Robert De Niro feted at Taormina

Actor will receive the Arte Award during festival

ROME -- Iconic actor Robert De Niro will receive the Taormina Arte Award during this 56th edition of the Taormina Film Festival, organizers said Monday.
 
The 67-year-old De Niro, who took home Oscars for Best Supporting Actor in "The Godfather Part II" in 1975 and for Best Actor in "Raging Bull" six years later, will also host a Masters Class for festival goers interested in learning about De Niro's views on his craft.
 
The June 12-18 festival famous for its ancient Greek Theatre and its views of the Mt. Etna volcano, also said it would launch the Roma-Mediterranean Award for Dialogue Between Cultures. The prize, which will be presented in association with The Hollywood Reporter, will go to Emir Kusturica, the Bosnian film director who won a Goldn Palm in Cannes for "Underground" in 1995 and for "Otac na sluzbenom putu" (When Father Was Away on Business) ten years earlier.
 
The Taormina festival is directed by Deborah Young, the chief international film critic of The Hollywood Reporter.
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