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Sophia Loren and Sergo Zakariadze – How Italian and Georgian legends met
20 September, 2016
On September 20th, a living legend of Italian cinema and theater, a proud winner of an Oscar Award, often acknowledged worldwide as the best actress in Italian motion pictures – Sophia Loren, turns 82.

The actress has a lot of fans in Georgia. This summer she arrived in Georgia for the first time and attended the charity concert organized by Georgian opera singer Nino Surguladze’s charity foundation “The Wish Tree” (Natvris Khe).  The orchestra was conducted by Maestro Carlo Ponti, Sophia Loren’s son. 

Well-known Georgian movie director Gizo Jordania tells the story of how Sophie Loren and legendary Georgian actor Sergo Zakariadze (“Father of a soldier” and “Don’t Grieve”) got acquainted:

Sophia and Sergo met each other at the Moscow Film Festival in 1965. They were introduced to each other on the stage, during the award ceremony that saw both of them receiving prizes. After the event was over, they dined together, had conversations on various topics and took a few photos together. Word has it that the initiative to take them belonged to Sophia. 

“In a big restaurant where a meeting of actors and actresses from around the world was held, Sophia Loren sat on Sergo Zakariadze’s lap… Sergo was thunderstruck and confused at this
moment. He said that he was sort of petrified by her actions but automatically hugged her as well. Sergo’s slight absent-mindedness was one of his main characteristics, and a confused Sergo on stage looked very attractive. It was also very fun to see him get confused by some [real-life] occurrence. This was precisely the trait that attracted Sophie Loren, and she expressed it in her own special way,” – Gizo Jordania recalls.   

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