|Valeria Golino on the set of "Miele"|
Valeria Golino is one of Italy's most celebrated actresses, but she is no stranger to American cinema. Born in Naples in 1966, Golino is most recognized in the U.S. for her role in "Rain Man". She's was the girlfriend of Tom Cruise's character, Charlie. The role put her on the map as an international star and paved the way for her to appear in other American movies, but her humble beginnings have always kept her grounded.
The daughter of an Italian father and Greek mother, Golino spent most of her childhood and teenage years traveling between Naples, Rome and Athens. She had dreams of becoming a doctor but the constant moving between Athens, where she stayed with her mother, and Rome, where she stayed with her father made it difficult to focus on school. So, she began modeling and eventually left her studies after she landed her first role in a feature film. Golino then went on to make a name for herself in Hollywood and has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry including Sean Penn, Mike Figgis, Steve Buscemi and Peter Fonda not to mention Dustin Hoffman and Barry Levinson.
Golino has a unique way of portraying her characters as very down to earth people, perhaps because of her humble beginnings or the fact that she traveled so much between cultures as a child. She's indeed a great, classic Italian beauty, but her understanding of people and the human condition gives her insight into how her characters can be dignified and good-hearted while overcoming their own flaws and imperfections. It is exactly these qualities that made the transition from actress to director seem so smooth.
Jasmine Trinca is a Rome native, whose big break came when she was discovered during a casting call for Nanni Morretti's 2001 international tear-jerker, "La stanza del figlio" (The Son's Room), a thoughtful, dramatic film that explores how one family copes with the loss of a child. Profoundly sad at times, the story focuses on the positive side of grief; digging deep to find the ability to move on while remembering your loved one. Trinca was just a child when she appeared in this film, but her performance was strong as she shared scenes with cinema veterans, Laura Morante and Nanni Morretti. Her performance earned her the prestigious Guglielmo Biraghi prize as best new talent of the year.
|"La meglio gioventù|
In 2006, Trinca teamed up again with Nanni Morretti for "Il Caimano," a film in which Morretti embraces his passion for politics as he takes on the hot topic issues of former Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi. The story centers on a down-on-his-luck producer named Bruno Bonomo, who is brilliantly played by actor, Silvio Orlando. Bonomo is pitching a script to Italian television, which is based on the life and work of Berlusconi, played by Nanni Morretti himself. "Il Caimano" is almost like a documentary within a movie. With actual footage of Berlusconi, the film is a thought-provoking portrait of a businessman and politician whose well-earned controversy is still at the heart of heated debates all over the world. Trinca once again shared the set with veteran actors like Silvio Orlando, and managed to earn two nominations; a David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actress and a Golden Ciak award for Best Supporting Actress.
|"Un giorno deve andare"|
Jasmine Trinca and Valeria Golino have grown tremendously throughout their respective careers. They are true artists in every sense of the word. If you are able to attend the New York City screening of "Miele" and the discussion that will follow, you will not be disappointed.
The film is part of a new initiative, "Cinema Made In Italy," between Istituto Luce- Cinecittà, the Italian Trade Commission and Emerging Pictures that will provide distribution to five Italian films in the United States.
For information about tonight's screening and to buy tickets online, visit the Film Society of Lincoln Center at.. http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/honey-miele.