Isabella Rossellini, 70 years of film, sheep and chickens

Birthday eve at the festival Tribeca for Isabella Rossellini who turns 70 on Saturday 18 June. As part of the New York exhibition founded 20 years ago (among others) by Robert De Nirothere was the first North American of The land of dreamsthe film by Shirin Neshat And Shoja Azari (screened yesterday and presented at the 78th Venice Film Festival in 2021) in which Rossellini reads next to Sheila Vand And Matt Dillonin the role of a woman who scoffs at the Mexican waitress because “she left her dreams beyond the Rio Grande”.

Daughter of two myths of world cinema, Roberto Rossellini And Ingrid Bergmanherself a beauty myth: seven years ago Lancome he hired it for the second time after putting it, without ceremony, at the door twenty years earlier because “too old for women to dream that they will remain young forever”.

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Born in Rome in the years of her parents’ “scandal”, she has a twin sister, Isolde literary and academic criticism. For Isabella cinema has been the family business from the very beginning. He made his debut alongside his mother in 1976 with Ninathe latest film by Charles Boyer and the last one directed by Vincente Minnellithen in 1979, the year of the marriage with Martin Scorseseappears ne The lawn of the Taviani brothers.

The union with the director, already on the third “yes”, lasts less than three years: “He was jealous, I had made a cover of Vogue and he threatened not to go out for a month: he didn’t want to see other men at the newsstand who admired me “, he confided in an interview with his neighbor Charlie Rose who looked for her on the eve of her birthday.

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Isabella divorces from Martin when she gets pregnant with Jonathan Wiedemanna model of Bruce Weber, who marries immediately afterwards, but even that union does not stand up to the crisis of the third year. In 1986 he enters his life David Lynch who chooses it for Blue velvetthe neo-noir thriller that made her famous and after Lynchin the nineties, it is the turn of Gary Oldman in a dark moment for the actor who fought against the demons of alcoholism.

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Publicly single for 25 years (but had a boyfriend in the months of the Covid lockdown), Rossellini continues to act even if the parts are no longer the protagonist: “It’s difficult for a 70-year-old woman,” she said a few months ago while presenting to the Cineteca of Bologna Francis jester of God of the father.

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In February he was on the set of The Chimerathe latest film by Alice Rohrwacher on grave robbers in Maremma, while in March on Hbo he’s out Julia in which he has the part of Simkathe friend who teaches cooking at the iconic telechef Julia Childs.

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In parallel there is a second career: mother of two children and grandmother of two grandchildren, for some years Isabella has been a “farmer” on the estate Mama Farm15 hectares a Long Islandwhere among “adopted” hens and dogs it has also reinvented itself in the hospitality sector with a bed and breakfast inspired by its three cultures: American farm, Italian country house, Swedish contemporary.

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Mama Farm is dedicated to organic farming and Isabella raises 150 chickens (they have names like Andy Warhol And Amelia Earhart and I’m the subject of his latest book, My chicken and I) and sheep “baptized” with the names of female artists such as (Frida) Kahlo(Georgia) O’Keefe and even (Greta) Grace.

Nature, however, is not a hobby: the star and director of shorts Green porn on the sex life of insects he obtained a master’s degree in ethology atHunter College which, among other things, served her for Link link circusdirected by Guido Torloniahalf show and half conference together with the trained dog Paninspired by his admiration for the animal world.

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