“A story that speaks of emancipation, acceptance and humanity”. With these words, Serena Rossi, ‘The bride’, defines the series, in prime time on Rai1 from Sunday 16 January, in which the Neapolitan actress plays Maria. A character in which she says she recognized herself: “In her there is a lot of me and a lot of my grandmother, who passed away while we were shooting and to whom I want to dedicate this film”. The three episodes of the series – co-produced by Rai Fiction and Endemol Shine Italy with the direction of Giacomo Campiotti – are set in the past, at the end of the 1960s, but they speak to the present, addressing very topical issues such as female emancipation, equality of gender, and respect for socio-cultural differences. A modern tale, whose protagonist is a courageous and strong female figure, a great example of tenacity and social redemption. “Maria – says Rossi – is a Calabrian woman who emigrated to Veneto at a time when in Italy we were married by proxy and who will have to endure machismo and other forms of resistance typical of the society of the time. But it is stronger than all of this and manages to make the people it comes in contact with better. As soon as the deputy director of Rai Fiction Francesco Nardella introduced me to the project – he adds – I immediately believed in it. I choose my characters if they have something to teach also from a social point of view and Maria has these characteristics. Even if playing it was challenging above all from a physical point of view, like when for some scenes I had to mow the wheat, throw myself into the Dora river among the mosquitoes and milk a cow ”. Emigrated to Veneto, Maria must marry Italo (Giorgio Marchesi), a man she has never seen and who is still upset by the mysterious disappearance of his first wife for which he is held responsible by his fellow villagers. Italo does not want to know about Maria: it was his uncle Vittorio who made him sign the marriage papers by proxy with deception, to ensure a “healthy” offspring. In reality, Italo already has a son, Paolino (Antonio Nicolai), a very intelligent child who suffers, however, from epileptic seizures. “Italo – Marchesi declares about his character – is without light, he cannot see himself or what surrounds him, he drags his own life. Maria’s arrival experiences it as the usurpation of his own space. But Maria knows how to talk with facts and will bring light into her dark life. I confirm – the actor specifies – that Serena herself is like this, even on the set. The difficulty of telling Italo – he continues – was to find a constant melancholy, the shadow that characterizes it “.
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