Marco Bechi's Garage Olimpo, a drama about the so-called disappeared ones in Argentina, won best film at Italy's Golden Globes, the annual awards of the foreign press.
Held in Rome's historic film studios of Cinecitta on the set of Ettore Scola's latest film, Concorenza Sleale, the event awarded best actress to Lucia Bose for her part in Ferzan Ozpetek's Harem Suare. Best actor went to Leo Gullotta for his role in Maurizio Zaccaro's A Good Man, for which he also won a Davide di Donatello for best supporting actor.
Other main winners at the event's 40th edition included TV directors Antonio and Andrea Frazzi, who were awarded best debut film for their WWII drama Il Cielo Cade. Best debut actor went to the young Kamir Benhadj for his role in Mirka, by his father Rachid Benhadj. Best debut actress was awarded to Antonella Costa for Garage Olimpo.
Pasquale Mari won best photography for Harem Suare, while Riz Ortolani was awarded the best music award for Pupi Avati's Up To The Angels.
Lifetime achievement awards were also given to some of the biggest icons of
Italian cinema. Amongst the prize-winners were screenwriter Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Bernardo Bertolucci, actress Monica Vitti, comedic actor Alberto Sordi, and costume designer Piero Tozzi.
On being presented with an award for his career in Italian film, Bertolucci said: "I haven't felt like an Italian filmmaker in years, but it feels wonderful to be recognised as such."