Asia Argento

Asia Argento (born Aria Maria Vittoria Rossa Argento; 20 September 1975) is an Italian actress, singer, model, and director. Her mother is actress Daria di Nicolodi and her father is Dario de Argento, an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter, well known for his work in the Italian giallo genre and for his influence on modern horror and slasher movies. Her maternal great-grandfather was composer Alfredo Casella. Asia Argento started acting at the age of nine,[9] playing a small role in a film by Sergio Citti. She also had a small part in Demons 2, a 1986 film written and produced by her father, at the age of 10, as well as its unofficial sequel, La Chiesa (The Church), when she was 14, and Trauma (1993), when she was 18. She received the David di Donatello (Italy's version of the Academy Award) for Best Actress in 1994 for her performance in Perdiamoci di vista, and again in 1996 for Compagna di viaggio, which also earned her a Grolla d'oro award. In 1998, Argento began appearing in English-language movies, such as B. Monkey and New Rose Hotel. Argento has proven her ability to work in multiple languages, adding French, with a role as Charlotte de Sauve in 1994's La Reine Margot. That same year, she made her first foray into directing, calling the shots behind the short films Prospettive and A ritroso. In 1996, she directed a documentary on her father, and in 1998 a second one on Abel Ferrara, which won her the Rome Film Festival Award. Argento directed and ...

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Land of the Dead (2005)

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The world is full of zombies and the survivors have barricaded themselves inside a walled city to keep out the living dead. As the wealthy hide out in skyscrapers and chaos rules the streets, the rest of the survivors must find a way to stop the evolving zombies ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George A. Romero
CAST:  Simon Baker  •  John Leguizamo  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Robert Joy

The world is full of zombies and the survivors have barricaded themselves inside a walled city to keep out the living dead. As the wealthy hide out in skyscrapers and chaos rules the streets, the rest of the survivors must find a way to stop the evolving zombies ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George A. Romero
CAST:  Simon Baker  •  John Leguizamo  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Robert Joy

Last Days (2005)

The life and struggles of a notorious rock musician seeping into a pit of loneliness whose everyday life involves friends and family seeking financial aid and favors, inspired by rock music legend Kurt Cobain and his final hours.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  Michael Pitt  •  Lukas Haas  •  Asia Argento  •  Scott Patrick Green

The life and struggles of a notorious rock musician seeping into a pit of loneliness whose everyday life involves friends and family seeking financial aid and favors, inspired by rock music legend Kurt Cobain and his final hours.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  Michael Pitt  •  Lukas Haas  •  Asia Argento  •  Scott Patrick Green

Marie Antoinette (2006)

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The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and ultimately the fall of Versailles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sofia Coppola
CAST:  Kirsten Dunst  •  Jason Schwartzman  •  Judy Davis  •  Rip Torn

The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and ultimately the fall of Versailles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sofia Coppola
CAST:  Kirsten Dunst  •  Jason Schwartzman  •  Judy Davis  •  Rip Torn

The Mother of Tears (2007)

An ancient urn is found in a cemetery outside Rome. Once opened, it triggers a series of violent incidents: robberies, rapes and murders increase dramatically, while several mysterious, evil-looking young women coming from all over the world are gathering in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Cristian Solimeno  •  Adam James  •  Moran Atias

An ancient urn is found in a cemetery outside Rome. Once opened, it triggers a series of violent incidents: robberies, rapes and murders increase dramatically, while several mysterious, evil-looking young women coming from all over the world are gathering in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Cristian Solimeno  •  Adam James  •  Moran Atias

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)

Young Jeremiah lives in a stable environment with loving foster parents until the day his troubled mother, Sarah, returns to claim him. Jeremiah becomes swept up in his mother's dangerous world of drugs, seedy hotels, strip joints and revolving lovers. Salvation ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Asia Argento
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Jimmy Bennett  •  Kara Kemp  •  Ornella Muti

Young Jeremiah lives in a stable environment with loving foster parents until the day his troubled mother, Sarah, returns to claim him. Jeremiah becomes swept up in his mother's dangerous world of drugs, seedy hotels, strip joints and revolving lovers. Salvation ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Asia Argento
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Jimmy Bennett  •  Kara Kemp  •  Ornella Muti

Trauma (1993)

An anorexic young woman escapes from a psychiatric clinic and meets a young man who wants to help. She is caught and returned to her parents, who are soon beheaded by a garrotting stranger making the rounds about town, apparently striking only when it rains. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Brad Dourif  •  Sharon Barr  •  Lester Purry

An anorexic young woman escapes from a psychiatric clinic and meets a young man who wants to help. She is caught and returned to her parents, who are soon beheaded by a garrotting stranger making the rounds about town, apparently striking only when it rains. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Brad Dourif  •  Sharon Barr  •  Lester Purry

xXx (2002)

