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Tonino Guerra

Italian News - April 1

Legendary Italian screenwriter Tonino Guerra is to start passing on his craft to a new generation of film hopefuls. Guerra, who wrote classic screenplays for Michelangelo Antonioni and Federico Fellini, is as spry at 86 as he was during his screenwriting heyday in the 1950 and '60 - and is fresh from appearing in a series of TV ads that made him a familiar face in Italian households.

He has been doing courses in his "second homeland" Russia for years but it has been a while since he taught in Italy. The two-week course will include theory, watching great films, and writing and filming projects, Guerra said. It will take place from April 26 to May 17 at this hilltop town on the borders of Marche and Romagna.

"I mean to take the students by hand and show them how to tackle any kind of story - whether it's one they've read, seen, lived through or had suggested to them," Guerra said. Guerra has a cupboardful of awards for his work with film greats like Fellini, Antonioni, and more recently Theo Angelopoulos.

Three years ago he was given Italy's highest civilian honour, becoming a Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana. He was also honoured by Wim Wenders' European Film Academy and Italy's prestigious Vittorio De Sica Foundation.