The Writers Guild of America West will give Italian Tonino Guerra the Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement by an international writer (given on an occasional basis). Guerra has written over 100 screenplays and is, states the Guild’s Howard Rodman:
“by any standard one of the great writers of our times. His medium is the screenplay…Guerra’s work is the brave and moral thread that runs through the fabric of modernist cinema. He is a breathtaking poet, a generous collaborator, and is possessed of the largest heart.”
His films include L’avventura, La notte, L’eclisse, Red Desert, Blow-Up, and Zabriskie Point for Antonioni; Amarcord for Fellini; Nostalghia for Tarkovsky; Landscapes in the Mist for Angelopoulos; and Exquisite Corpses for Rosi. At the WGA Awards ceremony on February 5, Guerra, who turns 91 this March, will be celebrated along with the other honorees. He will not attend, but will be given the award next month in his home in Northern Italy.
Guerra was nominated for three co-writing Oscars (Amarcord, Blow-Up, Casanova 70), won best screenplay at Cannes in 1984 for Voyage to Cythera, and has been honored at the Venice Film Festival (Pietro Bianchi Award, 1994) and Italy’s David di Donatello Awards (“Career David” Lifetime Achievement award, 2010).