The Italian screen writer and director Ettore Scola has died in Rome at the age of 84.
Scola, was considered one of the last greats of Italian cinema. Over a forty-year career he won prizes at prestigious film festivals such as Cannes and Moscow.
His movies include the Oscar-nominated “A Special Day” which featured Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.
Italian premier Matteo Renzi said Scola had an incomparable way of reading Italian society and said in a tweet that his death “leaves an huge void in Italian culture.”