Taviani Brothers To be Presented With 2012 Nastro d'Argento Prize

Paolo and Vittorio Taviani - H 2012
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Paolo and Vittorio Taviani - H 2012

"Cesare deve morire" was previously honored in Berlin and at the Donatello awards.

ROME – Cesare deve morire (Ceaser Must Die), the latest production from Italy’s famed Taviani Brothers, will receive the Nastro d’Argento dell’anno (The Silver Ribbon of the Year) for 2012, the latest in a long series of honors for the film, which the story of a prison acting troupe preparing to perform William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

The film from Paolo and Vittorio Taviani won the Golden Bear in Berlin in February, and then earlier this month was the most decorated film at the David di Donatello awards, Italy’s most prestigious film honor. The directors will also be the guests of honor at July’s Ischia Global Film & Music Festival, where they will be given the Ischia Legend Award.

The 66-year-old Nastro d’Argento prizes are Italy’s oldest film honor, voted on each year by the National Union of Italian Cinema Journalists.

The prize will be presented to the brothers June 4 at the Villa Medici in Rome and will be reprised on television June 30, from the Teatro Antico in Taormina, Sicily.  

In selecting the Tavianis for the honor, the journalists praised them for what they said was “a real lesson in civility, hope, and courage rarely seen in Italian cinema.”