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Renzi says 'Great Beauty' Oscar win signals new ambition

Napolitano hails 'splendid' victory for Italy at Academy Awarda

03 March, 12:53
Renzi says 'Great Beauty' Oscar win signals new ambition

(see related) (ANSA) - Rome, March 3 - Hollywood's prestigious Academy Award for Italian film The Great Beauty is an important "signal" of Italy's growing ambitions, Premier Matteo Renzi said Monday.

The premier said he telephoned to congratulate director Paolo Sorrentino, on behalf of the Italian government, on his film's win for best foreign film at the Oscars Sunday night. The win demonstrates the ability of Italy to nurture "great ambitions and dreams," said Renzi.

It is also "an important signal that we are not afraid to broaden our ambitions," he added. President Giorgio Napolitano hailed the "splendid" win by Sorrentino "in the great tradition of Italy cinema". Much of Italy was jubilant after Sorrentino's film won the nation's eleventh Oscar in history and most ever for any country in the foreign-film category. An earlier tweet from Renzi said the win was a mark of "Italian pride," reflecting the sentiment on the front pages of every national daily. The prize puts Italy two statuettes ahead of France's nine foreign-Oscar wins and came 15 years after Italy's last Academy Award for Roberto Benigni's Holocaust tragicomedy Life Is Beautiful.

The Great Beauty is a jaundiced view of decadent, jaded high-jinks in Italy's capital through the eyes of a culture critic played by acclaimed actor Toni Servillo, a veteran of five Sorrentino movies, who appeared beside his fellow Naples native at the podium in Hollywood.