Diamond Ribbon Awards for Italian directors


ROME -- The four most recent Italian directors to take home Academy Awards for best foreign-language film will be honored with the Diamond Ribbon Awards in Rome on Nov. 14.

The directors -- Bernardo Bertolucci (who won for "The Last Emperor" in 1988), Giuseppe Tornatore ("Cinema Paradiso," 1990), Gabriele Salvatores ("Mediterraneo," 1992) and Roberto Benigni ("Life Is Beautiful," 1999) -- will be on hand at Rome's famous Palazzo Fendi di Roma to receive the prize, which is sponsored by Italy's National Union of Film Journalists.

The prize was originally expected to be handed out during the Oct. 13-21 RomaCinemaFest, but the event was postponed due to the crash on the Rome metro that killed one person and injured more than 100.