Michele Alhaique

Born in 1979, he attended the National Film School from 1999 al 2002. During these years he worked on some short films, plays and TV commercials. He achieved success in Italy with V. Terracione’s Grandi Domani (Big Tomorrow) and  C. Sanchez’s Camera Café (Coffee Machine Camera) both aired on Italia1. In 2006 he played Marco, one of the main characters of the series Medicina generale (General Practice) produced by Rai Fiction and directed by R. De Maria.
He made his cinema debut in 2005 with L. Lambertini’s  Fuoco su di me (Fire at My Heart). He then appeared in M. D’Epiro and D. Proietti’s Polvere (Dust) in 2006 and in M.S. Tognazzi’s L’uomo che ama (The Man Who Loves) in 2008. In 2009 he was in the cast of R. de Maria’s La prima linea (The Front Line) with Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Riccardo Scamarcio. In 2010 he played the role of Claudio, the producer of Medical Dimension, in the third season of the TV series Boris by M. Ciarrapico, M. Torre e L. Vendruscolo. In 2011 he was among the stars of G.Nunziante’s  Che bella giornata (What a Good Day). He was also among the starts in the TV mini-series on Rai 1 Eroi per caso (Accidental Heroes) by A. Sironi. In 2012 he played Lino Lacedelli in the mini-series aired on Rai1 K2 La montagna degli italiani (The Mountain of the Italians) by  R. Dornhelm.

In 2010 he starred in Saverio Di Biagio’s film Qualche nuvola (Scattered Clouds) and co-starred in M. Rho’s Cavalli (Horses). Both films were presented at the 68th Venice Film Festival in the Italian Controcampo section. Alhaique has also worked on the direction of shorts: Chi decide cosa (Who Decides What) (2007) and Il torneo (The Tournament) (2008) in competition at theTribeca Film Festival and winner of a Nastro d’argento in 2008. His first work as director was in 2014, Senza nessuna pietà (No Pity), presented at the 71st Venice Film Festival and aired in September of that year.

In 2015 he directed Solo, a four-episode series produced by Pietro Valsecchi aired on Canale5 in November 2016.

In January 2017 he directed the film of the story of Mario Francese, a journalist with the Giornale di Sicilia who was murdered by Cosa Nostra in January 1979. This film, written by Claudio Fava and produced by Pietro Valsecchi for Mediaset, forms part of the Liberi Sognatori series and features Claudio Gioè and Marco Bocci.

In 2017 he also directed the last seven episodes of the second season of Non Uccidere (Don’t Kill), a series filmed entirely in Turin, produced by Fremantle for Rai Fiction starring Miriam Leone.
In 2019 he directed Romulus, a TV series on the legend of the founding of Rome, created by Matteo Rovere and produced by Groenlandia, Cattleya and ITV UK, who will be distributing it internationally. This series will be aired in Italy on Sky Atlantic at the end of 2020.

Bonifacio Angius

Bonifacio Angius was born in Sassari on 12 June 1982. Director, screenwriter, director of photography and producer, he has won awards for several short films in many international film festivals.

His first feature film, Perfidia, was the only Italian film in competition at the 67th Locarno Film Festival in 2014 where it won the Young Jury prize receiving outstanding critical acclaim. He was one of the finalists for the prestigious Premio Solinas (in honour of master film maker Franco Solinas) for Best Original Screenplay for Perfidia and was among the official selection for the festivals of Montreal, Hamburg and Annecy (where he achieved a special mention from the jury). Perfidia was also among the MiBACT (Ministry for Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism) top 30 films of excellence for the year 2014/2015.

His second feature film, Ovunque proteggimi (Wherever You Are), was presented to great critical and public acclaim at the 36th Turin Film Festival, the Santa Barbara (California USA) International Film Festival, and the International Film Festivals of Barcelona, Lisbon, Buenos Aires, Bangkok, Warsaw, Los Angeles, Berlin and Karlovy Vary. This film won the Cineteca di Bologna Visioni Italiane People’s Jury prize for Best Film. It was nominated for a Nastro d’argento for Best Story, for best leading actress (Francesca Niedda) at the Golden Globes while Alessandro Gazale, the male lead, won the Vittorio Gassman prize for Best Male Actor of the year at BIFeST (Bari International Film Festival) 2019.

His latest short film, entitled Destino, in which he played the lead, was presented at the Venice International Film Festival critics’ week (special closing event).

