Laura Morante opens our new season!

The first thing you notice about Laura Morante, born in Tuscany August 21, 1956, are her eyes, elegant and restless, a trait that has helped establish her as one of the most relevant actresses in Italian cinema. Laura will be with us, Thursday, September 8 at the Regent Street Cinema to the new season of CinemaItaliaUK .

On this occasion, she will present his second work as a director, Assolo (Solo), a funny comedy about the uncertainties of a middle-aged woman, with a stellar cast which includes, among others,Piera Degli Esposti (nominated for the David di Donatello and the Nastro d ‘Argento for best Supporting actress ), Carolina Crescentini , Marco Giallini and Francesco Pannofino.

After the theatrical experiences with Carmelo Bene and film debut in Oggetti Smarriti ( 1980) by Giuseppe Bertolucci, Morante receives her “consecration” in 1981, with the role of the mysterious Laura in La Tragedia di un Uomo Ridicolo by Bernardo Bertolucci and her meeting with Nanni Moretti that will launch a lasting  artistic collaboration, starting with Sogni D’oro followed by Bianca (1983 ), and culminating in 2001 with La Stanza del Figlio (2001 ) that will win Laura a David di Donatello.

assolo-23Laura’s career has been mostly marked by amazing dramatic roles, such as Sibilla Aleramo in Un giorno chiamato amore (2002) or the courageous journalist Tina Merlin in Vajont (2001) or Adriana Paleari it Le Due Vite di Mattia Pascal (1985) alongside Marcello Mastroianni and the brief role of Lady Montague in Romeo & Juliet (2013), written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.

However Morante has been able to show a remarkable comic talent, often playing on the stereotypes she’s been stuck with, like the frustrated Giulia Ristuccia in Ricordati di me (2003) or Carla in Se dio Vuole (2015).

Paolo Virzi and Carlo Verdone also gave her two more roles splendidly self-deprecating roles, respectively in Ferie d’agosto (1996) and L’amore é eterno finché dura (2004, Nastro D’Argento for Best Actress).

Her long stay in France has enabled Laura to build an international career outiside Italy (we remember, for example Cuori and Le avventure galanti del giovane Molière ).
And it is on French soil that Laura made her  her debut as a director, with the sophisticated comedy Ciliegine (2012 ) for which she was nominated for a David di Donatello for best New Director .

And finally we want to remember some of her most peculiar roles, like the eccentric criminal in  Coppia Omicida ( 1998) and landing her voice to Helen Parr / Elastigirl, superhero and mother, in the Italian version of The Incredibles (2004 ).

by Lorenzo Tamburini