Italian director and screenwriter Francesco Rosi, whose films took on corruption in postwar Italy and won top honours at the Venice and Cannes film festivals, has died at the age of 92 at his home in Rome.
Director Franco Zeffirelli said in a statement that Rosi was for him "a friend, a lifetime companion", and that the loss was "like experiencing a mutilation".
Zeffirelli, 92, and Rosi started out together as assistants to director and screenwriter Luchino Visconti, becoming collaborators and life-long friends.
The cause of Rosi's death on Saturday has not been released, but Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported he had been suffering from bronchitis.
Hands Over The City, about political corruption, won the Golden Lion at Venice in 1963, while The Mattei Affair took the Golden Palm at Cannes in 1972.