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Controcampo Italiano

Valerio Mastandrea (Italy)
One of the most versatile actors in Italian cinema. Born in 1972, he debuted in 1993 in the late Piero Natoli’s last film Ladri di cinema. He then worked in cinema and theatre, showing a predilection for works by young first-time directors. On the big screen, he worked with Davide Ferrario in 1997, winning a Leopard at Locarno for Best Actor (Tutti giù per terra). In the same year he appeared in Claudio Calligari’s L’odore della notte. In 1999 he drew large audiences to the theatre, playing Rugantino in Garinei and Giovannini’s musical comedy of the same name. He starred alongside Francesca Archibugi in Domani, a film about the earthquake in Umbria. He has also worked with the directors Vicari and Guido Chiesa with whom he has been twice in competition at Venice (Velocità massima, Lavorare con lentezza). He began an artistic partnership with Vicari that also involved him in L’orizzonte degli eventi, showed in Cannes in 2004. In 2005 he made his directorial debut with the short film Trevirgolaottantasette, in competition in Venice and winning the Nastro d’Argento, and started working with Paolo Virzì with whom he made three films in five years, N, Tutta la vita davanti and La prima cosa bella (David di Donatello in 2010). With Ferzan Ozpetek’s Un giorno perfetto (2008), Gianni Zanasi’s Non pensarci (2007) and Claudio Noce’s Good morning Aman he has become intimately connected to the Venice Film Festival, also participating as a member of the Orizzonti jury in 2005.  
Susanna Nicchiarelli (Italy)
Born in Rome in 1975. After graduating in Philosophy, she continued her studies at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. Following this, she attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, gaining a diploma in Direction with the featurette Uomini e Zanzare. In 2009, she shot her first feature-length film, Cosmonauta, winner of the Italian Controcampo Italiano prize at the 66th Venice Film Festival, and was nominated as best first-time director at the Nastro d’Argento and David di Donatello Awards, and also won the Frauenfilmfestival in Cologne and the Ciak d’Oro for the Best Debut Film of 2010. Her work, some of which has been produced by her own production company, Nicchia Film, includes: the documentaries Ca Cri Do Bo (I diari della Sacher), presented at the 59th Venice Film Festival in the “Nuovi Territori” section), Il terzo occhio and L’ultima sentinella; the short films Il linguaggio dell’amore (The International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Turin Film Festival), Giovanna Z., una storia d’amore (winner of the Audience Prize at the Trevignano Festival, and Nastro d’Argento for Best Actor going to Luciano Scarpa) and Sputnik 5 (a stop-motion animation, winner of the Nastro d’Argento for the Best Animated Short in 2010; winner of Best Animation at Brooklyn Film Festival 2010).     
Dario Edoardo Viganò (Italy)
Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1962. Following his degree in the History and Criticism of Cinema, he taught Semiology of the Cinema and Audiovisual Media and Theory and Techniques of Cinematographic Language at the LUISS in Rome, where he is also a member of the Managing committee of the Centre for Media and Communication Studies. He is president at the Università Lateranense, where he teaches Communication. President of the della Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo, director of the “Rivista del Cinematografo”, president and artistic director of Tertio Millennio Film Fest, he directs the “Frames” series of books, which includes both highly technical titles and others of more general interest. He has held lessons of Semiology of the Cinema and Audiovisual Media in the universities of Guadalajara, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. A member of the board of administration of the Centro sperimentale di cinematografia and member of the sub-committee for recognition of cultural interest (Feature film section) of the MIBAC, he has written many studies dedicated to the analysis of the relationship between the media and the Catholic world, dedicating particular attention to cinema. Among his books are: Essere. Parola. Immagine. Percorsi del cinema biblico (2000), published with Daniela Iannotta; Gesù e la macchina da presa. Dizionario ragionato del cinema cristologico (2005); Dizionario della Comunicazione (2009); Il prete di celluloide. Nove sguardi d’autore (2010).