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Bruni's sister only woman director

Published 21/05/2013

Director Paolo Sorrentino, left, and actress Sabrina Ferilli arrive for the screening of The Great Beauty at the Cannes film festival (AP)
Director Paolo Sorrentino, left, and actress Sabrina Ferilli arrive for the screening of The Great Beauty at the Cannes film festival (AP)

Carla Bruni's sister Valeria Bruni Tedeschi is the only woman among the 20 directors competing for Cannes' Palme d'Or this year.

Her film A Castle In Italy focuses on a Franco-Italian clan facing the loss of its crumbling mansion, its art treasures and possibly its future.

Valeria, who stars and co-wrote the script, incorporated many elements of her own family's life into the story, including her brother's Aids-related death. She cast her mother, Marisa Borini, as the mother of her character, Louise, and her ex-partner Louis Garrel as Louise's younger lover.

The director said using her own life and family members in her work was natural. She said: "For me, work is a form of therapy. It helps me sleep better at night. I think work protects us from what might be a psychodrama."

Marisa said being directed by her daughter was no different to working with any other film-maker. She said; "I viewed it as work. When Valeria said to me cry, I cried. When she said laugh, I laughed. Dance, I danced."

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