She sings, she acts and now Madonna directs films

Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:04pm EST
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By Mike Collett-White and Mirja Spernal

BERLIN (Reuters) - Madonna can sing, her acting has been hit and miss, and now the question is, can she direct?

Confidence is certainly no barrier. In production notes for the pop queen's first feature film behind the camera, "Filth & Wisdom," the 49-year-old said she was aiming high.

"I have always been inspired by the films of Goddard, Visconti, Passolini and Fellini and hope that I may one day make something that comes close to their genius," she wrote in a statement, listing four great film makers and misspelling two.

Her 81-minute first feature is unlikely to be hailed as a classic. However, many journalists who saw it at the Berlin Film Festival on Wednesday before a world premiere gala screening said it was better than they expected.

The light-hearted, fast-paced story of three flatmates seeking fame and fulfillment, each reflecting aspects of Madonna's own life, is also unlikely to be her last.

"It's definitely not a one-off," Madonna told Reuters Television in an interview.

She told a packed news conference later she might release "Filth & Wisdom" on the Internet and planned to unveil a documentary about Malawi at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

"Filth & Wisdom" is certain to draw comparisons with the work of director husband Guy Ritchie. Asked in the interview if she sought his advice during the shooting, she replied:   Continued...

<p>Pop star Madonna signs autographs after a news conference to present her film 'Filth and Wisdom' running at the 58th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, February 13, 2008. The 58th Berlinale, one of the world's most prestigious film festivals, runs from February 7 to 17 in the German capital. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz</p>