. It also stars Donald Sutherland and rising Dutch star Sylvia Hoeks.

The film picked up prizes including best picture, director and music, composed by Ennio Morricone.

It’s one of several recent films being made by the Italian film industry to combat local economic and box office struggles by employing higher profile casts that, in turn, can help to broaden a movie’s appeal beyond Italian borders.

Another multiple awards winner was Davids is Daniele Vicari’s drama Diaz: Don’t Clean Up This Blood, about police violence during the 2001 Genoa G-8 Summit. The film took four awards, including best producer for Domenico Procacci.

The film offers a realistic reconstruction of the brutal attack by 300 policemen on 90 activists in a Genoa school and is available on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK now. Find out more.

Valerio Mastandrea scored two acting triumphs – best actor, for his role as a financially battered father in Ivano De Matteo’s Balancing Act and best supporting actor for playing a clever assistant in Roberto Andò’s Viva la libertà.

And Margherita Buy took the best actress prize for Maria Sole Tognazzi’s Viaggio Sola in which she plays a 40-something single woman who travels from one five-star hotel to another doing quality-control.

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained won the David for best foreign film.

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