She was Beniamina in the 2009 The Man That Will Come, and Annalisa in Nanni Moretti’s 2008 Quiet Chaos. She won a best actress David di Donatello award for her role as Giovanna Casali in the 2008 Giovanna’s Father and a best supporting actress in 2007 as Alice in Silvio Soldini’s Days and Clouds. She was nominated for best actress for her role in the 2010 The Solitude of Prime Numbers and right now she’s making a German language movie called Bliss – does this woman ever take a vacation?
I like her because she’s different – literally. She’s different from most other Italian actresses and she’s different in every role she takes. Whether she’s playing a steamy home wrecker in “Come Undone“, luring Pierfrancesco Favino away from his wife or a rich lesbian in I am Love, she’s doing it with subtlety and quiet authenticity. As much as I love Italian actresses (and you know that I do) Alba’s lack of histrionics is refreshing.
The daughter of a German beekeeper father and an Italian mother, she grew up in the country in Umbria and was studying medicine in Florence when she blew off a big exam to perform in a play – she says that night changed her life.
The Berlinale called her a shooting star (The Berlin Film Festival yearly names best young actors in Europe) in 2009 and she certainly does seem to be on a certain upward projectile.