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Loren leads stars in tributes to late Italian director

A tearful Sophia Loren on Thursday led a string of Italian cinema luminaries paying their last respects to legendary film director Ettore Scola, who died this week.

Loren leads stars in tributes to late Italian director
Sophia Loren was among Italian stars who paid tribute to the late film director Ettore Scola. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino was also among those who visited Rome's Casa del Cinema, where Scola's coffin was placed to allow mourners to say their final farewells before a funeral restricted to friends and family on Friday.
   
“I'm too choked up to talk,” Loren, 81, told reporters. The veteran actress starred alongside Marcello Mastroianni in 1977's “A Special Day”, one of Scola's most acclaimed films.
   
Scriptwriter Enrico Vanzina told AFPTV that Scola, who died on Tuesday at the age of 84, was a master storyteller.
   
“He explained to us that you can use comedy to tell any story; politics, history, love,” Vanzina said.
   
“Comedy is a very important genre, it is perhaps the most important in Italian cinema. He was one of the most important, among only a handful of real greats”.
   
Fabrizio Luccherini, another Italian scriptwriter, said he would be forever in the late director's debt.
   
“He was someone that gave me a huge amount. He worked right up until the end, on a documentary about (Italian film director Federico) Fellini You could never say no to Ettore.”
   
Antonio Bassolino, a former mayor of Naples and friend of Scola's, added: “A precious part of Italian history is now gone. We have lost one of the last Italian greats”.

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Italy’s Renzi wants ex-ECB boss Draghi to become prime minister: report

Ex-PM Matteo Renzi would like to see former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi become prime minister of Italy, a party source told Reuters on Sunday.

Italy's Renzi wants ex-ECB boss Draghi to become prime minister: report
Matteo Renzi. Image: Andreas Solaro/ POOL / AFP

“I would say that is one of our proposals,” confirmed the source, who declined to be named.

The Italian government collapsed last week when PM Giuseppe Conte resigned. The former coalition allies are currently trying to come to an agreement and sort out their differences.

The centre-left government had been in turmoil ever since former premier Matteo Renzi withdrew his Italia Viva party earlier this month, a move that forced Conte to step down this week.

During the past year, Renzi frequently criticised Conte’s management of the pandemic and economic crisis.

Italy’s La Stampa newspaper also reported on Sunday that President Sergio Mattarella was considering Draghi for the prime ministerial role. However, Mattarella’s office promptly denied this, saying there had been no contact between them.

So far, there has been no comment from Draghi, who hasn't been seen much in the public eye since 2019.


Italy's president, Sergio Mattarella, gave ruling parties more time on Friday to form a new government, after the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. 

Coalition parties Italia Viva, the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and anti-establishment 5-Star Movement must come to an agreement to allow the government to heal. 

Renzi, a former prime minister himself, has pubilcly stated that he does not want to talk about who should lead the next government at this stage, reasoning that the parties need to agree on a way forward first.

“Any effort today to fuel a discussion about Draghi is offensive to Draghi and above all to the president of the republic,” Renzi said in an interview published on Sunday with Corriere della Sera.

A senior Italia Viva lawmaker also told Reuters that “If the president gives a mandate to Draghi, we would certainly support this”. 

Renzi, whose party is not even registering three percent support in opinion polls, quit the coalition over Conte’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and his plans for spending more than 200 billion euros from a European Union fund to help Italy’s damaged economy.

READ ALSO: Why do Italy's governments collapse so often?

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