Italy sets Silver Ribbons date


ROME -- Italy's Nastri d'Argento (Silver Ribbons) cinema awards -- Italy's oldest film honors -- will be handed out June 14, on the eve of Sicily's Taormina Film Festival, the award's organizers said Thursday.

The finalists for the awards, presented each year since 1946 by Italy's National Film Journalists' Union, will be announced April 30. Any film first released in Italy in 2007 is eligible.

Giuseppe Tornatore's "La Sconosciuta" (The Unknown Woman) -- which Italy submitted for the best foreign-language Oscar -- won last year's main Nastri d'Argento prize.

The 54th edition of the Taormina event runs June 15-21.