Nastri d'Argento to honor Bova, Espositi

Europe's oldest film prize to be held at Taormina festival

ROME -- The upcoming edition of the Nastri d'Argento (Silver Ribbons) awards will present special prizes to actors Raul Bova and Piera Degli Espositi, organizers said Friday.

The full list of winners for Europe's oldest film prize -- only the U.S. Academy Awards have existed longer -- will be revealed ahead of the final ceremony to be held in June at the opening of the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily. The Nastri, which were first awarded in 1947, are selected each year by the Italian Union of Film Journalists.

Organizers said that Bova would be recognized for "15 Seconds," a short film he produced to protest against the death penalty.

Degli Espositi, meanwhile, will be honored for her body of work as a supporting actress, including the role in last year's acclaimed biopic "Il Divo," which last week won her a David di Donatello prize.