Xander Cage is your standard adrenaline junkie with no fear and a lousy attitude. When the US Government "recruits" him to go on a mission, he's not exactly thrilled. His mission: to gather information on an organization that may just be planning the destruction of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Cohen
CAST:  Vin Diesel  •  Asia Argento  •  Marton Csokas  •  Samuel L. Jackson

Xander Cage is your standard adrenaline junkie with no fear and a lousy attitude. When the US Government "recruits" him to go on a mission, he's not exactly thrilled. His mission: to gather information on an organization that may just be planning the destruction of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Cohen
CAST:  Vin Diesel  •  Asia Argento  •  Marton Csokas  •  Samuel L. Jackson

Scarlet Diva (2000)

A young Italian actress embarks on a self-destructive spree of sex, drugs and other excess while doing some soul searching to find the path for redemption.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Asia Argento
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Jean Shepard  •  Herbert Fritsch  •  Gianluca Arcopinto

A young Italian actress embarks on a self-destructive spree of sex, drugs and other excess while doing some soul searching to find the path for redemption.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Asia Argento
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Jean Shepard  •  Herbert Fritsch  •  Gianluca Arcopinto

New Rose Hotel (1999)

A corporate raider and his henchman use a chanteuse to lure a scientific genius away from his employer and family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Abel Ferrara
CAST:  Christopher Walken  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Asia Argento  •  Gretchen Mol

A corporate raider and his henchman use a chanteuse to lure a scientific genius away from his employer and family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Abel Ferrara
CAST:  Christopher Walken  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Asia Argento  •  Gretchen Mol

The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)

A young policewoman slowly goes insane while tracking down an elusive serial rapist/killer through Italy when she herself becomes a victim of the brutal man's obsession.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Thomas Kretschmann  •  Marco Leonardi  •  Luigi Diberti

A young policewoman slowly goes insane while tracking down an elusive serial rapist/killer through Italy when she herself becomes a victim of the brutal man's obsession.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Thomas Kretschmann  •  Marco Leonardi  •  Luigi Diberti

Queen Margot (1994)

The night of August 24, 1572, is known as the Massacre of St. Bartholomew. In France a religious war is raging. In order to impose peace a forced wedding is arranged between Margot de Valois, sister of the immature Catholic King Charles IX, and the Hugenot King ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Patrice Chéreau
CAST:  Isabelle Adjani  •  Daniel Auteuil  •  Jean-Hugues Anglade  •  Vincent Perez

The night of August 24, 1572, is known as the Massacre of St. Bartholomew. In France a religious war is raging. In order to impose peace a forced wedding is arranged between Margot de Valois, sister of the immature Catholic King Charles IX, and the Hugenot King ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Patrice Chéreau
CAST:  Isabelle Adjani  •  Daniel Auteuil  •  Jean-Hugues Anglade  •  Vincent Perez

Cindy, the Doll Is Mine (2005)

Cindy, the doll is mine is a short film by French director Bertrand Bonello. It stars Italian actress Asia Argento in the double role of photographer Cindy Sherman, a brunette, and her model, a blonde who strangely resemble one another. The film was screened out of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bertrand Bonello
CAST:  Asia Argento

Cindy, the doll is mine is a short film by French director Bertrand Bonello. It stars Italian actress Asia Argento in the double role of photographer Cindy Sherman, a brunette, and her model, a blonde who strangely resemble one another. The film was screened out of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bertrand Bonello
CAST:  Asia Argento

The Keeper (2004)

When an apparently exemplary cop abducts and secretly imprisons a beautiful dancer, a deadly battle of wills between captor and captive ensues.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Lynch
CAST:  Dennis Hopper  •  Asia Argento  •  Helen Shaver  •  Fred Keating

When an apparently exemplary cop abducts and secretly imprisons a beautiful dancer, a deadly battle of wills between captor and captive ensues.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Lynch
CAST:  Dennis Hopper  •  Asia Argento  •  Helen Shaver  •  Fred Keating

Viola Kisses Everybody (1998)

The trip of the three romantic friends: Samuele, Max and Nicola swing to gratify to the beautiful thief Viola of which are madly in love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Giovanni Veronesi
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Massimo Ceccherini  •  Valerio Mastandrea  •  Rocco Papaleo

The trip of the three romantic friends: Samuele, Max and Nicola swing to gratify to the beautiful thief Viola of which are madly in love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Giovanni Veronesi
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Massimo Ceccherini  •  Valerio Mastandrea  •  Rocco Papaleo

Do not disturb (2012)

In this lively French remake of Humpday, best buds reunite and revive their friendship on a questionable dare. Can two straight guys really make a gay sex film, together?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yvan Attal
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Yvan Attal  •  Laetitia Casta  •  François Cluzet

