Homage: AFI Fest Will Salute Sophia Loren


One of Italy’s most premiere talents is stealing the spotlight at this year’s American Film Institute Fest: Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Bambi, Cannes Film Festival, and César awards recipient Sophia Loren

AFI Sophia Loren

As part of its annual fête, the AFI Fest will pay tribute to Loren on November 12 with a 50th-anniversary screening of her 1964 film, Marriage Italian Style (Matrimonio all’italiana). Her portrayal of a shrewd mistress in the movie nabbed Loren her second Oscar nomination. She won the Best Actress award years earlier for Two Women (La ciociara), making her the first actress to win the category for a foreign-language film. Nearly 60 years—and 60 films—later, she represents what AFI deems staying power.

“Sophia Loren is a quintessential screen legend,” said festival director Jacqueline Lyanga. “And it is a privilege to honor her with a tribute that showcases our appreciation of her six decades of influence and outstanding work.”

AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale echoes those sentiments.

“In a world where the daily obsession seems to be, ‘What’s next?’ Sophia Loren is a rare and welcome reminder that true talent is timeless,” Gazzale said in a statement. “It is AFI’s honor to shine a proper light on all the gifts she’s given the world across the years.”

The AFI Fest will run November 6—13 in Los Angeles.