Italy's David di Donatello Awards to Honor Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren at Cannes

The 79-year-old actress, who was recently honored by the Cannes Film Festival, won her first Donatello prize in 1959.

ROME – Following the Cannes Film Festival’s homage to Sophia Loren, Italy’s David di Donatello film awards said Wednesday it would pay tribute to the 79-year-old Neapolitan diva.

The Donatellos, which along with the Nastri d’Argento (Silver Ribbons) honors – Europe’s oldest film awards – and Italy’s version of the Golden Globes, are among Italy’s most prestigious film award ceremonies. The Donatellos are scheduled to take place June 10, and Loren will be on hand for the event.

Officially, the prize will be for Loren’s work in The Human Voice (La Voce Umana), a short film directed by her son, Edoardo Ponti, rather than a career honor. Loren was already presented with a Donatello for her career in 1999, to go along with seven  prizes for acting presented between 1959 and 1979.

The Human Voice premiered in Cannes, which paid homage to the actress with a special master class in which she wowed the crowds with tales from a career spanning six decades. The film in inspired by Jean Cocteau’s one-woman monologue first played on the silver screen by Anna Magnani in Roberto Rossellini’s 1948 classic L’amore. Loren told Italian journalists that performance helped inspire her to become an actress.

Paolo Virzi’s The Human Capital (Il capital umani) and Oscar winning The Great Beauty (La grande belezza) from Paolo Sorrentino, are the leading films at this year’s version of the Donatellos, with 19 and 18 nominations, respectively.

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