The Pietro Bianchi 2021 Award goes to Dominique Sanda, a very special edition of the recognition that the Italian Film Journalists (SNGCI) traditionally assign at the Lido to a cinema personality, this year a tribute, together with the Venice Film Festival, to an international actress who has linked the most intense season of her artistic life to Italian cinema.
Sanda, moved by the award she received from the Film Journalists together with the Director of the Festival Alberto Barbera, on the occasion of the Venetian debut of Laura Bispuri's "Il Paradiso del Pavone", welcomed this tribute, recalling with emotion her relationship with the great filmmakers who brought her to Italy in the 1970s. Recalling Bertolucci, De Sica and Visconti, on receiving the award she thanked Italy with emotion because, she said, "it gave me a lot in an important season of my life. This award moves me because it brings back memories of special encounters with the protagonists of a time that remains within me. I am happy that Laura Bispuri's film and now this award have brought me back home".
Fascinating in her beauty, so different from the traits of Italian actresses and extraordinarily ambiguous in the performances that have made her loved also by the queer world, Dominique Sanda has become an important part of the history of Italian cinema, muse of the young Bernardo Bertolucci and protagonist for De Sica, Visconti, Bolognini but also, among others, Risi, Liliana Cavani and Lina Wertmüller. "She was born in France and lives between Uruguay and Argentina but, in her own right, she has been an icon and a great personality for half a century who has linked her unforgettable interpretations to Italian cinema," says the President, Laura Delli Colli, on behalf of the National Board of Journalists.
The public certainly remembers her in the cast of many auteur films: after Bernardo Bertolucci's "Il Conformista" and "Novecento", she was Micol in Vittorio De Sica's "Il Giardino dei Finzi Contini", then starred in Luchino Visconti's "Gruppo di famiglia in un interno" and Mauro Bolognini's "L'Eredità Ferramonti", which won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. Also in the 1970s she starred in Liliana Cavani's "Beyond Good and Evil", returning to the set in the 1980s with Lina Wertmüller in "In una notte di chiaro di luna" and among others for Damiano Damiani ("Il Treno di Lenin"), Dino Risi ("Tolgo il disturbo").
The Pietro Bianchi Prize has been awarded for over thirty years by the SNGCI in agreement with the Venice Film Festival and has gone to an entire generation of directors, screenwriters, cinematographers and some technicians, all of whom are among the most representative protagonists of the greatest Italian cinema: from Mario Soldati, the first in the history of the award, to Zavattini, Blasetti, Castellani, Zampa, Lattuada, Monicelli, Comencini, De Santis, Rosi, Risi, Scola, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Magni, Lizzani, Bertolucci, Antonioni, then to screenwriters Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Age e Scarpelli and Tonino Guerra, to the directors of photography Peppino Rotunno and Vittorio Storaro, to the editor Roberto Perpignani and to many other excellent names, including very few actors (Sophia Loren, Alberto Sordi, Claudia Cardinale, Virna Lisi). In the 2000s it went to Enrico Lucherini, Marco Bellocchio, Giuliano Montaldo and Citto Maselli among others, then to Gianni Amelio, Enzo D'Alò, Gabriele Salvatores, Ermanno Olmi, Ugo Gregoretti and in recent editions it has celebrated, again among actors, Michele Placido and the journalism of Vincenzo Mollica. A year ago it was received by Dario Argento.
Photo courtesy by SNGCI / Alberto Barbera, Dominique Sanda e Laura Delli Colli a Venezia 78
Duration: 52 min.
Director: Rä di Martino. Argument: Noa Karavan Cohen. Cast: Dominique Sanda, Simonetta Della Seta, Ariela Piattelli, Lino Capolicchio, Marco Giusti, Raffaele Curi, Gigliola Mariani, Portya Prebis, Gianni Venturi, Andrea Pesaro, Sergio Parussa, Ferigo Foscari, Chiara Valerio, Alessandro D'Alatri, Anna Dolfi, Anna Quarzi, Paola Bassani, Lorenzo Benedetti, The young actors of the Vancini film school. Producers: Agostino Osio, Matteo Frittelli, Yaël Fogiel, Laetitia Gonzalez. Production: Alto Piano, Les films du poisson, ARTE France.
