Sandrelli receives Venice Film Writers Award – Lifestyle

(ANSA) – ROME, AUGUST 23 – Actress Stefania Sandrelli on Tuesday received this year’s Pietro Bianchi Prize, awarded annually by Italian film journalists to a personality of Italian cinema on the occasion of the Venice Film Festival.

The 79th edition of the oldest film festival in the world takes place from August 31 to September 10 at Venice Lido.

Presenting the 76-year-old Sandrelli with her 45th Bianchi award, the Syndicate of Italian Film Journalists SNGCI said “in keeping with the Venice Film Festival, the Bianchi pays tribute to one of our most beloved actresses, an icon of commedia all’italiana, which continues to conquer the public with simplicity, great passion and the evergreen freshness of its talent”.

Sandrelli, who first found fame aged 14 opposite Marcello Mastroianni in the 1961 film Divorce Italian Style and later starred in Seduced and Abandoned (1963), The Conformist (1970), 1900 (1976 ) and The Key (1983), said: I am very happy and deeply honored to receive such a prestigious award from Film Journalists, such an important category for our work which has always followed me with an attention and an affection that are completely returned”.

The SNGCI added that the prize “celebrates its first 60 years of love for cinema with its return to the Festival with water and anise, the first work by Corrado Ceron and a special event at the Giornate degli Autori ( Authors’ Days)”.

After snagging a career Golden Lion in 2005, Sandrelli won seven Silver Ribbons as SNGCI Best Actress.

Previous winners of the Bianchi Prize, first awarded in 1977, are Mario Soldati, Sophia Loren, Alberto Sordi, Claudia Cardinale, Virna Lisi, Carlo Verdone, Michele Placido, Dominique Sanda, Cesare Zavattini, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Luigi Zampa, Alberto Lattuada, Mario Monicelli, Luigi Comencini, Francesco Rosi, Dino Risi, Ettore Scola, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Luigi Magni, Carlo Lizzani, Bernardo Bertolucci, Michelangelo Antonioni, Marco Bellocchio, Giuliano Montaldo and Citto Maselli. (ANSA).

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