Award-winning Italian director Emanuele Crialese revealed on Sunday.

That he had been born a woman as he presented his highly autobiographical movie.

L’Immensita focuses on an Italian family growing up in 1970s Rome, where the eldest daughter identifies as a boy.

 Trowing fuel onto already tense relations between her mother, played by Cruz, and her abusive, unfaithful father.

“It is inspired by my childhood and my own story,” said Crialese.

 Whose last film, Terraferma, won the Special Jury Price at Venice in 2011.

“I was born biologically a woman, but that does not mean that I don’t have in me a huge part (that is a) female character. 

 That is probably the best part of me,” he said, speaking publicly for the first time about his transition.

“At a certain point I had to make a choice ... of whether to live or to die.