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PERSIAN BELLA RAGAZZA: Italian Rising Star Maya Sansa Set to Conquer European Cinema


Report from Europe by Darius KADIVAR




Maya Sansa was born in 1975 in Rome, to an Iranian and an Italian. She studied dramatic Arts in school and later English Literature and Art at Cambridge and for three years she attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Her early breakthrough performance came in 1999 in the role of Annetta, the innocent yet sensual nurse in Marco Bellochio’s LA BALIA.  Soon after, Sansa displayed her range by taking lead roles in such films as the taut criminal thriller LUPO MANNORO, the gonzo lesbian love story GASOLINE (BENZINA), and the dour romance NELLA TERRA DI NESSUNO.  Her busiest year came in 2003, when Sansa appeared in two films, THE BEST OF YOUTH (LA MEGLIO GIOVENTU) which won the 'Un Certain Regard Award' at Cannes and IL VESTITO DA SPOSA, before reuniting with Marco Bellochio for GOODMORNING, NIGHT. 



Maya Sansa a Rising Star in European Cinema ©



Since the release of GOODMORNING, NIGHT Sansa has gone on to make the period Love Story AN ITALIAN ROMANCE (L’AMORE RITOVATO) opposite Italian Star Stefano Accorsi (husband of French Top Model Laeticia Casta) for which she was awarded the Premi David di Donatello Award for Best Actress.



Italian Romance with Stephano Accorsi ©imdb


She also has just recently completed her starring role as Maria in her English language debut, THE LISTENING, playing alongside Michael Parks. Her French Film Debut 'Les Femmes de L'Ombre' is currently being shot in Paris opposite Sophie Marceau, Julie Depardieu, Marie Gillain and German rising Star Moritz Bleibtreu (who played Malik Shah in Kayvan Mashayekh's independant Epic The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam ).



Maya Sansa Bella Ragazza of Persian Heritage ©imdb



Maya Sansa is a breathtaking beauty and certainly a talented face to remember and follow in European Cinema.




Recommended Reading:

Iranian film director Parvin Ansary in Italian Cinema interviewed by Brian Appleton

Iranian Pioneers in French Cinema by Darius KADIVAR



About the Author:
Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian, and  Columnist for OCPC Magazine in LA and Paris.


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