|OTTO E MEZZO is the purest expression of love for the cinema that I know of. |
- Martin Scorsese
Considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, Federico Fellini’s 1963 classic Otto e Mezzo stars Marcello Mastroianni as Guido Anselmo, a film director creatively blocked from starting his next film, lost in series of dreams and fantasies from his childhood. The Durres Summerfest is deeply honored to welcome special guest Claudia Cardinale who plays the radiant, authentic muse that just might be Guido’s salvation. Martin Scorsese says “We all have a film that was a turning point, a personal touchstone. I suppose that Fellini’s Otto e Mezzo was mine. Fellini reinvented himself with this film and, in doing so, reinvented all that we knew as cinema. Otto e Mezzo showed us what it means to be an artist.”
Claudia Cardinale is one of the most successful and well-known European film actresses. After her film debut at the age of seventeen, the Tunisian-born actress achieved Italian and then international success. She has acted in over 100 films and has worked with some of the most renowned motion picture directors including Sergio Leone (Once Upon A Time in the West, 1968), Luchino Visconti (The Leopard, 1963) and Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, 1982). For all her career achievements, Claudia Cardinale was awarded the at the 1999 Venice Film Festival and the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival.