Ginevra Elkann (born 24 September 1979 in London, England) is a London-born Italian apprentice film director, and, as granddaughter of Gianni Agnelli, is among the heirs to the largest fortune in modern Italian history.
Early life and education
Elkann was born in London, the daughter of Margherita Agnelli and the French-Italian writer Alain Elkann. Her father is Jewish and her mother is Catholic, and she was raised Catholic. Her maternal grandparents were princess and socialite Marella Agnelli and the industrialist Gianni Agnelli. She is the great-grand-niece of Ettore Ovazza.
She has two older brothers John Elkann and Lapo Elkann. Her brother, the industrialist John Elkann, is Chairman of the Fiat group of companies. Her parents divorced when she was young and she moved first to Rio de Janeiro and then to Paris with her mother and stepfather, Russian count Serge de Pahlen.
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)
She married Giovanni Gaetani dell’Aquila d’Aragona in a Roman Catholic ceremony in Marrakesh (Morocco) on 25 April 2009. She has two sons and a daughter with her husband: Giacomo (born 15 August 2009), Pietro (born 31 October 2012). and Marella (born 27 May 2014)
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- Vogue Italia: "Ginevra Elkann Interview" May 13, 2013
- New York Times: "Portrait of a Lady" By Rob Haskell February 14, 2014
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- La Stampa: "Ginevra Elkann, matrimonio a Marrakesh" 26 Apr 2009
- "Jewish and Italian: Celebrity writer celebrates his heritage", Victor L. Simpson (December 4, 2004), Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
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- "È nato Pietro: fiocco azzurro per Ginevra Elkann". Vanity Fair (in Italian). 1 November 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
- "Becoming an Agnelli". Vanity Fair. September 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
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