Synopsis: "Where is the garden of Finzi-Contini ? It doesn’t exist and has never existed." A long walk through an imaginary garden. The space comes to life with characters who, with their words, refer to a portrait of Giorgio Bassani and at the same time to the history of an era. Among them Dominique Sanda, protagonist of the film that Vittorio De Sica adapted from the Giorgio Bassani’s novel the Garden of the Finzi-Contini.
il giardino che non c’è wants to explore and recount the story and the world the novel by Giorgio Bassani talks about, digging into the many intertwining stories and links between the author’s life, historical events and the characters and facts described in the book. Also by making it resonate with the imaginations of readers of yesterday and today, for whom the fictional space of the garden is so tangible that it becomes a physical space, which could actually exist.
The garden of the Finzi-Contini never existed. However, once upon a time there was a garden, which became a place of pilgrimage, a safe haven, thanks to the novel by Giorgio Bassani, a bestseller recounting the rise of fascism in Italy and the disappearance of the Finzi-Contini, a Jewish family from Ferrara. Reality, fiction, the documentary plays with History, the book and the characters from the novel…
il giardino che non c’è is inspired by a reflection: how much a work of art can condition our way of seeing the world? What are the consequences of this? How can something created by a writer, a director, an artist become real in the collective imagination? Where is the line between fiction and reality? Our film want to investigate these themes starting from Giorgio Bassani’s masterpiece, The Garden of the Finzi Contini, to discover how this novel influenced our way of imagining a city, Ferrara, a dramatic historical period, a family, a garden. The world of cinema celebrated the transposition of Vittorio De Sica with the Oscar, creating a further emphasis around an already well-known story. Hundreds of Micòl were born, the students find extracts from the book in their anthologies and discuss them, still today from different places, people arrive in Ferrara to look for The Garden that doesn’t exist … Can art be the refuge we are looking for?
June 30 – July 6 / Dominique Sanda Receives the Taormina Art Award at Final Ceremony
Dominique Sanda is at Taormina to pay a tribute to Bertolucci’s The Conformist. Fifty years later, the official poster of Taormina Film Fest reproduces a scene in the movie featuring Sanda and Stefania Sandrelli. Sanda has delivered a very interesting masterclass with Daniele Luchetti. Micol from The Garden of the Finzi-Contini and Anna from The Conformist have honored the memory of Bernardo Bertolucci, who passed away in November. Sicily, Sunday, July 7, 2019 (Paragraph 23), signed MA.Lo (María Lombardo).
Mythical Egeria of the seventh art, Dominique Sanda has worked under the greatest directors: Bertolucci, Visconti, de Sica and Risi from Italy; Demy, Bresson, Duras, Allio, Deville, Jacquot and Kassovitz from France, and John Huston and John Frankenheimer from the United States. This movie legend does us the honor of playing Alladine in our new production of Ariane and Bluebeard (Ariane et Barbe-Bleue) and will be hosting a reading event featuring passages from Maeterlinck’s masterpieces followed by a talk with Christophe Ghristi about her love for literature and poetry.
The event will take place at the Grand Foyer of the Capitol Theatre on Saturday, April 6, at 12:00 noon.
The Cinemateque de Toulouse will partake in this exceptional event with the screening of A Room in Town (Une Chambre en ville) by Jacques Demy (1982) on Thursday, April 11, at 9:00 p.m.
Within the framework of the celebrations of the French Culture Week, the City Council of Montevideo, Uruguay, organized a recognition ceremony to honor actress Dominique Sanda for her remarkable movie career at the amphitheater La Azotea de Haedo. The ambassador of France to Uruguay, Hugues Moret, and the mayor of Maldonado, Enrique Antia, among other authorities, were present at the event.
