Malaga taps Montiel for Biznaga honor


MADRID -- Spanish actress Sara Montiel will receive the honorary Biznaga award at the Malaga Spanish Film Festival, organizers announced Thursday.

The ceremony to honor the actress, who starred in "Veracruz" with Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster and "Run of the Arrow" with Charles Bronson and Rod Steiger, will take place March 12 at the presentation of Juan de Orduna's 1957 classic "El Ultimo Cuple."

The festival will celebrate the film's 50th anniversary with a special screening. "El Ultimo Cuple," the tale of an aging singer with a sad love life who tries to infuse new life into her career, launched Montiel onto the international stage.

The Malaga festival runs March 9-17 in the Mediterranean resort town in the south of Spain.