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- SALVATORE MEREU
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Biography
Salvatore Mereu was born in Dorgali (Sardinia, Italy) in 1965. After graduating in film direction at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, he made several short films including Notte rumena (1996), Miguel (1999), and Il mare (2004). Starting with his very first feature-length film Ballo a tre passi (Three-Step Dance, 2003), characterized by a particular four-part structure, each corresponding to one season of the year, he has explored the relationship between tradition and modernity in his land, Sardinia. For Ballo a tre passi, Mereu won a Special Mention in the Intl. Critics’ Week section of the Venice Film Festival in 2003 and the David di Donatello as Best New Director. His second film, Sonetàula (2008), was presented at the Berlinale in the Panorama section. He was back at the Venice Film Festival in 2010 with Tajabone, set among the young students of the lower secondary schools in the suburbs of Cagliari, and in 2012 in the Orizzonti section with Bellas Mariposas (Pretty Butterflies) inspired by the book of the same name by Sergio Atzeni, the story of two adolescent girls who live in a working-class neighborhood of Cagliari.
FILMS PRESENTED IN VENICE:
2003 – Ballo a tre passi (Three-Step Dance) – International Critics’ Week
2010 – Tajabone – Controcampo italiano  

AWARDS:
2003 – Ballo a tre passi (Three-Step Dance) – Special Mention
 



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