The festival is also dedicating its branding this year to Loren by featuring a 1965 image of the star. The tribute will celebrate Loren’s career and coincide with the 50th anniversary of her Oscar-nominated role in “Marriage Italian Style.”
A restored version of the 1964 film will screen as part of the tribute. The event will also include a conversation with Loren about her career, and a showing of the short “The Human Voice,” starring Loren and directed by her son Edoardo Ponti.
Loren won a best actress Oscar for a foreign-language performance in “Two Women” in 1960. She received an honorary Academy Award in 1991, a best actress award at Cannes, an honorary Cesar, a Career Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival and an Honorary Golden Berlin Bear from the Berlin Film Festival.
”In a world where the daily obsession seems to be, ‘What’s next?’ Sophia Loren is a rare and welcome reminder that true talent is timeless,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI president and CEO. “It is AFI’s honor to shine a proper light on all the gifts she’s given the world across the years.”
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Festival director Jacqueline Lyanga said, “Sophia Loren is a quintessential screen legend, and it is a privilege to honor her with a tribute that showcases our appreciation of her six decades of influence and outstanding work.”