He was born in Casablanca in 1940 to Jewish parents who had left Italy during Fascism. After the war, after high school, he studied philosophy at the University of Milan. Passionate about photography, he collaborates in this capacity in various publications (including Illustrated Storia Illustrata, Panorama, L’Espresso, L’Europeo). In 1962, he entered the Piccolo Teatro, as assistant director for Giorgio Strehler, Orazio Costa and Virginio Puecher. From 1965 to the present day, he has directed many productions for Il Piccolo Teatro, and in 1969, still on behalf of the Teatro Piccolo, he shot the investigative film Operai. Since 1968, he also devoted himself to cinema and TV, with the realization of investigations, dramas and fiction based on literary or biographical works. Among his first works, the drama for children Il gatto con gli stivali (1969), Racket, a 1972 investigation into the recruitment of clandestine labor by the mafia, Il picciotto (1973), La promessa, from the novel by Friedrich Dürrenmatt. In 1985, he filmed the series Io e il Duce and in 1987 Il segreto del Sahara, inspired by the novels of Emilio Salgari. In 1990, he worked on an Italian-American co-production: L’Achille Lauro – Viaggio nel terrore with Burt Lancaster. In the nineties and noughties he continued with intense works for television, includingUna questione privata (1991), Perlasca – Un eroe italiano (2001), Il cuore nel pozzo (2005), Gino Bartali – L’intramontabile (2006), L’ultimo dei Corleonesi (2007), Pane e libertà (2009) on the trade unionist Giuseppe Di Vittorio, and Rita Levi Montalcini (2020). Also noteworthy is his documentary production that touches the controversial social issues of marginality, terrorism, sex market, prison and others: Commando ultrà curva sud (1977), Colonna BR Walter Alasia (1978), Franceschini e le BR (1988), Amore dietro le sbarre (1990), Barboni (1992), Racket usura tangenti (1992), Cicciolina – Moana – Ramba (1992), Renato Curcio (1993), Processo Priebke (1996), Mercanti di donne (1999), Casting (2003).
Simonetta Columbu was born in August 1993 in Cagliari. She grew up in an environment of art and culture. Her father is Giovanni Columbu, Sardinian director, her grandfather Michele was an European and Italian deputy and author of many books, her grandmother Simonetta Giacobbe a writer, and her aunt Maria Giacobbe is one of the most important Sardinian writers. She remained in Cagliari until the age of 18. She graduated from high school and as soon as she came of age she moved to England, where she perfected her English language. Then, she moved to Rome where she studied acting for four years at Duse International. After school, she started working. Her first major work is Surbiles, a documentary film shot by her father, in which she is the protagonist. Surbiles was screened at the Locarno Film Festival. Then, she co-starred in the film Io sono Tempesta by Daniele Luchetti, acting alongside Elio Germano and Marco Giallini. Then, she took part in the successful TV series Che Dio Ci Aiuti 5 and 6 in the role of co-protagonist, alongside Elena Sofia Ricci. At the end of 2021, Mollo tutto e apro un chiringuito, a comedy produced and distributed by Medusa Film, in which she worked as an actress, will be released.
Lara Fremder was born in Milan, where she lives and works. She collaborates with Studio Azzurro, an international reality of artistic research with which he wrote, among others, the subjects and scripts of the films L’Osservatorio Nucleare del signor Nanof, Il Mnemonista, the dramaturgy of the video works Camera Astratta, Kepler’s Traum, Acqua, Fuoco e Terra, an homage to Tarkovskij, and the text of the museum work Testimoni dei Testimoni. She wrote stories and scripts of films presented in competition at Locarno, Cannes, Venice. Among these, directed by Marco BechisAlambrado, Garage Olimpo, Hijos, Birdwatchers. Among the other films, Visos by Giovanni Columbu, Iqbal, an animated film directed by Michel Fuzzellier and Babak Pajami, winner of numerous international festivals, the documentaries Nacion Mapuche by Fausta Quattrini – best documentary at the 25th Turin Film Festival – Il viaggio di Laura di Matteo Born, Monsieur Pigeon by Antonio Prata, Chi mi ha incontrato non mi ha visto by Bruno Bigoni. She wrote and directed Blue Sofa, winner of the Grand Prix at the Festival International du Court Mètrage de Clermont Ferrand and the short film Santa Fe. Still being developed, the animated film Un Viaggio a Teulada by Nicola Contini, Gerusalemme città invisibile by Lara Fremder, Rocco – Boxing with my father by Teresa Hierapolis. She teaches film writing at the Luchino Visconti Civic School of Cinema in Milan and at the Cisa International Conservatory of Audiovisual Sciences in Locarno.
