On the occasion of the release of Giuseppe Tornatore's Malena, which won an award at the romantic film festival in Cabourg, an illustrated portrait of the star actress Monica Bellucci, from her early days as a model to today.
The Italian actress Monica Bellucci, born in 1964, started in her youth as a model to pay for her law studies in Perugia.
It was only in 1992 she was revealed to the world in the role of a sensual vampire by Francis Ford Coppola (Dracula, 1992). While filming The Apartment, which earned her a César nomination, she met the actor Vincent Cassel whom she married and with whom she would film Dobermann, Irréversible and Agents Secrets.
Her international career (she appeared notably in The Matrix, The Passion of the Christ and The Brothers Grimm) didn't stop her from filming in Italy. Malèna de Giuseppe Tornatore (the author of Cinema Paradiso) offered her the lead role: a beautiful war widow who, in Sicily at the beginning of the 1940s, were subjected to the covetousness and pettiness of her entourage. The adolescent who fell in love with her offers her some unexpected help. Since then, Monica Bellucci has only filmed in Italy (Napoleon and I by Paolo Virzi and Manuale d'amore 2 by Giovanni Veronesi).