The film A Gentle Woman by Robert Bresson, with Dominique Sanda playing the main female character, was screened on the evening of Tuesday, January 22 (www.maldonadonoticias.com – Culture section – 23/01/2019).
WATERVILLE, June 7 2018 — The Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to renowned French actress Dominique Sanda at a special ceremony held at the Waterville Opera House during the 10-day MIFF Festival.
Best known for her role in the 1971 Academy Award-winning film Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Best Foreign Language Film), Dominique Sanda has enjoyed an unbelievable career, having worked with the industry’s most celebrated directors, including Viqorio de Sica (Garden of the Finzi-Continis), Bernardo Bertolucci (The Conformist and 1900), Robert Bresson (Une Femme Douce), and John Huston (The Mackintosh Man). Sanda will be present for virtually the entire festival.
While attending MIFF, Dominique Sanda will introduce eight of her most- esteemed films as part of MIFF’s Sanda retrospective over the course of the 10-day Festival: Une Femme Douce (1969); Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970), The Conformist (1970); The Mackintosh Man (1973); Steppenwolf (1974); The Inheritance (1976); Novecento/1900 [a new DCP restoration premiere] (1976); and Going Away (2013). (www.miff.org - June 7, 2018)
WATERVILLE — French actress Dominique Sanda has had dreams of traveling to Maine since 1987. At that time, she had been working on a recording of a book penned by Marguerite Yourcenar, a French writer and essayist, who lived on Mount Desert Island. She died in her house there in the same year. “Many times in my life I had thought I would love to see the house of Marguerite Yourcenar,” Sanda said. “I had the chance to meet her and I have good memories of that particular moment of my life.” (Emily Higginbotham- www.centralmaine.com - 15/07/2018)
The presence of Dominique Sanda at Sicilia Queer Filmfest to be held at Palermo has generated great expectation.
The unforgettable female protagonist in The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, The Conformist, The Makintoch Man and A Gentle Woman will be a guest at the Sicilia Queer Film Fest as part of the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the release of Noveccento by Bernardo Bertolucci.
Dominique Sanda, who presently lives in Uruguay, will be returning to Europe to participate in the Queer Filmfest. On this occasion, on June 3rd, at 10:30 a.m., she will be receiving the honorary citizenship of Palermo at the Palazzo delle Aquile.
To close the 10th festival Itineraire Baroque in Périgord vert at La Fabrique de Saint-Astier on sunday 31 of july 2011 at 4pm and 8pm will take place the King Arthur opera of HENRY PURCELL, subtitled The British Worthy or The Pious Breton, in semi theatre version.
Dominique Sanda will be the teller.
Ton Koopman will conduct the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and choir, the Choeur d'Enfants Dordogne-Périgueux and the singers solists Johannette Zomer, Iestyn Davies, Joost van der Linden and Benoît Arnould. Production, Jehan-François Boucher; choreography, Marike Koopman; scenery, André Dubreuil.
Contact : www.itinerairebaroque.com
From September 18th to October 29th 2009 will take place in Paris at the BON MARCHÉ RIVE GAUCHE, verrière second floor an exposition of film excerpts of GUY BOURDIN. The digital and edited version of the Cinefilms was made especially for this exhibition and stands as a fascinating document of Guy Bourdin's unique eye. A series of 15-clips, each offers another perspective of his visual and emotional search in the worlds of fashion and non-fashion; together they reveal the formal elements that recur throughout his work.
Between the clips projected, we will see for the first time images filmed with actress DOMINIQUE SANDA.
Invited at the 55th edition of the Taormina Film Fest by her director, Dominique Sanda has travel the past June from Buenos Aires to Sicilia, accompanied by her husband and her two dogs.
There was waiting for her a price to celebrate her artistic trajectory. In the night of Thursday 18 of June, the Director of the Festival, Mrs. Deborah Young received her with these words:
I have the great pleasure to invite you to receive our most important price, the Taormina Arte Award in recognition of your talent and your influence in the European and the world-wide cinema.
The price was remitted to her on stage at the Greek Theater of Taormina by Ari Folman, jury at the Festival