Ischia Film Fest to honor Eric Rohmer

Iconic French New Wave director died in January

ROME -- The Ischia Film Festival will host a special homage to iconic French New Wave director Eric Rohmer at this year's event, organizers said Friday.

Rohmer, who died in Paris two months short of his 90th birthday in January, was nominated for an Oscar for "Ma nuit chez Maud" (My Night at Maud's) in 1971.

But he is probably best known for a prolific career that lasted nearly 60 years -- he was nominated for a Golden Lion in Venice as recently as 2007, for "Les amours d'Astree et de Celadon" (Romance of Astrea and Celadon), making him one of a small handful of directors nominated for Venice's top prize after already receiving the festival's lifetime achievement award, which Rohmer won in 2001.

Earlier, the Ischia festival announced it would honor actor George Clooney for his work in "The American," which was filmed in the earthquake-stricken Italian region of Abruzzo.

The Ischia festival, held on a picturesque island off the coast of Naples, will take place July 4-10.