Two "Penelopi" for Crialese, Cruz and Penelope Nieto Conti from Viterbo - Tusciaweb.eu

Two “Penelopi” for Crialese, Cruz and Penelope Nieto Conti from Viterbo – Tusciaweb.eu

Venice Film Festival – On the red carpet with Maria Chiara Goretti also the 14-year-old actress at her first rehearsal in the film “The immensity”

by Silvana Cortignani

Venice – Penelope Nieto Conti with Maria Chiara Goretti at the cinema exhibition on September 4th


Venice – Two “Penelopi” on the red carpet of the Venice International Film Festival for the autobiographical film “L’immensione” by Emanuele Crialese.

They are the Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz and Penelope Nieto Conti from Viterbo at her first performance as an actress.

The Penelope of our house, Italian mother and Colombian father, 14 years to be completed in November, fresh from the eighth grade diploma and enrolled in the first year of the Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa linguistic high school in Montefiascone, complete with Maria Chiara Goretti and Elvira Ascenzi, the shortlist of the three baby actresses made in Tuscia who are part of the cast of the courageous film on gender identity by Crialese, in competition for the Golden Lion and out in cinemas on September 15, greeted by the public of the lagoon city with 12 minutes of applause.


Venice - The arrival of Penelope Cruz

Venice – The arrival of Penelope Cruz


Penelope Nieto Conti went to Venice with her first fan, mother Patrizia Conti, who with the constant encouragement of the Indian dance teacher Rosella Fanelli followed her daughter step by step in this beautiful adventure. Father Norbey José Nieto Mendez cheered from his home country.

An adventure that began by chance: “With an audition at the Viterbo equestrian center of Francesco Pennacchini – explains Patrizia – after which she worked hard, attending an acting course in Rome for six months, above all to develop the necessary complicity with the ‘actress and contemporary Luana Giuliani, who plays Adriana, Cruz’s eldest daughter, who feels she is a boy, with whom a special relationship develops in the film ”.


Venice - The arrival of Penelope Nieto Conti

Venice – The arrival of Penelope Nieto Conti


“It all started by chance in January 2021 when he participated in an audition that we practically knew nothing about. A group of girls and boys were doing street casting for Crialese’s new film – recalls Patrizia Conti – they immediately became very interested in my daughter, inviting us to do a second audition in Rome and then, later, do an audition with the director who would have given the ‘final verdict’ ”.

“Crialese – explains the mother – chose Penelope for the role of Sara … (let’s not reveal anything else) a small and poetic role … She worked for about six months with a coach together with the other children (Penelope Cruz’s children in the film), the coach is the actor Carlo Gallo, to then start shooting his scenes in the autumn of 2021 ”.

“Penelope studied hard to live up to her role, but she gladly did it. She likes to study, even at school. She graduated this year and in a few days she will start high school, at the linguistic high school in Montefiascone, even though she is from Viterbo ”.


Venice - Penelope Nieto Conti with her mother Patrizia Conti

Venice – Penelope Nieto Conti with her mother Patrizia Conti


Enthusiastic about his pupil Rosella Fanelli, who on Facebook on September 4th published a post full of affection and emotion: “We have waited a long time for this day dear Penny… (Penelope Nieto Conti)
I saw you grow up, dance Kathak with an extraordinary talent ”.

“Your black eyes will shine tonight in Venice for the 79th film festival, who knows what emotion during the screening of ‘The immensity’, a film by Emanuele Crialese, in which you played a story full of emotion and authentic feelings of adolescence. I will be there with my heart with you and Patrizia Conti, your very special mom. Good luck. And enjoy this experience ”.

It was Rosella Fanelli who acted as a “hook” between mother Patrizia and the editorial staff of Tusciaweb. “She is very reserved, but I believe that good news like this, which does credit to Penelope and to all of our territory, deserves to be disclosed”, he explains, underlining the curious coincidence of the similarity with the actress Penelope Cruz, of whom she does not play. but the daughter, but the daughter’s friend.


Venice - The arrival of Penelope Nieto Conti

Venice – The arrival of Penelope Nieto Conti


Emanuele Crialese in Venice came out: “I was born a woman. I just chose whether to live or die ”. The story of Adriana, the protagonist of “The Immensity”, is that of her childhood. “I am what I am, isn’t that enough? The country changes and we are afraid of it. To be a man on the documents I had to leave a piece of my body as a pledge to the company ”.

Adriana, together with her mother Penelope Cruz, faces “the immensity”, that of the awareness that arrived all too soon and the request for freedom from a world, that of Italy in the 70s, which is not ready to support it.


Venice - The arrival of Penelope Cruz

Venice – The arrival of Penelope Cruz

September 7, 2022


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