PhD student in Theatre & Performance Practice Chiara D'Anna is receiving outstanding reviews for her lead role opposite Borgen’s star Sidse Babett Knudsen in Peter Strickand’s latest feature: The Duke of Burgundy. This is her second collaboration with the acclaimed British director, after her cinema debut alongside Toby Jones in Peter Strickland’s award-winning Berberian Sound Studio (2012).
The Duke of Burgundy has been presented at many prestigious international film festivals worldwide receiving prizes and amazing responses from critics all over the world: Toronto Film Festival, London Film Festival, Cinefest Sudbury Int Film Festival (Canada), Fantastic Fest (Austin, US), Sitges Int Film Festival (Spain), Hamptons Int. Film Festval (US): Winner of The Wounter Barendrecht Pioneering Vision Award, Philadelphia Int. Film Festival (US): Winner of the Grand Jury Prize Best Feature, Thessaloniki Int. Film Festival (Greece), Vienna int. Film Festival (Austria), AFI Fest (Los Angeles, US), Turin Film Festival, CineCity Brighton, Mar del Plata (Argentina), LesArcs European Film Festival (France).
Chiara and director Peter Strickand discuss the film here.
This is what critics say about Chiara’s performance and the film:
"Knudsen and D’Anna are both terrific, and have trembling palpable chemistry” The TELEGRAPH ****
‘‘The Duke of Burgundy is a considerable work of art, and one that touches on a rarely discussed side of human sexuality completely free of judgement." The GUARDIAN ****
"Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara D’Anna give hypnotic performances here, with the camera often trained so closely on their eyes". SCREENCRUSH
"Visually ravishing, emotionally wise, and kinky as a coiled rope, writer-director Peter Strickland’s third feature "The Duke of Burgundy" is a delight, a perfect companion piece to his previous giallo-cinema-seeped second feature "Berberian Sound Studio.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - Leslie Felperin