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Geoffrey Rush film sweeps Silver Ribbon awards

Giuseppe Tornatore
Image caption Giuseppe Tornatore's film also had two Golden Globe nominations this year

Giuseppe Tornatore's The Best Offer has scooped six prizes at the 67th Nastri d'Argento (Silver Ribbon) awards, Europe's oldest film honours.

The Oscar-winning director's tale about an eccentric auctioneer, played by Geoffrey Rush, who becomes obsessed with a reclusive heiress won best film.

Its other prizes included best score for renowned composer Ennio Morricone.

Tornatore won an Oscar for best foreign language film in 1990 for Cinema Paradiso.

The Silver Ribbon awards are voted for by Italy's National Syndicate of Journalists.

La Grande Bellezza (The Big Beauty) won in four of nine categories, including both supporting actor prizes for Carlo Verdone and Sabrina Ferilli .

Other winning films included Miele (Honey), the directorial debut from actress Valeria Golino, and Reality from Matteo Garone.

Honorary awards

Jasmine Trinca picked up the best actress prize for her turn as a do-gooder in Miele, while Golino, best known for her role in Rain Man, won the best emerging director prize. The film also won best sound.

Reality, about a fish seller obsessed with appearing on a reality television programme, also won three prizes, including best actor for Aniello Arena and best screenplay.

It had previously been announced that Bernardo Bertolucci's Io e Te (You and I) would be named film of the year while Toni Servillo also picked up an honorary prize for extraordinary year.

The awards were held in Taormina's Teatro Antico venue, the site of Sicily's 59-year-old Taromina Film Festival.

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