Bonifacio Angius has been Director of film production company, Il Monello Film, since 2013.

Enrico Maria Artale

Enrico Maria Artale (Rome, 1984) graduated in Film Aesthetics and Directing from the Italian National Film School (Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia).

He has written and directed many international prize-winning shorts. He won a Nastro d’argento for Best Short 2012 for Il Respiro dell’arco (My Bow Breathing) and gained a place on the high achievers training course at Hollywood Film masters organised by Universal Pictures, Los Angeles.

His first feature length film, Il terzo tempo (The Third Half), presented in 2013 at the 70th Venice Film Festival in the Horizons section, won the Pasinetti prize for Best First Film awarded by the SNGCI (Italian national union of cinema journalists). This film was produced by Aurelio De Laurentiis and distributed by Universal Pictures, Italy.

In the following years he directed two documentary series for Sky Arte and made the documentary film Saro, competition entry at the 34th Turin Film Festival, winner of the prize for best Italian documentary and subsequently nominated for a David di Donatello in 2018.

At the same time, he started to work in the field of TV series, writing the screenplay for four episodes of the thriller Sanctuary produced by YellowBird Entertainment and Canal Plus Poland and distributed by Studiocanal. This English language series was aired in more than ten countries by companies such as HBO and Starz with actors Josefin Asplund and Matthew Modine among the cast.

In 2019 he worked on the filming of Romulus, a TV series about the legend of the founding of Rome, created by Matteo Rovere and produced by Groenlandia, Cattleya and ITV UK, who will be distributing it internationally. The series is due to air in Italy on Sky Atlantic at the end of 2020.

His work has been presented in more than twenty countries and in numerous international festivals including Venice, Locarno, New York, AFI, Chicago, Valladolid, Tel Aviv, Melbourne and Camerimages.

Daniele Ciprì

Daniele Ciprì (Palermo, 17 August 1962) is an Italian director, screenwriter and director of photography noted for his work with Franco Maresco as part of screenwriting duo Ciprì and Maresco. He became well known at the end of the 1980s for his directing work with Maresco on the Cinico TV series of sketches on Rai 3 and on various films. Between 1995 and 1998 he directed films such as Lo zio di Brooklyn (The Uncle from Brooklyn) and Totò che visse due volte (Totò Who Lived Twice). This latter film provoked strong reactions causing an uproar.

He made his theatre debut in 2002 with Palermo può attendere (“Palermo Can Wait”). In 2005 he wrote and directed the play Viva Palermo, viva Santa Rosalia with Franco Scaldati and Mimmo Cuticchio.

As director of photography he has worked alongside high calibre directors such as Renato De Maria, Marco Bellocchio and Roberta Torre.

In 2009 he won the prize for photography at the Chicago International Film Festival for Vincere, for which he was awarded numerous prizes in Italy. In 2012 at the 69th Venice Film Festival he won the Osella prize for outstanding technical contribution with È stato il figlio (It Was the Son). In 2013 it won the Nastro d’argento for Best Director. In 2014 he made La Buca, which came out in September, with Rocco Papaleo, Sergio Castellito and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. He teaches directing at the Griffith Academy of Cinema and Television in Rome. In 2016 he was responsible for the photography on Davide Vigore’s short, La viaggiatrice (The Traveller), presented at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival. In 2018 he was responsible for the photography on Maria Laura Moraci’s short, Eyes, winner of the Society and Solidarity Section of the Corti D’Argento 2019, promoted by the cinematographic journalists. In 2019 he handled the photography for Croce e delizia (An Almost Ordinary Summer), directed by Simone Godano and won the Nastro d’argento for best photography for La paranza dei bambini (Piranhas) and for Il primo re (The First King: Birth of an Empire), directed by Matteo Rovere (2019). For the latter he also won the David di Donatello.

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Francesco Cordio

He has been a theatre director, director and maker of documentaries and music videos (Slow-motion, Daniele Slivestri, Luca Bussoletti) since 2002.

In 2007 he made a documentary Inti.Illimani, donde las nubes cantan (Inti.Illimani, Where Clouds Sing) with Paolo Pagnoncelli on the Chilean band. This film was selected in many international festivals both in and out of competition (Havana Film Festival, Viña del Mar Film Festival– Chile, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, Istanbul Film Festival, Mar del Plata Film Festival). In 2009 he directed the docufilm on Alitalia, Tutti giù per aria (All Up in the Air) with Dario Fo and Ascanio Celestini.

