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Caterina Murino

Caterina MurinoCaterina Murino, born on September 15th, 1977, in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. In 1996 she placed fourth place in the Miss Italy contest.

Later she moved to Milan, where she began working as a model in commercials for MasterCard, Swatch, Mercedes-Benz and Nescafe, among other international brands.

From 1999-2000 she studied acting at the Scuola di Cinema e Teatro di Francesca de Sapio in Italy and in 1999 she made her acting debut in a stage production of "Richard III" and appeared in several Italian-language plays.

In 2002 she began her film and television career with bit parts in Italian, German and French productions, but her breakthrough came in 2004, when she co-starred opposite Jean Reno in

She is trilingual, speaking French, English and Italian. She is a versatile actress and a good athlete. Her talents include singing, dancing tango, flamenco and oriental dances, as well as horseback riding.

She co-starred as Solange, one of three Bond girls, opposite Daniel Craig in Casino Royale in 2006. She learned French in 4 months to play Jean Reno's sister in a French film.

Caterina MurinoI am ambitious - I can dress up for a premiere, get in a limousine and all that stuff - but it's not my life. My life is wearing jeans and tennis shoes and traveling on the metro. I have to do that because otherwise my acting is going to be false.

I have a dream of re-creating the fantastic family I grew up in with my brother and my parents. I am lucky that I have such a good image of family life - my father and mother are still in love, they are still happy together.

Modelling was not very satisfying for me. I came to London to be a model, but I fell in love with the theatre. I was eating yogurt every day so that I had the money to go to the theatre. I saw everything. It's still my dream to be on stage in London.

My favorite animal is the koala, but it seems that his life would be boring, so I would rather be a giraffe so that I could contemplate the beauty of Africa.

Back in Rome I did some acting lessons and I realized I loved it more than anything else I had ever done before.

I love all the shoe shops in Covent Garden. Laura Lee Jewelry on Monmouth Street for delicate gold jewelry. Every time I get a part in an English movie, I buy myself a piece of jewelry from there.

Caterina MurinoI don't go back home to Sardinia as much as I would like, just for Christmas and family events. My parents wanted me to be a doctor, and they weren't very happy at the idea of me choosing acting as a career.

Everyone in my family went to university - my older brother became a lawyer, but when they saw me for the first time at the theatre, they thought, "OK". They like it very much now.

She studied drama at the Scuola di Cinema e Teatro run by Francesca De Sapio, between 1999 and 2000. She then appeared in stage productions of Richard III and Italian-language plays.

She began her career in television in 2002, and then gained international fame after playing Solange Dimitrios in the 2006 adaptation of the James Bond novel Casino Royale.

She later made her breakthrough with the 2004 film The Corsican File. She went on to appear in the 2006 film Casino Royale and received a European Golden Globe at the 2008 Italian Golden Globe Awards.

In early 2011, she co-starred with Rufus Sewell in the short-lived BBC One TV series Zen. In 2011 she also appeared in Bob Sinclar's music video clip Far l'amore. She also starred the video clip of the famous party band The Gypsy Queens' "l'Italiano".

Caterina MurinoIn 2013, she starred as Penelope, Ulysses' wife for a TV production Odysseus.

Actress Caterina Murino was the godmother of the presentation event of the docu-film “Story of a Calabrian boy” - on the life of Enzo Mirigliani at the Rome International Film Festival.

She became a successful actress in Italy and abroad. Murino began her successful career at Miss Italy in 1997, when she ranked 4th.

"I remember Enzo Mirigliani who gave advice to the girls. He follows everything - he was a man of a thousand energies and had great vitality.", comments the actress.

"I am honored by this invitation. Unfortunately, over the years I have not been able to return to the beauty competition as a juror or a guest due to my commitments. I am therefore really happy that Patrizia has thought of me."

"I owe everything to Miss Italy, I often say this in interviews", adds the actress. She was chosen in 2006 to play the Bond girl Solange in the film“ Agent 007 - Casino Royale ”.

The screening of the docu-film took place at the Barberini Cinema in Rome, but prior to the screening, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, at least one hundred girls from the various decades of the Competition will parade on a red carpet in homage to Enzo Mirigliani - the patron who passed away a year ago.

Caterina Murino'Story of a Calabrian boy' is a new work that comes from an idea of Nicola Pisu Mirigliani, son of Patrizia and nephew of the patron, 24 years old and a great passion for cinema.

The direction is instead of Simone Di Maria, 28 years old. Starting from Mirigliani's birthplace in Santa Caterina dello Jonio, in Calabria, the group of young people led by them, retraced the stages, places, the people (childhood friends, family, women) he met during the 94 years of his life. The docu-film has the patronage of the Regional Council of Calabria.

The internationally renowned actress, who lives in Montmartre, speaks French perfectly and has kept a strong Italian accent, thick with charm. Since 2006, Caterina has been the Ambassador of AMREF Flying Doctors.

The Association for Medicine and Research in Africa is the first African public health NGO, helping more than 60 million Africans each year in 20 countries. It is with a manifest aura that she evokes this cause in which she is very involved.

As a Goodwill Ambassador, she has been to Kenya three times and once to Ethiopia. What moved her the most is the tremendous hope for life of Africans, they want to continue to smile and continue to fight against this difficult existence on a beautiful continent which is often hostile to children.

"AMREF works with the most isolated communities, women who go for treatment and HIV tests in hospitals. AMREF's prevention and information actions are essential; women are at the heart of the programs because they are at the center of the family in terms of health and education - the future of Africa is women."

