Known simply as Lali to her fans, Esposito was
a TV actress at age 12 before moving into pop music, and, at 26,
now stars in a film competing for a Golden Lion at the Italian
She plays Dolores, on trial for the murder of her best friend
who had posted online a video of Dolores having sex - a case
that has titillated and enthralled the public who take to
television and the internet to debate whether she is guilty.
"At a certain point, Dolores is a rock star, she becomes
something of a rock star because of the crime," Lali told
Reuters in an interview.
"Having all this energy directed at you, how people point at you
and want to know all about you, thatís the only thing I had in
common with her: the people think they know you and people think
they can judge your life."
At one point, Dolores's lawyer persuades her to appear on a TV
chat show to try to salvage her public image - an interview that
quickly turns into a cross examination.
Argentine writer-director Gonzalo Tobal said he was inspired to
make the film after watching crime cases effectively being tried
in the media.
"(Those cases are) constructed almost as if they were staged and
edited, like they were a reality show or a telenovela which we
consume as fiction ... while I am aware, as a director, of all
the work that may be taking place behind their narration of
events," Tobal said.
"The Accused" is among the 21 films in the main competition at
the Venice Film Festival that ends on Saturday.
(Writing by Robin Pomeroy; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg)
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