Saadet Aksoy is a Turkish born actress speaking fluent English, basic French and Italian. She studied English Language and Literature at Bogazici University in Istanbul and started taking film and acting classes while working on short films, taking parts in stage productions, commercials and TV series.
Aksoy made her debut nationally and internationally with Egg by Semih Kaplanoglu, which premiered in 2007 at Directors' Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival, bringing her many acting awards at internationally acclaimed film festivals, such as Sarajevo Film Festival and Valdivia International Film Festival. With Eastern Plays, which also premiered at Directors' Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival in 2009 and Love in Another Language, which brought her a number of national awards, she kept gaining more attention both in her home country and at the international festival circuit. After taking parts in American productions, A Beautiful Life by Alejandro Chomski and The Rebound by Bart Freundlich, she got more international attention with her portrayal of "Aska" in Twice Born directed by Sergio Castellitto with Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch. She has recently finished shooting Marco Pontecorvo-directed Italian series Ragion di Stato. Aksoy has also been a jury member in many film festivals such as Cairo Film Festival, Istanbul Film Festival, Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, and Sarajevo Film Festival.
Sergio Castellitto was born in Rome in 1953. After graduating from the Silvio D'Amico National Academy of Dramatic Art in 1978, he began his theatrical career in Italian public theater with "Shakespeare's Measure for Measure" at the Teatro di Roma and with roles in other plays such as "La Madre by Brecht", "Merchant of Venice", and "Candelaio" by Giordano Bruno. At the Teatro di Genova he starred in the roles of Tuzenbach in "Chekhov's Three Sisters" and "Jean in Strindberg's Miss Julie", both under the direction of Otomar Krejka. In the coming years, he also starred in such theatrical productions as "L'infelicità senza desideri" and "Piccoli equivoci" at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto. He also appeared in "Barefoot in the Park" by Neil Simon. During his years in the theatre, he worked alongside many famous actors, including Luigi Squarzina, Aldo Trionfo, and Enzo Muzii. Castellitto began his film career in 1983 beside Marcello Mastroianni and Michel Piccoli in "The General of the Dead Army" by Luciano Tovoli. He interpreted many films like "Sembra morto...ma è solo svenuto" directed by Felice Farina, "Piccoli equivoci" by Ricky Tognazzi and "Stasera a casa di Alice" by Carlo Verdone. He became more famous with the films "The Great Pumpkin" by Francesca Archibugi and "The Star Maker" by Giuseppe Tornatore. In the late 1980s, Castellitto appeared in several Italian television miniseries, including "Un siciliano in Sicilia" (1987), "Cinque storie inquietanti" (1987), "Piazza Navona" (1988), "Cinéma" (1988), and "Come stanno bene insieme" (1989). He also appeared in the miniseries "Victoire, ou la douleur des femmes" (2000). Success arrived with the films "La famiglia", "L'ultimo bacio", "Caterina in the Big City", "My Mother's Smile", "Mostly Martha", and especially with "Don't Move", written by his wife Margaret Mazzantini. Other films that he interpreted include "Il regista di matrimoni" by Marco Bellocchio and La stella che non c'è by Gianni Amelio. In France Castellitto played the male lead opposite Jeanne Balibar in Jacques Rivette's Va savoir (2001). His most recent accomplishment as actor has been in his role as "Padre Pio: Miracle Man", arguably the defining role of his career. The first film that he directed is "Libero Burro", followed by "Don't Move". He played the role of the antagonist, King Miraz, in the film "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian". His most recent film as director was "Twice Born", which played at the Toronto Film Festival (2012), where it was not well received by much of the English speaking press. Most recently, Castellitto appeared in the television series "In Treatment" in the role of Giovanni. Castellitto is married to Margaret Mazzantini with four children.
