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If you—much like this, uh, friend of a friend of ours—have never seen a Fellini film, Kse­nia Solo feels sorry for you. “My mom in­tro­duced me to [his work] when I was 15,” says the Cana­dian ac­tress of the leg­endary Ital­ian film di­rec­tor. “I think I wasn’t psych­olog­i­cally ready to ab­sorb it, but I did un­der­stand his im­port­ance.” (Edi­tor’s note: We’re way past our teen years, and, tbh, we find that a lot of Fellini’s oeu­vre is a touch sur­re­al­ist. La Dolce Vita, how­ever, is a glam­orous, eas­ily di­gestible de­light.)

To be clear: Solo isn’t name-drop­ping for­eign films from the 1960s be­cause she’s one of those ac­tors. She’s ac­tu­ally star­ring in the charm­ing, quirky In Search of Fellini, which is, as you might guess, the story of a young woman’s ad­ven­tures in Italy dis­cov­er­ing her­self via his cat­a­logue. “I ate, lived and breathed Fellini!” says Solo, who has a cult fol­low­ing af­ter star­ring in the sci-fi hit Lost Girl (and maybe from her time on the Cana­dian ’90s clas­sic TV show I Was a Sixth Grade Alien). “I’m so happy I had an ex­cuse to sit down and dis­cover films I hadn’t seen and re­watch ones I had. Nights of Cabiria is def­i­nitely my favourite.” The film was shot on lo­ca­tion in Italy, which Solo says made for many “mag­i­cal” mo­ments. The one she’ll re­mem­ber for­ever, how­ever, hap­pened on a gon­dola in Venice. Solo’s char­ac­ter is miss­ing her mother and starts singing the clas­sic “Vo­lare” to con­jure her up. As can only hap­pen in a film, the peo­ple walk­ing along­side the canal join in. “I read the scene on paper and thought it was very cool,” re­calls Solo. “But when we did the first take, I was so over­whelmed! When I looked up and saw all th­ese peo­ple singing, I just burst out cry­ing, sob­bing.” She calls the ex­pe­ri­ence “un­ex­pected and beau­ti­ful”—an aw­ful lot like a Fellini film, come to think of it.

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