Italy’s ANICA announced this morning that Claudio Caligari’s "Don’t Be Bad" (Non Essere Cattivo) will represent the country in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards. The film was selected from a 9-film shortlist.
The selection comes as a surprise given that most speculators considered Nanni Moretti‘s "Mia Madre" as the clear front-runner."Don’t Be Bad" was veteran director Claudio Caligari’s final film before he passed away in May of this year. Caligari was 67 years old. "Don Be Bad" swept the most recent Venice Film Festival winning a total of 10 awards.
The official synopsis describes the film as follows: "A story set in the 90s and in the outskirts of Rome to Ostia, the same places of the films of Pasolini. His characters, in the ’90s, seem to belong to a world that revolves around hedonism. A world where money, luxury cars, night clubs, cocaine and synthetic drugs are easy to run. A world in which Vittorio and Cesare, in their early twenty, act in search of their success. Initiation for their existence has a very high cost and Vittorio, to save himself, abandons Cesare, who instead will inexorably sink. The bond that unites them is so strong that Vittorio really never shall abandon his friend, always hoping to be able to look to the future with new eyes. Together"
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Italy has the distinction of being the country with the most Academy Award wins in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Their most recent triumph came with Paolo Sorrentino’s "The Great Beauty" in 2014.