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NEWS 27 May 16

Romanian Film Festival Honours Sophia Loren

Italian film legend Sophia Loren will be the special guest at the largest international feature film festival in Cluj, Romania, to pick up the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Cristina Bucureasa
BIRN
Bucharest

 The 81-year-old Italian diva will be for the first in Romania, at Transilvania International Film Festival. Photo: tiff.ro

Sophia Loren is visiting Romania for the first time to receive an award at the 15th annual Transylvania International Film Festival, TIFF, which starts on Friday.

The woman described as a “living legend of cinema and one of the most intensely celebrated beauties of the world” will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the closing gala, on June 4, at the National Theatre in Cluj-Napoca.

“It’s one of the meetings that we badly wanted for many years at TIFF and I’m glad it’s finally happening. Sophia Loren is the idol of many generations... with enormous popularity everywhere in the world. It’s an honour to have her at TIFF and a moment of happiness for Cluj to meet her on her first arrival in Romania,” Tudor Giurgiu, the festival president, said.

In the six decades she was involved with cinema, Loren starred in around 100 films, working closely with great directors from Vittorio de Sica and George Cukor to Charlie Chaplin, Mario Monicelli, Ettore Scola and Robert Altman.

She began her career in 1950 at the age of only 15, and her first major role was in De Sica's “The Gold of Naples”.

Too Bad She’s So Bad” was her first film alongside Marcello Mastroianni, the actor who was to become her regular partner on the big screen.

Among their collaborations were “Marriage Italian Style”, for which she was nominated for an Oscar, the comedy “The Priest’s Wife” and “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”, which boasts a striptease scene that made history.

The 81-year-old Italian diva joins the series of personalities who were celebrated at TIFF over the years.

The festival's Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented to important figures of European and worldwide cinema, including Claudia Cardinale, Annie Girardot, Vanessa Redgrave, Catherine Deneuve, Geraldine Chaplin and Franco Nero.

Founded in 2002, in Cluj-Napoca, in northwestern Romania, TIFF has become the most important film-related event in Romania.

The official competition for this year's event includes 12 films from 16 countries. According to the organiser, nine are first feature films. Productions competing for the “Transilvania Trophy” are “films which deconstruct the conventions of the horror, thriller, romance, and Western genres”.

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