11  Simona Paggi

One of Italy’s leading editors, Simona, has worked several times with Gianni Amelio, the award-winning director of ‘Lamerica’ and other superb films. Simona also cut the Oscar-winning ‘Life is Beautiful’ for Roberto Begnini. Her passion and commitment clearly spring from her background and upbringing, which comes across very strongly in her response to my questions.

I was born in Milan. My parents are Tuscan, from Pisa. At the end of the 1950s they moved to Milan to work there. My father is Jewish. His father was a surgeon who emigrated to Venezuela in the 1930s to escape the racial laws in Italy, while his mother fled to Switzerland with their six children and stayed there until the end of the war.

Simona Paggi with her world ...

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