Gianni Morandi, ex-wife Laura Ephrikian: “He is aware of struggle, he appeared over and he’s larger than earlier than”

Laura Ephrikian right now. Proper, in a classic picture with Gianni Morandi once they had been married

The Armenian household, a husband like Gianni Morandi and a canopy life, the vocation as a painter, the encounters with the numerous characters who crossed Italy within the 1900s – from Pasolini to Lucio Dalla, from Visconti to Zeffirelli, and eventually the humanitarian dedication in Africa. Laura Ephrikian, 81, born in Treviso through the bombing of the French in 1940, has a full life in a household by which that exact surname alone couldn’t give fullness to a narrative Ephrikian instructed within the guide “An Armenian Household” (Spazio Cultura, 156 pages, 18 euros). A conductor-father, a grandfather, Akop, a non secular within the monastery of the Armenians of San Lazzaro, in Venice, earlier than falling head over heels in love and giving up his vows, and the love for a person, Morandi, who has at all times been within the hearts of Italians.

Ephrikian, why a guide about your Armenian heritage?
“I’ve at all times wished to write down this guide, ever since I discovered my grandparents’ love letters as a younger woman. For years I’ve felt incapable of coping with such an enormous story. I do know many have refused to know that story, my grandfather mentioned few issues to my father; my father instructed me the fundamentals. It wasn’t sufficient for me.”

Was there disgrace in not wanting to inform?
‘Disgrace saved my grandfather from talking. After I was in Yerevan, Armenia, and I noticed the photographs of what the Turks had been doing to the Armenians, I spotted that it’s one thing past the warfare: it’s a bloodbath that can’t be understood except you perceive the historical past of Armenia is aware of . Now I struggle for Armenia, not less than in Italy, to have a day of remembrance like some other. They owe it to 1.5 million murdered individuals. However proper now, Turkey is taking part in too necessary a task within the battle between Russia and Ukraine and so they do not wish to antagonize Erdogan.”

You studied at Canova secondary college in Treviso. What did the town appear to be then?
«A really stunning metropolis and it was, I spotted as I left it, stuffed with tradition, stuffed with pursuits. After I acquired house from college, I walked previous Ciro’s bookshop as a result of books had been my nice ardour. At house I met Malipiero, Comisso, a rare author ».

Within the guide, he writes that it was troublesome rising up in Catholic Treviso with two dad and mom with communist sympathies. Has she ever been discriminated towards?
“No. I noticed my father’s buddies, I knew what his concepts had been, I made them mine, it was not troublesome for me, at 18, to observe the issues of the celebration, even when that celebration is not the feast was what we had been referring to There are celebration princes who’re additionally princes of the church, there is no such thing as a escaping it: do to others what you’d have them do to you, at all times deal with the weakest and most determined individuals. took me to Africa, not but conscious of what I’d discover there. It isn’t recognized why I selected Africa, I went from trip there for 25 years for lengthy durations of the yr ».

The place do you reside right now?
“In the present day I stay in Rome and play some episodes in Africa, however fortunately I’ve individuals there who assist me. Proper now I’ve my grandchildren, 5, who want me. I’ve my son with the three boys who stay subsequent door: the boys change into males, and generally some issues the dad and mom do not wish to hear, however a grandmother does. Marianna, however, who was married to Biagio Antonacci, lives in Bologna along with her two youngsters. The boys have at all times been along with her: she made a unique selection from mine, she sacrificed herself and her ambitions as an actress, however she did not actually care.”

Do not they name you on the cinema anymore?
«I’ve made two movies, each and in each I play the mom who has Alzheimer’s illness: I might be a lot happier in the event that they made me a grandmother or a great-grandmother, I nonetheless would not wish to be an Alzheimer’s affected person! Cease now! I would love one thing extra inventive. Luckily, I’ve devoted myself to many different issues ».

Within the guide, she wrote, “I’ve by no means been happier than then,” referring to the love for Morandi.
“It’s mentioned that the primary love isn’t forgotten: it occurred to me once I was twenty. I bear in mind this love so as a result of it was, it could not have lasted longer: it was a incredible love that we lived with nice enthusiasm, like even youthful boys of our age. Our love jogs my memory of Grandpa Akop’s for Grandma Laura and ended when the big feeling of belonging collectively grew to become unliveable. Then it grew to become an excellent friendship and friendship can be love, however much less concerned.”

Within the guide, she says she was upset a few joke Enzo Biagi made when he heard you had been studying Manzoni at evening: “However do not wreck this boy for me”. Why do you assume?
“Maybe Biagi thought I wished to rework Gianni from that stunning and mountainous one who was so pure, loving, a person who was liked by all, into an mental, simply because we had mentioned that we regularly learn a guide collectively within the night and we had been blissful It damage me loads that he mentioned to me “Do not wreck that boy out of my mountains” You possibly can’t assume that if somebody born within the poorest households cannot be born, I do not say one thing else, as a result of that is the character of Gianni, however to vary. That sentence made me undergo a bit bit.”

After the divorce, you selected joint custody of the youngsters Marianna and Marco. A novelty for that point.
“I noticed my youngsters for six months and I labored for six months to be free. The lawyer instructed me: “You’re the first in Rome”. I’m satisfied that it’s higher to each really feel a number of ache than to let one father or mother take possession of the youngsters. We stayed for lunch and dinner collectively. We’ve got at all times remained respectful and complicit within the schooling of our youngsters ».

Do each youngsters have a creative temperament?
«Marco has a musical character, my father gave him an “examination” when he was little to see if he had a musical ear, and he confirmed that he has a musician’s ear. Marco shouldn’t be solely good as a singer but in addition as an actor. He took from them each. Marianna might have continued to behave ».

What did he say to her father with an orchestra conductor when he noticed her coming with a pop singer like Morandi?
(laughs, ed† My father mentioned to him: “Go to the conservatory!”. Shortly earlier than that, an image of me and Gianni had appeared within the paper and my brother felt compelled to tell the household that I used to be courting somebody. “She’s courting a boy who’s a singer,” my brother mentioned. “Lyric?” my father replied. “No, Daddy, not likely…”. It was then that I felt the necessity to take Gianni to Treviso. He mentioned it was an Oedipal reality, that one at all times tries to “kill” the daddy determine. However they at all times acquired alongside very effectively.”

Why is Morandi so stainless?
“As a result of he is aware of what he needs. He is a person who, with the time of his coaching, of being a mountaineer, so with lead ft and with a number of thought behind what he was doing, is aware of struggle, is aware of defend his decisions. One which already appeared prepared and greater than earlier than ».

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June 3, 2022 (change June 3, 2022 | 09:56)


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