70 Directors for Venice 70
Born in 1956 at Casalmaggiore, in the province of Cremona. He graduated with a degree in American literature from the University of Milan. He lives in Turin. He began to work in the field of cinema in the 1970’s as a film critic and author of essays; at the same time he founded a small distribution company, responsible for circulating films by Fassbinder, Wenders, Wajda and other directors in Italy. He later worked as the Italian agent for several independent American directors such as Spike Lee, John Sayles and Jim Jarmusch. He made his directorial debut in 1989 with La fine della notte, considered “the best independent film of the season”. He later directed both fiction and documentary films, which brought him recognition in Italy and were presented at many international film festivals, from Berlin to Sundance, from Toronto to Locarno. He has participated several times in the Venice Film Festival: in 1994 with the feature-length film Anime fiammegianti (Love Burns), in 1997 with Sul quarantacinquesimo parallel - the story of a twin journey, the physical journey of the musical band CSI from the Emilia region in Italy to Mongolia, and the mental journey of the director down the Po River - , in 1998 with the collective film Alfabeto italiano. The following year he returned with Guardami (1999), the story of the daily life of a porn star anguished to discover that she had cancer, and in 2011, in the Controcampo italiano section, with the documentary film Piazza Garibaldi, a journey through past and present following in the footsteps of Garibaldi’s campaign to unite Italy. His filmography also includes Tutti giù per terra (We All Fall Down, 1997), inspired by the novel by Giuseppe Culicchia, Figli di Annibale (Children of Hannibal, 1998), Se devo essere sincera (2004). Rigorously independent, he is not only a director, but also heads his own production company. Dopo mezzanotte (After Midnight), made on a very tight budget, was a big hit in Italy: it was presented at the Berlin Film Festival and sold around the world. His latest fiction film is Tutta colpa di Giuda (Freedom), filmed in the Le Vallette prison in Turin. He also writes novels: Dissolvenza al nero, which was translated into several languages and adapted for the screen by Oliver Parker, and Sangue mio. He also contributes to newspapers and radio programmes; his most recent interest is photography.
1994 – Anime fiammeggianti (Love Burns) – Panorama italiano (director)
1997 – Sul quarantacinquesimo parallelo – Special events – Immagini e musica (subject, director)
1998 – Loro (in Alfabeto italiano) – Prospettive video (director)
1999 – Guardami – Sogni e visioni (screenplay, director)
2011 – Piazza Garibaldi – Controcampo italiano (screenplay, director)