Claudia Cardinale to Guest Host Venice Film Fest's 'Classics' Section

Claudia Cardinale in "Sandra"

The event will screen 25 newly-restored feature films, documentaries and shorts.

LACCO AMENO, Ischia -- Claudia Cardinale, the Italian actress and international pinup girl who was a mainstay of Italian films in the 1960s and 1970s, will be the guest host of the Venice Film Festival’s Venezia Classici section devoted to restored films and documentaries.

The section (the name means "Venice Classics"), launched last year under first-year artistic director Alberto Barbera, will also screen Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa (Sandra), Luchino Visconti’s retelling of the Electra story from Greek mythology, with Cardinale in the starring role. It will be a return for Cardinale to the Venice Lido, where she was discovered in 1957 after winning a trip to the festival as a prize for winning a beauty contest.

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Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa, which won Venice’s prestigious Golden Lion prize as the festival’s best film, is one of the restored films that will screen in the section.

William Friedkin’s 1977 classic Sorcerer will open the section. The festival announced previously that Friedkin will be given the festival’s lifetime achievement prize.

And Francesco Rosi’s classic political corruption drama, Le mani sulla citta (Hands Over the City), previously announced as Venice’s pre-opening film, will also screen in the section.

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New to this year’s edition of the Venezia Classici section: A jury of film students will select the Best Film and Best Documentary from the section.

The 70th edition of the Venice Festival will take place from August 28-Sept. 7. The full lineup will be announced on July 25.

The full lineup for the Venezia Classici section:

Le mani sulla città (Hands Over the City) from Francesco Rosi (Italy, 1963)

Paisà (Paisan) from Roberto Rossellini (Italy, 1946)

Pane e cioccolata (Bread and Chocolate) from Franco Brusati (Italy, 1973)

Quién sabe? (A Bullet for the General) from Damiano Damiani (Italy, 1966)

Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa (Sandra) from Luchino Visconti (Italy, 1965)

La proprietà non è più un furto (Property Is No Longer a Theft) from Elio Petri (Italy, 1973)

La bête humaine from from Jean Renoir (France, 1938)

Providence from Alain Resnais (France, 1977)

Chantal Akerman program, including Hotel Monterey (Belgium, USA,1972) and Le 15 d’Août (The 15th of August) (Belgium, France, 1973), both from Akerman

Il bacio di Tosca (Tosca’s Kiss) from Daniel Schmid (Switzerland, 1984)

White Rockfrom Tony Maylam (U.K., 1977)

Furyo (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence) from Nagisa Oshima (U.K., Japan, 1983)

Sjećaš li se Dolly Bell (Do You Remember Dolly Bell?) from Emir Kusturica (Yugoslavia, 1981)

Moy Drug Ivan Lapshin (My Friend Ivan Lapshin) from Aleksey Guerman Sr. (USSR, 1984)

Satyajit Ray program, including Mahapurush (The Holy Man) (India, 1965), Kapurush (The Coward) (India, 1965), both from Ray

Nidhanaya (The Treasure) from Lester James Peries (Sri Lanka, 1973)

Yangguang Canlan de Rizi (In the Heat of the Sun) from Jiang Wen (China, Hong Kong, 1993)

Tian mi mi (Comrades: Almost a Love Story) from Peter Ho-sun Chan (Hong Kong, 1996)

Dogfar nai mae marn (Mysterious Object at Noon) from Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand, 2000)

Higanbana (Equinox Flower) from Yasujiro Ozu (Japan, 1958)

Yoru no henrin (The Shape of Night) from Noboru Nakamura (Japan, 1964)

Let’s Get Lost from Bruce Weber (USA,1988)

Little Fugitive from Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, and Ruth Orkin (USA, 1953)

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