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::: Felice Laudadio's biography :::

FELICE LAUDADIO, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE TAORMINA BNL FILM FEST

Since 1999 Felice Laudadio is the artistic director of the Taormina BNL FilmFest. He has contributed in relaunching it greatly, succeeding in bringing it for importance second only to the Venice Film Festival.

This year the 50th edition of the Taormina BNL FilmFest will take place from June 13th to 20th, 2004.

Felice Laudadio has a consolidated experience as a journalist, cultural operator, editor, screenwriter and film producer. After having gained a secondary-school diploma in Humanistic Studies, he graduated in Political Sciences at the University of Bari and obtained with full marks the International Master in Public Relations at the ISIRP in Rome

PAST EXPERIENCE AS A JOURNALIST

Free-lance journalist from the 1969, and professional journalist from 1977, he has worked from 1966 to 1973 in various publishing houses such as Laterza, Dedalo, Mazzotta, Abitare. From 1974 to 1983, first in Milan and later in Rome, he has been cultural correspondent, chief of cultural division, cinema, television and theatre critic for a very important Italian newspaper. He was the former director of both magazines "Classe" and "Script", and he currently directs the series "Materiali sul Cinema Europeo" edited by EuropaCinema Editions. In 1993 he wrote the book Fare Festival whose second edition was published in 1996. He is the founder of the three-monthly magazine "Cinecittà", a magazine specialized in spreading information, culture and economy of the cinema industry. He directed the first ten editions published from September 2000 to December 2002.

FILM FESTIVALS & CULTURAL EVENTS

From 1979 onwards, he started off an intense activity as promoter and director of numerous cinema's festivals and both national and international events such as:

  • the Mystfest (which he directed from1979 to 1986), the International Festival of Noir and Mystery
  • the Solinas Award for screenplays (1985-93)
  • the Weeks of Italian Cinema in South America (1983-89)
  • the section dedicated to European Cinema of the Palm Spring International Film Festival, California, U.S.A. (1990-96)
  • the International Forum of Italian Cinema (from 1990 to today).

In 1983, he was nominated to be part of the Venice Film Festival's panel of experts. Since 1989, he is member of the European Film Academy of Berlin founded and presided by Ingmar Bergman and Wim Wenders.

In 1984 he founded in Rimini EuropaCinema, the festival of European Cinema, together with the concrete collaboration of Federico Fellini. In 1988 the festival was transferred in Bari for one year, unique edition, and in 1989 was definitely moved to Viareggio where it actually takes place every year. Laudadio has directed the festival from its foundation until 1996, year in which he was appointed artistic director of the Venice Film Festival.

In 2002 he has returned to direct EuropaCinema, whose next edition will take place from September 27th to October 2nd, 2004.

From 1990 to 2001, he has directed the festival of Italian Cinema of Saint-Vincent (Golden Goblet Award), among the 3 most important festivals of Italian cinema, together with the 'Donatello's David' and the 'Nastri d'Argento' event.

From 1995 to 1996 he was in Paris and in that year, he conceived and worked at the foundation , together with Wim Wenders, of the Festival of the European Cinema of Strasbourg.

In the two year period 1997-98, he directed the Venice International Film Festival.

He conceived and directed the "Federico Fellini Award" for Italian cinema, which took place on December 2002 in Rome with great success of public and critics. The event was compered by the famous Italian actress Laura Morante and broadcast by RAI, the major Italian broadcasting station.

In 2003 and 2004 he has been the artistic director of the Carnival of Venice which is promoted by the Venice Municipality and by 'PromoVenezia Consortium'. In 2003 the Carnival was dedicated to Federico Fellini to honour, 10 years after his death, the great Italian director, well-known all over the world. 'Felliniana' was the main theme of the event and hundreds of participants from all over the world gathered in the Venetian Laguna. This year the theme of the Carnival has been the Orient with particular attention to four places: India, Thailand, China and Japan ("Oriental express masked journey on the silk road: India, Thailand, China and Japan"). More than 300 events (music, theatre, dance and acrobatic performances) have animated for 17 days magic Venice.

