The legend of the world cinema, Sophia Loren is coming in Romania for the first time, as special guest of the Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF). The Italian diva, sex symbol of the 50s-70s, is going to receive the Award for the entire career during the closing gala of the festival at the National Theatre House in Cluj-Napoca on June 4.
The previous day, on June 3 the actress will attend a special screening in her honour, the organizers informed on Wednesday.
„It’s one of the encounters that I have wanted to happen at TIFF for many years and I am glad it’s finally happening. Sophia Loren is the idol of many generations, a tonic, charming presence, with a huge popularity all over the world. It’s an honour to have her at TIFF (…) She joins the other strong personalities celebrated at TIFF in the past 15 years, from Claudia Cardinale, Annie Girardot, Vanessa Redgrave, to Catherine Deneuve and Geraldine Chaplin”, said Tudor Giurgiu, TIFF President.
Loren’s presence at TIFF was possible due to the collaboration between TIFF and the Businesswomen Association from Cluj, co-organizer of the event.
The 81-year-old actress starred in over 100 movies during her six decades of cinema, working with ones of the most famous filmmakers of the time.
Encouraged to enroll in acting lessons after entering a beauty pageant, Loren began her film career in 1950 at age 15. She appeared in several bit parts and minor roles in the early part of the decade, until her five-picture contract with Paramount in 1956 got her international career.
Her talents as an actress were not recognized until her performance as Cesira in Vittorio De Sica‘s Two Women; Loren’s performance earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1962 and made her the first artist to win an Oscar for a foreign-language performance. She holds the record for having earned six David di Donatello Awards for Best Actress, the most ever received: Two Women, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Marriage Italian Style (for which she was nominated for a second Oscar), Sunflower, The Voyage, and A Special Day. After starting her family in the early 1970s, Loren spent less time on her acting career and chose to make only occasional film appearances. In later years, she has appeared in American films such as Grumpier Old Men and Nine.
Aside from the Academy Award, she has won a Grammy Award, five special Golden Globes, a BAFTA Award, a Laurel Award, the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, and the Honorary Academy Award in 1991. In 1995, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievements.