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Monica Barladeanu in Venice Festival selection

The Romanian actress is one of the stars of the Italian production “Maternity Blues”, directed by Fabrizio Cat­tani, a drama which tells the tales of four women who killed their babies. The film was selected in the “Controcampo italiano” competition of the Venice Film Festival, Mediafax informs.

The film is based on Grazia Verasani’s book, “From Medea”. “This is a moving story. We’ve got four women who received final and irrevocable sentences, they were declared unstable. This is the reason why they were committed to the psychiatric ward of a prison. They were charged with infanticide and they were declared not quite sane,” Monica Barladeanu stated, for Mediafax. The film will be launched both in Italy and Romania, most likely this year, but a final date for the launch is yet to be set. Monica Barladeanu is a top model and actress and her career included parts in international productions, such as the popular American series “Lost” or the comedy “Buds for Life”, and performances in Romanian films, such as “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu”, directed by Cristi Puiu. Monica Barladeanu also played the title role in “Francesca”, Bobby Paunescu’s debut as a director, which premiered in the Orizzonti competition of the 2009 Venice Film Festival. The actress also appeared in “Vallan­zasca – Gli angeli del male”, directed by Michele Placido, which premiered last year, again in Venice. She is now filming “Diaz”, directed by Daniele Vicari, and, starting late October, she will be involved in the “Itkar” project, also signed by Michele Placidi.

The 68th edition of the Venice International Film Festival takes place between August 31 and September 10.

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