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Sophia Loren to be a guest of honour at Cannes

Sophia Loren will be a guest of honour at this year's Cannes Film Festival where the 79-year-old Italian actress's latest film will also get a screening.

hollywood Updated: May 12, 2014 18:44 IST
Gautaman Bhaskaran

Sophia Loren, who once enthralled fans with her sexy allure, will be the guest of honour at the Cannes Classics, a celebrated section in the film festival that is dedicated to restored gems of cinema.

Loren - often called Italy's most famous star - began her career as a 14-year-old, graduating to adult roles like those in Houseboat and It Started in Naples.

However, it was not until she did the deglamourised part in Vittorio De Sica's Two Women that she was finally recognised as not just a beautiful but an extremely talented actress. For that work, she won the Academy Award in 1962, the first-ever artist to get an Oscar for a performance in a non-English language movie. A year earlier, Cannes gave her the Best Actress Palm, and in 1966, she presided over the jury there.

This May, Loren will be present when Edoardo Ponti's La Voce Humana will be screened, and this is being touted as her comeback work. She will also give a masterclass, which will be followed by the screening of De Sica's 1964 Marriage Italian Style.

Cannes classics was introduced a decade ago when the festival's "relationship with contemporary cinema was about to be shaken up by digital revolution. The Festival created Cannes Classics, a selection which allows production companies, right holders, cinematheques and national archives throughout the world to show their work done to preserve patrimonial value. Now, it is an essential part of the Official Selection with a presence that inspired several international festivals. Cannes Classics presents old-established features and masterpieces from the history of film in restored prints," said a release from the festival.

This year, 22 features and two documentaries will be shown as part of the Classics. Some of them are: Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas, Nagisa Oshima's Cruel Story of Youth, Roberto Rossellini's Angst, Krzysztof Kieslowski's Blind Chance, Francois Truffaut's The Last Metro, Alfred Hitchcock's Jamaica Inn, Frank Capra's Lost Horizon and Jean Renoir's The Bitch.

India's Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen have had their works featured in this section.