'Diaz' and 'La Migliore Offerta' lead David hunt

Salvatores, Garrone, Bertolucci also in running

'Diaz' and 'La Migliore Offerta' lead David hunt

(By Denis Greenan). Rome, May 10 - Daniele Vicari's hard-hitting tale of police brutality at the Genoa 2001 G8 summit, 'Diaz', and 'Cinema Paradiso' Oscar winner Giuseppe Tornatore's romantic drama 'La Migliore Offerta' (The Best Offer) starring Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland are leading this year's hunt for Italy's Oscars, the David di Donatello awards. Both have 13 nominations ahead of the June 14 ceremony, organisers said Friday. Vicari's gut-renching film, whose full title is 'Diaz, Don't Clean Up This Blood', is a re-enactment of the last night of the Genoa summit when an horrific police raid on a school hosting peaceful protesters stained Italy's image. It was one of last year's most acclaimed Italian films and placed second for an audience award at the Berlin Film Festival. "I'd like to dedicate this nomination to all those who don't give up, like the victims of the raid who eventually saw many of their assailants brought to justice," said the 46-year-old Rieti-born director of a string of socially committed films including Velocita' Massima (Maximum Velocity), which won the best debut David in 2002. 'La Migliore Offerta', the story of an eccentric art auctioneer and his obsession with an heiress and collector, also featuring a score by Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone, was released earlier this year to ecstatic Italian press reviews. Tornatore, whose Nuovo Cinema Paradiso won the 1990 best foreign film Oscar and was voted the best foreign film of all time in a 2007 British survey, said: "This is fantastic news. "I hope it augurs well for next year's Oscars, where my films haven't been lucky (in getting the foreign-film nomination) in recent years". "I'd like to thank, Geoffrey, Jim and Donald for their great performances," said the 57-year-old Sicilian, who has won more than 30 awards including two BAFTAS. Roberto Ando's 'Viva la Liberta' (Long Live Freedom), starring Toni Servillo as the depressed leader of an Italian opposition party, got 12 nods. 'Mediterraneo' Oscar winner Gabriel Salvatores' 'Educazione Siberiana' (Siberian Education), a tale of the early years of a future Russian soldier, and Cannes-feted Gomorra director Matteo Garrone's 'Reality', a comedy about a Neapolitan fishmonger hoping to take part in Big Brother, garnered 11 nominations each. Italian cinema legend Bernardo Bertolucci, just named head of the Venice Film Festival, received six nominations for 'Io e Te' (Me and You), the story of an introverted teenager who tells his parents he is going on a ski trip but instead spends his time alone in a basement. It is the third in a trilogy by the Last Emperor and Last Tango in Paris director exploring malaise among the Italian bourgeoisie. 'Viaggio da Sola' (I'm Travelling On My Own), the fourth film by Italian cinema great Ugo Tognazzi's daughter Maria Sole Tognazzi starring Margherita Buy as a woman who flees her marriage with Stefano Accorsi, obtained five nominations. 'La Bella Addormentata', Marco Bellocchio's film about a comatose woman in a right-to-die drama that echoes the famously contentious case of Eluana Englaro, only got two nods including best supporting actress for Maya Sansa.

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