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2015 Programme

Event #4

Anna Bonaiuto

Anna Bonaiuto reads Elena Ferrante

Exclusively for Festival della Mente, and for the first time before an audience, Anna Bonaiuto reads L’amica geniale, the first volume of the four-book series by Elena Ferrante, finally giving a “voice” to the writer that everybody loves but no one knows. The expressive intensity of an artistic reading will lead us into the magical world created by Ferrante, from 50's-era Naples to the present – a tale of women shaped by the reality surrounding them, more often still by men, yet always lively and full of passion. Balancing unresolved rivalry with a deep understanding of each other, the novel's two protagonists, Lila and Elena, in their teenage years, come alive through the words of one of Italy's most poignant actresses.


Anna Bonaiuto
Anna Bonaiuto

is originally from Naples and a graduate of the Accademia d’Arte Drammatica. She has worked with the most illustrious theatre directors, such as Luca Ronconi, Toni Servillo and Carlo Cecchi. In 1995 she starred in the film L’amore molesto, directed by Mario Mortone and adapted from the novel by the same name written by Elena Ferrante – a role for which she won the Nastro d’Argento and the David di Donatello. The films she has appeared in include Il Caimano by Nanni Moretti (2006), Mio fratello è figlio unico by Daniele Lucchetti, Il Divo by Paolo Sorrentino (2008). Published in audiobook format by Emons edizioni (2015), L’amica geniale is the first of the four-book-series by Elena Ferrante, which includes three other novels, also read by Anna Bonaiuto: Storia del nuovo cognome, Storia di chi fugge e di chi resta, Storia della bambina perduta.

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