After a short career as a bilingual teacher in French-Breton classes, Samuel Julien (born in 1974) became the current director of the Dizale association, based in Quimper. This structure, which has just celebrated its 20th year of existence, is one of the most prominent actors of the audiovisual sector in the Breton language, specializing in dubbing and subtitling. Dizale also takes part in numerous productions and co-productions of audiovisual and radio works and also participates in the production of audio guides for various museums and public institutions. All of the works produced are generally broadcast on various television channels in Brittany. Dizale also ensures the distribution of its own productions, whether through cinema screenings and more recently through the creation of BreizhVOD, a “Netflix” in the Breton language. Dizale takes an active part in the development of the audiovisual sector in the Galo language, the other language of Brittany, and has developed a strong partnership with similar structures in the Corsican and Occitan language, particularly in the field of dubbing and broadcasting. In his free time, Samuel regularly writes articles in the Breton language for the review Bremañ and translates contemporary plays from Slovene to French.
Miriam Mauti, born in Rome, has been a celebrated voice on the capital’s radio for over 30 years, where she began as a reporter for Radio Città Futura, a historical broadcaster. At the end of the 1980s, she met Rai for the first time, for which she led the RadioTre cinema show, Hollywood Party, for 25 years. She chronicled cinema as a correspondent to the main international film festivals, from Venice to Cannes, from Toronto to Marrakesh, with interviews and reportages. In 2016, for the Moviemov Festival, she presented some Italian cinema titles to the audience of the Cineteca di Manila, in the Philippines. From 2017 to 2019, she worked on TV, narrating the voices and characters of the island’s culture – for the Sardinian news – then returning to radio, her great passion along with traveling. Today, she is the head of the Entertainment and Culture editorial staff of the Giornale Radio Rai.
Nadia Trevisan is the president and co-founder with Alberto Fasulo of Nefertiti Film. She gained great experience in the field of international co-production and developed a network of solid contacts with regional, national and supranational institutions in the audiovisual sector, but also with producers, distributors and sales agents from all over Europe. She produced Laura Samani’s Piccolo Corpo, in competition at Semaine de la Critique Cannes 2021, Brotherhood, a documentary by Francesco Montagner, winner of the Pardo d’Oro Cineasti del Presente at the 74th Locarno Film Festival 2021, Menocchio (71th Locarno Film Festival – International Competition), Genitori (68th Locarno FF – Out of Competition), TIR (Marc’Aurelio d’Oro at the 8th edition of the Rome International Film Festival) by director Alberto Fasulo; History of Love (53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival) by Slovenian director Sonja Prosenc, a film chosen to represent Slovenia at the 2020 Oscar Awards. Nadia is currently developing La Corda, the new film by Alberto Fasulo and La Lingua Salvata, a documentary, directed by Francesca Pirani. She participated in Producers Network ‐ Le Marché du Film Cannes, she is a member of European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs, European Film Academy and European Women ‘s Audiovisual Network. Nadia was selected to be in Cannes 2019 as a representative for Italy at Producers on the Move.
Mirjam Vellinga (1972), studied Frisian language and literature at the University of Groningen (RuG). She is working at the Afûk since 1998 and is head of marketing and manager of the language promotion division at Afûk. In 2007, she initiated and developed the Praat mar Frysk-campaign: an overall language promotion campaign for the Frisian language that got international recognition especially for the strong social media campaigns. She is project leader for projects concerning Frisian in health care, Frisian in business/economics and the team that advices public services in Fryslân on language policy. She was project manager for Lân fan Taal, the language program for EcoC Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018. She has a large international network in the field of culture, media and education focused on co-official, endangered, indigenous, regional and minority languages. She is a member of the steering committee of ELEN (European Language Equality Network) and a member of the NPLD (Network to promote Linguïstic Diversity).