Magazine article Screen International

'Jeeg Robot', 'Tale of Tales' Win Big at Italy's David Di Donatello Awards

Magazine article Screen International

'Jeeg Robot', 'Tale of Tales' Win Big at Italy's David Di Donatello Awards

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In a surprise result at Italy's major national film prizes, the David di Donatellos, debut film They Call Him Jeeg Robot won seven major awards.

Matteo Garrone's Tale Of Tales also gathered seven statuettes, six of which were in technical categories, as well as Best Director for Matteo Garrone.

Box office sensation Perfect Strangers won Best Film and Best Screenplay while only two awards (Best Musical Score and Best Song) went to Paolo Sorrentino's Oscar-nominated Youth.

They Call Him Jeeg Robot, Gabriele Mainetti's first feature film, is a superhero story co-produced by RaiCinema about a Roman thief who gains superhuman strength after a near-mortal accident.

Starring Claudio Santamaria (Diaz - Don't Clean Up This Blood) as the titular hero and Luca Marinelli (Don't Be Evil) as the villain, the movie is the first succesful foray for italian cinema into the superhero genre, grossing $3.6m (euro3.2m) at the local box office.

The film's seven David di Donatellos included Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Producer and Best First Time Director.

In a ceremony broadcast for the first time by satellite operator Sky, instead of public service television RAI, Matteo Garrone's Tale of Tales was widely awarded for its craft. …

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