A Cardinal Woman

A short poetical portrait of Claudia Cardinale.

Like a tightrope walker, the director wanders on the fine line which unites two sides of Claudia : the elderly woman she is today and the forever young cinema icon. He accompanies Claudia in a ballet between past memories and the present day, by creating around her the crazy, circus-like liveliness of a film set.

  • Manuel Maria Perrone
  • Claudia Squitieri
  • Claudia Cardinale
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    9 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 EUR
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  • MoMA
    New York
    United States
    February 2, 2023
    North American Premiere
    Opening Retrospective about Claudia Cardinale
Director Biography - Manuel Maria Perrone

Born and raised in Ticino, Manuel Maria Perrone works between France, Italy and Switzerland. He began his training through theatre, where he began his career on the street, with performances in Mexico, Argentina where he lived for 5 years, exploring the world of masks and objects. In 2005, he participated in Buenos Aires in the creation of the Internacional Errori- sta, a political performance project presented in biennials and museums. Also in those years, he began working as an assistant director, training in dramaturgy and then coming to cinema by chance. In Marsi- glia, he refined his cinematic research, while maintaining his theatrical imprint, immersing himself in new contexts, collaborating with Emmaüs and Médecins du Monde. He founded the independent production and distribution company Agence de l'Erreur, through which he produces and directs several short films and various shows on the borderline between cinema, theatre and installation. His short films have been distributed and won prizes at numerous festivals. In 2012 he was selected for the G.R.E.C. writing residency, and in 2015 he took part in the Locarno Festival's Filmaker Academy. In 2017, he participated in the Beirut Factory together with Shirin Abu Shaqra with whom he co-directed the film Hotel Al Naim, which opened in 2018 at the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.To date, he works as a playwright and director for Rete Due of the Radio della Svizzera italiana. He writes for various magazines and works on texts for various composers. He is also working on his first novel Zechi-boy. At the invitation of the Claudia Cardinale Foundation, she directed the film Un Cardinale Donna, a short film opening the retrospective dedicated to the actress at the MoMA in New York in February 2023.

Filmography :
2023 - A Cardinal Woman, fiction, 10', France
MoMA New York

2020 - Amen, fiction 8', Switzerland
Lockdown Collection Swiss Filmmakers

2020 - Sonè by Daniel Kemeny, co-director documentary, Cineddoké 75', Switzerland
Premiere at Visions du Réel - Special Mention Solothurn 2021

2018 - Hotel el Naim, co-directed with Shirin Abou Shaqra, fiction 15', Switzerland
Directors' Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival 2018

2018 - Lamur, co-directed with Iacopo Fulgi, video-inquiry, 50'

2015 - Golconda, fiction 7', Agence de l'Erreur, France

2012 - Adios Muchacha, fiction 8' Acis Productions, France
Prix de la région Paca

2012 - Rêves d'occasion, fiction 35' , Acis Production, France
2011 - Santex, fiction 7' , Acis Productions , France
2011 - El Habito, docu-drama 52' , Argentina
2004 - Au nom du pain, documentary 12', Musée d'ethnologie de Neu- châtel, Switzerland

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