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David di Donatello: The Eight Mountains and Marco Bellocchio’s Exterior Night are the top winners

David di Donatello: The Eight Mountains and Marco Bellocchio’s Exterior Night are the top winners
Rai 1 broadcast the 68th edition of Italy’s David di Donatello Awards on Wednesday, May 11 in prime time.
The event was once again hosted by Carlo Conti and achieved 1.7mln viewers with an audience share of 10%.

The Eight Mountains won best film as well as best non-original screenplay, photography and sound directed by Belgian directors Felix Van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch. The Italian-language drama The Eight Mountains is based on the novel of the same name by Paolo Cognetti, it stars Luca Marinelli and Alessandro Borghi as two men from different backgrounds who form a life-long bond during summers spent together as children in a remote mountain village.

Van Groeningen said the film had been “an incredible journey” adding, “Why did two Belgians end up making a film in Italy? It was a very beautiful story, from a book that the producers sent me, and I said: yes, let’s do it.”

His co-director Vandermeersch is also only the second woman to win the best film award after Francesca Archibugi, who clinched the prize twice for Verso Sera and The Great Pumpkin in 1991 and 1993 respectively.

Marco Bellocchio won best director for series Exterior Night about the events surrounding the Red Brigade kidnapping and assassination in 1978 of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro.

Full list of 2023 winners in the link
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