Scriptwriter worked with top Italian directors

ROME — Italian screenwriter Tonino Guerra, a frequent collaborator of Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini and Francesco Rosi, among other late local maestros, will be celebrated with a lifetime achievement David di Donatello, the country’s highest film nod.

The prolific and versatile Guerra, who will turn 90 on March 16, is Italy’s most highly regarded living screenwriter. Besides writing for film, he is also a celebrated poet and, curiously, is known to Italy’s TV public for having appeared in a series of TV spots for an electronics chain.

Guerra has received Oscar nominations for his work on Mario Monicelli’s comedy “Casanova ’70” in 1965, for Antonioni’s “Blow-Up” in 1966 and Fellini’s “Amarcord” in 1975.

Outside Italy, Guerra has worked with European heavyweights such as Russia’s Andrei Tarkovsky, with whom he co-penned “Nostalghia,” and repeatedly collaborated with Greek helmer Theo Angelopoulos, most recently on 2008 drama “The Dust of Time.”

This year’s Davids will also see career nods bestowed on Spaghetti Western stars Bud Spencer and Terence Hill, who form a locally famous thesping pair also featured in scores of hit Italo buddy pics.

The David di Donatello awards ceremony is scheduled for May 7 in Rome.

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