Monica Bellucci, born in 1964, is an Italian actress and supermodel, in whose career she took part in various films of notable international success, including Bram Stoker's Dracula by Francis Ford Coppola, Malèna by Giuseppe Tornatore, Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions by Larry and Andy Wachowski, Passion by Mel Gibson and Specter by Sam Mendes, and has many times been the protagonist of films destined to cause discussion due to the scenes of violence they contain: among the most famous are Dobermann and Irréversible.
In 2003 she was the first Italian woman to be entrusted with the role of godmother at the 56th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. In 2004 she became the first non-French personality chosen to activate the illumination of the Champs Élysees in the traditional Christmas ceremony. She was a member of the jury representing Italy at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and returned to be godmother of the same in 2017, on the occasion of the 70th edition. At the invitation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, she became a permanent member of the academy's Italian voting minority, casting her vote for the first time in 2018 on the occasion of the 90th edition of the Oscar Awards.