Rome fest to honor Ugo Tognazzi

Festival runs Oct. 28-Nov. 5, includes premiere of son's film

ROME -- The Rome International Film Festival said Thursday it would honor the late director and actor Ugo Tognazzi at its next edition, with a tribute that will include the premiere of "Il padre e lo straniero" ("The Father and the Foreigner"), directed by Tognazzi's son Ricky Tognazzi.

The film, based on a novel from Giancarlo de Cataldo, stars Alessandro Gasman and Ksenia Rappoport in the lead roles.

The homage will take place on the 20th anniversary of the death of the elder Tognazzi, who the festival referred to as one of the "leading Italian actors of the 20th century."

In a prolific 40-year career, Tognazzi was featured in more than 150 films and television dramas. He is best known for winning the Best Actor prize in Cannes in 1981 for the title role in "La tragedia di un uomo ridicolo" ("The Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man"), and for his 1967 Golden Globe nomination for "L'immorale" ("The Immoral").

The fifth edition of the Rome festival will take place Oct. 28-Nov. 5.
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