The Italian Almanac

Claudia Cardinale

Italian News - November 4

Italian movie legend Claudia Cardinale has called on film directors to do their bit to bring about world peace. "The art of cinematography should be used to promote intercultural respect and cooperation, to revive a sense of responsibility and defend notions that are indispensable to peace," Cardinale said.

The 68-year-old actress was speaking at the presentation of the Med Film Fest, which kicks off Sunday in Rome. Cardinale, who has appeared in more than 150 films and worked with some of the greatest directors and film stars of the 20th century, is the honorary chair of the 12th edition of the festival.

Cardinale starred in memorable films like Luchino Visconti's Il Gattopardo (The Leopard), Federico Fellini's Otto e Mezzo (8 1/2) and Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West. She was born in Tunisia in 1938 to parents of Sicilian origin and was discovered by Hollywood idol Omar Sharif while he was in Tunis shooting a film. Cardinale moved to Italy in 1958 and currently lives in Paris.

The Med Film Fest aims to contribute to peace by using cinema as an opportunity for dialogue between the different peoples of the Mediterranean. This year 225 feature films, shorts and documentaries from 40 countries will be screened at the event, which winds up with the awarding of the main Amore e Psiche (Love and Psyche) prize on November 19.