Sophia Loren feted with Almería film award

Hollywood star will revisit province where she filmed in the early 70s

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The young Sophia Loren, and inset, at the Moscow film awards this year

By Emma Randle

Iconic Italian film actress Sophia Loren is to visit Almería to receive a film festival award – 46 years after last setting foot in the province.

The 83-year-old will have a gold star added to the city’s ‘Walk of Fame’ and receive the ‘Almería Land of Film’ prize from the Almería International Film Festival (Fical).

Loren came to the province in 1971 to film an Italian comedy, ‘Bianco, rossi e…’ (released internationally in 1972 as ‘The Sin’) in which she starred as a hospital nun who falls in love with a communist patient.

She will be the latest in a line of famous film stars to visit Almería to receive the Fical award, including Omar Sharif, Ridley Scott, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Catherine Deneuve, all linked to the province’s movie history.

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