In this lively French remake of Humpday, best buds reunite and revive their friendship on a questionable dare. Can two straight guys really make a gay sex film, together?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yvan Attal
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Yvan Attal  •  Laetitia Casta  •  François Cluzet

Firmeza (2012)

Short film by Asia Argento depicting an ayahuasca ceremony.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Asia Argento
CAST:  Asia Argento

Short film by Asia Argento depicting an ayahuasca ceremony.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Asia Argento
CAST:  Asia Argento

The Voice Thief (2013)

When an opera singer loses her voice, her husband embarks on an odyssey through different underworlds to recover it through supernatural means.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adan Jodorowsky
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Cristobal Jodorowsky

When an opera singer loses her voice, her husband embarks on an odyssey through different underworlds to recover it through supernatural means.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adan Jodorowsky
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Cristobal Jodorowsky

Obsessive Rythms (2014)

On the night of New Year's Eve, a small group penetrates into the room of an old hotel in ruins. Carmine, the oldest of the group, poses a challenge to one of the men, Furio: he has 4 months to restore the hotel and inaugurate it with great pomp. Aware of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fanny Ardant
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Nuno Lopes  •  Franco Nero  •  Tudor Istodor

On the night of New Year's Eve, a small group penetrates into the room of an old hotel in ruins. Carmine, the oldest of the group, poses a challenge to one of the men, Furio: he has 4 months to restore the hotel and inaugurate it with great pomp. Aware of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fanny Ardant
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Nuno Lopes  •  Franco Nero  •  Tudor Istodor

42 One Dream Rush (2010)

An omnibus of 42 short films by auteur directors based on Dreams.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tadanobu Asano  •  Rinko Kikuchi  •  David Lynch  •  James Franco  •  Harmony Korine  •  Abel Ferrara  •  Kenneth Anger  •  Asia Argento  •  Jonathan Caouette  •  Leos Carax  •  Gaspar Noé  •  Jonas Mekas  •  Zhang Yuan  •  Taika Waititi  •  Chan Marshall  •  Charles Burnett  •  Mike Figgis  •  Niki Caro  •  Carlos Reygadas  •  Lou Ye  •  Yung Chang  •  Grant Morrison  •  Florian Habicht  •  Floria Sigismondi  •  Brian Butler  •  Sergei Bodrov  •  Larry Clark  •  Joe Coleman  •  Chris Graham  •  Michele Civetta  •  Zachary Croitoroo  •  Terence Koh  •  Marcus Griffin  •  Ryan McGinley  •  Rajan Mehta  •  Chris Milk  •  Charlotte Kemp Muhl  •  Dee Poon  •  Matt Pyke  •  Lola Schnabel  •  Mote Sinabel  •  Arden Wohl
CAST:  Tadanobu Asano  •  Paz de la Huerta  •  Chloë Sevigny  •  Rinko Kikuchi

An omnibus of 42 short films by auteur directors based on Dreams.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tadanobu Asano  •  Rinko Kikuchi  •  David Lynch  •  James Franco  •  Harmony Korine  •  Abel Ferrara  •  Kenneth Anger  •  Asia Argento  •  Jonathan Caouette  •  Leos Carax  •  Gaspar Noé  •  Jonas Mekas  •  Zhang Yuan  •  Taika Waititi  •  Chan Marshall  •  Charles Burnett  •  Mike Figgis  •  Niki Caro  •  Carlos Reygadas  •  Lou Ye  •  Yung Chang  •  Grant Morrison  •  Florian Habicht  •  Floria Sigismondi  •  Brian Butler  •  Sergei Bodrov  •  Larry Clark  •  Joe Coleman  •  Chris Graham  •  Michele Civetta  •  Zachary Croitoroo  •  Terence Koh  •  Marcus Griffin  •  Ryan McGinley  •  Rajan Mehta  •  Chris Milk  •  Charlotte Kemp Muhl  •  Dee Poon  •  Matt Pyke  •  Lola Schnabel  •  Mote Sinabel  •  Arden Wohl
CAST:  Tadanobu Asano  •  Paz de la Huerta  •  Chloë Sevigny  •  Rinko Kikuchi

Islands (2011)

Ivan is an undocumented immigrant from Eastern Europe who is in Italy looking for work to support himself and his father, who has a gambling addiction. When Ivan hears of work on a nearby island, he makes the trip only to be cheated and beaten by unscrupulous thugs ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stefano Chiantini
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Giorgio Colangeli  •  Anna Ferruzzo  •  Ivan Franěk

Ivan is an undocumented immigrant from Eastern Europe who is in Italy looking for work to support himself and his father, who has a gambling addiction. When Ivan hears of work on a nearby island, he makes the trip only to be cheated and beaten by unscrupulous thugs ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stefano Chiantini
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Giorgio Colangeli  •  Anna Ferruzzo  •  Ivan Franěk
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