Benigni to be honored at Adriatic festival

He'll receive Italo Fellini

ROME — Italian comedy king Roberto Benigni, who makes his first appearance in a major international fest competition at Cannes this month with “Life is Beautiful,” will be the fifth recipient of the Premio Federico Fellini, to be presented at the debut edition of Adriaticocinema, which runs June 4-12.

The annual award formerly was a feature of the Riminicinema Intl. Independent Film Festival, which now has been incorporated with sister fests in Bellaria and Cattolica into one expanded film event that takes place concurrently in the three Adriatic coastal towns.

Established in memory of the late director and Rimini native to honor innovation and creativity in filmmaking, the Premio Fellini previously has gone to actor-director John Turturro and directors Emir Kusturica, Kathryn Bigelow and John Landis. Benigni is the first Italian to win the award.

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