Eleonora Guerra and Italian genius
Russian woman Eleonora Yablochkina (Eleonora Guerra) was Tonino Guerra’s wife. Tonino was a cult Italian poet, writer and screenwriter, painter, sculptor, designer, gardener, philosopher, storyteller, dreamer and romantic.
Russian poet Bella Akhmadulina said “When he fell in love with Lora he fell in love with Russia”.
Lora and Tonino met in Moscow in summer 1975 during the Moscow Film festival where Tonino Guerra was invited with Italian film director Michelangelo Antonioni.
Eleonora worked as an editor at Mosfilm (oldest Russian film studio). She was recently widowed woman.
Lora could not miss the change to have a look at the living legends – Antonioni’s The Red Desert, Blowup and Eclipse had already become box-office hits. The scripts were written by Guerra.
Lora and Tonino’s communication was possible through the interpreter only. A month later, Guerra sent her an invitation to come and visit him in Italy as his bride as it seemed to be the only way for her to go aboard, but she did not go.
Half a year later, Guerra came to Moscow again. He was invited by Soviet film director Sergei Bondarchuk. Lora and Tonino’s relationship started in Moscow and continued in Italy.
In the movie Sunflowers Eleonora played one of the roles. And then… she married screenwriter Guerra.
The great star Sophia Loren presented Lora with a fur coat because “Russian winters are unbearable”.
Tonino Guerra presented Lora with a house in Italian province Pennabilli, where they lived until his death on March 21, 2012. They were together for almost 35 years and Guerra liked to say he was a Russian by his marital status.
Lora Guerra believes she is a very happy person – “I am the bridge from Russia to Italy. This is my job”.
Pictures by Tonino Guerra