66th Venice International Film Festival
Director Marco Müller
The film critic Scott Foundas graduated from the USC School of Cinema-Television in Los Angeles where he began his career as film-section editor for the daily paper “Daily Trojan.” From 2000 to 2006 he worked as critic for the prestigious magazine “Variety” and is currently editor-in-chief for the film section of the weekly paper “LA Weekly.” He is also a contributor to “The New York Times” and “The Village Voice” and “Indiewire.com”—one of the most important online magazines dedicated to independent cinema. He also writes for the Canadian quarterly “Cinema Scope.” He is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the National Society of Film Critics and of the FIPRESCI and, since 2007 he has been a member of the selection board for the New York Film Festival. Foundas has served on juries for various film festivals, including Cannes, Sundance and Sydney. In 2008 and 2009 he was one of the finalists for the award from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ AltWeekly for the film review category.
A scholar of the history of cinema and film review, Dave Kehr has published articles and reviews for the “Chicago Reader,” the “ChicagoTribune” and the New York “Daily News.” He has also published books on the history of the cinema, including a picture book on Italian movie posters of the 1940s and 1950s, Italian Film Posters (MoMa - The Museum of Modern Art, 2003) and Art of the International Movie Poster (Chronicle, 2008). Kehr wrote the documentaries Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows for PBS and Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That for Turner Classic Movies. He is active in film preservation causes and is a member of the National Film Preservation Board of the American Library of Congress. He is the DVD columnist of the “New York Times.”
Director and filmmaker, Nadia Ranocchi was born in Rimini in November 1973. After completing her studies in Psychology in 1998, she began working together with David Zamagni and together they wrote works for the ZAPRUDERfilmmakersgroup (David Zamagni, Nadia Ranocchi and Monaldo Moretti), being responsible for the sets, music, editing, script and direction. ZAPRUDER’s work does not fit into the usual categories and finds itself in a sort of interstitial area between the visual, performing and film arts, creating what the group call “camera cinema,” a sort of personified, tactile cinema but also a sort of immaterial theatre. ZAPRUDER production is characterized by its independent and totally artisan approach. Since 2005 the group has been exploring the possibilities of anaglyphs and stereoscopy using a series of short-feature films and installations that revive the techniques of 3-D cinema, projecting and constructing both the slides of stereoscopic shooting and of vision. A great part of ZAPRUDER’s work took place in the field of the Italian theatre of research with various collaborations (Motus, Fanny & Alexander and Romeo Castellucci/Societas Raffaello Sanzio). The work by the ZAPRUDERfilmmakersgroup has been presented at renowned international film and art festivals, where it has received various awards.