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Award-winning Italian director Vittorio Taviani dead

IANS  |  Rome 

Award-winning Italian Taviani is dead. He was 88.

His daughter said he died here after prolonged illness, reported

was the older of the prolific Taviani brothers who emerged in the 1970s as the respected filmmaking duo whose works blended neo-realism with more modern storytelling in works such as "Padre Padrone", which won Palme d'Or, World War II drama "The Night of the Shooting Stars" and "Kaos", which is based on Italian dramatist and

Born in the Tuscan town of San Miniato, and soon moved to nearby Pisa where as high-school students they became aspiring directors.

Years later, when they went to with "Padre Padrone", they thought that they had started making movies thanks to and that he was awarding them was for them "like the closure of a splendid luminous circle."

More recently the Taviani brothers won the Berlin Golden Bear, in 2012, with "Caesar Must Die", which is about high-security inmates acting Shakespeare, followed by "Wondrous Boccaccio", an adaptation of "The Decameron" and "Una Questione Privata" in 2017, based on a novella by Italian

Italian in a statement said the country is in mourning and called "a beloved protagonist of and culture".

Festival chief mourned the death of as well as Vittorio.

"We owe them a great deal of our cinematic formation... And will remember them always with gratitude," tweeted Barbara.

The Tavianis received a for lifetime achievement from in 1986.



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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 11:10 IST