|Carmen Maura at MAXXI, Rome|
Mario Sesti is well known to cinephiles in Rome as one of the regular presenters of the Rome Film Festival encounters with actors and directors. He typically encourages an informal approach in his interviews - relaxed conversation and anecdotes follow the presentation of film clips – a technique which works particularly well when faced with a warm and generous conversationalist like Carmen Maura. Utterly vivacious, and speaking in Italian, with only the occasional smattering of Spanish – there was an interpreter on stand-by who had very little to do for most of the afternoon – Carmen Maura was an absolutely delightful guest.
Most famous internationally for her collaborations with Pedro Almodóvar there were clips from a selection of their movies together including Law of Desire, which the actress said epitomised the very best of their working relationship and brought a lump to her throat as she watched the famous water hydrant scene, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which was, instead, an unhappy experience and marked the beginning of a professional estrangement which only ended with Volver (significantly meaning “return” in Spanish) almost twenty years later.
|Meeting Carmen Maura|
Watch some highlights from the Carmen Maura event at MAXXI below (or click here to watch on You Tube).