Schrader claims Taormina's Arte prize

Festival also screens restored 'Mishima'

TAORMINA, Italy -- Writer-director Paul Schrader was presented the Taormina Arte honor Wednesday at the Taormina Film Festival, which also presented the world premiere of the restored version of his 1985 classic "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters."

Legendary Italian comic actor Paolo Villaggio also received the festival's Arte award.

Schrader's "Mishima," which tells a fictionalized account of the life of Japanese author Yukio Mishima, screened at Taormina's 3,000-year-old Greek Theater. In the distance, a stream of glowing lava inched its way down the side of volcanic Mt. Etna.

"Mishima" is the third restored film to make its premiere at the 54th edition of the Taormina festival, joining Francis Ford Coppolla's "The Godfather" and "Toby Dammit," a Federico Fellini short starring Terence Stamp. Both of those films screened Sunday, the festival's opening night.

The festival runs through Saturday.