Legendary Actress Sophia Loren To Be Honored with KCET Cinema Series Lumière Award at Virtual Screening Of Netflix’s ‘The Life Ahead’ on Jan. 28

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Legendary Actress Sophia Loren To Be Honored with
KCET Cinema Series Lumière Award at Virtual Screening
Of Netflix’s 'The Life Ahead’ on Jan. 28

Sophia Loren Lumiere Award

Italian Actress and Screen Legend Returns to the Screen After a Decade
Joined by Son and Film’s Director Edoardo Ponti


Los Angeles, Calif. – Jan. 12, 2021 – KCET, Southern California's flagship PBS station and home for award-winning public media programming, announced today that legendary Academy Award®-winning actress Sophia Loren (Two Women, Marriage Italian Style, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) is set to receive 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 Lumière Award recognizes excellence, artistry, and innovation by an actor or filmmaker for their outstanding contribution to film. Prior to the online screening of the film, the award will be presented virtually to Loren who will be joined by her son (and the film’s director) Edoardo Ponti for a candid conversation with the actress about the film, her career and life. Tickets to this special virtual event are available at kcet.org/Lumiere.

“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 Pete Hammond, Host of the Virtual KCET Cinema Series and KCET’s MUST SEE MOVIES series as well as Deadline.com’s Chief Film Critic. “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 am so honored to receive this award, because it not only represents all of the work I have done in the past, but also what I am doing today. I’m touched and grateful. From the bottom of my heart, grazie, grazie,” responded 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 available on Netflix and is a strong contender this Awards season.

One of the most renowned and captivating actresses in cinematic history, Academy Award-winning Italian star Sophia Loren has carved an illustrious career over seven decades. Starting out on screen in the 1950s, Loren gave mesmerizing performances in movies such as It Started in Naples, Black Orchid, A Special Day, Two Women, Marriage Italian Style and Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Throughout her prolific career, she has worked with visionary directors such as Sidney Lumet, Charlie Chaplin, Martin Ritt, Robert Altman, Ettore Scola and Vittorio De Sica, and has acted alongside screen legends such as Marcello Mastroianni, Marlon Brando, Cary Grant, Clark Gable and Richard Burton. Loren’s multitude of achievements include two Oscars®, five Golden Globes, a Golden Lion, a Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival, Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, the Honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement from the Berlin Film Festival, a BAFTA Award, a Grammy Award, 10 David di Donatello Awards and three Silver Ribbon Awards. In 1999, the American Film Institute included Loren on the list of the twenty-five biggest stars in cinema history. The Life Ahead is Loren’s first feature film in a decade, and reunites her with her son, director Edoardo Ponti.

Past recipients of the Lumiere Award include Shirley MacLaine (2017), Kevin Costner (2014), Gary Oldman (2011), Dame Judi Dench (2005), and Sir Ian McKellen (2003). The Lumière award is presented as part of the KCET Cinema Series, a quarterly film series that celebrates the most anticipated independent and studio films prior to their theatrical release. Films from this winter’s Cinema Series season have included the critically acclaimed Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Some Kind of Heaven, Mank, The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Hillbilly Elegy.

A star-studded lineup of films and panel discussions have been screened over the past few months as part of the Virtual KCET Cinema Series with a lineup of A-List Hollywood talent participating. Known throughout the entertainment industry for spotlighting the best of Hollywood, independent and festival films, the KCET Cinema Series transitioned to the Virtual KCET Cinema Series in May of 2020 as a result of COVID-19 and takes place on the website screening service known as Eventive. The new virtual format allows prominent filmmakers and talent from across the globe to partake as well as makes it possible for movie fans anywhere to have the opportunity to participate in exclusive screenings of new motion pictures. Hammond takes attendees behind the scenes of this year’s biggest movies and most anticipated independent and studio films, as well as gives them intimate access to conversations with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and upcoming independent filmmakers, all while keeping everyone safe in the comfort of their own living rooms.

The Virtual KCET Cinema Series is made possible by ticket sales, membership passes, and sponsorships. To discuss sponsorship opportunities for individuals, businesses or charitable foundations, contact Michele Garza, series producer, at mgarza@pmgsocal.org. The Virtual KCET Cinema Series is presented by Mitzi Ash Blahd. To learn more about the KCET Cinema Series, or to register to attend the upcoming film screenings, please visit kcet.org/cinemaseries.

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About KCET
KCET is part of the donor-supported community institution, the Public Media Group of Southern California, which was formed by the merger of PBS SoCal and KCETLink Media Group. As one of Southern California’s two flagship PBS stations, KCET is on-air, online as well as in the community, and plays a vital role in the cultural enrichment of Southern California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 55-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions and its website, kcet.org. For additional information about KCET’s original productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. KCET Originals and PBS programming are available to stream on the FREE PBS App on iOS and Android devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV, and Chromecast. KCET is also available to watch live on YouTube TV.

About the Lumière Award
The Lumière Award presented by the KCET Cinema Series, recognizes excellence, artistry and innovation by an actor or filmmaker for their outstanding contribution to television or motion pictures. Lumière, meaning "light" in French, is also in homage to brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiére, who were the first recognized filmmakers in history dating back to 1894. Previous recipients of the KCET Cinema Series Lumière Award include Shirley MacLaine, producer Walter Mirisch, Kevin Costner, Dame Judi Dench, Gary Oldman and Sir Ian McKellen.

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