Rosaria Cianciulli at the Austin Film Festival

Who said that serial killers are just males and Americans?


The most famous serial killer stories are mostly American. The psychopath, the sadistic, the beast who is able to do unthinkable acts, most of the time comes from overseas, for this reason in Italy, it feels kind of safe, since there is an ocean dividing the two continents.

Great! But have you ever heard of Leonarda Cianciulli? Not yet?

This time a serial killer, a woman, comes from Italy and she is known as the Soap-Maker of Correggio. Leonarda believed she was cursed by her mother, who on her death bed stated that all her kids were going to die. To save her children’s life Leonarda killed three women and by boiling their corpses with caustic soda, she made soap and cookies. A young Italian actress, writer and producer is bringing this frightening story onto the American screens. Fun fact? They are related!

Leonarda is Rosaria Cianciulli’s short, directed and edited by Luca Brinciotti (photo). It is competing at the Austin Film Festival in the Are You Afraid Of The Shorts? category from October 13th to the 20th. The screenings are taking place October 16th at 11.15pm at the Alamo Drafthouse Village presented by Sprint and October 18th at 9pm at the Galaxy Highland 8 presented by Dove Chocolate.


The Austin Film festival is a very important cinematographic event, it started in 1993 and it is known as The Writers Festival. Its goal is to further the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film and television to tell a story.

This Film Festival and Conference was the first event of its kind to take the lead in bringing professional and amateur screenwriters and filmmakers together to celebrate the role of the screenplay in filmmaking and discuss the considerable creative possibilities of writing for film and television.

For all the Horror movie fans, this time it’s not going to be Zodiac, Chucky or Freddy Krueger to scare you, but just a simple woman from the South of Italy.

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