Q&A with Italian film director and actor Nanni Moretti.
On November 11th, Moscow Film School will hold a meeting with a classic of Italian cinema, winner of Palme d’Or and laureate of film festivals in Berlin and Venice, actor and director Nanni Moretti.
Nanni Moretti, who directed films such as Dear Diary, The Son’s Room and The Caiman, is a director who always knew how to identify and communicate the contemporary processes that take place in the Italian cinema. His films are characterized by a subtle mix of comedy and drama, which will be the special focus of the upcoming workshop.
Nanni Moretti was born to a Roman family in 1953 in Brunico. In 1973, after short studies at the University of Bologna majoring in DAMS (Drama, Art and Music Studies), he bought his first Super 8 camera and shot his first short films.
His first feature film was I Am Self-Sufficient (1976). The next film, Ecce Bombo, was shown at the Cannes Film Festival and received international critical acclaim. Another movie, Sweet Dreams, won the Silver Lion at Venice Film Festival. In 1987, he founded a production company Sacher Films together with Angelo Barbagallo. In 1991, he opened a movie hall Nuovo Sacher in a Rome’s district of Trastevere, and several years later started showing foreign films that were considered challenging for distribution. Nanni Moretti launched a festival for best Italian cinematographic debuts called Bimbi Belli.
Many of his films won prestigious awards, including Dear Diary (Best Director award at 1994 Cannes Film Festival), Son’s Room (Palme d’Or at 2001 Cannes Film Festival). Among the latest works by Moretti are films The Caiman (2006), We Have a Pope (2011) and My Mother (2015). Nanni Moretti is Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, the highest French award.
The workshop is organized with the assistance of the Italian Culture Institute in Moscow as part of the first retrospective of films by Nanni Moretti in Russia that will be held in Pioneer cinema on November 8-17th.
The moderator of the event is Vsevolod Korshunov, tutor of the Moscow Film School. The workshop will be in Italian language with consecutive interpretation. Participation is free, please register on our website.