Valeria Solarino is La signorina Effe
by Angelica Tosoni
11/05/2007 - As of Monday, May 7, Roma and Turin have been hosting the sets of Signorina Effe (working title), directed by Wilma Labate, who co-wrote the screenplay with Francesca Marciano, Domenico Starnone and Carla Vangelista.
Produced by Bianca Film and RAI Cinema, the iflm stars Valeria Solarino, a young actress of Venezuelan origin who in 2003 was discovered by Mimmo Calopresti for a small role in his Happiness Costs Nothing and in 2004 landed the female lead in Alessandro D'Alatri’s The Fever [trailer].
Solarino is flanked by Filippo Timi, who recently proved his talent in Saverio Costanzo’s second feature In Memory of Myself [trailer], Sabrina Impacciatore, Fausto Paravidino, Giorgio Colangeli and Fabrizio Gifuni.
The film centres on Emma Martano, who is born to a family from southern Italy and emigrates to Turin. Emma is close to graduating in mathematics and works for FIAT. Wanting to escape her origins and rise above her social class, she decides to marry Silvio, an older manager at the car company, a widow with a daughter. Everything seems to be going as planned until in September 1980 FIAT lays off 15,000 workers, which leads to a 37- day strike. Emma’s life is turned upside down.
Labate came to public attention in 1996 with her second film, My Generation, starring Claudio Amendola, Silvio Orlando and Francesca Neri. Set in 1983, the film on the subject of national terrorism was chosen to represent Italy at the Oscars. In 2003 she made the documentary Maledetta Mia, selected at the Venice Film Festival.