66th Venice International Film Festival
Director Marco Müller
Born in Rome in 1922, he made his debut as a critic and essay writer in the “Cinema” group, a magazine that Antonioni, De Santis, Visconti worked for. From 1945 to 1950 he worked as scriptwriter and assistant-director with De Santis, Rossellini (Germania anno zero and Lattuada (Il mulino del Po). His first works as a director were the documentary Nel mezzogiorno qualcosa è cambiato (1949) and the films Achtung! Banditi! (1951), and Cronache di poveri amanti (1954). His most important films include La muraglia cinese (1958), Il processo di Verona (1963), La vita agra (1964), Mussolini, ultimo atto (1974) Fontamara (1980), Caro Gorbaciov, (awarded the Senate Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1988), Celluloide (received 3 Davids in 1996), Maria José: l’ultima regina (2003), Hotel Meina (Golden Globe by the Foreign Press in Italy and Grand Prix by the World Jewish Film Festival in Israel in 2008). He spent a considerable part of his professional life working on documentaries on art and travel, and audio-visual, critical, essay and cultural management publications. Lizzani was teacher at the Experimental Cinematography Centre, Director of the Venice Film Festival (1979-1983), President of the Associazione Nazionale Autori Cinematografici (1994-2002) and President of the Scientific Committee of the Museo Nazionale del Cinema.
Born in Bergamo in March 1924, he took part in the war as partisan in military forays in the Bergamo valleys. He graduated in Literature at the Milan Università Statale and published his first tales in Elio Vittorini’s “Politecnico.” He was co-founder and editor of “La Cittadella” a political, cultural magazine. In 1950 he moved to Rome where he worked as assistant-director with Ettore Giannini, Valerio Zurlini, and Francesco Rosi. He also worked on different scripts and made numerous documentaries. He was awarded the Silver Ribbon by the Italian critics (Giocare, 1958) and won a prize at the Oberhausen Festival (Om ad Po, 1958). After directing episode films (Viaggio di nozze, 1961; Il passo, 1964) he made several long-feature films (Se sei vivo spara, 1967; La morte ha fatto l’uovo, 1968; Arcana, 1973). In the 1970s he moved to the city of Cartagena in Colombia. Together with the producer Daniele Senatore he opened a film promotion office in New York. He returned to Italy in 1980s. He made films for the television until 1995. Since 2002 he has been producing his own digital cinema tales, by Solipso Film.
Born in Rome in 1966 and graduated in Political Science, she is Chief Editor of “Rivista del Cinematografo” and the online daily “cinematografo.it,” published by the Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo. Over the years, she published interviews, reviews and studies in other newspapers and catalogues, as well as working on the organization and promotion of various art exhibitions. In 2003 she took part in making the documentary Fellini a New York, marking the tenth anniversary of the director’s death. She is part of the artistic direction of the “Tertio Millennio” Festival and she also teaches during the critical internship that takes place every year in Rome together with “Cahiers du cinéma.”