Mafia Throwdown at the Donatellos!

gomorraThere’s something in the mozzarella in Italy. The country has been enjoying a cinematic resurgence, with the release Stateside of Gomorra/Gomorrah and Il Divo. Now both corrupt epics are going head-to-head at this year’s David di Donatello film awards. We suppose we should use some kind of shorthand like, “Italy’s Oscars,” but who’s to say they aren’t “Italy’s BAFTAs”? At any rate, Il Divo has an impressive 16 nominations, while Gomorrah has 11. Both films are up for best film, director and screenplay.

Gomorrah is a kaleidoscopic series of stories set in and around a Neopolitan housing project ruled by the Comorra criminal organization. Il Divo is a biopic about larger-than-life Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, who was linked to the Mafia. We got very excited about it back when SquallyShowers.com considered itself a serious film blog. The Davids are awarded on May 8. After the jump, the full list of best picture nominees, with trailers.

BEST PICTURE

Ex (Fausto Brizzi, 2009)

Described as a “contemporary romantic comedy.” We just want to know what the theme song is. With Alessandro Gassman and Claudia Gerini.

Gomorra/Gomorrah (Matteo Garrone, 2008)

Six intertwined stories show how the Comorra gang has infected the lives of the Scampia housing estate. Based on the true crime bestseller by Roberto Saviano.

Il Divo (Paolo Sorrentino, 2008)

The unbelievable life and times of Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, elected to Italy’s highest office seven times and nicknamed “Beelzebub.”

Tutta la Vita Davanti/Her Whole Life Ahead (Paolo Virzi, 2008)

This is your future: The cutthroat world of call centers, as seen through the eyes of an idealistic young graduate (Sabrina Ferilli). With some full frontal nudity for good measure.

Si puo fare/You Can Do It (Giulio Manfredonia, 2008)

A former trade unionist (Claudio Bisio) is hired to train mental patients who have been released to work at a cooperative. Is this comedy Italy’s answer to Office Space?

(list courtesy of Alternative Film Guide)

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