ROME, February 1. /TASS/. Ornella Muti, a renowned Italian actress, told TASS on Tuesday that she would like to become a Russian citizen and considers Russian culture part of her own.
“I would love to become a Russian citizen because it’s part of my culture, associated with my mother. She passed away this year and it would be a gift for her,” the actress said. She pointed out that she is gradually gathering the necessary documents, but it all boils down to bureaucracy in Italy. Muti has been studying Russian for a long time, but is not yet fluent in it. “I am learning the language myself on the Babbel app. Little by little I learned the Cyrillic alphabet and started to understand something, but your [Russian] the grammar is complicated, and then when you learn the Cyrillic alphabet, you always mix up the letters. I need practice, it would be nice to spend a few months in Russia,” Muti said.
She remembers that her grandmother was born in Saint Petersburg, then she and her husband went to Estonia, where her mother Francesca Romana Rivelli was born during Soviet times. This is the real name of the actress, who was born in Rome. “My mother didn’t know Russian very well, but I remember her singing songs to me (in Russian)… There’s never enough time for stories. When my mother was alive, we always ran somewhere, always in a hurry However, now I’m looking for a notebook, which my mother kept, where the whole story of the family is told When she talked about her memories, they seemed so magical, because Russia is magic “, continued the actress.
Muti thinks the Italians and Russians are quite close. “I love Russia and I love the Russian people, and their feelings are mutual, I feel their love. It gives me a lot of emotions and fills me with joy, because for any actor, the love of the public is the The love and appreciation of the public gives strength and inspiration to an actor, I want to move forward, experiment and never give up. It touches me that even if they don’t haven’t seen me much in Russia, the audience stays loyal and retains their interest. There couldn’t be a greater gift,” Muti said.
On February 1, Muti will host the opening night of the famous Sanremo Music Festival, which is broadcast live on state television in Italy, as well as in other countries. At the age of 14, Muti starred with Damiano Damiani in La moglie piu bella (The Most Beautiful Woman, 1970). The actress has an impressive track record of around 100 film and television roles. She has worked with directors such as Dino Risi, Francesco Rosi, Mario Monichelli and participated in several European projects. Russian audiences remember her for her duet with Adriano Celentano in Il bisbetico domato (The Taming of the Shrew, 1980) and Innamorato pazzo (Madly in Love, 1981).