Barbara Ronchi, godmother of the “Spring of Italian Cinema”, expected in Cosenza


By John

“La Primavera del Cinema Italiano – Premio Federico II” is underway, the Calabrian festival that stands out for its originality in the national field and its unmistakable logo, the tennis shoes.
Godmother of the festival, which will be held in Cosenza from today to September 23rd, Barbara Ronchi, winner of the 2023 Nastro d’Argento award as best leading actress for her latest film, “Rapito” by Marco Bellocchio, and of the 2023 David di Donatello as best leading actress for her performance in “September”, directed by Giulia Steigerwalt. Forbes just listed her among the 100 successful women of 2023.

On Monday 18 September, at 8.00 pm, “Rapito” by Marco Bellocchio will be presented at the Cinema San Nicola in Cosenza. A film that received 13 minutes of open applause on its debut at Cannes; it won at the 2023 Nastri d’argento as best film and best director. In Kidnapped, based on a true story, Barbara Ronchi plays Marianna Mortara, mother of Edgardo, the Jewish child who in 1858 was taken from his family to be raised as a Catholic under the custody of Pope Pius IX, sparking an international case.

The event, supported by the Calabria Film Commission as part of the “Bella come il Cinema” project, was conceived by the president of Anec Calabria Giuseppe Citrigno and the artistic director Massimo Galimberti.

Barbara Ronchi and Fortunato Cerlino are among the first stars of Italian cinema who will walk the red carpet during the nine days of the festival. Among the guests there will also be Matteo Garrone, Edoardo Leo, Lodo Guenzi, Francesco Di Leva, Giulia Andò, Roberto Andò, Alessandro Grande, Pupi Avati, Mario Martone, Vincenzo Pirrotta, Riccardo Milani.
The actor Fortunato Cerlino will take the stage at the Cinema Citrigno on Sunday 17 September, at 8.00 pm. He was the television face of Don Pietro Savastano in the Sky event series “Gomorrah”, and in the fiction “Maria Corleone”, broadcast these days on Canale 5, he plays the role of Don Luciano Corleone.

A few days after the closing of the Venice Film Festival he arrives in the city of Bruzi to present “Una Commedia Pericolosa”, where he plays the role of police commissioner Laneve. She will have to deal with Maurizio Fattardi, security manager with the myth of James Bond and the dream of becoming a secret agent. Enrico Brignano will play this role (he will not be present in the room due to television commitments). It is a “mystery” comedy with unpredictable implications, directed by Alessandro Pondi, which embodies nuances from different film genres.

“This festival – one of the few that takes place inside cinemas – returns at the right time, arriving in a phase of resumption of cinema after a long period of stoppage due to the pandemic. The public wants to fill the theaters – declared the patron of the event, Giuseppe Citrigno – but we must offer quality services and cinematographic products”.