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Italian screenwriter Tonino Guerra to receive WGA's Jean Renoir Award

January 24, 2011 | 12:10 pm


Italian screenwriter Tonino Guerra, who has written or co-written more than 100 films, is this year's recipient of the Writers Guild of America West's 2011 Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement.

The announcement was made Monday morning.

Guerra has been involved in the screenplays for such films as Michelangelo Antonioni's "L'avventura," "La notte," "Red Desert" and "Blow-Up," as well as Federico Fellini's "Amarcord," earning Oscar nominations for "Amarcord," "Blow-Up" and "Casanova 70."

The writer will not be traveling to Los Angeles to pick up his award; he will receive the honor next month at his home in northern Italy.

The WGAW awards will be handed out Feb. 5 at the Grand Ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel at the Hollywood & Highland complex.

-- Susan King

Photo: Vanessa Redgrave and David Hemmings in "Blow-Up," which was co-written by Tonino Guerra. Credit: MGM