Madonna on Aging: I Look Young – From 'Far Away'

The singer jokes about her looks as she makes her directorial debut in Berlin

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Her acting has taken a critical beating, but it’ll take more than that to dampen Madonna‘s big-screen blonde ambitions.

The singer – who turns 50 this summer – made her directorial debut Wednesday at the Berlin Film Festival with Filth and Wisdom, and announced she has big plans for the next 50 years.

“I will be making more music and films,” she declared at a press conference.

Then, when one journalist said the fresh-faced Madonna could pass for 21, she jokingly shot back, “That’s because you’re standing far away.”

As she prepared to helm the project – the story of a Ukrainian immigrant musician and his two female roommates – the pop star didn’t have to look far for professional advice.

The singer (who also co-wrote the movie) admitted to Germany’s Spiegel TV that she asked Guy Ritchie, her director-husband of the past seven years, for “one sentence of advice before I walk into this.”

His answer? “‘Confidence.’ That’s the most important thing you need to exude on the set. No matter what you feel, exude confidence,” she recounted. “And that was good advice.”

Mixed Reviews

Perhaps the bravado was slightly misplaced. Reviews for the film have been mixed, at best. (A preview clip of the film – which includes some graphic language – is making the rounds.)

While the industry magazine Screen International called Filth a “good-humored, averagely amateurish” film, Britain’s The Guardian found it “so incredibly bad that Berlin festivalgoers were staggering around yesterday in a state of clinical shock, deathly pale and mewing like maltreated kittens.”

The Hollywood Reporter managed to be won over by the “oddly appealing” film. “Ragged, uneven and potholed with some dire dialogue and performances,” according to the review, “the film’s cockeyed optimism and likable leads conspire to bring a smile by the time it’s done.”

Madonna also gets plenty of love when it comes to her music, though. She’ll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month.

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