Capri, Hollywood to Honor Sophia Loren, Open With Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women'

Lina Wertmüller and Sophia Loren - Courtesy of Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival - H 2019
Courtesy of Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival

The Italian icon will receive the festival’s Capri Legend Award from director Lina Wertmüller.

Italian actress Sophia Loren will be honored with the Capri Legend Award at the upcoming Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival, it was announced Monday.

Another Italian legend, Lina Wertmüller, will present Loren with the honor on Dec. 30. The award holds particular significance to the two friends, as Loren recently presented Wertmüller with her honorary Oscar at the Academy’s Governors Awards in October.

The fest also revealed that the Italian premiere of Greta Gerwig’s Little Women will open its 24th annual edition.

Loren is one of the world’s most lauded actresses and one of the last surviving talents from Hollywood’s Golden Age. She was the first person to win the Academy Award for best actress for a foreign-language performance, taking home the statuette in 1962 for her role as Cesira in Vittorio De Sica’s Two Women.

Loren was nominated for a second best actress Oscar in 1965 for De Sica’s Marriage Italian Style, and she received a career honorary Oscar in 1991. The actress was also one of the key campaigners for Wertmüller, the first woman ever to be nominated for a best director Academy Award, to receive an honorary Oscar.

Over her career, Loren has earned a Grammy Award; five Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award; a BAFTA Award; an honorary Berlin Golden Bear; an honorary Cesar Award; and a best actress award from the Cannes, San Sebastian and Venice film fests.

Capri, Hollywood will continue its focus on women in film by highlighting Little Women with a special opening-night screening and gala. Gerwig’s adaptation of the 1868 Louis May Alcott novel stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothee Chalamet and Meryl Streep. It was produced by Amy Pascal, Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord.

Capri, Hollywood will also have a special forum to discuss current issues women face in the film industry.

The annual festival off the coast of Naples has proved to be a useful stopping point on the road to Oscars, given its picturesque setting and key time frame over the New Year holiday. As previously announced, Capri, Hollywood will honor Once Upon a Time in Hollywood for best ensemble cast, Steven Zaillian for best adapted screenplay for The Irishman, Dolemite Is My Name for best comedy and Paul Feig with the inaugural King of Comedy Award.

The event is set to run Dec. 27-Jan. 2.