In 2010 he published an anthology of texts by his father, Nino Cordo, L’occhio di Cordio (The Eye of Cordio) for Infinito Edizioni. In 2010 he made a documentary on judicial psychiatric hospitals in Italy on behalf of the Italian senate parliamentary enquiry commission on the efficacy and efficiency of the Italian National Health System. Some extracts were presented in Riccardo Iacona’s programme Presa diretta in 2011. In 2013 he received a special mention at the Vittorio de Seta awards at the Bari International Film Festival for his documentary Lo stato della follia.

His advertisement Veicoli commerciali Renault (Renault Commercial Vehicles) won the Bronze Lion at Cannes.

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Ludovico Di Martino

Ludovico Di Martino was born in Rome in 1992. He graduated in Directing at the Centro sperimentale di cinematografia (Italian National Film School) in 2016 and works as a director and writer. His first film, Il nostro ultimo (Our Last), won several prizes and was entered in festivals worldwide.

In 2017 his short, Pipinara was in the five finalists for the Nastro D’argento and was later presented at the 75th Venice International Film Festival. In 2019 he wrote and directed the third season of Skam Italia, adapted from the successful Norwegian series Skam created by Julie Andem.

He is currently working on post-production of his new film, La belva (The Beast), produced by Warner Bros Italia and Grøenlandia starring Fabrizio Gifuni. It will be in cinemas in the second half of 2020.

Leonardo D’Agostini

Leonardo D’Agostini (Rome 1977) has worked as story editor and writer for TV series such as Il tredicesimo Apostolo (The Third Apostle) (2011), Il bosco (The Forest) (2013), Solo (Mafia Undercover) (2015) and Rosy Abate (2016).

He was second unit director on Solo and Rosy Abate and made his cinema debut in 2019 with Il campione (The Champion), winner of a Nastro d’argento for best first film.

Alessio Fava

In 2010 he started directing advertisements for major agencies and production companies in Italy. In 2014 he made an advertisement for Marionnaud, Dlvbbdo agency, produced by BRW Milan which won a bronze at the Epic Awards.

At the same time, he filmed Salvati (Saved), an ironic social campaign on the abuse of selfies. The video went viral with 300.000 views and it made the news in many international newspapers.
In May 2015 he made Il nostro bel sogno (Our Beautiful Dream) which became the official campaign for the Italian Airforce, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. It was presented at EXPO by the astronaut Luca Parmitano and shared by Samantha Cristoforetti of the International Space Station.

Cinema: in 2013 he won the international competition Biennale Cinema College and made his first feature length film Yuri Esposito, produced by Biennale and Gucci, presented at the 70th Venice Film Festival. He is now working on his second feature film and currently divides his work between cinema and advertising.

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Simone Godano

From Rome, born in 1977, he studied cinema at DAMS (School of the Performing Arts) and started making his first shorts in 2002. He gained experience in the advertising world working with Filmmaster and Mercurio.

In 2010 his short Niente orchidee (No Orchids) with Beppe Fiorello and Valeria Solarino was presented at the Venice Film Festival. He also started working as a TV director that year.

In 2017, thanks to a collaboration with Matteo Rovere, he made his cinema debut with the screenplay of Moglie e marito (Wife and Husband) starring Pierfrancesco Favino and Kasia Smutniak. This film was nominated for a Nastro d’argento for Best Comedy and was distributed overseas in more than twenty countries. His second film was Croce e delizia (An Almost Ordinary Summer) starring Alessandro Gassmann, Jasmine Trinca and Fabrizio Bentivoglio. Croce e delizia was nominated for a Nastro d’argento for Best Comedy while Jasmine Trinca won a Globo d’oro for Best Actress.

He is currently working on his third film.

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Maria Guidone

Director. After obtaining a PhD in Philosophy, Maria Guidone attended the Ecole Supérieure des Etudes Cinématographiques in Paris.

She made her first shorts between 2005 and 2008 dividing her time between Paris and Apulia. In the mean time she worked as Assistant Director and Editor on the Grand Art series of documentaries produced by ARTE France. In 2011 she returned to Italy where she started working in advertising, currently in Milan, in the department of directing research of Think | Cattleya.

She has been the artistic director of the guidONE APULIA Factory since 2010 which is an artists’ collective working on the imagery of Apulia.

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