"Sophia Loren a guest of Istanbul film fest
Istanbul -- The 24th Istanbul International Film Festival was to open here late yesterday with Italian actress Sophia Loren the guest of honour.
Loren was a late stand-in for French actress Emmanuelle Béart, who refused to come in protest against Turkish policemen brutalizing participants at a Women's Day rally here last month.
The festival, which runs until April 17, will see a total of 166 films, 13 of them competing for the festival's top prize, the Golden Tulip."
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