Egypt: Claudia Cardinale calls on tourists to return

In Cairo for cinema festival, this is beautiful country I adore

11 November, 13:30

    Egitto: Claudia Cardinale lancia appello a turisti, tornate Egitto: Claudia Cardinale lancia appello a turisti, tornate

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, NOVEMBER 11 - ''We must fight in order for people to return to Egypt, a beautiful country I adore'', Italian actress Claudia Cardinal told a very crowded press conference at a hotel in Cairo, where she is the guest star at the film festival in the Egyptian capital that opens tonight.

    ''I hope tourists will return soon'', said the Italian actress who will receive tonight the Faten Hamama Prize, a prize awarded each year to a leading member of the seventh art from Egypt or abroad.

    ''I have a beautiful recollection of Omar Sharif, we were close friends. It was with him that I started off in cinema'', added the star. ''It was with him that I started moving the first steps on the big screen''. ''I was very young and absolutely did not want to work in cinema. It was my father who pushed me and told me to give it a try''. With 'Doctor Zhivago', she recalls, ''we saw each other often. In Paris, where I live and he often lived and in Cairo''.

    Cardinale has worked in 153 movies, as she noted, including films by the greatest Italian directors. From 8 by Fellini to the Leopard by Visconti (whose restored version will be screened during the Egyptian event). ''They were among the most important films of my career'', recalled the ''girl who refused to work in the movies'', as the Italian press called the actress who came from Tunis during a Venice film festival a long time ago.

    Cardinale also noted this is ''an extremely difficult time for Italian cinema''. ''You see few films abroad compared to the past. This is why I have worked hard for a comeback of co-productions''. ''There are only American films around'', she concluded. (ANSAmed)

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