Rosaria Cianciulli, one of the youngest actresses at the Cannes Film Festival

Starting a career in the movie business presenting at a film festival one’s own movie, is already a big success for an actress, if the film festival is Cannes, then it’s an even greater beginning.

For the young actress, the Grand Lumiere red carpet had no other basis for comparison due to the fact that the 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival was her very first film festival. A blooming start for the actress and producer, whom at only 22 years’ old, presented her short movie Leonarda in the Short Film Corner.


For Rosaria Cianciulli this was a unique experience. A week that went by in a blink of an eye packed with meetings and conferences, during which the Soap Maker performer met many international professionals, all intrigued by the story of Leonarda. Riccardo Scamarcio, Joel Edgerton and the Italian producer Carlo Gentile are just a few of the many names Rosaria met.

The story of the Italian serial killer was warmly received at the Cannes Film Festival. This year 2,421 shorts were selected at the Short Film Corner, but only 129 were chosen to be screened at the Palais. Leonarda was one of them. On May 20th a nourished audience was able to enjoy the world premiere of the movie.


Rosaria Cianciulli with her friend and colleague Betty Franchi, supporting actress in the short, had the chance to announce the participation of Leonarda at the Terra di Siena Film Festival during the celebration of the 20th edition of the festival at the Italian Pavillion, thanks to the support of the creator of the festival Maria Pia Corbelli and the artistic director Antonio Flamini.

Leonarda in the Short Film Catalogue


Leonarda Official Fan Page