Matteo Garrone’s film Dogman scooped up numerous awards at the 72nd edition of the Nastri d'Argento Awards, which came to a close last night in Taormina. The film won eight awards for Best Film, Director, Production (Garrone with Paul Dana for Rai Cinema) Scenography (Dimitri Capuani), Sound (Sumanth Lombardo), Editing (Marco Spoletini, tied with Walter Fasano for Call Me By Your Name by Luca Guadagnino), Casting (Francis Vakili) and acting, with awards going to Marcello Fonte – awarded at Cannes in May – and Deepak Pandey.

Directed with the support of MIBACT - DG Cinema and the principal sponsorship of the BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas, five of the season's most important films were in the running for the Best Film prize, awarded by the Italian Cinema Journalists’ Union. Paolo Sorrentino won a Nastro for Best Screenplay with Loro – written together with Umberto Contarello – as well as three acting awards, with Elena Sofia Ricci winning the award for Best Actress and Kasia Smutniak and Riccardo Scamarcio winning awards for their supporting roles. Like a Cat on a Highway by Riccardo Milani won Best Comedy and also picked up prizes for Paola Cortellesi and Antonio Albaneses’ acting performances. Two music awards went to Pivio and Aldo De Scalzi, with lyrics by Nelson, while the Best Song Award (Bang Bang) went to Love and Bullets by the Manetti Bros. Boys Cry by twins Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo won the Nastro d’Argento 2018 for Best First Film, while Best Subject Matter went to rock star-cum-director Luciano Ligabue for his third film, Made in Italy.