Golino debuts as director at Cannes

'Miele' Italy's candidate in rising talent section

Golino debuts as director at Cannes

Cannes, April 17 - Italian actress Valeria Golino on Friday presented her directorial debut, 'Miele', at the Cannes Film Festival. Best known to English-speaking audiences for roles in Rain Man and the Hot Shots! films, Golino is representing Italy in the Un Certain Regard category, which runs parallel to the top-prize Palme d'Or competition and aims to promote rising talent. "This little film has brought me to Cannes, I love it (the film)," Golino told ANSA. "I'm very nervous and I can't quite enjoy this moment," she said on the famous red carpet. "I can't quite describe my state of mind, I'd like to be calmer, proud, but it's just the way I am. I'll be happy in a month's time," she said. The cast of 'Miele', which hit Italian screens last month, was beside her: acclaimed Italian actors Jasmine Trinca, Vinicio Marchioni and Carlo Cecchi. Golino's first feature will have its international premiere Friday night. "I'm also proud to be in the same festival with other Italians who are great friends and great artists," she added. Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino is in the running for the Palme d'Or with 'La Grande Bellezza' (The Great Beauty) . Golino, born to an Italian father and a Greek mother in Naples, broke onto Rome's film scene after she was discovered by Italian film icon Lina Wertmueller, who cast her in A Joke of Destiny (1983) when she was still in highschool. Three years later she won the Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival for Storia d'Amore. 'Miele' is the story of a young Italian woman who devotes her life to alleviating the pain of others, "even when they make dramatic decisions," according to the film synopsis. The Cannes Film Festival started on Wednesday and runs till May 26.

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