Ginevra Elkann

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Ginevra Elkann (born 24 September 1979)[1][2] is an Italian apprentice film director, and, as granddaughter of Gianni Agnelli, is among the heirs to the largest fortune in modern Italian history.[citation needed] She married Giovanni Gaetani dell’Aquila d’Aragona in a Roman Catholic ceremony in Marrakesh (Morocco) on 25 April 2009.[3] She has two sons and a daughter with her husband: Giacomo (born 15 August 2009),[4] Pietro (born 31 October 2012).[5] and Marella (born 27 May 2014)[6]

Life and career[edit]

She is the daughter of Margherita Agnelli and the French-Italian writer Alain Elkann.[7][8][9] She has two older brothers John Elkann and Lapo Elkann. Her maternal grandparents are princess and socialite Marella Agnelli and the industrialist Gianni Agnelli. Her brother, the industrialist John Elkann, is Chairman of the Fiat group of companies. Her father is Jewish and her mother is Catholic,[10] and she was raised Catholic [11] She is the grand-niece of Ettore Ovazza.

Elkann worked as third assistant director on Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1998 film L’assedio, and was video assistant on Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999). Later she studied film directing at the London Film School and in 2005 her 6th term graduation film, the nine-minute Vado a messa (“I’m going to Mass”), was screened during a “Cinema Schools” special event at the 62nd Venice International Film Festival. Asked whether she had any particular subjects in mind for a feature-length film, she mentioned two: a thriller set in the world of synchronized swimming, and an adaptation of her father’s story Piazza Carignano, which concerns a Fascist Jew. It is inspired by the story of her father's side of the family, who were the influential Ovazza banking family (early allies and important financial patrons of Mussolini)[12]