Isabelle Adriani is an Italian actress, singer, dancer, fairy tale author and journalist. Isabelle also has a unique talent for whistling in an operatic style. She has a Phd in History and speaks English, French, German, Spanish and Italian fluently. She has starred in more than 35 movies in Italy in the last 4 years. She published 10 books of fairy tales and 2 historical novels ('The Garden of Power' and 'The True Story of Cinderella'). Isabelle was born in Perugia, Italy, to 2 neurologists known for research in brain disease. Isabelle Adriani has a sister named Alexandra. Her parents sent her abroad to study in several countries such as : England, Germany,France, America and Argentina, so she's fluent in English, French,German and Spanish. Isabelle showed a deep passion for fairy tales and for acting at a very young age and began to write fables and to star in many plays at school. She began her acting career at 7 dreaming of Broadway. After studying classical ballet for seven years at Royal ballet of Dancing and attending acting schools in her home town, she went to Rome to study opera singing with Edda Dell'Orso (Oscar prize Ennio Morricone's chorister). At 19 she published her first book of Fairy Tales 'The Blue Butterfly' and met Susan Strasberg who believed in her and in her passion for acting and advised her to move to the United States. She took her PHD in History at the University of Perugia at 22 and wrote her final works on the DNA of Fairy Tales. In the meantime she won a scholarship and attended C.U.T. Theatre Drama University School in Perugia.
She earned a Master in journalism and worked for the major TV channels in Italy such as Rai and Mediaset and also for Newspaper magazines such as 'Il Messaggero' and 'La Nazione'.
In the last 4 years she played in some of the most successful movies in Italy such as 'What a beautiful Day' (52 millions of euros, very unusual for the Italian market), 'Men against Women'(15 millions euros) and 'The First Beautiful Thing'also presented in the US. She also appears briefly in 'The American' with George Clooney and in 'Twice Born' with Penelope Cruz. She presented the daily Tv Show 'Moviestar' for Canale 5, Mediaset, (2010-2013)
She did the voice over for 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' and sang the Rihanna song: 'Help' in the Italian version of the cartoon and did the voice of the lead, "Peaches" in Ice Age 4 for XX Century Fox
In 2011 she performed for Al Pacino and for Woody Allen at New Year's Eve. She also whistled for the soundtrack of 'Baharia', directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. From that moment she began her transition in the US. She got her green card as 'Talent' . She just came back from Puerto Rico where she played Esmeralda in 'Reclaim' directed by Alan White with John Cusack and Jacki Weaver. The multi-talented actress now lives between Rome and Los Angeles.
Eduardo Cruz was born in Spain in 1985. His interest in music started at a very young age and began composing at the age of 14. Early in his career, Eduardo's name was successfully associated with the pop Hispanic music scene but, it didn't take long for him to find his true love and make an artistic and creative transition into electronic and film music. In 2011, Eduardo participates in his first film project composing a Tango piece that sets the relationship tone of the two main characters in the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" directed by Rob Marshall. In 2012, he creates the soundtrack for the film "Venuto al Mondo" (Twice Born) directed by Sergio Castellito. More recently, he's had some incursions in the advertising world composing music for commercial campaigns of international brands like Lancome, L'Oreal, Liverpool, Epson and Agent Provocateur. Currently,Eduardo is putting all his creative efforts in a new personal music project: an Electronic music recording with original compositions that will be ready to launch in 2015.
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Nguyen Van Nghia (First name, Nghia; last name, Nguyen, pronounced "win"). In 1948 Nghia joined the Viet Minh and battled the French for eight years. In 1965 he was drafted back into the military and commissioned as a second lieutenant. The 1968 battle near Kontum was Nghia's last engagement as a North Vietnamese soldier. Wounded in both eyes, he was taken to a field hospital and then released from the army. Half-blind, he walked 600 miles up the Ho Chi Minh trail back to his home. The journey took two years, and he caught malaria twice. Born in 1928, Nghia lives in the village of Tien Hai with his wife Vu Thi Gai, about 70 miles south east of Hanoi. They have four children and are acting parents to one grandchild.
Robert Riley acts as the executive producer on TwiceBorn. He graduated from Purdue University in 2005 with a bachelor's degree of science in accounting. During his career, he has spent time working and living in the USA, Mexico, China and across East and Southeast Asia focusing in turnaround management and operational improvement. He has had the opportunity to work with excellent professionals in top tier consulting firms and most recently finished a stint as President of a middle market manufacturing company based in Quebec, Canada. From a very early age, he has developed a strong passion for film and the techniques involved with bringing larger than life stories to the screen. During his free time, he worked to develop TwiceBorn, a short film based on vampires and zombies, to pursue his passion in the industry.