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David di Donatello Award 2017: Italian cinema’s greatest night is coming back

Little time now remains before David di Donatello ceremony. The award, equated with American Oscars, is named after Donatello’s famous statue, which inspires the form of the trophy conferred to the winners.

David di Donatello Award history began during the Fifties, when Open Gate Club was established in Rome. An opening door was the first symbol of the ceremony, which alluded to war end and to renewed international cultural exchanges. 

In 1956 David di Donatello Award was created to honour  the best Italian and foreign cinematic production. The criterions followed are the same of Oscar Awards, but  the reference chosen was the more prestigious Donatello’s sculpture, reproduced in gold by Bulgari. 

The 61st edition of the David di Donatello Awards will take place on the 27th of March this year at the De Paolis studios in Rome. Alessandro Cattelan will host the ceremony.

“Indivisibili” by Edoardo De Angelis, “La pazza gioia” by Paolo Virzi (both 17 nominations) and “Veloce come il vento” by Matteo Rovere (16 nominations) are some of the most nominated movies.

Valerio Mastrandrea (winner of three David di Donatello awards in career) received two nominations for Best Actor (“Fai bei sogni”) and Best Supporting Actor (“Fiore”), while the protagonists of Virzi’s movie Micaela Ramazzotti and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi received both the nomination for Best Actress.

Following the Oscar awards is this unique Italian event not to be missed! 

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