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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Film Festival time ...

The awards season is hardly over before its film festival time as the 67th Cannes Film Festival starts in May. The poster this year (after Vitti, Dunaway and Monroe in recent years) features Marcello Mastroianni, and appropriately, Marcello's frequent co-star Sophia Loren is to hand too. This, from the official site:
  • Guest of honor: SOPHIA LOREN
Sophia at Cannes, 1959
Award for Best Actress in 1961 and president of the jury in 1966, Sophia Loren is the guest of honor of Cannes Classics. She will be present at the screening of LA VOCE HUMANA (2014, 25mn), directed by Edoardo Ponti, which marks the occasion of her comeback to the movies. During the same evening MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE (Matrimonio all'italiana) by Vittorio De Sica (1964, 1h42) will be screened in 4K restoration by L’Immagine Ritrovata. Restoration carried out in collaboration with Surf Film by Cineteca di Bologna and Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage with contribution from Memory Cinema, at L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory. French distributor Carlotta.

Sophia Loren has also accepted to give a masterclass—a conversation which will take place on the stage of Salle Buñuel.
Great to see Sophia honoured here again, before her 80th birthday in September. I was trying to get London's BFI to do something, and we like MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE (right) a lot, maybe the best of hers with De Sica.  

Left: Antonioni and Vitti at Cannes in 1960 the year L'AVVENTURA was such a sensation that it was booed initially ..
Sophia of course has been a frequent visitor at Cannes over the years, as below:
One of the many photos of her with Alain Delon and Romy Schneider at Cannes in 1962.
Jeanne Moreau, Delon and Sophia at Cannes in 1989.
also Alain and Sophia at a festival in Acapulco in 2011.  
And speaking of Cannes, heres Moreau with Antonioni and Fellini in 1960. 
and Monica Vitti, Alain and Romy, also 1960:
and Burt, Claudia and Alain when THE LEOPARD rolled into town ...
and Alain and Claudia at Cannes in 2010:

We have appreciated recent Cannes prize-winners like AMOUR and BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR, as reviews, 2000s label. 

Below: 1970s Cannes: Charlotte Rampling, Glenda Jackson, Cliff Robertson, Faye Dunaway, Helmut Berger in 1976:
Here is the link to the trailer for THE HUMAN VOICE, the 25 minute film by Edouardo Ponti, and interviews with mother and son at a screening at the Tribeca festival in New York.

As The Daily Mail says: She's been a legendary icon of cinema for nearly 60 years, and even at 79 Sophia Loren still knows how to stun on the red carpet.
The Italian beauty wore a chic red pantsuit as she accompanied her director son Edoardo Ponti to a screening of his new film Human Voice on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
The screen siren walked hand-in-hand with her 41-year-old son to promote the film in which she stars in her first movie role in 10 years.
How though can one market a 25 minute film? Will it be on television, or a dvd or ?

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