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Screen Legend Sophia Loren Is Honored With the KCET Cinema Series Lumière Award and a Screening of Her Film ‘The Life Ahead’ on January 28th

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Q&A immediately following with director Edoardo Ponti.

KCET will honor legendary Academy Award®-winning actress Sophia Loren ("Two Women," "Marriage Italian Style," "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow") with the KCET Cinema Series Lumière Award at a special screening event for her new Netflix feature film "The Life Ahead" on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. PT. The award recognizes excellence, artistry and innovation by a filmmaker or an actor in television or motion pictures. Prior to the online screening of the film, KCET Cinema Series Host and Deadline.com Chief Film Critic Pete Hammond will present the award virtually to Loren who will be joined by son, the film’s director Edoardo Ponti for a candid conversation with the actress about the film, her career and life.

“We are thrilled to honor one of the world’s most iconic and cherished actresses Sophia Loren with the KCET Cinema Series Lumière Award,” commented Hammond. “This award is named after the Lumière Brothers who were early innovators in film and it is so fitting for this recipient whose entire career signifies great art in motion pictures.”

“I’m so happy to get this award... because it not only represents all the work I have done in the past, but also what I’m doing today. I’m so touched and grateful to get this award. From the bottom of my heart, Grazie Grazie,” responded honoree Sophia Loren.

"The Life Ahead," distributed by Netflix, follows the journey of Madame Rosa, an elderly Jewish Holocaust survivor and former sex worker and Momo, a wayward young Senegalese street kid, brought together in unlikely circumstances. Initially a contentious relationship, Rosa and Momo start to find a deeper connection to each other that ends up changing the course of both of their lives. "The Life Ahead" is now screening on Netflix and is a strong contender this Awards season.

The Lumière Award recognizes excellence, artistry, and innovation by an actor or filmmaker for their outstanding contribution to film. Past recipients include Shirley MacLaine (2017), Kevin Costner (2014), Gary Oldman (2011), Dame Judi Dench (2005), and Sir Ian McKellen (2003).

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