In Caos Calmo poor little Claudia (Blu Yoshimi) lost her Mom and then COULDN’T lose her dad. Played by Nanni Moretti, 11-year-old Claudia’s father became obsessed with sitting outside her classroom window after his wife died, conducting business meetings on park benches.
Blu, all grown up and still an actress, was on hand for the Venice Film Festival premiere of Piuma (Feather), directed by Roan Johnson. In it she plays a pregnant teenager who has to decide about her future.
Director Silvio Soldini discovered his adorable “Nic”, Rosalba’s son (Tiziano Cucchiarelli) as a regular kid in Pescara with no acting experience, and Tiziano still lives in Pescara. Here he is with his beautiful daughter.
What about little Totò, the main character in Cinema Paradiso? Salvatore “Totò” Cascio was just eight years old when he starred in Giuseppe Tornatore’s beloved film. Now 34, he is still living in his hometown of Palazzo Adriano in Sicily, close to where the film was shot, where he opened and runs two supermarkets, as well as a restaurant and B&B named L’Oscar dei Sapori.
Here’s a fun fact: Giorgio Cantarini has only starred in 2 movies in his life but in both, his on-screen father won an Oscar for best actor! Roberto Benigni won for La Vita È Bella (Life Is Beautiful), and Russell Crowe won for Gladiator. He must be some kind of lucky charm! He’s 25 now, and hopes to be a screen-writer.
Jasmine Trinca played the grieving sister Irene in Nanni Moretti’s La Stanza Del Figlio (The Son’s Room), and continued on to a spectacular career in acting, most recently winning Best Actress at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for Sergio Castellito’s Fortunata.