Rona Hartner

In her first turn before the cameras, Romanian-born actress Rona Hartner netted the best actress award at Locarno last year for her performance in the boisterous, colorful gypsy pic “Gadjo Dilo.”

The New Times described her performance as a “full throttled” and the L.A. Weekly called her a “standout.”

Those comments followed on the heels of rave reviews in New York and a Village Voice profile.

Making her first trip to Los Angeles recently, Hartner bounced between dancing till dawn at the “Blade” premiere party, entertaining party guests with gypsy songs and following up on biz interests “Dilo” has stirred up.

Hartner recalls she was “up against 200 actresses” for the role in “Dilo” and managed to overcome her lack of acting experi-ence by “jumping on the table in front of Tony Gatlif and doing a gypsy dance.

“Tony started yelling, ‘Get a camera on her,’ and I had the part!” Hartner says.

From L.A., Hartner goes to Senegal, where she’s completing tracks for her new Warner Bros. single, “Alone in Paris,” due out in November. She describes her music as “gypsy rap jazz; I mix fusions with fusions.”

Where she goes next is limited only by her energy and spirit. In other words, “Dilo” is only the beginning of Hartner’s gypsy fairy tale.

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