Sophia Loren To Stay Busy at Cannes With Honors, Class, Screening

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Thursday, 01 May 2014 11:31 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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At 79 and still in possession of her legendary beauty, Oscar-winning actress Sophia Loren will be the guest of honor of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival's Cannes Classics. She will also give a master class and attend the screening her latest film.

Loren's honor came Monday as the festival announced its jury members along with the Cannes Classics sidebar lineup, according to Deadline.com. Loren appears iin "La Voce Umana" ("Human Voice"), which her son, Edoardo Ponti, serves as the director and writer.

The movie is based on Jean Cocteau's one-woman romantic drama play about an older woman's final phone conversation with a man who is leaving her for another woman against the backdrop of Naples, Italy in the 1950s.

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Cannes Classics focuses on restored and rediscovered versions of films that with some international cinema heritage, reported Deadline.com. The chosen films are accompanied by the movie's original director and/or the producers responsible for it.

One of Loren's movies, 1964's "Marriage Italian Style," will be featured in the Cannes Classics section, according to The Wrap. A documentary about film critic Robert Ebert, titled "Life Itself," will also be a part of the Cannes Classic lineup.

Loren won her best actress Oscar in 1962 for the movie "Two Women" and she was nominated in 1965 for "Marriage Italian Style." She received an honorary Academy Award in 1991 for her film work.

The Cannes Film Festival, which will run from May 14-25, will feature directorial efforts by Ryan Gosling and Tommy Lee Jones, along with 15 female directors, according to The Wrap.

The festival's main competition lineup features 18 films, including Jones' "The Homesman," which stars Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank; "Foxcatcher," with Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carrell; along with "Maps to the Stars," starring Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore.

The Wrap reported that films highlighted in the Un Certain Regard section includes Gosling's "Lost River," starring Christina Hendricks and Ben Mendelssohn, and Ned Benson's "Eleanor Rigby," a two-part film featuring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy film.

"Eleanor Rigby," under the title "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her," won praise last year at the Toronto Film Festival.

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