Born in Naples in 1965. An author interested in portraying the most controversial aspects of Italian society on film, often screening them through the personal lives of his characters, he gained much critical acclaim since his first feature film Il Verificatore (1995) was released. The film won the Kodak award for a debut film at the Venice International Film Festival, the David di Donatello for best first-time director, the Globo d’Oro and the Grolla d’Oro for best director. His second full-length film is Prima del tramonto (1999), selected for the Lucerne Film Festival Competition, followed by La vita come viene (2003). L’uomo di vetro (2007), based on the homonymous novel by Salvatore Parlagreco, was inspired by the personal story of Leonardo Vitale, the first mafia repentant to break the code of silence and cooperate with the law, eventually paying a high price for his brave choice. The film was presented at several major international film festivals, including Taormina, Montreal and Goteborg. Complici del silenzio (2009), tells the story of Maurizio Gallo, an Italian sports journalist corresponding from Buenos Aires during the 1978 football world cup. Among other important projects, Stefano Incerti directed the episode Il diavolo nella bottiglia of the collective film I vesuviani (in Competition at the Venice International Film Festival in 1997), and made three medium-length films: L’uomo di carta (1996), presented at the Lucerne Film Festival in the Cineast du present section, Ritratti d’autore: Francesco Rosi (1996) and Stessa rabbia, stessa primavera (2003), which was presented at the 60th Venice International Film Festival, in the “Nuovi Territori” – medium-length films section. In 2010, he presented Gorbaciof Out of Competition at the 67th Venice International Film Festival, to much critical acclaim.
Aureliano Amadei (Italy)
Born in Rome in 1975. In 1998 he graduated as an actor from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He has had parts in various films including The Talented Mr. Ripley by Minghella (1999), and Avati’s I cavalieri che fecero l’impresa (2001) and La Rivincita di Natale (2004). He has also worked in theatre and in 2001 he debuted as a theatre producer with Ives’ Unamunda, a finalist at the Festival di Cremona. As a director he produced a series of documentaries for SAT2000 and for “La Storia siamo Noi“. In 2005 he wrote the book Venti sigarette a Nassirya with Francesco Trento which is also the basis of his first full length film. In 2008 he began producing a series of his own and other people’s documentaries with his own company, Motoproduzioni. Together with Alessandro Falcone and Gian Piero Palombini, he wrote the book Non pensavo che la vita fosse così lunga, which is based on Tiberio Mitri’s story, a well-known boxer from Trieste. Aureliano Amadei presented 20 sigarette in the Controcampo Italiano section of the 2010 Venice Film Festival. The film – which is an autobiographical account of his experience as a writer-director during the Nassyria massacre – won the Controcampo Italiano Award and received a Special Mention for Vinicio Marchioni’s role as leading actor, together with several other related prizes. 20 sigarette was presented at over thirty festivals and film reviews winning various awards and recognition.
Cristiana Capotondi (Italy)
She debuted in the series Amico Mio. Her first appearance on the big screen was in 1995 with Vacanze di Natale ’95. In 2004 she was cast in Luisa di Sanfelice (2004) by the Taviani brothers. That same year she had a part in Eugenio Cappuccio’s Volevo solo dormirle addosso – which was presented at the 61st Venice International Film Festival in the Mezzanotte section – and in Christmas in love. She was in the running for a Silver Ribbon as best non protagonist actress for her roles in both these films in 2005. In 2006 she starred in Notte prima degli esami; her nomination as best female protagonist was among the 11 David di Donatello nominations the film received. She was awarded the Diamanti al cinema Award and the prestigious Biraghi Award. In 2007 she was in the running for a Silver Ribbon for Come tu mi vuoi as best female protagonist. In 2008, she received the L’Oréal Paris film Award in Venice. In 2010 she returned to television and won the Romy Schneider Award for her role as the Empress Sissi. She also starred in the screen film Dalla vita in poi for which she won the Best Female Actress Award at the Festival of Taormina. Again in 2010, she also had a role in Carlo Mazzacurati’s La passione, which was in competition at the 67th Venice Film Festival, as well as a role in the short film The Wholly Family directed by Terry Gilliam. She has currently (2011) been cast in La kryptonite nella borsa, Ivan Cotroneo’s debut film as director, and La peggior settimana della mia vita, Alessandro Genovesi’s first film.