- Roberto Faenza
Turinin 1943, Roberto Faenza gets a degree in Political Science and a diploma at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia.
He makes his directing debut in
1968with a great international success, "Escalation", a film that describes the different sides of power through the relationship between a middle-class father and his hippie son. Immediately after that he realises "H2S", an angry apology of the 1968 movement, seized two days after its release and never distributed anymore. Upon this sequestration he goes to the United States to teach at the Federal City College of Washington DC.
1978he makes "Forza Italia!", a ferocious satire on the power of the Italian Christian Democrat party covering thirty years of Italian political history. The film is withdrawn from the theatres on the day Aldo Moro, President of the Christian Democrats, is kidnapped, and remains banned for over 15 years. Aldo Morobeing the one who will end his life recommending (in his handwritten memoirs found in the den of the Red Brigadesin via Monte Nevoso in Milan) to see the film “if one wants to realize the recklessness of his fellow party members”.
1980Faenza picks on the Italian Communist Party with "Si salvi chi vuole". Considered as a politically incorrect director, he is forced to work outside of Italyto be able to find financing: in 1983he shoots "Copkiller" in New Yorkwith Harvey Keitel, Nicole Garciaand the leader of the Sex Pistols, Johnny Rotten.
His activities are not limited to cinema: author of essays and books (best known among them: "Senza chiedere permesso", "Il malaffare", "Gli americani in Italia"), upon his return in Italy he starts teaching Mass Communication at Pisa University.After "Copkiller" he becomes inspired by literature as a source of stories.
1990he makes "The Bachelor", based on a short story by Arthur Schnitzlerwith a prestigious cast: Keith Carradine, Miranda Richardson, Kristin Scott Thomasand Max Von Sidow. In 1993he directs "Jonah who Lived in the Whale" for which he is awarded with the David di Donatellofor Best Director. Two years later yet another novel (this time by Antonio Tabucchi) is his source of inspiration: " Sostiene Pereira", Marcello Mastroianni’s last Italian film, the latter awarded with a David di Donatelloas Best Leading Actor. In 1997he makes "Marianna Ucria" based on the novel "La lunga vita di Marianna Ucria" by Dacia Maraini. In 1999he directs "The Lost Lover", ispired on the bestseller by Abraham B. Yehoshuaabout the ongoing clash between Jewsand Palestinians. In 2003he obtains another international success, "The Soul Keeper", based on the burning passion between Carl Gustav Jungand his young Russian patient Sabina Spielrein.
His most recent films are: "Come into the Light", about the life of Don Puglisi, the parish priest killed in
Palermoby the mafiain 1993, played by Luca Zingaretti(Nomination European Academy Award (EFA) as Best Director 2005; David Giovani Best Film Award; Flaiano Best Leading Actor Award and Audience Award for the Best Film; Best Leading Actor Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2005; San Fedele Best Film Award); "The Days of Abandonment", inspired on the novel by Elena Ferrante, with Margherita Buy, Luca Zingaretti and the musician Goran Bregovic.
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