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Florinda Bolkan

Florinda Bolkan
Florinda Bolkan in Royal Flash (1975)
Born Florinda Soares Bulcão
(1941-02-15) 15 February 1941
Uruburetama, Brazil
Occupation Actress
Years active 1968–present

Florinda Bolkan (born Florinda Soares Bulcão; 15 February 1941) is a Brazilian actress.[1]


  • Biography 1
  • Filmography 2
    • Film 2.1
    • Television 2.2
  • Awards and nominations 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


She was born in Uruburetama and lived in Fortaleza and Rio de Janeiro until she moved to Italy. A former flight inspector for Brazilian international carrier Varig, she became fluent in English, Italian and French. Bulcão moved to Italy in 1968 after being discovered by the film director Luchino Visconti. She changed her name to Florinda Bolkan because she thought it would be more comfortable for international audiences.

Bolkan acted with the Beatle Ringo Starr in her first film, Candy. She worked in more than forty films, mainly in Italy. She was directed by Vittorio de Sica in Una Breve Vacanza.[2] Under Elio Petri's direction, she made Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion. Enrico Maria Salerno directed her in Anonimo Veneziano. She worked with Jean-Louis Trintignant, John Cassavetes, and Annie Girardot.

Like Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale and Monica Vitti, she also won the David di Donatello award three times, the Italian equivalent of the Academy Award in Hollywood. When De Sica cast her in Una Breve Vacanza, the film that introduced her to North America, he said: "I chose you because your eyes have known hunger." She replied: "Those born in Ceará bring within themselves a strong and hard share of the real thing."

For 20 years, Bolkan was the life partner of Countess Marina Cicogna,[3] producer of Una Breve Vacanza.[2]. In 2000, Bolkan debuted as director in the Brazilian film Eu Não Conhecia Tururu. Besides directing, she also plays a major character in the film.[4] She continues to act in European films, mostly Italian films.



Title Year Role Notes
Una ragazza piuttosto complicata
Greta International title: "A Complicated Girl"
David di Donatello Award for Best Performance
Gli intoccabili Joni Amado International title: "Machine Gun McCain"
Metti, una sera a cena Nina David di Donatello Award for Best Performance
Le voleur de crimes Florinda International title: "Crime Thief"
Un detective Vera Fontana International title: "Detective Belli"
La caduta degli dei (Götterdämmerung) Olga International title: "The Damned"
Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto
Augusta Terzi International title: "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion"
Mafia Connection Rossana Sciortino
Anonimo veneziano Valeria International title: "The Anonymous Venetian"
David di Donatello Award for Best Actress
Una stagione all'inferno Gennet
The Last Valley
Una lucertola con la pelle di donna Carol Hammond International title: "A Lizard in a Woman's Skin"
Le droit d'aimer
Non si sevizia un paperino Maciara International title: "Don't Torture a Duckling"
Un uomo da rispettare Anna International title: "The Master Touch"
Cari genitori
Giulia Bonanni International title: "Dear Parents"
David di Donatello Award for Best Actress
Una breve vacanza Carla Mataro International title: "A Brief Vacation"
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Awards (2nd Place)
Le mouton enragé
Flora Danieli
Flavia, la monaca musulmana Flavia Gaetani International title: "Flavia the Heretic"
Le orme
Alice Cespi International title: "Footprints on the Moon"
Royal Flash Lola Montez
Sarajevski atentat Sophie International title: "The Day That Shook the World"
Il comune senso del pudore
Loredana Davoli
La settima donna
Sister Cristina International title: "The Last House on the Beach"
Manuela Aranda
Habibi, amor mío
Acqua e sapone
Wilma Walsh International title: "Soap and Water"
Legati da tenera amicizia Adelaide
La gabbia
Hélène International title: "The Trap"
Some Girls
Mrs. D'Arc
Prisoner of Rio Stella
Portaritratto per signora
Margherita International title: "Millions"
Delitto passionale
Julia Yancheva
L'ombre du pharaon
Bela Donna
Mãe Ana
Eu Não Conhecia Tururu
Eleonora International title: "I Didn't Know Tururu"
Also writer, producer & director
Nominated – Golden Kikito Award for Best Film
Cattive inclinazioni
Mirta Valenti International title: "Bad Inclination"


Title Year Role Notes
Tod im November
Walpurga Television film
International title: "The Devil's Bed"
The Word Angela Monti Mini-series
La piovra
Olga Camastra Mini-series; 6 episodes
International title: "The Octopus"
Affari di famiglia
Lina Benetti Television film
La piovra 2 Olga Camastra Mini-series; 6 episodes
International title: "The Octopus 2"
A Rainha da Vida
Antônia Fidalgo / Jurema Matos Television film
La trappola
Television film
Mademoiselle Ardel
Bianca di Falco Television film
Missione d'amore
Helena Television film
Cherchez la femme
Giovanna Bellocchi Television film
La voyageuse du soir La baronne Television film
La piovra 7
Olga Camastra Mini-series
International title: "The Octopus 7"
L'ombra abitata Mme Labronsky Television film
International title: "Shadow of a Kiss"
Alice auf der Flucht
Elisabetta Mancini Mini-series
Kalantan Television film
Un bacio nel buio
Aldina Television film
Incantesimo 5
Corinne Grasso Television series
La notte breve
Magistrato Television film

Awards and nominations

Year Ceremony Award / Category Nominated work Result
1969 David di Donatello Awards Golden Plate
Metti, una sera a cena
Una ragazza piuttosto complicata
1971 David di Donatello Award for Best Actress
Anonimo veneziano
Cari genitori
1975 New York Film Critics Circle Awards New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Una breve vacanza
2nd Place
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Won
2000 Gramado Film Festival Golden Kikito Award for Best Film
Eu Não Conhecia Tururu
2002 Roseto First Work Festival Career Rose N/A Won


  1. ^ Biography for Florinda Bolkan,; retrieved 2 December 2011.
  2. ^ Movie Review Una Breve Vacanza (1973) New York Times, 10 February 1975.
  3. ^ Obituary for Countess Marina Cicogna; 31 October 2013; accessed 11 June 2014.
  4. ^ Araújo, Luís Edmundo. "Florinda filma o Ceará" (in Portuguese). Isto É Gente. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 

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