Caterina Murino"During trips to the heart of the desert, I was able to witness the construction of dispensaries in small villages."

"There is also extensive teaching to improve hygienic conditions; for example, those little things that seem normal to us like not drinking the water intended for animals."

"I am the sponsor of the Stand Up for Africain Mothers campaign (Debout! Pour les mothers Africaines)."

AMREF plans to train 30,000 midwives in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and more particularly in South Sudan where maternal and infant mortality is still too high today.

We cannot accept that one in 16 women is at risk of dying during pregnancy or childbirth in Africa. One trained African midwife means 1,000 women are helped each year.

This is why I carried an international petition to influential personalities in order to find funds."

"I want to tell people not to help Africa only in an emergency, to provide continuous support with regular donations to give them a future, by allowing them to access health and education.

We have had this wonderful chance to be born there and wish to be able to make the most if it.

Caterina Murino"In the tour of “L’idea di ucciderti” I portrayed a magistrate, a woman betrayed by her husband and who betrays so that in herself she contains both good and evil. It is a show completely different from what you can see around as there is a truth that's never said.

"There are many judicial errors that have destroyed the life of a man and how the tragedy that we put on the stage could surely be avoided. All-round femicide is treated."

"There are monstrous men and they must be imprisoned forever, others who suffer from wickedness on the part of women, just as there are women who suffer these massacres."

"There is no single type. We must understand why a woman dies and I am absolutely not justifying the perpetrators. I am behind my show, supporting it, from which emerges another truth that I can’t reveal - it is necessary to see it to understand."

"Indeed, if the law is the same for all, we must not go to the prejudicial view that the woman is right and the man wrong. It is a human being against another human being."

"The pièce leads us to reflect on a dynamic - look at the trials that are brought before the judges, ascertain them, capitals with intelligence and not with idiocy. Whoever has committed the error will be punished."

When people ask me how has the way of approaching work changed? I don’t feel much changed. Unfortunately, in my career I have not yet done a project built completely by myself, but I have tried, but I have not succeeded yet."

"Caterina MurinoIn my opinion I don’t have the strength to defend a personal project and to take it from scratch to the final result on the screen or on the stage.

My dream is to give body to Eleonora d’Arborea, a Sardinian queen from the1300's."

"All the works that I realize derive from the proposals that I received, probably on the basis of what I have shown through interviews. The same way in which I recite suggests particular ideas to the directors for whom these causes are to be attached to me. Honestly, I’m very happy with the last roles that I have proposed, characterized by women."

"My first master in the field of cinema was Dino Risi, that taught me never to go and see myself on the screen after doing a scene because he was watching everything. He wanted that my nuances didn’t change or maybe they did not like me for pure egocentrism. The indication is that it continues to follow it for twenty years now."

"My errors or wrong choices maybe helped me because, at that time there was little work, they helped to create what I’m today. I feel very satisfied and I’m happy with how my career is going."

I like to talk more about experiences more than conquests. To date, the role for the series “Deep” for TIMvision will remain the most beautiful and complete that I have ever offered because I gave body to a woman very far from me."

Caterina Murino"Although I was born in Sardinia, I did not know how to swim so I was very surprised that they had proposed the role to me and I never thought I could play a sportswoman and specifically a freediving champion."

"Between physical and mental preparation and working specifically on the part, this character had taken me to a dimension that I did not know so much so that it took three and a half months to get out of this role - I discovered another Caterina."

"The turning point in the perception that others have had about me were “Casino Royale” in the Bond series - certainly a milestone internationally speaking; as for France I would say “L’Enquête corse” (with Christian Clavier and Jean Reno). With respect to Italian theater, I think that “L’idea di ucciderti” has made me known to the public in a different way."

Taking into account the co-productions with Netflix and Amazon, I believe that Italy is finally waking up from thier point of view. Without doubt in France there are protections of the artist that it is not the case in Italy. All foreign films screened in French cinemas support the same French cinema and the Italians should do it too.

In France, what was the perception of MeToo and of the whole movement that was created?

There was the famous letter that Catherine Deneuve signed. For me, the MeToo movement must be done for all those women who have never had a voice in the factory or in the office and finally something has been shaken worldwide - but in all fields, not just in the show.

I hope that in many offices and companies, women who have been abused by their boss will now have a say and power because the laws have changed and are continually changing.

Caterina MurinoWhat is the artistic responsibility that you feel about yourself?

"When I read the script by Giancarlo Marinelli, director and author of “L’idea di ucciderti”, with whom I had already done “Doppio sogno” - I replied: "they will slaughter us because we are the opposite".

And he countered me: "if you read more carefully you will understand that we are not at all the opposite".

"Then and there, I decided to get on the boat with him and to take a risk. Here I would like to bring on stage texts that lead the viewer to be another person when he leaves the theater."

"Everything has been done so, to tell something new, under another point of view, can be shocking but it moves you inside; you go out with tears and with your heart broken. When this happens, I believe we have done our job."

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Selected filmography

Murino in March 2010
Nowhere (2001)
L'Enquête Corse (2004)
L'Amour Aux Trousses (2004)
Eleonora d'Arborea (2005)
Les Bronzés 3 : Amis pour la vie (2006)
Vientos de agua (2006)
Casino Royale (2006)
St. Trinian's (2007)
Il seme della discordia (2008)
The Garden of Eden (2008)
Alibi e sospetti (2008)
XIII (2009)
Die (2010)
Zen (2011)
Odysseus (2013)
The Invincible Piglet (2015)
The Squad (2015)
Fever (2016)
We Are Family (2016)v Voice from the Stone (2017)
Se son rose (2018)


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