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Monica Bellucci

4 min.

When we meet Monica Bellucci who’s back in Città di Castello to spend a few days with her parents,  it’s like the sun returning in autumn. She’s accompanied by her two daughters, Deva and Léonie. Monica is slender, a little black dress wrapped around her figure, high heels, with dark hair parted in the middle and framing her face. She’s a celebration of femininity, elegance and sensuality.

Interview Veronica Barelli in collaboration with the Mag – written by Cristina Crisci


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EXCLUSIVE PHOTO FOR THE MAG

Alberto Burri and Monica Bellucci together when  the “Ex Seccatoi del Tabbacco” in Città di Castello was opened (1990).  The photo, which is one of the few if not the only one that where these two great Umbrian personalities are together, was taken shortly before the inauguration of the largest exhibition, containing more than 120 of his pieces. The photo was taken by Primetto Barelli (who has  recently passed away) has never been forgotten by Monica Bellucci: “Primetto was a positive person full of love, he embraced life with open arms,  the same arms that welcomed me every time we met and which I miss dearly.


 

She gets out of the car surrounded by relatives and it almost seems like reality merges with the image of that famous advert in which she stars. The image is framed by an Italian family – happy and united, with children running in the yard, the women talking, gesturing and greeting each other warmly. A cheerful atmosphere.

The people around them act rather differently  – there’s no-one who doesn’t recognize her, no-one who doesn’t turn to look at her. We managed to have a few words with her in the Rose Room of Castello di Sorci, reserved for a family dinner, where we’re welcomed with a smile. Her black, intense and bright eyes are the only jewels she wears. Her simplicity is surprising. Monica is spontaneous and direct, with no artifice about her. She gestures with her hands when talking – they are nice too!

he gets out of the car surrounded by relatives and it almost seems like reality merges with the image of that famous advert in which she stars. The image is framed by an Italian family – happy and united, with children running in the yard, the women talking, gesturing and greeting each other warmly. A cheerful atmosphere. The people around them act rather differently  – there’s no-one who doesn’t recognize her, no-one who doesn’t turn to look at her. We managed to have a few words with her in the Rose Room of Castello di Sorci, reserved for a family dinner, where we’re welcomed with a smile. Her black, intense and bright eyes are the only jewels she wears. Her simplicity is surprising. Monica is spontaneous and direct, with no artifice about her. She gestures with her hands when talking – they are nice too!

Monica, you’re currently working in the Balkans on the second part of the film “Love and War” by Emir Kusturica. It’s a dark and violent film that’s made you ask yourself why you  always end up in such roles with directors who are intent on painful, film noirs. What’s it like working with an eclectic genius like Kusturica?

«The film’s a love story set in wartime, in the wilderness and is divided into three chapters. Emir also stars. For me it has been and still is  great experience for my acting career. He’s a complete artist; a director, writer, musician and producer, but most of all Kusturica is an amazing human being».

Why do you think Kusturica chose you for the role?

«I can’t answer that –  perhaps you should ask him!»

(As an aside, at the San Marino film festival Emir Kusturika recently spoke enthusiastically about Monica. «She’s an actress with great potential which hasn’t yet been tapped in her 51 roles to-date. I take away the icon’s mask and bring her down to earth. I make her an ordinary woman. In everyday life, she’s proving to be full of ability as a performer».)

You’ve played many different parts –  from ‘Malena’ by Tornatore, ‘Magdalene’ for Mel Gibson to a rape victim in ‘Irreversible’. Which director would you like to work with and what would be your dream role?

«Every movie experience has been very important for me, both for my personal and professional growth. To be honest, I hope that there’ll still be many more roles, in many more films and with many different directors. I wouldn’t want to exclude anything from a professional point of view».

You’ve worked with Francis Ford Coppola, Keanu Reeves, Bruce Willis, Gérard Depardieu, Robert De Niro and Alain Delon.  Who was the most charming?

«I choose a film based on the director and script and, as luck luck would have it, I’ve been able to work with talented actors. It’s difficult, however, to give an opinion, to mention one name rather than another. Instead I can say that each of them has taught me something different, every time was an experience».

Monica the mother and Monica the actress. How do you reconcile these two aspects of being a woman?

«Sometimes, unfortunately,   with great difficulty, like for all working women. Being with my daughters is wonderful».

What’s your relationship with them?

«I’m a very Mediterranean woman – my daughters are the centre of my life.».

Your roots are in Città di Castello, Umbria. Would you ever consider coming back to live here?

«What matters is not where you come back to, it’s where you come from and I come from here».

Next year Città di Castello is celebrating the centenary of the birth of Alberto Burri. What do you think of his art?

«What do I think? They say Umbria is a land of saints and madmen, but this also means great artists ….»

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