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Giovanna Mezzogiorno (born November 9, 1974) is an Italianmarker theater and film actress.

Mezzogiorno was born in Romemarker, the daughter of actors Vittorio Mezzogiorno and Cecilia Sacchi. After her studies in actor practice, she worked for two years in Parismarker in Peter Brook's theater laboratory. Her career began in 1995, in Brook's Qui est là, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, as Ofelia.

In 1997, she made her debut in the cinema world, in the Sergio Rubini's film Il viaggio della sposa, winning the Premio Flaiano as best female interpreter. After Michele Placido's Del perduto amor, in 2000 and 2001 she worked for international productions alongside with John Malkovich and Gerard Depardieu, but her fame increased greatly after her part in the lucky L'ultimo bacio by Gabriele Muccino. In the latter she acted alongside Stefano Accorsi, who was to be her companion for a long period.

In 2002, in the movie Il più crudele dei giorni, she portrayed the Italian journalist Ilaria Alpi, who had been killed in Somaliamarker in mysterious circumstances. Her role gained her a Silver Ribbon. Other numerous awards were given to her for Ferzan Ozpetek's La finestra di fronte and Cristina Comencini's La Bestia nel Cuore / The Beast in the Heart (2005), which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2006 Oscars. Mezzogiorno, alongside Spanish actor Javier Bardem and American actor Benjamin Bratt, appeared in Mike Newell's film adaptation of Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez.



  1. Facing Windows - Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Massimo Girotti, Raoul Bova, Filippo Nigro, Serra Yilmaz, Massimo Poggio, Ivan Bacchi
  2. - Movies - Cholera's European fever

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