Isabella Ragonese, Italy
Jury's comment: Ragonese is an actress of great versatility and deep intelligence, with a commanding ability to present a clear emotional journey on screen. This makes her an extremely accessible screen presence, capable of fragility, intensity, sophistication and edginess.
The 30 year-old playwright Isabella Ragonese graduated from Michele Perriera's Scuola Teatès in 2000 and made her film acting debut with a small role in Emanuele Crialese's GOLDEN DOOR in 2006. She followed this with leads in Paolo Virzi's HER WHOLE LIFE AHEAD - which earned her a Nastro d'Argento nomination and the Premio "Guglielmo Biraghi" and in Donatella Maiorca's historical drama PURPLE SEA. Her performances in ONE LIFE MAYBE TWO and OUR LIFE won the Nastro d'Argento in 2010 and were nominated for this year's David di Donatello Awards. In 2010, she could be seen at the Venice Film Festival in the lead of Giorgia Cecere's THE FIRST ASSIGNMENT. Isabella has since worked on Silvio Muccino's ANOTHER WORLD and Massimo Venier's ONE DAY MORE.