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With Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi’s ("No One Knows About Persian Cats") new film, “Rhino Season,” screening Out of Competition at the Marrakech International Film Festival (our review is to follow shortly), we got to speak with the film’s Italian star, Monica Bellucci, in a small press group. Once our eyes recovered from the dazzle a bit (no, she really is very gorgeous), she was asked about her motives for taking a role that could be seen as quite a step outside her comfort zone. “Well yes, it wasn’t really comfortable to make this movie! But it’s good to have the chance to work with great people, so when Bahman Ghobadi met me and asked me to play an Iranian character I was really happy that he thought about me for that. I do this job because it gives me the chance to get in touch with cultures, »

- Jessica Kiang

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