Belfast Telegraph

Bertolucci wins world cinema gong

The Last Emperor director Bernardo Bertolucci has won this year's World Cinema Achievement Award.

The gong, in its seventh year and judged by industry experts, celebrates the best of international film.

The 70-year-old Italian film-maker, who also directed sexually explicit 1972 film Last Tango In Paris, will pick up his trophy at the BBC Four World Cinema Awards.

Bertolucci won a best director Oscar in 1988 for The Last Emperor, the movie about China's final monarch, which took best film.

BBC commissioning editor for arts Mark Bell said: "It is an amazing privilege to welcome the legendary Bernardo Bertolucci to this year's awards.

"He has been at the vanguard of Italian and Western cinema for nearly 50 years, and I am honoured to have him associated with this year's Achievement Award."

Bertolucci will receive his award at a ceremony presented by Jonathan Ross on October 7, which will be broadcast on BBC Four two days later.


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