’s gritty revenge drama “Dogman
” was the big winner at Italy’s 63rd David di Donatello Awards, the country’s equivalent of the Oscars, taking home nine trophies Wednesday night from a field-beating 15 nominations.
Somewhat surprisingly, however, the sweep did not include a best-actor prize for Marcello Fonte
, who had previously won that accolade at Cannes, where “Dogman
” premiered, and more recently at the European Film Awards.
“Directing is important…but without great actors you don’t go anywhere,” said Garrone, who thanked Fonte and brought him up onstage.
“I started writing this movie 12 years ago,” Garrone added. “Then, while I was waiting to shoot ‘Pinocchio,’ I actually made it, and the result has gone beyond my expectations.”Luca Guadagnino
’s coming-of-age love story “Call Me by Your Name
,” which went into the race with 13 nominations, left relatively empty-handed, winning awards for best adapted screenplay and original song.