He is the President of the Venice International TV festival, whose 2nd edition will take place at the 'Palazzo del Cinema-Lido', in Venice, from October 2nd to 6th, 2004. The event will be dedicated to worldwide fiction films of extremely high quality.

At the moment he is conceiving a new festival, 'FilmFestItalia'. The following awards will be assigned: Franco Cristaldi Award for the best producer, Mario Monicelli Award for the best director, Suso Cecchi D'Amico Award for the best screenplay, Tonino Guerra Award for the best subject, Anna Magnani Award for the best actress, Gian Maria Volonté Award for the best actor, Ennio Morricone Award for the best musician, Peppino Rotunno Award for the best photographer, Dante Ferretti Award for the best art director.

He has been at the head (or part) of numerous international jury panels: Karlovy Vary, Mar del Plata, Mosca, Annecy, etc.

EXPERIENCES AS A SCREENPLAYER, FILM PRODUCER & CULTURAL MANAGER

In 1992 he wrote and produced the film Il Lungo Silenzio (winner of three awards at the Montréal festival of 1993 and of three Golden Globes granted by the International press, among which the one for best screenplay) and in 1993 he collaborated together with Peter Schneider and Margarethe von Trotta on the screenplay of the film Das Versprechen nominated by Germany at the Oscar Award in 1995. Both films were directed by Margarethe von Trotta.

On January 1994, he was appointed managing director of Istituto Luce spa and he co-produced a dozen of films directed, among the others, by Ettore Scola, Michele Placido, Enzo Monteleone, Luigi Magni, Peter del Monte, Alessandro D'Alatri, Giacomo Campiotti, Sergio Citti, Marco Bellocchio and Theo Angelopoulos.

In 1995 he co-produced the film Al di là delle Nuvole directed by Michelangelo Antonioni in collaboration with Wim Wenders, whose cast included Fanny Ardant, Irène Jacob, John Malkovich, Sophie Marceau, Jean Reno, Kim Rossi Stuart, Peter Weller.

In 1999 he started off a mega-production (interrupted just before the shooting) of the film Destinazione Verna, written and directed by Antonioni, and whose cast included Anthony Hopkins, Sophia Loren, Naomi Campbell, Laura Morante, Stefania Rocca, Kim Rossi Stuart, Carlo Cecchi and Chiara Caselli.

From 1999 to December 2002, he has been President of the Administration Council of Cinecittà Holding s.p.a. and, among other projects, he conceived and produced in 2000-02 a series of meetings on digital cinema; in 2001 the film Sei Come Sei selected by the Berlin Film festival in 2002 and awarded at the Montréal festival of the same year; two important tributes of both Gian Maria Volontè's films (presented at the festival of Cuba in 2001 and in south America afterwards) and Elio Petri's films (presented in the same year in London and in the rest of Europe); an important exhibition of Dante Ferretti scenography's works presented in 2002 at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences of Los Angeles and the retrospectives of all the films by Ermanno Olmi, Nanni Moretti, Francesco Rosi, Paolo e Vittorio Taviani, Valerio Zurlini.

For Cinecittà Holding he also conceived the retrospectives of all the films by Michelangelo Antonioni, presented at the Venice Film Festival 2002, and by Federico Fellini, presented at the Festival du Film of Cannes in May 2003 and at the Guggenheim Museum of New York in October of the same year.

From 2000 to 2002 he has been effective vice-president of the Council of Administration of the Federico Fellini Foundation in Rimini. The honorary president is Woody Allen, while Ettore Scola is the effective president of the Foundation.

Since January 2004 he is the artistic director of 'Casina delle Rose' at Villa Borghese, the "House of the Italian Cinema", ideated by Laudadio for the Municipality of Rome, which will be inaugurated on next September.


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