MIFF to Honor Actress Dominique Sanda

MIFF to Honor Actress Dominique Sanda

Acclaimed French Actress dubbed “La Sanda” to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

WATERVILLE, June 7 2018 The Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to renowned French actress Dominique Sanda (known as “La 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 Vittorio 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.

“Dominique has a directorial filmography like no other actress; her first three films are with legendary directors (de Sica, Bertolucci and Bresson) and her fourth with a legendary actor as her director (Maximilian Schell),” said MIFF Programming Director Ken Eisen. “The most in-demand actress of the 1970s and into the 80s, Dominique hasn’t stopped making movies – covering continents as well as decades over the course of her filmmaking. She has been honored at European film festivals but never here in North America — It’s a pleasure to welcome her and her fine films to MIFF this year, and to honor her film career with our Lifetime Achievement Award. This is a very exciting honor and treat for MIFF and its audiences!”

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).

The award presentation and screening of Garden of the Finzi-Continis, will be one of the festival’s signature events, at the Waterville Opera House. The film, based on the book of the same name by Giorgio Bassani, focuses on the intellectual Finzi-Contini family, Jewish aristocrats who live on an idyllic estate. Siblings Alberto and Micol Finzi-Contini (Sanda) regularly hold parties with their friends, largely sheltered from the growing anti-Semitism in their country. When the Fascist movement becomes stronger, however, it affects everyone in the orbit of the family.

Last year, actress Lauren Hutton was presented with the fest’s top Award. Previous winners include Glenn Close, Jonathan Demme, Peter Fonda, Ed Harris, Sissy Spacek and Terrence Malick, among others.



Festival passes are now on sale on the MIFF website at https://www.miff.org.  The MIFF film and event program will be announced they day tickets are made available for purchase online.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Media outlets interested in covering the Maine International Film Festival can request credentials for the 10-day event, including select VIP events, which runs from July 13- 22 in Waterville, Maine. To make arrangements for credentials, please contact Nathan Towne at media@watervillecreates.org or (207) 232-6005. Please submit requests prior to the festival opening.


About the Maine International Film Festival: The 21st annual Maine International Film Festival will be held in Waterville, Maine from July 13-22 at Railroad Square Cinema and the Waterville Opera House. During the 10 days of the festival, MIFF features nearly 100 films, representing the best of American and International independent cinema and spotlighting some of Maine and New England’s most innovative filmmakers. The full MIFF schedule will be available on the festival’s website, https://www.miff.org/ in June. The Maine International Film Festival is a project of the Maine Film Center, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to enrich, educate and entertain the community through film and art.