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Russell Crowe honoured at Taormina Film Festival

Russell Crowe
Image caption Russell Crowe plays Superman's father Jor-El in Man of Steel

Russell Crowe has been honoured at the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Italy.

The first day of the festival was dedicated to the Oscar-winning actor before he was presented with the Arte Award in front of an audience at the Ancient Theatre in Sicily.

Crowe gave part of his speech in Italian before introducing a screening of his new film Man of Steel.

He was accompanied by his fellow cast members Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Antje Traue and director Zack Snyder.

The cast are on a promotional tour for the film, which has topped the North American box office, making $113m (£71.9m) in its opening weekend, according to early estimates.

The Taormina Film Festival is Italy's oldest and is dramatically set on a cliff in Sicily's north eastern corner.

Jeremy Irons, Meg Ryan, James Gandolfini and Giuseppe Tornatore are also expected at the festival, with The Lone Ranger - starring Johnny Depp - scheduled as the festival's closing film.

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