Rome Film Fest to honor Suso Cecchi d'Amico
Director Mario Monicelli to accept award for late screenwriterROME -- The Rome International Film Festival said Monday it would give its Marcus Aurelius career honor to prolific Italian screenwriter Suso Cecchi d'Amico, who died Saturday at the age of 96.
Cecchi d'Amico, the pseudonym for Giovanna Cecchi, worked with many of the most important directors of Italy's post-war era, including Michelangelo Antonioni, Mario Monicelli, Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio de Sica, Luchino Visconti and Franco Zeffirelli. Her list of more than 100 writing credits includes "Roma Citta Aperta" (Rome, Open City), "Ladri di biciclette" (Bicycle Thieves), and "Il Gatopardo" (The Leopard). She was nominated for an Oscar for her work on Monicelli's "Casanova '70."
The Rome festival said that Monicelli, still working at the end of 95, will accept the award on Cecchi d'Amico's behalf, with the late writer's three children expected to be on hand for the event.
The fifth edition of the festival will take place this year Oct. 28-Nov. 5.