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“The thrill of becoming Raffaella Carrà”

A very special meeting for the best film conferences at Venice 79: Penelope Cruz he said a Zerocalcare and Best Picture Director Giorgio Viaro his feelings for the immensity, the new film by Emanuele Crialese. …

A very special meeting for the best film conferences at Venice 79: Penelope Cruz he said a Zerocalcare and Best Picture Director Giorgio Viaro his feelings for the immensity, the new film by Emanuele Crialese. The actress plays Clara, a Spanish mother who lives with her family in Rome in the 1970s. Clara, in crisis with her husband, devotes all her love to her three children and above all tries to understand Adriana, the eldest daughter, who twelve years old no longer recognizes her feminine identity and wants to be called Andrea.

Zerocalcare began by asking Penélope Cruz what it was like to bring a Spanish mother into a middle-class Italian family in the 1970s: “I think we’re very similar in a lot of things,” answered the actress. In those years, such a family in Madrid or Rome shared more similarities than differences. And then Clara, it’s several women in one, she represents many different aspects”.

In the film, notes Giorgio Viaro, Penélope confronts the great icons of Italian show business of those years as Patty Pravo and Raffaella Carrà: “For the character of Clara and Adriana, these figures almost become therapy”Comments Cruz. Television is a window to escape to another world where they can be more themselves, be more free than at home with a non-working family. For me and Emanuele, the figure of Raffaella Carrà was important: the moments in which she appears make the characters survive their reality. For the musical numbers they moved me more than the painful scenes”.

The last question concerns the work done with the director to find the truth of such a personal story: “Emanuele asked me a lot about my life when I was a child, we said a lot. And we spent a lot of time with the kids in the movie, they came to Spain to my place. It was not possible to go on set to shoot without building these relationships first over time”.

Here is the video of Zerocalcare’s interview with Penélope Cruz:

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