Toni Servillo to get Locarno honor

Italian actor to be feted during 62nd edition

ROME -- The Locarno Film Festival said Wednesday that it will give its career award to Italian actor Toni Servillo during this summer's 62nd edition.

Servillo, who won wide acclaim for his portrayal of iconic Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andriotti last year in Paolo Sorrentino's award-winning "Il Divo," is a two-time best actor winner at the David di Donatello awards, Italy's highest film honor.

Festival officials said that Servillo -- who will turn 50 during the Aug. 5-15 Locarno event -- will take part in a Q&A session with audience members. The date for the presentation of Locarno's excellence award was not announced.

Previous winners of the Locarno honor include Oleg Menchikov, Susan Sarandon, John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Michel Piccoli and Carmen Maura.