Director was remembered as an "immense artist" who "embodied the Italian cinema".
The Cannes Film Festival lamented the death of director Bernardo Bertolucci, "most recognized worldwide", reminding him as an "immense artist" who "embodied Italian cinema."
Bernardo Bertolucci, the director responsible for films such as "The Last Emperor" and "The Last Tango in Paris," died on Monday in Rome at the age of 77, Italian media reported.
"Bernardo Bertolucci was an immense artist who embodied Italian cinema, becoming a bigger figure of his identity. He had an unbreakable bond with Cannes," said festival president Pierre Lescure and his artistic director, Thierry Frémaux, in the official account of the event, on the social network Twitter.
The festival, which Bertolucci had as president of the jury in 1990, and who presented the Golden Palm of Honor, for his career in 2011, said goodbye to the director recalling his main films, such as "Before the Revolution" (1964) , "The Conformist" (1970), "Novecento / 1900" (1976) and "The Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man" (1981).
Gilles Jacob, former president of the Cannes Film Festival, who presented the Palme d'Or to the filmmaker in 2011, described him as "the last emperor of Italian cinema" in statements to Le Figaro newspaper: "The party is over. two to dance a tango ".
For Gilles Jacob, Bertolucci was "a cinematic giant of creation" and "will forever be a beacon in the world of cinema".