Florinda Bolkan

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Florinda Bolkan
BornFlorinda Soares Bulcão
(1941-02-15) February 15, 1941 (age 73)
Uruburetama, Brazil
OccupationActress
Years active1968–present
 
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Florinda Bolkan
BornFlorinda Soares Bulcão
(1941-02-15) February 15, 1941 (age 73)
Uruburetama, Brazil
OccupationActress
Years active1968–present

Florinda Bolkan (born Florinda Soares Bulcão; 15 February 1941) is a Brazilian actress.[1]

Biography[edit]

She was born in Uruburetama and lived in Fortaleza and Rio de Janeiro until she moved to Italy. A former flight inspector for Brazilian international carrier Varig, she became fluent in English, Italian and French. Bulcão moved to Italy in 1968 after being discovered by the film director Luchino Visconti. She changed her name to Florinda Bolkan because she thought it would be more comfortable for international audiences.[citation needed]

Bolkan acted with the Beatle Ringo Starr in her first film, Candy. She worked in more than forty films, mainly in Italy. She was directed by Vittorio de Sica in Una Breve Vacanza.[2] Under Elio Petri's direction, she made Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion. Enrico Maria Salerno directed her in Anonimo Veneziano. She worked with Jean-Louis Trintignant, John Cassavetes, and Annie Girardot.

Like Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale and Monica Vitti, she also won the David di Donatello award three times, the Italian equivalent of the Academy Award in Hollywood. When De Sica cast her in Una Breve Vacanza, the film that introduced her to North America, he said: "I chose you because your eyes have known hunger." She replied: "Those born in Ceará bring within themselves a strong and hard share of the real thing."[citation needed]

For 20 years, Bolkan was the life partner of Countess Marina Cicogna,[3] producer of Una Breve Vacanza.[1]. In 2000, Bolkan debuted as director in the Brazilian film Eu Não Conhecia Tururu. Besides directing, she also plays a major character in the film.[4] She continues to act in European films, mostly Italian films.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

TitleYearRoleNotes
Candy
1968
Lolita
Una ragazza piuttosto complicata
1969
GretaInternational title: "A Complicated Girl"
David di Donatello Award for Best Performance
Gli intoccabiliJoni AmadoInternational title: "Machine Gun McCain"
Metti, una sera a cenaNinaDavid di Donatello Award for Best Performance
Le voleur de crimesFlorindaInternational title: "Crime Thief"
Un detectiveVera FontanaInternational title: "Detective Belli"
La caduta degli dei (Götterdämmerung)OlgaInternational title: "The Damned"
Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto
1970
Augusta TerziInternational title: "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion"
E venne il giorno dei limoni neriRossana Sciortino
Anonimo venezianoValeriaInternational title: "The Anonymous Venetian"
David di Donatello Award for Best Actress
Una stagione all'infernoGennet
The Last Valley
1971
Erica
Una lucertola con la pelle di donnaCarol HammondInternational title: "A Lizard in a Woman's Skin"
Incontro
Le droit d'aimer
1972
Helena
Non si sevizia un paperinoMaciaraInternational title: "Don't Torture a Duckling"
Un uomo da rispettareAnnaInternational title: "The Master Touch"
Cari genitori
1973
Giulia BonanniInternational title: "Dear Parents"
David di Donatello Award for Best Actress
Una breve vacanzaCarla MataroInternational title: "A Brief Vacation"
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Awards (2nd Place)
Le mouton enragé
1974
Flora Danieli
Flavia, la monaca musulmanaFlavia GaetaniInternational title: "Flavia the Heretic"
Le orme
1975
Alice CespiInternational title: "Footprints on the Moon"
Royal FlashLola Montez
Sarajevski atentatSophieInternational title: "The Day That Shook the World"
Il comune senso del pudore
1976
Loredana Davoli
La settima donna
1978
Sister CristinaInternational title: "The Last House on the Beach"
Manaos
1979
Manuela Aranda
Habibi, amor mío
1981
Acqua e sapone
1983
Wilma WalshInternational title: "Soap and Water"
Legati da tenera amiciziaAdelaide
La gabbia
1985
HélèneInternational title: "The Trap"
Some Girls
1988
Mrs. D'Arc
Prisoner of RioStella
Portaritratto per signora
1989
Miliardi
1991
MargheritaInternational title: "Millions"
Delitto passionale
1994
Julia Yancheva
L'ombre du pharaon
1995
Bela Donna
1998
Mãe Ana
Eu Não Conhecia Tururu
2000
EleonoraInternational title: "I Didn't Know Tururu"
Also writer, producer & director
Nominated - Golden Kikito Award for Best Film
Cattive inclinazioni
2003
Mirta ValentiInternational title: "Bad Inclination"

Television[edit]

TitleYearRoleNotes
Tod im November
1978
WalpurgaTelevision film
International title: "The Devil's Bed"
The WordAngela MontiMini-series
La piovra
1984
Olga CamastraMini-series; 6 episodes
International title: "The Octopus"
Affari di famiglia
1986
Lina BenettiTelevision film
La piovra 2Olga CamastraMini-series; 6 episodes
International title: "The Octopus 2"
A Rainha da Vida
1987
Antônia Fidalgo / Jurema MatosTelevision film
La trappola
1989
Television film
Mademoiselle Ardel
1990
Bianca di FalcoTelevision film
Missione d'amore
1992
HelenaTelevision film
Cherchez la femme
1993
Giovanna BellocchiTelevision film
La voyageuse du soirLa baronneTelevision film
La piovra 7
1995
Olga CamastraMini-series
International title: "The Octopus 7"
L'ombra abitataMme LabronskyTelevision film
International title: "Shadow of a Kiss"
Alice auf der Flucht
1998
Elisabetta ManciniMini-series
Ombre
1999
KalantanTelevision film
Un bacio nel buio
2000
AldinaTelevision film
Incantesimo 5
2002
Corinne GrassoTelevision series
La notte breve
2005
MagistratoTelevision film

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearCeremonyAward / CategoryNominated workResult
1969David di Donatello AwardsDavid di Donatello Award for Best Performance
Metti, una sera a cena
Won
Una ragazza piuttosto complicata
Won
1971David di Donatello Award for Best Actress
Anonimo veneziano
Won
1973
Cari genitori
Won
1975New York Film Critics Circle AwardsNew York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Una breve vacanza
2nd Place
Los Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsLos Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best ActressWon
2000Gramado Film FestivalGolden Kikito Award for Best Film
Eu Não Conhecia Tururu
Nominated
2002Roseto First Work FestivalCareer RoseN/AWon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography for Florinda Bolkan, IMDb.com; retrieved 2 December 2011.
  2. ^ Movie Review Una Breve Vacanza (1973) New York Times, 1975-02-10.
  3. ^ Obituary for Countess Marina Cicogna; 31 October 2013; accessed 11 June 2014.
  4. ^ Araújo, Luís Edmundo. "Florinda filma o Ceará" (in Portuguese). Isto É Gente. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 

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