ROME: Italian filmmaker and Cannes Film Festival winner Vittorio Taviani has died aged 88, according to media reports on Sunday citing family sources.
Taviani and his brother Paolo formed one of Italian cinema's most famous duos and together they made more than 15 films.
One of their best-known was the gritty biopic Padre Padrone, set in Sardinia, which won the top Palme d'Or prize at Cannes in 1977.
Born in San Miniato, Tuscany, on Sept 20, 1929, Taviani died in Rome after suffering from a long-term illness.
Another of the brothers' critically acclaimed films is 2012's Caesar Must Die, for which they won the Golden Bear prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.