Directed by Italy’s Nanni Moretti, who starred in Cannes entry 'A Brighter Tomorrow’

CANNES, May 24 (Reuters) – Acclaimed Italian director Nanni Moretti has directed and starred in „A Brighter Tomorrow,” which opened worldwide on Wednesday and is his ninth film to compete for the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

So far he’s only come home with the Palme d’Or once — 20 years ago, in 2001 with „The Son’s Room.”

His other accolades include the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1981 for „Sweet Dreams” and the Second Prize Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1986 for „The Mass Is Ended”.

Moretti, 69, often plays the lead role in his films, this time Giovanni is a film director. Giovanni faces problems with his latest film project, which focuses on his family and the aftermath of the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary by Italy’s Communist Party.

Giovanni believes strongly in the project and the need to tell the story of the Italian Communist Party at the time and how it missed the opportunity to break away from the Soviet Union, Moretti said: „But today, nobody remembers these events, the world has changed, the way films are made has changed.”

Trade publication Variety reported this month that the Rome-based film, which received a special domestic release ahead of its Cannes premiere, has already done well commercially since its April 20 release in about 500 theaters.

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Moretti served as president of the Cannes jury in 2012. His first film in Cannes’ official selection was 1978’s „Ecce bombo.”

Reporting by Miranda Murray, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien

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