Rising star of Italian cinema Matilde Maggio is in Australia to launch this year’s Italian Film Festival. Her latest movie Martino’s Summer is a coming of age drama set in Bologna. She tells World Movies what she loves about summer, why her favourite film is the Peter Pan classic Hook, and how it feels to win at Cannes.
What is your favourite film and why?
My favorite film is Hook, directed by Steven Spielberg. He is absolutely my favourite director. He is a genius! It had the added bonus of starring Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman and one of my favourite actresses, Julia Roberts. I also loved Hook’s score, which was written by John Williams. There was great harmony between the music and the images.
What’s the best thing about Summer in Italy?
Italian summers are just wonderful and the best thing is the warm light that continues until late in the evening – and the emotion you feel when you look at the sunset on the sea with its many wonderful colours. Then there are the evenings on the beach where you can look at the stars and dream with your eyes open. But the thing that I love most of all about summers in Italy is watermelon!
What is the highlight of your career to date?
The highlight of my career was when I went to Cannes Film Festival in 2008 for [the film] Diari, directed by Attilio Azzola. This was my first movie, so I was a little bit worried, but when it was awarded the Grand Prix Ecrans Junior I was very happy. [E]veryone involved with the project, including myself, worked extremely hard to shoot a good film, plus the story is very touching, so I was extremely proud.
The Italian Film Festival is running from 14 Sep to 26 Oct and tours to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Find out more here.