Silvio Soldini's Bread And Tulips swept Italy's second most coveted awards, the Nastri D'Argento, last night, at an awards ceremony held in Taormina, Sicily's 10,000 seat Greek amphitheatre, directly before the European premiere of John Woo's Mission: Impossible 2.

The film scooped the best film award, presented to director Soldini, best screenplay (Soldini and Doriana Leondeff) and best actress (Licia Maglietta). It also picked up the best supporting actor and actress prizes for Felice Anreasi and Marina Massironi. Best actor was given to Silvio Orlando for his role in Mimmo Calopresti's Preferisco Il Rumore Del Mare.

UK director Sam Mendes picked up both the best foreign film and best foreign director prizes for American Beauty. Ricky Tognazzi's Canone Inverso won best editing for Carla Simoncelli who was also awarded the best editing prize at this year's Davide di Donatello.

The Nastri D'Argento are voted on by Italian film journalists and critics. The full list of winners includes:

Best film:
Bread And Tulips (dir: Silvio Soldini)

Best screenplay:
Silvio Soldini and Doriana Leondeff - Bread And Tulips

Best actor:
Silvio Orlando - Preferisco Il Rumore Del Mare

Best actress:
Licia Maglietta - Bread And Tulips

Best supporting actor:
Felice Anreasi - Bread And Tulips

Best supporting actress:
Marina Massironi - Bread And Tulips

Best foreign film:
American Beauty (dir: Sam Mendes)

Best foreign director:
Sam Mendes - American Beauty

Best editing:
Carla Simoncelli - Canone Inverso

Best costumes:
Anna Anni, Alberto Spiazzi - Tea With Mussolini

Best music score:
Ennio Morricone - Canone Inverso

Best production:
Francesco Tornatore - The Manuscript Of The Prince

Best debut director:
Alessandro Piva - LaCapaGira

Best dubbing:
Tatiana Dessi - Boys Don't Cry (Hilary Swank)
Roberto Chevalier - Magnolia, Eyes Wide Shut (Tom Cruise)