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Italy Has A New Screen Goddess... And She's Our Festival Guest!

GENERAL: As exotic as the Indian princess for whom she was named, rising Italian movie star Nadir Caselli will be a guest of the 2014 Lavazza Italian Film Festival.

But don’t be fooled by her youth and beauty – with a black belt in Karate, this is one young lady who can take care of herself!

Audiences will be able to catch Nadir in not just one, but two Festival highlights; the infectious romantic confection University: More than Friends and the hit ensemble comedy, I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Smetto quando voglio).

A sought-after model in her teens, Nadir who is fluent in English, made her screen debut in 2008 at just 18 when she starred in director Matteo Rovere’s drama Bad Girls (Un gioco da ragazze) an evocative snapshot of teenage Europe, which made the Italian film industry take immediate note of this gorgeous newcomer.

A role in the romantic comedy Kiss me Again directed by Gabriel Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness), alongside Italian heartthrobs, Pierfrancesco Favino and Claudio Santamaria, was swiftly followed by the popular Italian TV series, Tutti per Bruno, in which she was a key cast member.

Nadir, who learned her craft at the famed Teatro a Vista Acting School (and also studied languages at Rome’s Roma Tre University), was named ‘Best Actress’ at the Cittadella del Corto Festival for her performance in the short film Just a Game (Solo un gioco). More films beckoned, including director Paolo Genovese’s The Immaturi (with Raoul Bova and Barbora Bobulova) and the smash hit comedy, The Worst Week of my Life (a hit at LIFF 2013).

Nadir also starred with Italian comic legend, Carlo Verdone, in A Flat for Three and found time to front modeling campaigns for high-end clothing labels Maggie Jeans and Marina Yachting.

Given her burgeoning list of cinematic credits, it’s no wonder that Fabrique du Cinema – Italy’s foremost movie magazine - recently cited Nadir as one of Italy’s six most promising actors.

In addition to presenting screenings of her two Festival films, Nadir Caselli will attend the Festival’s Gala Opening Nights in Melbourne and Sydney.

The 2014 Lavazza Italian Film Festival will screen nationally at Palace Cinemas on the following dates:

VIC: 17 Sept - 12 Oct
NSW: 18 Sept - 12 Oct
ACT: 23 Sept - 15 Oct
WA: 24 Sept - 15 Oct
QLD: 1 Oct - 22 Oct
SA: 2 Oct - 22 Oct
BYRON: 9 Oct - 15 Oct
TAS: 16 Oct - 22 Oct

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